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

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 Welcome Message by Jean-Robert Tyran, Vice-Rector for Research and International Affairs

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Call for Completion Grants Dec.2020 is closed.

Next opening to be announced soon.


Press release 20.01.2021

An international team, lead by Wolfram Weckwerth from the University of Vienna, has taken a comparative physiological and molecular view on wheat and pearl millet under drought stress.

Publication in "Plant Science",


With the help of the latest DNA sequencing technologies, an international team of scientists with Oleg Simakov from the University of Vienna was able to fully describe the genome of the Australian lungfish.

Scientific contact: Dr. Oleg Simakov, Department for Molecular Evolution and Development


An international team led by Paolo G. Albano from the Department of Palaeontology at the University of Vienna quantified a dramatic biodiversity collapse of up to 95 per cent of native species in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The study is published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 06 January 2021,


An international team of scientists reveals the genetic makeup of the people who lived in the Caribbean between about 400 and 3,100 years ago.

Cite this article: Fernandes, D.M., Sirak, K.A., Ringbauer, H. et al. A genetic history of the pre-contact Caribbean. Nature (2020).


Animals and plants are trying to evade climate change by migrating to cooler habitats. This strategy works as long as cooler habitats are available or almost available within their range. This applies, in particular, to alpine plants that are already growing at the highest alpine and nival altitudes. On the other hand, the microclimate near the ground that is decisive for these low-growing alpine...

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