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Specialist group: Macroecology

The main aim of the Specialist Group is to advance macroecology and to support the development of macroecological research in Central Europe and beyond. It provides a forum 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. A particular goal is to foster collaboration and to link young and more established macroecologists.

As one of its core activities, the Specialist Group holds annual meetings organized in different formats, depending on the aims and preferences of the local meeting hosts. Among the highlights of the last years were e.g. conferences at the Senckenberg Nature Museum in Frankfurt, at the University of Vienna and at WSL Zurich each with about 100 participants and keynote lectures by leading international macroecologists.

Additional activities of the Specialist Group are regular sessions on macroecological topics during the annual meetings of the GfÖ and the continuous exchange via the group’s e-mail list. Write an email to Holger Kreft to get on the group’s email list or if you have any questions about the Specialist group.

Future and 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
  • Joint paper Beck et al. 2012 What's on the horizon for macroecology?, Ecography 35: 673–683, 2012.
  • 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. Dr. Susanne Fritz

Dr. Alke Voskamp