He has strong interest in whole system processes and investigates the interaction of multiple stressors across scales - global to local - and their interactions on systems' stabilities. This includes identifying relevant factors, examination and visualization of large datasets, and investigation of system dynamics applying various statistical methods. He is also interested in how structural characteristics within systems help to maintain resilience and resistance towards disturbances with special emphasis understanding non-linear regime shifts and alternative stable states.
Within the planetary boundary research he intends to investigate how already identified and potential main controlling processes in whole earth systems interact and how disturbances on small temporal and spatial scales can result in emergent pattern on global scale or may create propagating effects on longer timescales. One of his major research aims is identify stable and desirable "just and safe operating space" for human beings, trace planetary boundaries, test and compare different modeling approaches towards more detailed and spatially explicit models.
Ingo has a PhD in marine ecology (University of Bremen/Alfred-Wegner Institute for Marine and Polar Research) but recently also worked in the fields of microbiology, theoretical ecology, bioinformatics and ecological modeling. To study the dynamics of the biosphere in the Anthropocene, lately he expanded his research field, investigating planetary boundary issues applying the LPJmL Dynamic Global Vegetation Model.
Research news | 2015-11-18
The value of biodiversity particularly high in poor environmental conditions
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As Science publishes the updated research, four of nine planetary boundaries have been crossed
2017 - Journal / article
Among the most enduring ecological challenges is an integrated theory explaining the latitudinal biodiversity gradient, including discrepancies observed at different spatial scales. Analysis of Reef Life Survey data for 4127 marine species at 2406 coral and rocky sites worldwide confirms that the total ecoregion richness peaks in low latitudes, near +15°N and −15°S. However, although richness at survey sites is maximal near th...
2016 - Journal / article
Loading of water bodies with dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and dissolved total nitrogen (DTN) affects their integrity and functioning. Microbial interactions mitigate the negative effects of high nutrient loads in these ecosystems. Despite numerous studies on how biodiversity mediates ecosystem functions, whether and how diversity and complexity of microbial food webs (horizontal, vertical) and the underlying ecological mecha...
2016 - Journal / article
Most natural environments are characterized by frequent changes of their abiotic conditions. Microorganisms can respond to such changes by switching their physiological state between activity and dormancy allowing them to endure periods of unfavorable abiotic conditions. As a consequence, the competitiveness of microbial species is not simply determined by their growth performance under favorable conditions but also by their a...
2015 - Journal / article
Knowledge of metabolic processes is collected in easily accessible online databases which are increasing rapidly in content and detail. Using these databases for the automatic construction of metabolic network models requires high accuracy and consistency. In this bipartite study we evaluate current accuracy and consistency problems using the KEGG database as a prominent example and propose design principles for dealing with s...