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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This virtual info event is meant as a welcome to faculty and student members on behalf of vice rector J.-R. Tyran. The event starts with formal introductions of the framework of the new Doctoral Schools in general and the Vienna Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution (VDSEE) in particular. After the short introductions, we will have a breakout session with two discussion groups - one for the...


The 2020 list of the world's most cited researchers includes ten scientists from the University of Vienna, two of them from the Doctoral School of Ecology and Evolution: Christa Schleper and Franz Essl. The Doctoral School team congratulates! The list of "Highly Cited Researchers 2020" was published on November 18, 2020 by the Web of Science Group, a company of the data group Clarivate Analytics.


Maria defended successfully her thesis "Prokaryotic communities and plastic pollution in the ocean" on November 17, 2020. She has been supervised by Prof. Gerhard Herndl.

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