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

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The University of Vienna stands with the Ukrainian people in their struggle for freedom and democracy. We pay respect to all those people in the Russian Federation who oppose the criminal policies of their government. We stand in solidarity with our colleagues and the students of Ukraine and will take measures to support them.

Information on e.g. psychological assistance for all univie students,...


The next public presentations of PhD thesis projects will be held on Friday 11 March 2022, 10-12 hrs.

Location: UBB, Djerassiplatz 1 | HS-1


Public series of talks on current environmental research at the University of Vienna

Franz Essl "There is no future on a dead planet"

When: 02.03.2022, 17:00-18:30, (45 min Talk, 45 min Q&A), Zoom


New research method shows: Rocks probably originated in northern Italy. This sheds new light on the mobility of the first modern humans near the Alps. The results are currently published in Scientific Reports.

Research team: led by anthropologist Gerhard Weber (University of Vienna) and two geologists Alexander Lukeneder and Mathias Harzhauser, and prehistorian Walpurga Antl-Weiser (Natural...


A new analysis of human remains that were buried in African archaeological sites has produced the earliest DNA from the continent, telling a fascinating tale of how early humans lived.


The University of Vienna appointed 4 of VDSEE committed tenure track researchers to full professors:

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Philipp Mitteröcker

Univ.-Prof. Ron Pinhasi, PhD

Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Hanna Schneeweiss

Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Biol. Dr. Stefanie Wienkoop

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