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Dr. Florian Wetzel


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Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin

Dr. Florian Wetzel


Research associate at the Museum für Naturkunde, Senior Scientist, Ecologist.

Projects: (1) EU BON (Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network) is a project funded by the European Commission with 30 partners from 18 countries under the coordination of the MfN (EU BON). (2) ECOPOTENTIAL - Horizon 2020 Call: Improving future ecosystem benefits through earth observations.

  • Lead and coordination of the work package 1 "biodiversity data".
  • Work at the interface of science and policy, dialogue with stakeholders from policy, citizen science and research.
  • Harmonisation and coordination of the taxonomic reference database and faunistic web platform Fauna Europaea.
  • Lead Author for the UNEP Global Environment Outlook (Biodiversity & Ecosystems) for the pan-European assessment.

Specific tasks in the project are the analysis and evaluation of biodiversity information in a European perspective. Furthermore, participation in the harmonization of a European taxonomic backbone and determination of quantitative and qualitative limitations of current biodiversity data combined with the identification of priorities regarding data integration. Other tasks are related to the science-policy interface and the stakeholder dialogue. This includes the evaluation of political requirements regarding biodiversity data, the stakeholder dialogue, pathways for the support of the CBD and IPBES and other conventions and the analysis of how data on biodiversity is used in conservation policy.


My research priorities are linked to biodiversity research. This includes qualitative analyses of biodiversity information, assessment of the limitations of available biodiversity knowledge and evaluation of spatial data with geographic information systems. Another focus of my research is the linkage of scientific research to conservation, politics and international political processes. Further key issues are particularly the determination of policy and stakeholder requirements regarding biodiversity data, the in-depth analysis of biodiversity data use in conservation policy and the development of an operational biodiversity observation network that integrates the specific political needs regarding information on biological diversity.

My further research interests are related to biogeography and macroecology, like spatial ecological analyses that assess the effects of global change processes on species distributions.

Publications (Selection)

Runnel V., Wetzel F. T., Groom Q.J., Koch W., Peer I., Valland N., Panteri E. and U. Koljalg (2016): Summary report and strategy recommendations for EU citizen science gateway for biodiversity data. Research Ideas and Outcomes (2): e11563.

Barthod  C., Flörke M., Franck U., Häuser C.L., Hills C., Kirilenko A., Kock R., Kusch S., Matschullat J., Persson L., Plesnik J., Tronczynski J., Urge-Vorsatz D., Zdruli P. (Coordinating Lead Authors) ; Armiento G., Ashakeeva G., Bell S., Bernauer T., Diolaiuti G.A., Dronin N., Evrard O., Gómez J.A., Gorobets A., Grasso M., Guérin L., Idrisova A., Jeftic L., Klasinc L., Loeschel A., Loewe C., Makarova A., Mangalagiu D., Mzavanadze N., Nicholas K., Perelet R., Roe J., Padoa Schioppa E., Senese A., Sobek A., Steinbacher M., Stoyanova N., Telenius A., Vihervaara P., Wetzel F. T., Zimmermann F. (Lead Authors): Environmental Status and Trends Biodiversity and Ecosystems. In: UNEP/UNECE (2016): Global Environment Outlook 6 (GEO-6) Assessment pan-European region, Nairobi, Kenya. ISBN: 978-92-807-3545-1.

Wetzel, F.T., Saarenmaa, H., Regan, E., Martin, C.S., Mergen, P., Smirnova, L., Tuama, É.Ó., García Camacho, F.A., Hoffmann, A., Vohland, K. & Häuser, C.L. (2015): The roles and contributions of Biodiversity Observation Networks (BONs) in better tracking progress to 2020 biodiversity targets: a European case study. Biodiversity, 1-13.

Geijzendorffer, I., Regan, E.,Pereira, H., Brotons, L., Brummit, N., Haase, P., Martin, C., Mihoub, J.-B., Secades, C., Schmeller, D., Stoll, S., Wetzel, F.T. & Walters, M. (2015): Bridging the gap between biodiversity data and policy reporting needs: An Essential Biodiversity Variables perspective. Journal of Applied Ecology (16): 137-149.

de Jong, Y., Verbeek, M., Michelsen, V., Bjorn Pde, P., Los, W., Steeman, F., Bailly, N., Basire, C., Chylarecki, P., Stloukal, E., Hagedorn, G., Wetzel, F.T., Glockler, F., Kroupa, A., Korb, G., Hoffmann, A., Hauser, C., Kohlbecker, A., Muller, A., Guntsch, A., Stoev, P. & Penev, L. (2014): Fauna Europaea - all European animal species on the web. Biodiversity Data Journal (2): e4034.

Hoffmann, A., Penner, J., Vohland, K., Cramer, W., Doubleday, R., Henle, K., Kõljalg, U., Kühn, I., Kunin, W., Negro, J.J., Penev, L., Rodríguez, C., Saarenmaa, H., Schmeller, D., Stoev, P., Sutherland, W., Tuama, É.Ó., Wetzel, F.T. & Häuser, C.L. 2014: The need for an integrated biodiversity policy support process – Building the European contribution to a global Biodiversity Observation Network (EU BON). Nature Conservation (6): 49-65.

Wetzel, F.T., Beissmann, H., Penn, D.J. & Jetz, W. 2013: Vulnerability of terrestrial island vertebrates to projected sea-level rise. Global Change Biology 19 (7): 2058-2070.

Florian Wetzel