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New postdoc call open! - Deadline: 08 October 2023

sDiv calls for individual postdoc projects (call A) and postdocs for already funded sDiv projects (call B)

Positions should commence on 1 January 2024 or at the earliest opportunity thereafter and are limited to 31 December 2025. The position is offered with reservation of possible budgetary restrictions and dependent upon final approval of funding.

Current status: The call is now open!


  • All topics and questions related to biodiversity synthesis (incl. social sciences etc.) are welcome.
  • Funding is available for individual postdoc projects (Call type A) and postdocs for already funded sDiv projects (Call type B)
  • With this call, we again want o encourage proposals that engage genuinely with topics and researchers from under-represented regions (see list here)
  • PLEASE NOTE: No lab or field work is funded


  • Full proposal deadline 08 October 2023, 11:59 PM CET via the iDiv application portal* as PDF file using the provided templates.
  • Decision made on 25 October 2023


  • Each proposal needs to involve at least one full iDiv member.
  • Candidates are encouraged to be pro-active in communicating with suitable project partners (assistance by the sDiv head Marten Winter if needed).

* Registration is required to create your application. It is possible to save and change data at any time until the final submission. Please contact sDiv for assistance.

    General sDiv Call Material

    • sDiv call description (PDF)
    • Call Description - one pager (PDF)
    • Full proposal template (WORD)
    • Letter of support from funded sDiv projects (ONLY for Call B) (WORD)

    11th Call - 8 projects funded

    Within the latest call, sDiv has received 15 pre-proposals for early career working groups and 13 pre-proposals for SynFlex projects. 6 applicants for early career working groups as well as 7 applicants for SynFlex projects received a positive evaluation of their pre-proposal and were invited to hand in a full proposal.

    After intensive discussions of the internal and external reviews of proposals of very high scientific quality, the sDiv Evaluation Board has decided to support 4 early career working groups, 5 SynFlex projects.

    Congratulations to our new sDiv working groups and future sDiv collaborators!

    Funded early career working groups

    ECR11.01 sFutures
    Magda Garbowski, University of Wyoming, USA
    Emma Ladouceur, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany

    ECR11.02 sPectra
    Shan Kothari, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
    Teja Kattenborn, Leipzig University, Germany

    ECR11.03 sConsume
    Fletcher Halliday, University of Zürich, Switzerland
    Suz Everingham, University of Bern, Switzerland
    Mayank Kohli, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India

    ECR11.05 sFragment
    Andres Felipe Suarez Castro, Griffith University, Australia


    Funded SynFlex projects

    SF11.01 sTime
    Pincelli Hull, Yale University, USA
    Erin Saupe, University of Oxford, UK
    Marina Rillo, University of Oldenburg, Germany

    ECR11.02 sIBTEDS
    Stephanie Jurburg, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research-UFZ(Leipzig), Germany
    Silvia Garaycochea, Instituto Nacional de Investigacion Agricola (INIA), Uruguay
    Eva Figuerola,University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina

    SF11.03 sBombus
    Brian Spiesman, Kansas State University, USA
    Tiffany Knight, German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Germany
    Christina Grozinger, Penn State University, USA 

    SF11.04 sSCAT
    Alta De Vos, Centre for Sustainability Transitions, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
    Graeme Cumming, James Cook University, Australia

    SF11.05 sARDINE
    Christopher Monk, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

    General Information Material

    • General information about the sDiv framework (PDF)
    • iDiv Data & Code Sharing Policy (PDF)

    sDiv Budget tool

    Click here to calculate the costs of an average sDiv working group meeting.

    Previous calls

    Decisions for tenth sDiv Call

    Following our 10th Call, sDiv has received 13 pre-proposals for early career working groups and 16 pre-proposals for SynFlex projects. 4 applicants for early career working groups as well as 6 applicants for SynFlex projects received a positive evaluation of their pre-proposal and were invited to submit a full proposal.

    After intensive discussions of the internal and external reviews of proposals of very high scientific quality, the sDiv Evaluation Board has decided to support 1 early career working groups, 4 SynFlex projects. 1 ECR Project has to resubmit is proposal - the decision will be made mid of November 2022.

