Jordi Bascompte

Research Interests

Biodiversity, plant-animal interactions, mutualistic networks, food webs, metacommunities, theoretical and computational ecology


Education and Professional Positions

2015 – present Full Professor (Ecology), Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich
2008 - 2014 Full Professor, Spanish Research Council, Sevilla, Spain
2000 - 2007 Associate Professor, Spanish Research Council, Sevilla, Spain
1998 - 1999 Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
1996 - 1997 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Irvine, USA


  • 2016: British Ecological Society’s Marsh Book Award
  • 2014: Highly cited scientist (Thomson Reuters)
  • 2011: European Research Council’s Advanced Grant
  • 2011: Spanish National Research Award in Environmental Sciences
  • 2007: Ecological Society of America’s George Mercer Award
  • 2004: European Young Investigator Award

Selected Publications

  • Cámara-Leret R., Bascompte J. (2021). Language extinction triggers the loss of unique medicinal knowledge. PNAS, 118(24):e2103683118. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2103683118
  • Bascompte J., García MB., Ortega R., Rezende EL., Pironon S. (2019). Mutualistic interactions reshuffle the effects of climate change on plants across the tree of life. Science Advances, 5(5): eaav2539. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aav2539
  • Guimarães PR. Jr., Pires MM., Jordano P., Bascompte J., Thompson JN. (2017). Indirect effects drive coevolution in mutualistic networks. Nature, 550: 511-514. DOI: 10.1038/nature24273
  • Gilarranz LJ., Rayfield B., Liñan-Cembrano G., Bascompte J., Gonzalez A. (2017). Effects of network modularity on the spread of perturbation impact in experimental metapopu- lations. Science 357(6347): 199-201. DOI: 10.1126/science.aal4122
  • Rohr RP., Saavedra S., Bascompte J. (2014). On the structural stability of mutualistic systems. Science, 345 (6195). DOI: 10.1126/science.1253497
  • Saavedra S., Stouffer D., Uzzi B., Bascompte J. (2011). Strong contributors to network persistence are the most vulnerable to extinction. Nature, 478: 233-235. DOI: 10.1038/nature10433
  • Bascompte J. (2009). Disentangling the web of life. Science, 325 (5939): 416-419. DOI: 10.1126/science.1170749
  • Bastolla U., Fortuna MA., Pascual-García A., Ferrera A., Luque B., Bascompte J. (2009). The architecture of mutualistic networks minimizes competition and increases biodiversity. Nature 458: 1018-1020. DOI: 10.1038/nature07950
  • Rezende E., Lavabre JE., Guimarães PR. Jr., Jordano P., Bascompte J. (2007). Non-random coextinctions in phylogenetically structured mutualistic networks. Nature 448: 925-928. DOI: 10.1038/nature05956
  • Bascompte J., Jordano P., Olesen JM. (2006). Asymmetric coevolutionary networks facilitate biodiversity maintenance. Science, 312(5772): 431-433. DOI: 10.1126/science.1123412
  • Bascompte J., Jordano P., Melián CJ., Olesen JM. (2003). The nested assembly of plant-animal mutualistic networks. PNAS, 100(16): 9383-9387. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1633576100