Overview of subprojects


A1 Effects of nutrient manipulation (NUMEX) on the performance of tree species and the suitability of tree species as indicators for changing ecosystem properties



A2 TRENCH (Tree-Ring Environmental Network for Climate Change Monitoring): Developing a tree-based indicator system for environmental change impacts on forest ecosystems in southern Ecuador.



A3 The soil animal community as indicator of changes in the structure and functioning of Andean ecosystems with altitude and nutrient input.



A4 Responses of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to nutrient additions in Southern Ecuador.



A7 The fate of phosphorus in forest and treeline ecosystems in Ecuador.



B2 Pasture rehabilitation on, and management of degraded areas in the Andes of South Ecuador.



B3 Improvement of forest management key strategies: a contribution to conservation and sustainable land use



B5 Balancing regulating and provisioning ecosystem services: Comprehensive land-use concepts for effective conservation.


  • 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
  • Santiago Ochoa Moreno (PhD student)
  • Dr. Carola Paul (PhD student)
    Carola Paul
    Center of Life and Food Sciences Weihenstephan
    Institute of Forest Management
    Technische Universität München
    Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
    85354 Freising
  • Liz Valle (PhD student)
  • Herr Baltazar Calvas (PhD student)
    Baltazar Calvas
    Hans-Carl-von- Carlowitz-Platz 2
    Fachgebiet für Waldinventur und nachhaltige Nutzung
    85354, Freising
    85354 Freising

C2 Remote sensing as surrogate for phylodiversity and functional processes along land use and elevation gradients.



C3 Development and validation of functional indicators for avian seed dispersal.



C4 Maintenance of biodiversity through mutualistic networks between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plants: robustness against human disturbance and climate change



C5 Water consumption and carbon capture by trees of an evergreen and a dry forest in the Andes of South Ecuador as functional indicators of slow environmental changes.



C6 Development of area-wide functional indicators using remotely sensed data.



C7 Quantification functional hydro-biogeochemical indicators in Ecuadorian ecosystems and their reaction on global change.



C9 Towards a Guideline for Digital Soil Mapping in Ecuador.



C12 Climate indicators on the local scale for past, present and future, and platform data management.


  • 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
  • Frau Birgit Kühne-Bialozyt (Administration)
    Birgit Kühne-Bialozyt
    AG Bendix
    Faculty of Geography
    Deutschhausstr. 12
    35032 Marburg

    +49 6421 28 26 543
  • Dr. Katja Trachte (PI)
    Laboratory for Climatology and Remote Sensing
    Deutschhausstr. 10
    Philipps University of Marburg
    Faculty of Geography
    35032 Marburg

    +49(6421)28-25960
  • 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
  • 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. Felix Matt (PI)
    35032 Marburg

X1 Cooperative project 1


  • Dr. Thorsten Peters (PI)
    Thorsten Peters
    Institut für Geographie
    FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
    Wetterkreuz 15
    91058 Erlangen

X2 A6. Response of element cycles in a tropical mountain rain forest to environmental and land-use change


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