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


5. - 7. October 2022 [5. & 6. October on site, 7 October online]

The Center for Doctoral Studies invites newly admitted and first year PhDs. Topics such as, meet your peers, get to know your doctoral school, navigating the PhD, managing relationship with your supervisor, equal opportunity well-being, conflict counselling, among others.

Programme & Registration


Publication: Eriksson MC, Mandakova T, McCann J, Temsch EM, Chase MW, Hedren M, Weiss-Schneeweiss H, Paun O. 2022. Repeat dynamics across timescales: a perspective from sibling allotetraploid marsh orchids (Dactylorhiza majalis s.l). Molecular Biology and Evolution in press.


On 24 and 25 November 2022, the second edition of the "Conference on Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Research for Sustainable Development" will be held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.


A lot has happened since the launch of VDSEE in 2020, and it is about time that we meet each other and exchange about the past and the future! We are pleased to announce and invite our VDSEE members to our First Annual Retreat in Illmitz, Burgenland - close to the National Park Lake Neusiedl.


We congratulate Thomas Wrbka, Florian Danzinger, Stefan Fuchs and Ina Hahn (Landscape Ecology Research Group) and Christopher Marrs (TU Dresden) who, together with partners from Poland, the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and Austria, implemented the Interreg CE Magiclandscapes project and received an award in the category "International Cooperation".


Public exhibition of the pictures/graphics of the competitions "My Research in one Picture" and "My research in a graphic".