BioMove - Integrating Biodiversity Research with Movement Ecology in dynamic agricultural landscapes

Natural SciencesBiological sciencesAgriculture, forestry, and fisheries

'Integrating Biodiversity Research with Movement Ecology in dynamic agricultural landscapes' [BioMove] is a Research Training Group (RTG) funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is a joint project of the University of Potsdam (UP) together with Freie Universität Berlin (FU), Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) and Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF).


BioMove links innovative individual research projects that overcome the gap between movement ecology and biodiversity research, employing a joint conceptual framework. We investigate how ongoing changes in climate and land use, such as habitat loss and fragmentation through agricultural practices, influence movement processes of various organisms and thereby biodiversity patterns.

The BioMove PhD projects integrate relevant topics of community and landscape ecology, genetics, evolution, and behavior and combine empirical, experimental and modelling approaches based in one common study area to address questions of varying spatial scales.

An important goal of the doctoral program in BioMove is to broaden the interdisciplinary competence of young researchers via workshops, summer schools, scientific exchange with research fellows and international guest scientists, and an exchange program for doctoral researchers.

Contact Information
Chair: Prof. Dr. Florian Jeltsch
Coordinator: Dr. Antje Herde
Universität Potsdam
Mathematisch – Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Institut für Biochemie und Biologie
Am Mühlenberg 3 (Haus 60)
14476 Potsdam - Golm
Telephone: +49 331 977-4814
Deadlines: early 2018
Places: 11-12
Scholarships: none