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    Welcome to the homepage of the Ecological Field Station Fabrikschleichach

    Welcome to the homepage of the Ecological Field Station Fabrikschleichach. We are part of the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology (Zoology III) in the Biocenter of the University of Würzburg. The station was established 1983, ca. 60 km away from Würzburg in the heart of the Steigerwald, a richly forested hillside. We host various facilities, including laboratories, course rooms, library and insect collections. Research focus areas of our team include forest ecology, conservation biology and applied biodiversity research. We work in very close collaboration with the Bavarian Forest National Park. The former team of the Evolutionary Ecology group has moved and is now located in Würzburg.

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    Field Station Fabrikschleichach
    Glashüttenstraße 5
    96181 Rauhenebrach


    Office Support

    Hermine Wohlpart
    Phone.: +49931 31 82065
    Fax: +49931 31 83089
    Email: station@biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de

    Office Hours:
    Mon - Thu, 9:00 - 13:00

    Head of Field Station: Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller

    Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller is the new head of the Field Station Fabrikschleichach since May 2016. He will establish a new research focus on the biodiversity of temperate forest ecosystems in close collaboration with the Bavarian Forest National Park.


    10.07.2019 - Guests: Prof. Anne Chao and Prof. Chun-Huo Chiu

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    01.01.2019 - Welcome: Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Alexandro B. Leverkus

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    Latest publications

    in press:

    • Leverkus, Alexandro B. ; Gustafsson, Lena ; Lindenmayer, David B. ; Castro, Jorge ; Rey Benayas, José Maria ; Ranius, Thomas ; Thorn, Simon: Salvage logging effects on regulating ecosystem services and fuel loads. In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
    • Stiegler, J., von Hoermann, C., Müller, J., Benbow, M. & Heurich, M. (2020). Carcass provisioning for scavenger conservation in a temperate forest ecosystem. Ecosphere. DOI: 10.1002/bes2.1688


    • Roth, Nicolas ; Zoder, Sebastian ; Ali Zaman, Assad ; Thorn, Simon ; Schmidl, Jürgen: Long‐term monitoring reveals decreasing water beetle diversity, loss of specialists and community shifts over the past 28 years. In: Insect Conservation and Diversity vol. 13 (2020), Nr. 2, pp. 140-150
    • Georgiev, Kostadin Bogomilov ; Chao, Anne ; Castro, Jorge ; Chen, Yan-Han ; Choi, Chang-Yong ; Fontaine, Joseph B. ; Hutto, Richard L. ; Lee, Eun-Jae ; Müller, Jörg ; Rost, Josep ; Zmihorski, Michal ; Thorn, Simon: Salvage logging changes the taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional successional trajectories of forest bird communities. In: Journal of Applied Ecology (2020)

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