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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An international research team with participation of Franz Essl of the VDSEE of the University of Vienna has studied the relationships between infectious diseases that cause epidemics and biological invasions.



The next Public Presentations at the Faculty of research projects presented by VDSEE Doctoral/PhD graduates in their first year will take place online on 10 June 2021, from 9:00 to 15:00. You have the chance to listen to 12 presentations and to participate in discussions.


Evolutionary anthropologists from the University of Vienna and colleagues have found a new explanaiton for the tight "fetopelvic" in humans.

Citation of the paper: Stansfield E, Kumar K, Mitteroecker P, & Grunstra NDS. Biomechanical trade-offs in the pelvic floor constrain the evolution of the human birth canal. PNAS,


Johannes Herpell is a member of the Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution. In his PhD thesis, he aims to strengthen plants with the help of bacteria instead of pesticides. The video gives an insight into his research.


Educational institutions can contribute to driving societal transformation. This series of courses provides an overview of the climate crisis and addresses possible solutions.

Further information as well as information on registration can be found here


VDSEE invites applications for completion grants, aiming to support VDSEE doctoral students in their final phase of their doctoral studies beyond their current thesis funding. The doctoral candidates should complete and submit their doctoral thesis within the funding period.

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