Overview of subprojects


A1 Effects of nutrient manipulation (NUMEX) on nutrient use and carbon allocation of Andean forests: Stand level response and the performance of single tree species



A2 Root and mycorrhizal responses to nutrient additions in a tropical mountain forest and in pastures after forest conversion



A3 The soil fauna of a tropical montane rain forest: regulatory forces and functioning in the decomposer system



A4 Herbivore communities in the Andean mountain forest zone – comparisons within selected plant species along contrasting environmental dimensions



A5 Limitations to the growth of epiphytes and the productivity of associated methanogens in neotropical moist forests



A6 Response of element cycles in a tropical mountain rain forest to environmental and land-use change



A7 Changes in soil internal N cycle and trace gas fluxes under elevated nutrient input



B1 The biology of southern bracken in the anthropogenic ecosystem in the San Francisco valley of South Ecuador


  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Bendix (PI)
    Jörg Bendix
    Faculty of Geography
    Deutschhausstraße 10
    Philipps University of Marburg
    Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing
    35032 Marburg

    +49 06421/2824266
  • Dr. Ruetger Rollenbeck (PostDoc)
    Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing
    Faculty of Geography
    Philipps University of Marburg
    Deutschhausstr. 10
    35032 Marburg

    +49(6421)28-25910
  • Dr. Brenner Silva (PhD student)
    Brenner Silva
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Erwin Beck (PI)
    Erwin Beck
    Universitätsstr. 30
    Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Geoscience
    University of Bayreuth
    95440 Bayreuth

B2 Impact of land use, natural disturbances and climate change on vascular plant diversity



B3 Interactions of organic matter and microbial dynamics in pasture soils along management chronosequences



B4 The role of arbuscular mycorrhizas (AM) in the establishment of rainforest tree seedlings, and the application of AM fungi for reforestation approaches



C1 Exploration and consolidation of silvicultural knowledge for sustainable management of forest sites in the South Ecuadorian Andes


  • Prof. Dr. Reinhard Mosandl (PI)
    Reinhard Mosandl
    Dep. of Ecology and Ecosystem Management
    Technische Universität München
    Institute of Silviculture
    Am Hochanger 13
    85354 Freising
  • Dr. Bernd Stimm (PI)
    Bernd Stimm
    Dep. of Ecology
    Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
    Technische Universität München
    Institute of Silviculture
    85354 Freising
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Weber (PI)
    Michael Weber
    Am Hochanger 13
    D-85354 Freising
    Dep. Ecology and Ecosystem Management
    Technische Universitaet Muenchen
    Institute of Silviculture
    85354 Freising
  • Dr. Patrick Hildebrandt (PostDoc)
    85354 Freising

C2 Arbuscular mycorrhizal communities in different stages of succession after loss of pristine forest



C3 Market inclusion of ecosystem services: A viable option to achieve sustainable land use in the tropics?


  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Knoke (PI)
    Thomas Knoke
    Center of Life and Food Science Weihenstephan
    Institute of Forest Management
    Technische Universität München
    Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
    85354 Freising

    +49-(0)8161-71-4700
  • Herr Baltazar Calvas (PhD student)
    Baltazar Calvas
    Hans-Carl-von- Carlowitz-Platz 2
    Fachgebiet für Waldinventur und nachhaltige Nutzung
    85354, Freising
    85354 Freising

C4 Human ecological parameters and their relevance in preserving biodiversity and improving livelihoods in the Biosphere Reserve Podocarpus – El Cóndor



D1 Analysis and synthesis of palaeoecological data revealing patterns of mountain vegetation and plant diversity dynamics and its response to climate, fire, land use changes in biodiversity hotspots through space and time



D2 Tree growth and wood anatomy along elevational and nutritional gradients in tropical forests in southern Ecuador



D3 Impacts of environmental change on climate and ecosystem in southern Ecuador


  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Bendix (PI)
    Jörg Bendix
    Faculty of Geography
    Deutschhausstraße 10
    Philipps University of Marburg
    Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing
    35032 Marburg

    +49 06421/2824266
  • Dr. Katja Trachte (PostDoc)
    Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing
    Deutschhausstr. 10
    Philipps University of Marburg
    Faculty of Geography
    35032 Marburg

    +49(6421)28-25960
  • Mrs Christine Wallis (PhD student)
    Christine Wallis
  • Dr. Ruetger Rollenbeck (PostDoc)
    Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing
    Faculty of Geography
    Philipps University of Marburg
    Deutschhausstr. 10
    35032 Marburg

    +49(6421)28-25910
  • Lic. Sandro Makowski (PhD student)
    Sandro Makowski

D4 Catchment scale hydro-biogeochemical fluxes and aquatic diversity under global change



D5 Functional soil landscape modelling in the Andean mountain forest zone: impact of land use and natural disturbances



D7 Forest dynamics, landslide dynamics, and their interactions – a process-based landscape modelling approach for a mountain rain forest in South Ecuador



T1 Knowledge Transfer in South Ecuador: Facilitation of biodiversity in montane ecosystems by large-scale conversion of monocultures into mixed forests


  • Prof. Dr. Reinhard Mosandl (PI)
    Reinhard Mosandl
    Dep. of Ecology and Ecosystem Management
    Technische Universität München
    Institute of Silviculture
    Am Hochanger 13
    85354 Freising
  • Dr. Bernd Stimm (PI)
    Bernd Stimm
    Dep. of Ecology
    Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
    Technische Universität München
    Institute of Silviculture
    85354 Freising
  • Dr. Patrick Hildebrandt (PostDoc)
    85354 Freising
  • Herr Baltazar Calvas (PostDoc)
    Baltazar Calvas
    Hans-Carl-von- Carlowitz-Platz 2
    Fachgebiet für Waldinventur und nachhaltige Nutzung
    85354, Freising
    85354 Freising

T2 Knowledge Transfer in South Ecuador: RADARNET SUR - Operational rainfall monitoring in southern Ecuador


  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Bendix (PI)
    Jörg Bendix
    Faculty of Geography
    Deutschhausstraße 10
    Philipps University of Marburg
    Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing
    35032 Marburg

    +49 06421/2824266
  • Dr. Ruetger Rollenbeck (PostDoc)
    Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing
    Faculty of Geography
    Philipps University of Marburg
    Deutschhausstr. 10
    35032 Marburg

    +49(6421)28-25910

Z1 Data Warehouse


  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Bendix (PI)
    Jörg Bendix
    Faculty of Geography
    Deutschhausstraße 10
    Philipps University of Marburg
    Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing
    35032 Marburg

    +49 06421/2824266
  • Dipl. Inf.(FH) Maik Dobbermann (Technician)
    Maik Dobbermann
    Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing
    Faculty of Geography
    Deutschhausstr. 12
    Philipps University of Marburg
    35032 Marburg
  • Herr Bernhard Runzheimer (Trainee)
    Bernhard Runzheimer

Z2 Administration and Coordination


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