    Congratulations to our new sDiv working groups and future sDiv collaborators!

    Funded early career working groups

    sMoste – Motifs supporting STability of Ecosystem services
    main PIs:
    Kate Wootton, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
    Anshuman Swain, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

    Funded SynFlex projects

    sGUBIK – Synthesizing Global Urban Biological Invasion Knowledge (sGUBIK): Patterns, Mechanisms, and Applications
    main PIs:
    Luke Potgieter, University of Toronto Scarborough, Scarborough, Canada
    Daijiang Li, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA

    sUnderfoot – Functional diversity of belowground plant strategies in a rapidly changing world
    main PIs:
    Joana Bergmann, Leibniz Center for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg, Germany
    Alessandra Fidelis, Universidade Estadual Paulista, São Paulo, Brasil

    sCaleGrassDiv – Do the mechanisms of land-use effects on grassland plant diversity depend on spatial scales and environmental contexts?
    main PIs:
    Anna Kuzemko, Institute of Botany NAS Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
    Oksana Buzhdygan, Theoretical Ecology Group, Institute of Biology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

    sELOdiv – sELOdiv: Synthesising Ecosystem and Land cover Observations and biodiversity change after abandonment and depopulation
    main PIs:
    Gergana Daskalova, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
    Sylvia Dyulgerova, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria

    Decisions for ninth sDiv Call

    Following our 9th Call, sDiv has received 32 pre-proposals for individual postdoc positions and 16 pre-proposals for early career working groups. 21 pre-proposals for SynFlexWorld projects have been submitted and 5 for SynFlexMember projects. 9 applicants for individual postdoc positions and 8 for early career working groups as well as 14 applicants for SynFlexWorld and 5 for SynFlexMember projects have received a positive evaluation of their pre-proposal and have been invited to hand in a full proposal.

    Despite the very challenging work and research situation due to the global Corona crisis, sDiv received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After intense discussions of the internal and external reviews, the sDiv Evaluation Board decided to support 3 early career working groups, 3 individual postdoc positions, 3 SynFlexWorld and 2 SynFlexMember projects. Congratulations to our new sDiv working groups and future sDiv postdocs. Please see the detailed list below.


    Funded early career working groups

    sMarsSynthesis of movement across scales: towards a process-based prediction of biodiversity patterns
    main PIs:
    Remo Ryser, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany
    Myriam Hirt, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany

    sEnigmasSeeing the forest instead of the trees: identifying the common mechanisms behind enigmas of biodiversity
    main PIs:
    Isaac Overcast, Institut de Biologie de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris, France
    Ana C. Afonso Silva, Université de Lille, France

    sPSFSoil microbial controls over plant coexistence: synthesizing data and theory to unravel context dependence of plant-soil feedbacks under global change
    main PIs:
    Gaurav Kandlikar, The Curators of the University of Missouri - Columbia, USA
    Meghna Krishnadas, Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology, India


    Funded individual postdocs projects

    Sreetama Bhadra
    The impact of genome size on traits, adaptability and diversification in angiosperms

    Alexandra Weyrich
    sInSpEc: Inter-species epigenetics

    Daniela Hoss
    Understanding the role of community assembly in BEF experiments by comparing seeding and planting with removal treatments


    Funded SynFlexWorld projects

    sIntESEIntegrating ecosystem services into economic models
    main PIs:
    Alexandra Marques, PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, Netherlands
    Aafke Schipper, Radboud University, Netherlands

    main PIs:
    Jerome Mathieu, Sorbonne University, France
    Nico Eisenhauer, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany

    sILKSynthesizing Indigenous and Local Knowledge worldviews to develop frameworks for effective operationalization of relational values in environmental governance
    main PIs:
    Austin Himes, Mississippi State University, USA
    Barbara Muraca, University of Oregon, USA


    Funded SynFlexMember projects

    sReStoReSRestoration Synthesis to Reimagine Success
    main PIs:
    Emma Ladouceur, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany
    Jonathan Chase, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany

    sINTERVALINTERaction Variation along ALtitudinal gradients
    main PIs:
    Tiffany Knight, iDiv, Leipzig, Germany

    Decisions for eighth sDiv call

    Following our 8th Call, sDiv has received 26 pre-proposals for individual Postdoc positions and 45 pre-proposals for working group. 11 applicants for individual PostDoc positions and 26 for working groups have received a positive evaluation of their pre-proposal and have been invited to hand in a full proposal.

