Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution

The Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution is devoted to educating students in advancing our knowledge on the ecology and evolution of extant and ancestral organisms, populations and communities. In Ecology, the ambition is to better understand the mechanistic and evolutionary drivers of patterns and processes from gene regulation to the structure and function of ecosystems and the impact of communities on the biogeochemical cycles and their adaptive capacity in response to environmental change. In Evolution, we address the evolutionary processes leading to changes in organization and temporal dynamics of organisms, populations and species at the molecular, developmental, morphological and physiological level.

"We welcome highly motivated PhD candidates, who share the enthusiasm and spirit of our Doctoral School to provide scientific answers to global challenges in ecology and evolution under changing environmental conditions. Our Doctoral School provides excellent conditions and an intellectual environment that allows realizing international competitive research."

Gerhard J. Herndl, Head of the Vienna Doctoral School Ecology and Evolution

Welcome Message by Jean-Robert Tyran, Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs

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Our PhD Candidates

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VDSEE invites applications for completion grants, aiming to support VDSEE doctoral students in their final phase of their doctoral studies beyond their current thesis funding. The doctoral candidates should complete and submit their doctoral thesis within the funding period.


With a total length of up to 5.5m, the tiger shark is one of the largest predatory sharks known today. This shark is a cosmopolitan species occurring in all oceans worldwide. It is characterized by a striped pattern on its back, which is well marked in juveniles but usually fades in adults. An international team of researchers led by Julia Türtscher from the University of Vienna's VDSEE examined...


The pelvis is the part of the human skeleton with the largest differences between the sexes. Barbara Fischer et al. published in Nature Ecology & Evolution presenting new insights into the evolutionary origin of these differences (in print. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-021-01425-z)


The next Public Presentation of research projects by PhD students in their first year will take place on 25 March 2021.

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Looking forward to seeing you there.


To ensure an interesting and relevant seminar series, VDSEE is asking its student members to suggest guest speakers across all disciplines for the ca. 6 seminar dates in the coming winter semester. The seminar will take place every semester from then on with new speakers every semester to keep it interesting!


The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) to support efforts to reverse the cycle of decline in ocean health. The marine biologist Gerhard J. Herndl explains why oceans are also important for a landlocked country like Austria.

12.03.2021 | in German

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