ITZ runs an ecological field station in Schapen near the city of Braunschweig (approximately 60 km east and a bit south of Hannover).

The field station is located in a former railway station, an historical building protected by law, at the edge of the European reserve "Riddagshäuser Teiche". The area is designated as a European reserve site because of the large number of bird species that pass through and use the area during migration. The reserve, which contains a pond and canal system that was first built by monks of the Zisterzeinser in the 12th century, provides a multitude of opportunities for ecological field research, including studies in conservation genetics, the biological impacts of electromagnetic fields, limnology, and biodiversity dynamics. 


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