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

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

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starts in winter semester 2021 on Mondays at 15:00. Organised as a biweekly seminar including time-slots for one-to-one discussions between students and speaker, or round tables to discuss certain topics related to career development paths in (and out of) academia. Students attending can obtain 2 ECTS.

Dates: 11.10.2021 | 25.10.2021 | 8.11.2021 | 22.11.2021 |6.12.2021 | 10.1.2022 | 24.1.2022 ...


For VDSEE members and invited guests


New doctoral candidates get support to orientate themselves at the University of Vienna. They will receive the relevant information concerning the doctorate, make first contacts with established researchers and peers. Organised by Research Services and Career Development / Center for Doctoral Studies


von Gerhard J. Herndl | 25 August 2021

The warnings about the effects of the man-made climate crisis have been the same for more than 30 years, writes marine biologist Gerhard J. Herndl in a guest article. If we continue like this, entire ecosystems, including humanity, are threatened. The forecasts have never been as accurate as in the latest IPCC climate report (AR6). However, the greatest...


Publication: Haselmair A, Gallmetzer I, Tomašových A, Wieser AM, Übelhör A, Zuschin M (2021) Basin-wide infaunalisation of benthic soft-bottom communities driven by anthropogenic habitat degradation in the northern Adriatic Sea. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 671:45-65.


During the transformation from larva to juvenile, i.e. during metamorphosis, genes encoding so-called molting molecules are active in beetle snails (Polyplacophora), which belong to the mollusks (Mollusca). This was shown by researcher Elisabeth Zieger from the University of Vienna in an earlier study. Now, a team of scientists led by Andreas Wanninger of the University of Vienna has investigated...

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