    Despite the very challenging work situation during the last months, sDiv received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After intense discussions of the internal and external reviews, the sDiv Evaluation Board decided to support 7 working groups including 2 working group postdocs (plus partial funding for 2 more groups), 3 individual postdoc positions and 3 sabbatical fellowships. Congratulations to our new sDiv working groups, future sDiv postdocs and guests. Please see the list below (we present only 100% verified projects at this point).

    Funded working groups projects*

    sPriorityMechanisms and Quantification of Priority Effects
    main PIs:
    Benjamin Delory, Institute of Ecology, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
    Tadashi Fukami,Stanford University, California, USA

    sRedListAccelerating IUCN Red List assessments for rapid and effective biodiversity monitoring
    main PIs:
    Luca Santini, National Research Council (Italy)
    Moreno Di Marco, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)

    sTradES Ecosystem services, biodiversity and anthropogenic capital embedded in internationally traded goods
    main PIs:
    C.J.E. (Nynke) Schulp, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Thomas Kastner, Senckenberg Institute, Frankfurt

    sTreTra – Quantifying temporal change in traits across taxa and the globe
    main PIs:
    Franziska Schrodt, University of Nottingham
    Maria Dornelas, University of St Andrews

    sTraits – Integrating in-situ, upscaled and air- and spaceborne observations of plant traits
    main PIs:
    Philip A. Townsend, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Ryan Pavlick, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

    partial funding
    sMile synthesising plant Metabolomics into biodiversity, Life history & Ecology
    main PIs:
    Tom Walker, ETH Zürich
    Franziska Schrodt, University of Nottingham

    partial funding
    sPrint - Working out the mechanics of predator-prey interactions to predict the present and future of biodiversity in food webs
    main PI:
    Mehdi Cherif, Umeå University

    * Due to budgetary and other uncertainties caused by Corona, we can only announce the potential start of the working group projects in fall, but hope to welcome the new groups soon.


    Funded individual postdocs projects

    Juan D. Carvajal-Quintero
    Assessing the effects of global environmental change on species interaction networks

    Chris Barratt
    Life on the edge: A new bioinformatic toolbox to conserve wildlife populations under threat from global change

    Adriana Alzate Vallejo
    Untangling the macro-ecological and evolutionary drivers of species range sizes and diversification rates

    Funded sabbatical projects

    Cynthia Chang
    Placing ecological succession in applied global change and restoration context
    Host: Stan Harpole

    Erik Hom
    Of Sloths and Franken-Lichens: Elucidating the Biodiversity, Chemical Ecology, and Physiology of Algal Polycultures
    Host: Nicole van Dam

    Michael Kaspari
    Exploring the abiotic theatre and the ecological play: how biogeochemistry temperature, and precipitation shape terrestrial food webs
    Hosts: Ulrich Brose, Stan Harpole, Nico Eisenhauer

    Decisions for Joint Call CESAB - sDiv SYNERGY: Coexistence and stability high-diversity communities

    Decisions on joint CESAB and sDiv Call

    CESAB and sDiv are the synthesis centers of the French FRB (Foundation for Research on Biodiversity) and German iDiv (German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research). These two centers offer to host groups of researchers to work on a better use of existing data, information and knowledge to foster theoretical, and synthetic thinking in biodiversity research.

    In the joint call called “synergy”  two theory driven groups of 5-7 researchers (4 meetings per group) were funded, that will share their meetings between the two centers.

    The main topic is “Coexistence and stability in high-diversity communities”.


