Excellent ranking of iDiv-members and researchers
Thomson Reuters has published a list of scientists who are the most frequently cited by their fellow researchers. Among them are several iDiv-members and researchers.
The category ‘Highly Cited Papers’ is defined as those papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year. Researchers included in the Thomson Reuters ranking must have published a certain number of those ‘Highly Cited Papers’.
iDiv is pleased about the results: A total of nine iDiv-members from the field of “Environment/Ecology” and “Plant & Animal Science” are ranked on Thomson Reuters’ list: Stefan Klotz, Ingolf Kühn, Josef Settele, Helmut Hillebrand, Markus Reichstein, Ernst-Detlef Schulze, Ian Thomas Baldwin, Jonathan Gershenzon and Jonathan M. Chase. With the last-mentioned a new component comes into play:
Jonathan Chase will be moving to iDiv from the USA to run a research unit.
- Click here for the ranking
- List of the iDiv members
Re-commissioning of research platform "Auwaldkran"
iDiv has taken back its canopy crane in the floodplain forest in Leipzig into operation at Wednesday, 9 July 2014. After damages as a result of the flood in summer last year the crane has to be dismantled until his reconstruction in spring 2014. Now scientists from the University of Leipzig, iDiv and its partners will use the 40 meters high “Auwaldkran” for biodiversity research projects.
Further details you will find here.
GEO BON Implementation Committee and Advisory Board meeting
GEO BON, the Biodiversity Observation Network of the Group on Earth Observations, has a global mission to support the CBD, IPBES and many others with a scientifically robust framework for observations on the detection of biodiversity change through all its scales from genes to ecosystem services. To do so, GEO BON is organized in nine working groups each focussed on a major field of biodiversity observation plus regional BON’s that implement activities regionally.
To discuss the activities of the working groups and the regional BON’s, and to take advice from the GEO BON Advisory Board, 17 members of the Implementation Committee as well as eight members of the Advisory Board came together for a three days meeting, 15th-18th June 2014 at iDiv. This meeting was also used to assess the progress of GEO BON towards it 2015 deliverables and it turns out that GEO BON is well on track. Most of the major deliverables are ready or in a good state of progress and the GEO BON scientists enthusiastically discussed new frontiers and challenges in biodiversity observation, developing the Essential Biodiversity Variables, how to go ahead with new projects and how to implement homogenized national monitoring schemes.
Weblink GEO BON
Prize for Creativity and Originality
The Next Generation Sequencing Conference (NGS) took place in Barcelona in June. yDiv Doctoral Researcher Sree Rohit Kolora attended the conference and won with it's hand-drawn poster a prize for "Creativity and Originality". In a short interview he explains what's it all about.
How to quantify the impact of alien species?
sDiv publishes two publications about non-native species
New ways for understanding the link between the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and species diversity
A team of Austrian, Swiss and German researchers has shown the current state of knowledge on the diversification of Tibetan plants and animals. Scientists from iDiv, the University of Leipzig and other research institutions have published their discoveries in the journal Biological Reviews under the title "The role of the uplift of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau for the evolution of Tibetan biotas” (DOI 10.1111/brv.12107).
Biodiversity research for our future
Over the last 20 years, biodiversity research has been established and shaped as a young interdisciplinary research field. In light of the global biodiversity crisis, however, this research is under pressure related to time and expectations and investments are necessary. The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since October 1, 2012, and will become a hub for biodiversity research.
The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)
- concentrates expertise across city and state borders
- brings together top scientists
- connects theoreticians and empiricists of manifold research fields
- focuses on theory and synthesis (synthesis centre sDiv)
- educates a new generation of scientists in transdisciplinary biodiversity
research (graduate school yDiv)
- communicates the importance of safeguarding biodiversity