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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Associated Research Groups

Research group: Research interests: Affiliation:
Prof. Dr. Martin Ackermann Experimental evolution using bacteria; phenotypic variation and underlying genetic differences; selection experiments, origin of aging. Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, ETHZ
Prof. Dr. Florian Altermatt Metapopulation and metacommunity ecology in aquatic systems; dispersal and invasion dynamics in dendritic river-landscapes; biodiversity; effects of climate change on butterflies and moths. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH and Eawag, Aquatic Ecology
Prof. Dr. Jake Alexander Plant community responses to changing climate, especially role of changing species interactions; ecological and evolutionary causes of species’ range limits; mechanisms and impacts of biological invasions; mechanisms of biodiversity maintenance. Institute of Integrative Biology, ETHZ
Prof. Dr. Jordi Bascompte Biodiversity; plant-animal interactions; mutualistic networks, food webs; metacommunities, theoretical and computational ecology. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Prof. Dr. Wolf Blanckenhorn Behavioural ecology; community ecology of dung organisms; evolutionary ecology; insect life histories; physiological ecology of insects; population biology; quantitative and populations genetics; sexual selection; thermal adaptation. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
PD Dr. Janine Bolliger Biodiversity, blue-green infrastructure, land-use modelling, ecological impact assessments, artificial light at night. Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bonhoeffer Evolution and population biology of infectious diseases; mathematical and computational models of the population dynamics of viral (especially HIV) infections within infected individuals; evolution of drug resistance; evolution of recombination. Institute of Integrative Biology, ETHZ
Dr. Andreas Bruder

Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning, ecosystem processes, stream food webs, functional indicators, fungal ecology, anthropogenic impacts on freshwater ecosystems.

Stream Ecology Group, Laboratory of Applied Microbiology, SUPSI
Prof. Dr. Harald Bugmann Forest ecology; climate change; arctic, antarctic and alpine ecology. Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems, ETHZ
Prof. Dr. Thomas Crowther Ecological processes; functioning of ecosystems at a global scale; structure and functioning of biological communities; quantify their relevance for global carbon cycling and the climate system. Global Ecosystem Ecology and Institute of Integrative Biology (IBZ), Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETHZ
Prof. Dr. Consuelo De Moraes Sensory cues and signals; interspecific ecological interactions; chemical signaling; olfactory information; multi-trophic plant-insect interactions; disease transmission. Biocommunication Research Group and Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETHZ
Prof. Dr. Nathalie Dubois Sedimentology; paleolimnology, paleoecology; paleoenvironment; paleoclimate; early human impacts. Sedimentology Group Leader, Eawag and Department of Earth Sciences, ETHZ
Prof. Dr. Damien Farine Social behaviour, collective behaviour, cooperation and mutualisms, ecological drivers of social behaviour, predator-prey interactions, eco-evolutionary feedbacks, behavioural ecology. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Dr. Beat Frey Forest soils and biogeochemistry; rhizosphere processes. Forest Soil and Biogeochemistry, WSL
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Furrer Spatio-temporal geostatistics; state-space models; nonstationarity; large datasets; (ensemble) Kalman filter; multivariate and robust statistics. Applied Statistics, UZH
Prof. Dr. Jaboury Ghazoul Ecosystem management; tropical plant ecology; pollination biology; plant reproductive ecology. Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems, ETHZ
Dr. Giselher Grabenweger Ecological Plant Protection in Arable Crops; Research on entomopathogenic fungi (Hypocreales) and entomoparasitic nematodes (Rhabditida) as biological control agents of insects, especially of pest insects in arable crops and grasslands. Department of Plant Protection, Agroscope, Zurich
PD Dr. Marcus Hall Environmental history; restoration challenges; invasive alien species; ecosystems and human health. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Dr. Fletcher Halliday Biodiversity, Global Change, Disease Ecology and Evolution. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Dr. Martin Hartmann Microbial ecology, soil science, global change, plant-microbe interactions,  agroecosystems, molecular biology, bioinformatics and statistics. Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich
Prof. Dr. Adrian Hehl Parasitology Institute of Parasitology, VetSuisse, UZH
