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

Our Resarch Groups




Natural History Museum Vienna


Diversity, Taxonomy and Systematics @ NHMW

Natural History Museum Vienna

Burgring 7, 1010 Vienna

WasserCluster Lunz


WasserCluster Lunz

Biologische Station GmbH

Dr. Carl Kupelwieser Promenade 5

3293 Lunz am See

Tropical Field Station La Gamba

Tropical Field Station La Gamba / La estacion tropical La Gamba


We are pleased to invite the VDSEE members to our Annual Retreat in Seitenstetten (Lower Austria). You help us a lot with planning if you fill in the pre-registration until 31st March 2023!


The Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution offers 3 fully funded PhD positions to be filled in 2023!


Das Grüne Band ist Europas größtes Verbundsystem von Lebensräumen: Beim ehemaligen Eisernen Vorhang gibt es aber noch viel zu tun, um die Durchgängigkeit für Flora und Fauna zu verbessern.


The lab of the future will be circular! We are excited to rethink single-use lab plastics in our upcoming workshop co-organized by Merck and the University of Vienna.


Since the (VDSEE) was founded during the pandemic, personal meetings unfortunately have been limited in the past two years. Therefore, we were even more excited that in the beginning of October 45 PhD-students and 19 group leaders followed our invitation to Illmitz, Burgenland for the first-ever annual retreat of the Doctoral School.


Alien floras in regions that were once occupied by the same European power are quite similar to each other. This is the conclusion of a study by an international team of researchers led by the University of Vienna.