The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherber

Head of Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring (zbm)
Tel: +49 228 9122-450
Fax: +49 228 9122-212
Mail: c.scherber [at]



Field of work

I am heading the Centre for Biodiversity Monitoring, where we study biodiversity change along three major axes:

  1. Experimental manipulation of drivers of biodiversity change
  2. Methods development for biodiversity monitoring
  3. Practical solutions for enhancing biodiversity



Research interests

A central theme in my research is the diversity of life on earth ("biodiversity"). In particular, I am interested in the effects of changes in biodiversity on ecosystem processes such as plant-insect interactions and herbivory, and how biodiversity loss can be counteracted.

In addition, I am studying anthropogenic environmental changes (climate and habitat changes) in a variety of ecosystems such as grassland, arable land/cropland, heathland, beech forests, and peat bog ecosystems.

In particular, theory-based smaller-scale experiments and applications in nature conservation on a landscape scale are combined.


Editor at Ecology Letters, Editor at PCI Ecology, German Association of University Professors and Lecturers (DHV), British Ecological Society, Ecological Society of America, German Carnivorous Plant Society (GfP e.V.)


2011 Best Young Publication Award, University of Göttingen 2007 Horst Wiehe Award of the German Ecological Society (GfÖ) 2005 Sanofi Aventis Journalist prize “Heureka!” 2003 Voted among the 100 most important young Germans (Neon Magazine), 2002-2006 PhD scholarship by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 2001 Special scholarship by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 1998-2000 Scholarship by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, 2001 2nd prize at Deutscher Studienpreis (Körber-Stiftung), 2000 1st prize at Deutscher Studienpreis (Körber Stiftung), 1997 Reception as, in the Bavarian Ministry of Culture and by the Bavarian Prime Minister, 1997 E.F. Bläse Foundation Gold Award and Badge of Honour for, 1997 Nationwide 1st prize (Biology) at German Contest for Young Scientists („Jugend forscht“)

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