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Hellweg Ecological systems design, life-cycle assessment, biotic and abiotic resources, food supply, energy systems, overall consumption, waste management. Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETHZ
Dr. Felix Herzog Interactions between agricultural practices and the environment, agricultural landscapes and biodiversity, novel production systems such as agroforestry, agro-ecological research, biodiversity indicators and monitoring. Agricultural landscapes and biodiversity;Agroscope, Research Division Agroecology and Environment
Dr. Matt Horton Plant evolutionary ecology; host-microbial interactions; the genetic bases of adaptation Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UZH
Prof. Dr. Lukas Jenni Ecological requirement and limitations of birds; applied research in birds; reasons and effects of stress in birds; eco-physiology of migrant birds. Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach
Dr. David Russell Johnson Microbial community assembly; biodiversity; causes and consequences of metabolic specialization; experimental evolution with microorganisms. Environmental Microbiology, EAWAG
Prof. Dr. Jukka Jokela Ecological and evolutionary processes; genetic diversity in natural populations; importance of genetic diversity for maintenance of ecological diversity and genetic resi­lience of natural populations to environmental perturba­tions; developing methods of molecular ecology for aquatic keystone species; host-para­site interactions; disease risk in aquatic habitats. Aquatic Ecology, EAWAG
Dr. Sonja Kay Ecosystem services assessment, ecological modelling and spatial analysis of agricultural landscapes and agroecosystem with focus on agroforestry and agri-environmental schemes. Agricultural Landscapes and Biodiversity, Agroscope
Prof. Dr. Lukas Keller Ecology; evolution and genetics of small or fragmented populations in the wild. Institut für Systematische Botanik, UZH
Dr. Michael Kessler Biotic and abiotic factors determining patterns of species diversity and distribution of species, especially in the tropics; ecology and biogeography; GIS modelling of the relationship of plant distributions and climate; influence of plant species richness on ecosystem function and stability. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Dr. Eva Knop Multi-trophic plant-insect interactions; pollination biology; landscape ecology; global change and biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships with focus on human land-use change and artificial light at night; night ecology Agroecology and Environment, Agrosocpe
Prof. Dr. Rodrigo Cámara Leret Conservation of biological and cultural heritage, indigenous knowledge networks, ecosystem services, natural history, capacity-building Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, UZH
Prof. Dr. Peter Linder Plant evolution; systematics, pollination; biogeography and phytogeography. Institute of Systematic Botany, UZH
Prof. Dr. Stefan Lüpold Behavioural ecology; evolutionary ecology; sexual selection; reproductive evolution; insect life history; allocation trade-offs; endosymbionts; host-microbiome interactions; ecotoxicology; phylogenetics. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Prof. Dr. Marta Manser Evolution and mechanisms underlying group coordination; communication and cognitive aspects in mammals in their natural environment. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Dr. Blake Matthews Ecology and evolution of aquatic ecosystems; structural diversity in food webs and its effects on ecosystem functioning. Aquatic Ecology, EAWAG
Prof. Dr. Mark Mescher Evolution, ecology, behavior, chemical ecology and disease. Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETHZ, Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Anita Narwani Competition; coexistence and biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships in phytoplankton communities; effects of warming on competition; ecological and evolutionary trait change. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning, EAWAG
Prof. Dr. Pascal Niklaus Soil ecology and global change; carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems; structure and functioning of ecosystems dependent on plant biodiversity. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Prof. Dr. Arpat Ozgul Population ecology; biodemography, life-history evolution; evolutionary demography; metapopulation dynamics; wildlife disease dynamics; quantitative methods for the analysis and management of animal populations. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Prof. Dr. Owen Petchey Population, community, and ecosystem ecology; effects of environmental change; modelling biological systems; statistical computing. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Prof. Dr. Loïc Pellissier Link between landscape dynamics and biodiversity at different spatial and temporal scales; spatial ecological modelling; plant-herbivore interactions; climate change; landuse change. Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETHZ
