Outreach and Media

In this section, we feature projects, presentations, performances and events that enable Disturbance Ecology to bring current research topics or research results to a broader audience outside of the university setting.



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Grazing and ecosystem service delivery in global drylands

Film for the publication of the same name (1:56 minutes).

Summary of the article "Grazing and ecosystem service delivery in global drylands", published in Science. The full article can be read here. Video made by Cirenia Sketches. Voice of Alba Dolores Gil Gargan.

The Link to the YouTube-Video (in English):





"Scientists exposed plants to a yearlong drought. The result is worrying for climate change
Global experiment found ability of grasses and shrubs to store carbon suffered"


Article in the Journal "Science"
with Interview with Anke Jentsch


The Link to the Article:




"Gut zu wissen" on BR alpha

Storms and droughts. How we can better protect ourselves. (in German)

BR alpha from 25.07.2022
(29 minutes)

The link to the recording
in the BR-Mediathek:



Unwetter und Dürren


Stadtgespräch Jentsch City Talk from 1 July 2020 with Prof. Dr. Anke Jentsch (60 minutes)   


Bayreuth City Talks

The Bayreuth City Talks are an event of the University of Bayreuth, which exists since July 2014. On the first Wednesday of each month, a lecture with changing speakers on exciting current topics takes place in the Iwalewa House from 6:00 p.m. to about 7:30 p.m.. The lectures are open to all citizens without registration - admission is free. (in German)

The Bayreuth City Talks currently take place online. You can find the zoom link for digital participation in the City Talks at:



Student Research Center
Value of diversity: Sustainable land use of mountain meadows in climate change

As part of school project days on the topic of "Climate Change and Biodiversity", 24 sixth-graders engaged in the BONARES collaborative project "Sustainable Use of Grassland Soils in the Alps and Alpine Foothills under Climate Change" (SUSALPS) in June 2019. In the process, the youngsters learned about scientific experiments conducted by ecologists at the Brunnenkopfalm to study the effects of regrazing on the biodiversity and forage quality of mountain meadows. It was particularly exciting for the students to experience the experimental research activities for themselves on site and to experience in practice the theoretical knowledge about climate and land use change in the mountains that they had acquired in advance in class. Experiencing biodiversity with eyes and ears, walking through rain showers, counting flowers, visiting abysses, stroking cattle, climbing over rocks - all this was part of the extensive program.

The event was sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).



Outreach / Media

School class



Book Störungsökologie



New publication

Thomas WOHLGEMUTH, Anke JENTSCH, Rupert SEIDL (2019): Störungsökologie. Haupt Verlag Bern, UTB-Reihe, 396 pages, numerous color illustrations, maps and graphics. ISBN 978-3-8252-5018-8.

This first textbook presented in German provides a wide-ranging overview of the current state of knowledge in disturbance ecology. The authors name and characterize the disturbance types, present their effects on ecosystems, and provide information on how species adapt to the diverse disturbances. With climate change, the 17 technical chapters presented come into focus. The current state of research is documented and the term "disturbance ecology" is introduced in the German-speaking world. There are no ecosystems without disturbances! Among the typical natural disturbances, the authors include storms, fire, flooding, insect mass reproduction, snow, late frosts, droughts, heat waves, and heavy rains. This meaty textbook should be read in depth by all practitioners of land uses, all conservation organizations, students and researchers, as well as policymakers and administrators. It is a well-founded textbook that belongs in the hands of every ecologist, biologist, forester, and anyone interested in nature, and should not be missing from any professional library.



CampusTalk on BR alpha
Prof. Dr. Anke Jentsch:
What sustains? - Resilience in turbulent times

BR alpha from 15.06.2020
(14 minutes, in German)

The link to the recording
in the BR-Mediathek:

Outreach / Media

last modified 2022-12-06