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


An international team led by Paolo G. Albano from the Department of Palaeontology at the University of Vienna quantified a dramatic biodiversity collapse of up to 95 per cent of native species in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The study is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 06 January 2021,


An international team of scientists reveals the genetic makeup of the people who lived in the Caribbean between about 400 and 3,100 years ago.

Cite this article: Fernandes, D.M., Sirak, K.A., Ringbauer, H. et al. A genetic history of the pre-contact Caribbean. Nature (2020).


Animals and plants are trying to evade climate change by migrating to cooler habitats. This strategy works as long as cooler habitats are available or almost available within their range. This applies, in particular, to alpine plants that are already growing at the highest alpine and nival altitudes. On the other hand, the microclimate near the ground that is decisive for these low-growing alpine...


This virtual info event is meant as a welcome to faculty and student members on behalf of vice rector J.-R. Tyran. The event starts with formal introductions of the framework of the new Doctoral Schools in general and the Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution (VDSEE) in particular. After the short introductions, we will have a breakout session with two discussion groups - one for the...


The 2020 list of the world's most cited researchers includes ten scientists from the University of Vienna, two of them from the Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution: Christa Schleper and Franz Essl. The Doctoral School team congratulates! The list of "Highly Cited Researchers 2020" was published on November 18, 2020 by the Web of Science Group, a company of the data group Clarivate Analytics.


Maria defended successfully her thesis "Prokaryotic communities and plastic pollution in the ocean" on November 17, 2020. She has been supervised by Prof. Gerhard Herndl.