Dr. Frank Pennekamp Multiple stressors; ecological stability in a changing world; ecological forecasting; dispersal and movement ecology in fragmented landscapes Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Prof. Dr. Jakob Pernthaler Food web structure and substrate availability in freshwater and marine habitats; microbial ecology; microbial adaptation; biogeography and population dynamics; life strategies; bacterial ecotypes; indicator organisms of water pollution; community composition of freshwater and coastal microbial assemblages; infochemicals. Limnological Station, Institute of Plant Biology, UZH
Dr Francesco Pomati Ecology of phytoplankton; trait-based community ecology; cyanobacterial blooms; lake food-webs; environmental change effects on biodiversity; lake monitoring and mesocosm experiments; data science. Aquatic ecology, Eawag
Prof. Dr. Thomas Posch Protistology and microbial food webs; interactions between unicellular eukaryotes (protists) and heterotrophic bacteria within aquatic microbial food webs; lab-experiments (by chemostat-systems) and field-studies in alpine lakes; monitoring of protists-bacteria interactions in relation to classical limnological parameters and combine these investigations with detailed in situ experiments (size fractionation, nutrient enrichment). Limnological Station, Institute of Plant Biology, UZH
Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman Remote sensing; earth observations; imaging spectroscopy; physical modelling; biosphere-atmosphere interactions; plant pigment and non-pigment system. Remote Sensing Laboratories, Department of Geography, UZH
Dr. Gabriela Schaepman-Strub Spatial ecology and remote sensing; siberian tundra ecosystems; permafrost and climate change; arctic shrubs and vegetation composition; land surface reflectance. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Prof. Dr. Florian Schiestl Plant pollinator interactions; pollinator behaviour; floral evolution and floral signals; pollinator driven plant evolution. Institute of Systematic Botany
Prof Dr.Meredith Christine Schuman Spatial genetics, chemical ecology, plant ecological functions, functional traits. Department of Geography, UZH
Prof. Dr. Kentaro Shimizu Evolutionary and ecological functional genomics; adaptation and speciation in Arabidopsis relatives; molecular population genetics; plant reproductive systems. Institute of Plant Biology, UZH
Prof. Dr. Shinichi Sunagawa Ecological and evolutionary factors that determine the structure and function of ocean and host-associated microbiomes; bioinformatic approaches for meta-omics data analysis. Institute of Microbiology, Department of Biology, ETHZ
Prof. Dr. Johan Six Biogeochemical cycling, soil biology, diverse agricultural systems, resilient food systems, Sustainable Agroecosystems, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich.
Dr. Piet Spaak Ecology and evolution of plankton populations in lakes. Population dynamics in lake ecosystems. Resilience, invasive species and their interaction with native populations. Hybridization, host parasite interaction and the influence of environmental factors. Zooplankton Ecology and Evolution, Department Aquatic Ecology, EAWAG
Prof. Dr. Paul R. Torgerson Epidemiology; Diseases in populations; Ecology of infectious diseases; Transmission of parasites; Modelling systems for the transmission of fox tapeworm. Vetsuisse Faculty, UZH
Prof. Dr. Marcel van der Heijden Plant-microbe interactions; molecular and ecological aspects of plant innate immunity; novel strategies for ecology-based or sustainable agriculture. Research Station Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ART
Prof. Dr. Niels Verhulst Vector ecology, chemical and behavioural ecology, microhabitat selection, host preferences, disease vector ecology. Institute of Parasitology, National Centre for Vector Entomology
Prof. Dr. Christian von Mering Bioinformatics; systems biology; metagenomics; microbial communities; protein-protein interactions. Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
Prof. Dr. Christoph Vorburger Insect host-parasitoid interactions; influence of endosymbiotic insect bacteria on resistance against parasitoids; fragmentation of streams and rivers on the genetic population structure of aquatic animals. Institute of Integrative Biology, ETHZ
Prof. Dr. Andreas Wagner Evolutionary innovation; molecular evolution of genes, genomes, and complex biological networks, including metabolic and regulatory networks; evolution of robustness in complex systems. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, UZH
Prof. Dr. Achim Walter Agriculture; field crop phenotyping with focus on wheat; RGB-, thermal and multispectral imaging for precision agriculture and breeding; unmanned aerial vehicles; field phenotyping platform. Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zürich
Prof. Dr. Alexander Widmer Plant ecology and evolution; ecological and evolutionary consequences of hybridization; the genetic basis of habitat adaptation and differentiation. Institute of Integrative Biology, ETHZ

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