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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PI: Federico Baltar from the Microbial Oceanography group ( of the Department of Functional & Evolutionary Ecology.

The objective of the project is to address a fundamental unsolved problem in our understanding of the oceanic carbon cycle: what is the contribution and role of heterotrophic anaplerotic fixation in the production of new organic matter?...


Agriculture is the main source for the majority of the input of reactive N to terrestrial systems; large amounts of fertilizer N are lost from the root zone as nitrate through leaching and denitrification. Avoiding the combination of high external inputs with low resource use efficiency remains a major concern for the sustainability of N in agroecosystems. A group of international scientists from...


A research group led by Grigory Genikhovich at the University of Vienna has found that the main body axis of sea anemones is similar to that of sea urchins. This suggests that this mechanism existed about 650 million years ago.



A new biology center has been built in Sankt Marx neighborhood of Vienna's district Landstraße over the past three years. At the end of May, BIG completed the new building and handed it over to the University of Vienna.


PODCAST in German: Forschungsschiffe müssen gefahren werden und manche Meeresbiolog*innen verbringen mehr Zeit am Wasser als an Land. Entgegen aller Abenteuermythen läuft das eher ruhig ab. Beunruhigend ist dagegen der Zustand der Meere aufgrund von Klimawandel, Plastikmüll oder Überfischung, sagt Meeresbiologe Gerhard Herndl im Podcast-Interview.


Das Universum Spezial zum Thema Artenschutz besucht die Tropenstation La Gamba: Eine Forschungs-, Lehr- und Weiterbildungsinstitution der Universität Wien. Ausstrahlung: Dienstag, 25. Mai um 20:15 (ORF).

The 'Universum Special' is portrays the La Gamba Tropical Station. TV Broadcast: Tuesday, May 25 at 20:15 (ORF - The Austrian Broadcasting Corporation).

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