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Specialist group: Macroecology

Since its foundation in 2007 during the general assembly of the GfÖ in Marburg, the Macroecology Specialist Group can look back to several exciting years with diverse and successful activities.

The primary goal of the Specialist Group is to support the development of macroecological research in central Europe and beyond. It provides a form for scientific exchange about macroecological topics, i.e. about the patterns of biological diversity at large geographical and temporal scales as well as about the underlying processes and mechanisms.

As one of its core activities, the Specialist Group holds annual meetings which may be organized in different formats, depending on the aims and preferences of the local meeting hosts. Among the highlights of the last years was e.g. the conference at the Senckenberg Nature Museum in Frankfurt with about 100 participants and key note lectures by e.g. Catherine Graham (New York), Carsten Rahbek (Copenhagen), Miguel Araújo (Madrid) and David Orme (London). Another very successful event was the workshop “Scanning the horizon of macroecology” in Uder (Eichsfeld, Thüringen) whose findings have been summarized in an already highly cited publication in the journal Ecography (Beck et al. 2012) – a result of the inspiring and productive atmosphere during the Specialist Group meetings. These are also always intended to provide ample space for the discussion if novel ideas or for the presentation of projects by students or junior scientists; the open and cooperative atmosphere of the meetings stimulates this exchange.

Additional activities of the Specialist Group are regular sessions on macroecological topics during the annual meetings of the GfÖ or the continuous exchange via the group’s e-mail list.

Currently, we are looking forward to the next highlight in 2015: Thanks on the close collaboration with the Macroecology Specialist Group of the British Ecological Society (whose foundation in 2012 was also inspired by the success of our specialist group) and the Danish Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (CMEC), we will have a joint meeting of the three partners from 14 to 16 June 2015 in Copenhagen (Denmark). Additional information will follow here in due time…

Past activities



  • 7th annual meeting in Göttingen, organized by Juliano Cabral, Carsten Meyer and Holger Kreft
  • Symposium „Macroecology – linking species diversity with traits and phylogenies“ during the annual meeting of the GfÖ in Potsdam, organized by Christian Hof and Katrin Böhning-Gaese


  • 6th annual meeting in Frankfurt, organized by Susanne Fritz, Christian Hof and Katrin Böhning-Gaese
  • Symposium „Macroecology“ during the annual meeting of the GfÖ in Lüneburg, organized by Holger Kreft and Juliano Sarmento-Cabral


  • 5th annual meeting in Basel, organized by Jan Beck and Holger Kreft
  • Symposium „Biodiversity patterns at different scales – from theory to application“ during the annual meeting of the GfÖ in Oldenburg, organized by Jürgen Dengler, Christian Hof, Marten Winter and Dirk Wesuls


  • 4th annual meeting in Uder/Eichsfeld „Scanning the horizon of macroecology“, organized by Ingolf Kühn and Carsten Dormann
  • Symposium „Beyond patterns – niche dynamics in space and time“ during the annual meeting of the GfÖ in Gießen, organized by Marten Winter, Holger Kreft and Christian Hof


  • 3rd annual meeting am Seddiner See bei Potsdam, gemeinsam mit dem GfÖ-Arbeitskreis „Theorie in der Ökologie“, organized by Boris Schroeder
  • Symposium „Macroecology meets global change research“ during the annual meeting of the GfÖ in Bayreuth, organized by Ingolf Kühn and Martin Brändle


  • 2nd annual meeting in Bonn, organized by Jens Mutke and Sebastian Schmidtlein
  • Symposium „Macroecology and climate change – past, present and future“ bei der EURECO-GfÖ-Tagung in Leipzig, organized by Christian Hof, Irina Levinsky, Anja Rammig and Björn Reineking


  • 1st. Annual meeting in Mainz, organized by Katrin Böhning-Gaese and Hans Christian Schaefer
  • Symposium „Macroecology and Biogeography“ during the annual meeting of the GfÖ in Marburg, organized by Martin Brändle and Ingolf Kühn



Prof. Katrin Böhning-Gaese

Geschäftsführende Direktorin
Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum (BiK-F)
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt (Main)

Sekretariat: +49 (0)69/75 42 1821
fax: +49 (0)69/75 42 1800

email: katrin.boehning-gaese(at)