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, coordinated by the Vienna Metabolomics Center (VIME) of the University of Vienna, shows how the efficiency of nitrogen fertilization is increased and the emission of nitrogen oxide reduced.


An international team of researchers including Florian Etl and Jürg Schönenberger from the University of Vienna provide evidence for an important hypothesis on the evolution and diversity of animal pollination.


Die Core Facility „LongTerm Wetland Ecosystem Research“ (LTWER) konzentriert sich auf die Untersuchung von Ökosystemprozessen und insbesondere des Kohlenstoff- und Wasserkreislaufs. Im Bild der Eddy-Kovarianz Messturm am Standort Neusiedler See.


On August 31, 2022, VDSEE member and doctoral candidate Constanze Schattke received the Early Career Achievement Prize of the Oscar Montelius Foundation during the opening ceremony of the 28th annual meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists in Budapest.


To survive in the oral cavity, bacteria evolved to divide along their longitudinal axis without parting from one another.


The University of Vienna and its partners aim to strengthen their scientific collaboration. This includes joint seminars/workshops/teaching activities, where faculty members of both institutions meet and engage in a dialogue.