    Funded working groups:

    UNICOP - Unification of modern Coexistence theory and Price equation
    DUTHIE, A. Bradley, University of Stirling
    LION, Sébastien, Centre d'Écologie Fonctionnelle et Évolutive (CEFE) - Montpellier

    INTRACO - Unravelling the role of intraspecific variability in tree specied coexsistence in tropical forest
    VIEILLEDENT Ghislain, UMR AMAP – CIRAD Montpellier
    MARECHAUX Isabelle,UMR AMAP – CIRAD Montpellier

    Decisions for seventh sDiv call

    Following our seventh sDiv call, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal and external reviews, the sDiv Board decided to fund 6 working groups, 1 individual postdoc position and 3 sabbatical positions as followed:

    Funded working groups projects

    sBIOMAPS – Exploring BIOgeographic and MAcroevolutionary Patterns in organismal Stoichiometric diversity
    main PIs: Angelica Gonzalez, Olivier Dézerald

    sCom – Advancing inference for eDNA and other novel, high-throughput community data
    main PIs: Florian Hartig, Douglas Yu

    sCoRRE – Assessing functional consequences of community changes with global change using trait-based and phylogenetic approaches
    main PIs: Meghan Avolio, Kimberly La Pierre

    sDevTrait – streamlining development efforts in tools for ecological trait analyses
    main PIs: Alexander Keller, Markus Ankenbrand

    sToration – Applying Coexistence Theory to Restoration Ecology and Adaptive Management
    main PIs: Lauren Shoemaker, Lauren Hallett and Akasha Faist

    sUCCESS – Pantropical forest succession
    main PIs: Lourens Poorter, Nadja Rüger

    Funded individual postdocs projects

    Roberto Rozzi
    The demise of dwarfs and giants: ecological naiveté and extinction risk in insular vertebrates

    Funded sabbaticals projects

    George Perry (School of Environment, University of Auckland)
    Reconstructing movement and emergent ecological functions for extinct animals

    Lenore Fahrig (Carleton University)
    Dissecting SLOSS: Why are there more species in several small than few large patches?

    Malin Pinsky (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)
    Community response to changing temperatures  across marine, freshwater, and terrestrial realms

    Decisions for sixth sDiv call

    Following our sixth sDiv call, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal and external reviews, the sDiv Board decided to fund 7 working groups including 1 postdoc, 2 individual postdoc positions and 9 sabbatical positions as followed:

    Funded working groups projects

    sANDES – Tree Diversity, Composition and Carbon Storage in Andean Tropical Montane Forests
    main PIs: Luis Cayuela, Manuel J. Macía

    sCaleWebs – Unifying environmental and spatial determinants of food web structure across spatial scales
    main PIs: Gustavo Q Romero, Diane S Srivastava

    sREplot – Upscaling of individual species dynamics to community trends in biodiversity and composition using vegetation change data sets
    main PIs: Lander Baeten; Markus Bernhardt-Römermann; Ute Jandt

    sROOT – Root Trait functionality in a Whole-Plant Context
    main PIs: Liesje Mommer; Alexandra Weigelt

    sTraitChange – How do trait responses to climate change translate into demographic rates and population dynamics?
    main PIs: Viktoriia Radchuk, Marcel E. Visser

    sTreelines – Spatial pattern emergence from ecological processes at alpine treelines: model-supported hypothesis tests against globally-distributed field data
    main PIs: Maaike Bader, Bradley Case

    sTWIST – Theory and Workflows for Alien and Invasive Species Tracking
    main PIs: Melodie McGeoch, Marten Winter

    sUrBio2050 – Assessing globally important areas for biodiversity preservation and human well-being
    main PIs: Thomas Elmqvist, Henrique Pereira
    associated postdoc: TBA

    sYNGEO – The geography of synchrony in dendritic networks: understanding the causes, dynamics, and consequences across multiple scales
    main PIs: Julian D Olden, Lise Comte

    Funded individual postdocs projects

    Stephanie Jurburg
    Microbial community assembly: establishing general ecological principles responsible for turnover in microbial communities

    Alexander Zizka
    Reaching for the sky: Unravelling global patterns and processes to explain convergent evolution of woodiness in angiosperms

    Funded sabbaticals projects

    Priyanga Amarasekare (University of California Los Angeles)
    A framework for biodiversity maintenance: scaling up from modules to communities

    Stephanie Bohlman (University of Florida)
    Linking biodiversity and demography through remote sensing of trait tradeoffs

    Douglas Chesters (Chinese Academy of Sciences)
    Phylogenetic integration of insect community data

