Research Group for Vegetation Analysis

The Research Group for Vegetation Analysis focuses its activities on teaching and applied research, but also tackles ambitious service provision projects using state-of-the-art tools such as multivariate analysis and smartphone apps in addition to traditional methods such as vegetation surveys.

Vegetation and flora play a key role in most nature- and landscape-related projects, and can furthermore be recorded and investigated much more easily and reliably than most other ecosystem elements and processes. Their stationary nature means that they are ideally suited as area-wide indicators of prevailing site conditions.

Research interests

  • Ecological upgrading of forest edges
  • Neophytes
  • High-altitude greening
  • Urban vegetation
  • Macrophytes
  • New smartphone apps for the identification of challenging groups of species, e.g. iGräser


  • Quantitative vegetation and location analysis
  • Vegetation mapping
  • Species conservation and monitoring concepts and environmental monitoring for construction projects
  • Impact assessments for maintenance and management measures, e.g. in relation to the ecological upgrading of forest edges, the renaturalisation of ski slopes or bracken and neophyte control measures
  • Multivariate analysis of time series and other challenging data sets
  • Applied systematic botany (identification of vascular plants)