Biological Diversity and Adaptation

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In a rapidly changing environment, evolutionary and ecological processes are responsible for determining how ecosystems can respond and adapt.

Bumblebee genome mapped (Photo: Ben Sadd)  
Bumblebee genome mapped (Photo: Ben Sadd)

Genetic, species and ecosystem diversity are essential components of the biosphere. The Department of Environmental Systems Science (D-USYS) investigates the evolutionary and ecological processes that generate and maintain this diversity, thus regulating the way ecosystems respond to environmental changes. Our key aims include generating an understanding of the dynamics of infectious diseases, biological invasions and declining populations and discovering how to predict and control them.

Participating professorships

Animal Physiology

Prof. Susanne Ulbrich

Biocommunication and Entomology

Prof. Consuelo De Moraes

Ecosystem Management

Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul

Environmental Microbiology

Prof. Mark A. Lever

Environmental Physics

Prof. Nicolas Gruber

Evolutionary Biology

Prof. Greg Velicer

Forest Ecology

Prof. Harald Bugmann

Forest Pathology and Dendrology

Prof. Ottmar Holdenrieder

Grassland Sciences

Prof. Nina Buchmann

Landscape Ecology

Prof. Loïc Pellissier

Pathogen Ecology

Prof. Alex Hall

Plant Ecological Genetics

Prof. Alex Widmer
Prof. Adrian Leuchtmann

Plant Ecology

Prof. Jonathan Levine

Plant Pathology

Prof. Bruce McDonald

Soil and Terrestrial Environmental Physics

Prof. Dani Or

Theoretical Biology

Prof. Sebastian Bonhoeffer


Associated research groups

Animal Genetics Unit

Dr. Stefan Neuenschwander

Biodiversity and Conservation Biology (WSL)

Prof. Rolf Holderegger

Environmental Toxicology (Eawag)

Prof. Rik Eggen

Evolutionary Ecology

Prof. Christoph Vorburger


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