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., and Bascompte J. (2021). Language extinction triggers the loss of unique medicinal knowledge. PNAS, 118(24):e2103683118
    DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2103683118
  • Bascompte J., García, M.B., Ortega, R., Rezende, E.L. and 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 P.R. Jr., Pires M.M., Jordano P., Bascompte J. and Thompson J.N. (2017). Indirect effects drive coevolution in mutualistic networks. Nature, 550: 511-514
    DOI: 10.1038/nature24273
  • Gilarranz L.J., Rayfield B., Liñan-Cembrano G., Bascompte J. and 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 R.P., Saavedra S. and Bascompte J. (2014). On the structural stability of mutualistic systems. Science, 345 (6195)
    DOI: 110.1126/science.1253497
  • Saavedra S., Stouffer D., Uzzi B. and 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 M.A., Pascual-García A., Ferrera A., Luque B. and Bascompte J. (2009). The architecture of mutualistic networks minimizes competition and increases biodiversity. Nature 458: 1018-1020.
    DOI: 10.1038/nature07950
  • Rezende E., Lavabre J.E., Guimarães P.R. Jr., Jordano P. and Bascompte J. (2007). Non-random coextinctions in phylogenetically structured mutualistic networks. Nature 448: 925-928.
    DOI: 10.1038/nature05956
  • Bascompte J., Jordano P. and Olesen J.M. (2006). Asymmetric coevolutionary networks facilitate biodiversity maintenance. Science, 312(5772): 431-433.
    DOI: 10.1126/science.1123412
  • Bascompte J., Jordano P., Melián C.J. and Olesen J.M. (2003). The nested assembly of plant-animal mutualistic networks. PNAS, 100(16): 9383-9387.
    DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1633576100