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




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


A team led by palaeobiologist Julia Türtscher from the University of Vienna studied the multiple changes in tooth shape in the tiger shark. The study is central in drawing conclusions about extinct species.


Deciphering the genomes of cephalopods plays a central role in better understanding these animals. A team of scientists from the University of Vienna has led two multinational studies on this.


University of Vienna's novel training and fellowship programme to help realise innovative venture ideas. The registration for the first bootcamp on June 13 ends May 30.


The University of Vienna is committed to providing assistance to its Ukrainian students during these hard times of war. Psychologist Brigitte Lueger-Schuster explains the background of the counselling.


In the summer term 2022 the palaeontologist Peter Frenzel from the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena will teach two courses and is also organizing the European School on Ostracoda (ESO) in Vienna together with Petra Heinz.


Ein internationales Forscher*innen-Team unter Beteiligung von Andrey Ostrovsky und Javier Souto-Derungs vom Institut für Paläontologie (Uni Wien) erstellt den bisher vollständigsten molekularen Stammbaum der Moostierchen.