Climate change impacts on biological diversity in Bavaria: multidimensional integration for better biodiversity projections

Climate change is now one of the most important threats for biodiversity. Especially in concert with land-use change it presents unprecedented challenges to populations, species, and ecosystems.

Central goal of the MIntBIO project is to improve our understanding of the impacts of climate and land-use change on animal diversity in Bavaria and, based on that, to build realistic projections of biodiversity change.

For this, we will combine distribution data on the bavarian fauna (e.g. birds, butterflies, dragonflies and grasshoppers) using innovative methods from biogeography and ecology with additional biological and geographical data, in order to develop future scenarios for the diversity of animal life in Bavaria based on an integration across scales, animal groups and methodological disciplines.

The results, e.g. on the potential responses of species to climate change in landscapes that are extensively modified by humans, will be discussed with stakeholders from nature conservation, land-use and politics, to develop sustainable policy options for the preservation of Bavarian biodiversity.

Principal investigator
Dr. Christian Hof
Department for Ecology and Ecosystemmanagement
Technical University of Munich
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan


  • Towards more integration of physiology, dispersal and land-use change to understand the responses of species to climate change
    Hof, C.
    Journal of Experimental Biology 2021; 224
  • Considering sustainability thresholds for BECCS in IPCC and biodiversity assessments
    Creutzig F, Erb KH, Haberl H, Hof C, Hunsberger C, Roe S
    GCB Bioenergy 2021; 13 (4): 510-515
  • Trait-based assessments of climate-change impacts on interacting species
    Schleuning M, Neuschulz EL, Albrecht J (et al., et seq.), Hof C
    Trends in Ecology & Evolution 2020; 35(4): 319-328
  • Macroecology as a hub between research disciplines: Opportunities, challenges and possible ways forward
    Leitao PJ, Andrew CJ, Engelhardt EK (et al., et seq.), Hof C
    Journal of Biogeography 2019; 47(1): 13-15
  • Ignoring biotic interactions overestimates climate change effects: The potential response of the spotted nutcracker to changes in climate and resource plants
    Engelhardt EK, Neuschulz EL, Hof C
    Journal of Biogeography 2019; 47(1): 143-154
  • Host assemblage and environment shape beta-diversity of freshwater parasites across diverse taxa at a continental scale
    Berkhout BW, Borregaard MK, Brandl R (et al., et seq.), Hof C
    Global Ecology and Biogeography 2019; 29(1): 38-49
  • A comparison of macroecological and stacked species distribution models to predict future global terrestrial vertebrate richness
    Biber MF, Voskamp A, Niamir A, Hickler T, Hof C
    Journal of Biogeography 2019; 47(1): 114-129
  • Macroecology in the age of Big Data – Where to go from here?
    Wüest RO, Zimmermann NE, Zurell D (et al., et seq.), Hof C, Cabral JS
    Journal of Biogeography 2019; 47(1): 1-12
  • Bloß nicht noch mehr Mais
    Hof, C
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 2019; Frankfurt
  • Bioenergy cropland expansion may offset positive effects of climate change mitigation for global vertegrate diversity
    Hof C, Voskamp A, Biber MF et al.
    PNAS 2018; 115 (52): 13294-13299

Doctoral Thesis

    Final Papers