    Rodolfo Dirzo (Stanford University)
    Research on plant-herbivore interactions under climate change and collaborations on biodiversity science

    Christopher Klausmeier (Michigan State University)
    Synthesizing Trait-Based Ecological Theory

    Jeremy Lichstein (University of Florida)
    Plant functional diversity and forest ecosystem stability: insights from dynamic vegetation models

    Elena Litchman (Michigan State University)
    Trait-based community patterns in microbes

    Fernando T. Maestre (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos)
    Climate change impacts on dryland soil biodiversity and associated ecosystem functions from local to global scales

    Pati Vitt (Chicago Botanic Garden)
    Phylogenetic Endemism, Functional Trait Diversity and Conservation Status in the Orchidaceae: a Global Synthesis

    Decisions for fifth sDiv call

    Following our fifth sDiv call, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal and external reviews, the sDiv Board decided to fund 6 working groups, 2 individual postdoc positions and 3 sabbatical positions.

    Funded working groups

    sEcoEvo - Biodiversity Dynamics – The Nexus Between Space & Time
    main PIs: Rosemary Gillespie; Michael Hickerson

    sELDiG - Explaining the latitudinal diversity gradient: synthesizing knowledge via data-driven mechanistic modelling
    main PIs: Allen Hurlbert; Catherine Graham

    sLandServ - Linking Landscape Structure to Ecosystem Services
    main PI’s: Jonathan Rhodes; Jean Paul Metzger

    sOcioLock-in - Understanding the undesirable resilience in socio-ecological systems driving biodiversity loss
    main PIs: Tom Oliver; Emily Boyd

    sTURN - Does time drive space? Building a mechanistic linkage between spatial and temporal turnover in metacommunities
    main PIs: Zsófia Horváth; Robert Ptacnik

    sUrBioCity - Deciphering Drivers of Urban Biodiversity across Multiple Scales
    main PI: Christopher Swan

    Funded individual postdocs

    Léa Beaumelle
    How do multiple environmental change drivers shape biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships?

    Roel van Klink
    Effects of extreme weather events on long term ecosystem dynamics (X-WELT)

    Funded sabbatical projects

    Robert R. Dunn
    The Global Biogeography of Microbes and Mutualists Associated with Humans

    Benjamin Gilbert
    Project 1 – Neutrality, Demographic stochasticity and ecological drift
    Project 2 – Local interactions, Regional constraints, and multiple stable states

    Angélica L. González
    Understanding the interactive effects of temperature and nutrients on ecological processes: a meta-analysis

    Decisions for sDiv call for catalyst postdocs

    Following our sDiv call for catalyst postdocs, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal reviews, the sDiv Board decided to fund three postdoc positions.

    Funded catalyst postdocs

    Adam Thomas Clark (Postdoc)
    Stanley Harpole (PI professor), Helmut Hillebrand (PI member)
    sMultiMod: Synthesis of multiple predictive models of community composition and coexistence

    Guy Pe'er (Postdoc)
    Aletta Bonn (PI professor), Bernd Hansjürgens (PI member), Irene Ring (Co-PI member)
    Towards the next reform of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy: evaluating the new greening measures from Ecological and Socio-economic perspectives

    Callum Lawson (Postdoc)
    Ulrich Brose (PI professor), Katrin Böhning-Gaese (PI member)
    Double jeopardy: which populations will become both smaller and less stable under climate change?

    Decisions for fourth sDiv call

    Following our fourth sDiv call, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal and external reviews, the sDiv Board decided to fund ten working groups, two individual postdoc positions and one sabbatical position.

