Evolutionary Ecology Group

The “Evolutionary Ecology” group has moved and is now located at Hubland/Campus Nord, Gebäude 32, Emil-Fischer-Str. 32, 97074 Würzburg. Since April 2016 Prof. Dr. Jörg Müller is head of the Field Station. The new web page of the group "Forest Ecology and Conservation" will be available soon.

Formerly the group was located in the Fieldstation of the Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg. The group is headed by Prof. Hans Joachim Poethke and encompasses a team of about ten scientists and non-scientists.

The station was established 1983, ca. 60km away from Würzburg in the heart of the Steigerwald, a richly forested hillside. It is located in a former forester's house (18th century) in a small village named Fabrikschleichach. Due to its location in an area that has, until now, been exempted from intensive agricultural exploitation and the presence of laboratories, course rooms, and some overnight accommodations, the station is ideally suited for teaching as well as interdisciplinary and long-term ecological investigations.

Our research centres on the evolution of life history strategies – with a special focus on dispersal – and the implications of these strategies for species survival in a spatially and temporally heterogeneous landscape.

In the lectures and courses taking place at the station itself, we concentrate on imparting methods useful in field research. Besides, we offer (mostly in Würzburg) lectures and seminars on population biology basics, as well as on system analysis, modelling of ecosystems and statistics. 


Field Station Fabrikschleichach
Glashüttenstr. 5
D- 96181 Rauhenebrach
[How to find us]

phone: +49 (0) 931 31 82065 
fax: +49 (0) 931 31 83089
email: station@biozentrum.uni-wuerzburg.de