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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

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


2021 Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology
2016 British Ecological Society’s Marsh Book Award
2014 - 2021 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

  • Barbour MA., Kliebenstein DJ., Bascompte J. (2022). A keystone gene underlies the persistence of an experimental food web Science 376: 70–73. DOI: 10.1126/science.abf2232
  • 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
  • Rohr RP., Saavedra S., Bascompte J. (2014). On the structural stability of mutualistic systems. Science, 345 (6195). DOI: 10.1126/science.1253497
  • 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

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Jordi Bascompte

Jordi Bascompte

Full Professor

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Office: Y13-H-40
Phone: +41 44 635 6126