    Funded working groups

    sECURE - Separating Environmental Changes and their effects on community traits in European butterflies
    main PI's: Oliver Schweiger, Josef Settele

    sPRED - Synthesizing Predictability Research of Ecological Dynamics
    main PI's: Frank Pennekamp, Alison Iles

    sToichNutNet II - Linking ecological stoichiometry with environment-diversity-productivity relationships in grasslands
    main PI's: Elizabeth Borer, Anne Ebeling

    sFDvent - A functional trait perspective on the global biodiversity of hydrothermal vent communities
    main PI's: Amanda Bates, Abbie Chapman

    sMonodominance - Monodominance workshop
    main PI's: Andreas Huth, Kelvin Peh

    sAPROPOS - Analysis of PROjections of POpulationS
    main PI: Roberto Salguero-Gomez

    sTeleBES - Telecoupled use of biodiversity and ecosystem services: synthesis of concepts, methods and evidence
    main PI's: Matthias Schröter, Thomas Koellner

    sCAP - Testing the conservation value of phylogenetic diversity
    main PI's: Arne Mooers, Caroline M. Tucker

    sWORM - A global soil biodiversity database and its application to data synthesis and theory development
    main PI's: Erin Cameron, Nico Eisenhauer

    sPlot - Plant trait-environment relationships, biodiversity and invasion patterns across the world's biomes
    main PI's: Jürgen Dengler, Oliver Purschke

    Funded individual postdocs

    Duarte S. Viana
    Spatial scaling in the assembly and diversity of biological communities

    Katharina Gerstner
    From plots to landscapes – Towards a mechanistic understanding of land-use effects on biodiversity across spatial scales

    Funded sabbatical project

    David Currie
    A continental theory of biogeography: predicting geographic variation in species richness and range size

    Decisions for third sDiv call

    Following our third sDiv call, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal reviews, the sDiv Committee decided to fund nine international workshops and two individual Postdoc projects:

    Workshop projects:

    "Quantifying biodiversity change through time (sChange)”
    main applicants: Sarah R. Supp  (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Maria Dornelas (University of St. Andrews)

    "Towards understanding the causes and consequences of epigenetic diversity (sEpiDiv)”
    main applicants: Katrin Heer and Lars Opgenoorth (both University of Marburg

    "Scaling shrub expansion from site to biome Manuscript finalization working group" (sTUNDRA II)"
    main applicants: Isla H. Myers-Smith (University of Edinburgh) and Anne Bjorkman (iDiv)

    "Global Changes in Marine Plankton Diversity and Productivity (sMarD)"
    main applicants: Aleksandra M. Lewandowska (University of Oldenburg) and Boris Worm (Dalhousie University)

    "Community Assembly and the Functioning of Ecosystems in Open Systems (sCAFE)"
    main applicants: S.K. Morgan Ernest (Utah State University) and Mathew Leibold (University of Texas at Austin)

    "Synthesis on Pollen Limitation and Terrestrial biodiversity (sPlat)"
    main applicants: Tiffany Knight (Washington University, iDiv), Tia-Lynn Ashman (University of Pittsburgh) and Janette Steets (Oklahoma State University)

    "Linking ecological stoichiometry with environment‐diversity‐productivity relationships in grasslands (sToichNutNet)"
    main applicants: Elizabeth Borer (University of Minnesota) and Anne Ebeling (University of Jena)

    "Expanding Neo-Chessonian coexistence theory towards a stochastic theory for species rich communities (sNiche)"
    main applicants: Thorsten Wiegand (UFZ) and Stan W. Harpole (iDiv)

    "Functional Information: its potential for quantifying biodiversity and its relation to ecosystem functioning. Function, Information and Biodiversity (sFIND)"
    main applicants: Keith Farnsworth (Queen’s University Belfast) and Ivo Große (University of Halle/ Saale)

    Individual postdoc projects:

    "Drivers of plant diversity across spatiotemporal scales: integrating ecological, evolutionary and environmental processes”
    Postdoc: Juliano Sarmento Cabral (University of Göttingen)

    "Assessing extinction: Crossover of geometrical, macroecological and Bayesian perspectives”
    Postdoc: Petr Keil (Charles University in Prague)

    Decisions for second sDiv call

    Following our second sDiv call, we received many proposals of very high scientific quality. After discussion of the internal reviews, the sDiv Committee decided to fund five international workshops:

    "Synthesising Trait Evolution in Plants (sTEP)"
    main applicants: William D. Pearse
    and Jeannine Cavender-Bares (both University of Minnesota)

    "Next Generation Models for Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (sESMOD)"
    main applicants: Elena Bennett
    (Mc Gill University); Gretchen Daily (Stanford University)

