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Geobiology and Biodiversity

Understanding the System Earth demands a transdisciplinary approach focusing on the mutual interactions between the geosphere and the biosphere. Not only did the evolution of the geosphere shape and control biodiversity patterns through time, but likewise the biological evolution has changed, controlled and continues to shape the geosphere. Subject areas to be considered in this approach range from geochemical cycles of essential elements, climatic change, and modification of the earth's lithosphere and ecosystems up to the past and present holobionts with underlying anatomy, diversity, phylogeny, genomics, and proteomics - including means of their statistical computation or modeling.

The GeoBio-CenterLMU

Since 2002, the Center for Geobiology and Biodiversity Research at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (GeoBio-CenterLMU) aims to promote transdisciplinary cooperation in research and teaching of Geobiology and Biodiversity between three faculties of LMU (Biology, Geosciences, and Veterinary Medicine), and the Bavarian Natural History Collections (SNSB), as well as other, external, institutions as a single, institutionalized platform.

Presently expertise of members include physical anthropology, palaeoanatomy, -oceanography, -biology, -ecology, nano-cristallography, biogeophysics, tectonics, remote sensing, geomicrobiology, systematic botany and zoology, genomics, proteomics, theoretical and computational phylogenetics, and ecology, but our research output aims at crossing these borders.

Four DFG Emmy Noether Junior Research Groups (two completed, two ongoing), one ERC Starting Grant (ongoing), one Horizon 2020 Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network (completed 2022), as well as various other projects were or are currently located at the GeoBio-CenterLMU.
We have cooperations with other subject areas and are always open for new collaboration.

What we do?

  • Direct cooperation in research and teaching programs
  • Interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and discussion
  • Sharing of labs, libraries and other resources
  • Investment into new transdisciplinary resources
  • Start up-support of new research or teaching projects
  • Integrated continuing education and public relation
  • Hosting and administration of third-party research grants


New members and particular the establishment of new research groups are highly welcome!
Please contact us for further information.