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The Collaborative Research Centre 1076 AquaDiva (CRC AquaDiva) of the Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) Jena is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

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Understanding the Links between Surface and Subsurface Biogeosphere
The CRC AquaDiva focuses on the important roles of water (Aqua) and biodiversity (Diva) for shaping the structure, properties, and functions of the subsurface, the part of the Earth's Critical Zone (CZ) that begins below the highest density of plant roots and extends down into the first aquifers.

We seek to answer fundamental questions about the subsurface: What biota live there? How do they interact with and reflect their environment? How do they reflect surface properties? Answers are required to understand how increasing human activities impact this zone and the services it provides. Read more...


The Collaborative Research Centre 1076 AquaDiva invites applications for numerous doctoral, postdoctoral, and technician positions in 2021.

Please find all available positions and open calls on our Open Positions site.


Graphic: Anke Hädrich, FSU; Photo: Robert Lehmann, FSU


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Recent Publications

Metzger J.C., Filipzik J., Michalzik B., Hildebrandt A. (2021) Stemflow infiltration hotspots ceate soil microsites near tree stems in an unmanaged mixed beech forest. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 4: 701293. Doi: 10.3389/ffgc.2021.701293.

Lehmann K., Lehmann R., Totsche K.U. (2021) Event-driven dynamics of the total mobile inventory in undisturbed soil account for significant fluxes of particulate organic carbon. Sci Total Environ 756: 143774. Doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143774.

Xenophontos C., Taubert M., Harpole W. S., Küsel K. (2021) Phylogenetic and metabolic diversity have contrasting effects on the ecological functioning of bacterial communities. Editor's Choice in FEMS Microbiology Ecology 97(3): fiab017. Doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiab017.

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