    "Ecotoxicology for B-EF research: experimental design of aquatic multi-trophic experiments (sEcoToxDiv)"
    main applicants: Frederik De Laender
    (University of Namur); Paul Van den Brink (Wageningen University)

    "Can ecological network information improve the efficacy of biodiversity conservation for ecosystem services in the face of unavoidable uncertainty? (sErvices)"
    main applicants: Laura E. Dee
    and Steven D. Gaines (both University of California, Santa Barbara)

    "Unifying marine and terrestrial biodiversity at the interplay of macroecology, macrophysiology and macroevolution (sWEEP)"
    main applicants: Miguel Ángel Olalla Tárraga
    (Rey Juan Carlos University); Ignacio Morales Castilla (Universidade de Evora)

    Decisions for first sDiv call

    Within our first sDiv call for workshops, various projects are funded.

    Funded workshops:

    sPlot - Plant trait-environment relationships across the world's biomes ("Trait-vegetation")
    main applicants: Helge Bruelheide, Oliver Purschke
    associated postdoc: Jürgen Dengler

    sImpact - Impact of invasive alien species: prediction and quantification
    main applicant: Sabrina Kumschick

    TRANs-BEE - Synthesising transcriptome data to explore interspecies bee-pathogen molecular interactions that may underpin pollinator decline “trans-bee”
    main applicants: Christina M. Grozinger, Robert J. Paxton
    associated postdoc: Vincent Doublet

    sTOICHFUN Stoichiometric constraints of biodiversity – functioning relationships StoichFun
    main applicant: Helmut Hillebrand
    associated postdoc: Aleksandra Lewandowska

    rangeShifter - Synthesising population, community, genetic and evolutionary dynamics in a simulation platform: a tool for theory and application
    main applicant: Justin Travis
    associated postdoc: Alexander Singer

    ECOTRON - Next generation biodiversity manipulation: Technical requirements for an ecotron platform
    main apllicants: Stefan Meldau, Nico Eisenhauer

    sTability - Plant diversity effects on ecosystem resistance to and recovery from perturbations
    main applicants: Nico Eisenhauer, Forest Isbell
    associated postdoc: Dylan Craven

    sOILDIV - A framework to improve our understanding of the distribution of global soil biodiversity: establishing the first quantitative synthesis
    main applicant: Diana H. Wall
    associated postdoc: Kelly S. Ramirez

    sREGPOOL - Biodiversity across spatial scales - linking macroecological models to local-scale biodiversity patterns by explicit delineation of the regional species pool Biodiversity and spatial scale - the regional species pool link
    main applicants: Dirk Nikolaus Karger, Jens-Christian Svenning

    sFOSSIL - Integrating Phylogenies, Fossils and Earth System Dynamics
    main applicants: Jan Schnitzler, Andreas Mulch

    TRY - Towards a sustainable archive and sharing-mechanism for plant trait data: Refining the TRY initiative TRY 3.0
    main applicant: Jens Kattge

    sTUNDRA - Tundra ecosystem change: Scaling shrub expansion from site to biome
    main applicants: Isla H. Myers-Smith, Sarah C. Elmendorf
    associated postdoc: Anne Bjorkman

    sCoMuCra - Species communities harboring the outcome of plant diversification: museums and cradles (CoMuCra)
    main applicant: Andreas Prinzing
    associated postdoc: Benjamin Yguel

    sTREEDIV - Using Tree Diversity as an Insurance for the Stable Functioning of Forest Ecosystems
    main applicants: Andy Hector, Bart Muys
    associated postdoc: Simon Bilodeau-Gauthier

    Physiodiv - Biodiversity meets Physiology – Physiology meets Biodiversity
    main applicant: Christian Wilhelm

    sPHY - Synthesizing phylogenetic measures for ecology and conservation
    main applicants: Marc W Cadotte, Dan F Rosauer

    sMGI - 3rd Mycorrhizal Genomics Initiative
    main applicants: François Buscot, Sylvie Herrmann

    Funded individual postdocs:

    How does biodiversity affect ecosystem functioning and community stability:a meta-analysis of ecotoxicological stress experiments on freshwater communities
    Viktoriia Radchuk

    Niche, neutrality and the maintenance of biotic diversity in a changing world
    Stefano Larsen

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