As much as possible, original experimental research is strengthened by coupling to existing or newly developed simulation models or to statistical meta-analysis of the related literature.

PLECO research currently spans the entire gradients of climate and management intensity, including projects in tundra, deserts, temperate grasslands, temperate and tropical forests, but also in intensively managed agricultural crops and SRC plantations.

The group has an extensive and long-standing experience with the study of a wide range of sub-disciplines in the domain of ecology – in particular the ecology of plants and vegetations – and in the domain of biogeochemistry,  in particular the cycling of carbon and its interactions with water and nitrogen.