Sonnenaufgang

Institute of Ecology and Evolution

with Botanical Garden and Herbarium Haussknecht
Sunrise
Image: Stefan Halle

”Ecology is the scientific study of interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms”. This broadly accepted definition of the discipline by Charles Krebs (1972) describes the general approach of any ecological research. ”Evolution is change in the heritable characteristics of biological populations over successive generations” (Wikipedia) in which the process is driven by adaptation in the sense of fitness-maximisation to an ever-changing environment. Ecology and Evolution are, therefore, intrinsically tied to each other. This also frames the conceptual approach of scientific work at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IEE) that covers the three complexity levels individuals, populations and communities.

The mission of the institute is supported by manifold cooperations, e.g. with the Max Planck Institutes for Chemical Ecology (founded 1996) and for Biogeochemistry (founded 1997) in Jena as well as with the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) (founded 2012).

The Institute of Ecology and Evolution belongs to the Faculty of Biological Sciences and is distributed over several sites in Jena. It comprises of four professorships:

Flowery meadow
Plant Biodiversity
Prof. Dr. Christine Römermann
Leutra valley 2006
Ecology
Prof. Dr. Stefan Halle
Roeseliana fedtschenkoi
Population Ecology
Prof. Dr. Holger Schielzeth
Centaurea phrygia group
Systematic Botany
Prof. Dr. Frank Hellwig

To the institute belong furthermore:

Botanical garden
Botanical Garden Jena
Director: Prof. Dr. Frank Hellwig; Curator: Dr. Stefan Arndt
Herbarbelege
Herbarium Haussknecht
Director: Prof. Dr. Frank Hellwig; Curator: Dr. Jörn Hentschel
Jena Experiment
Jena Experiment
Coordinator: Dr. Anne Ebeling

Contact

Institute director Prof. Dr. Frank Hellwig
Secretary: Kathleen Radzio, Room E002
Philosophenweg 16
07743 Jena
Phone
+49 3641 9-494250
Fax
+49 3641 9-49252
Opening hours:
Mo.: 10:00 - 11:30 h and 13:00 - 14:00 h
Tu.: 10:00 - 11:30 h and 13:00 - 14:00 h
We.: closed
Th.: 10:00 - 11:30 h and 13:00 - 14:00 h
Fr.: 10:00 - 11:30 h
Postal address:
Institute of Ecology and Evoloution
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Philosophenweg 16
07743 Jena
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