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Welcome to the Chair of Ecosystem Management


The Chair of Ecosystem Management does research on ecological processes underlying plant reproduction in the context of land cover change and conservation, principally in tropical forested landscapes. Our research spans pure and applied topics, from local to global scales.

The group belongs to several networks and competence centres, including the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Centre, the ETH World Food Systems Centre, and ETH Genetic Diversity Centre.

The Forest Management and Development group is affiliated to the Chair of Ecosystem Management.

Prince Bernhard Chair Inaugural Lecture

Back to the Future: Restoring the Past for an Uncertain Future (PPTX, 29.5 MB)

Jaboury's Inuagural Lecture at Utrecht University for the Prince Bernhard Chair of International Nature Conservation

New Opportunities

New PhD position in tropical forest ecology: FORESTeR

We currently have openings for Masters research projects


Conservation Management field course in Scotland (24 June - 1 July 2017) ... we are now accepting applications from PhD and Masters students. Check it out here.

Bachelor, Master, and PhD courses focus on ecosystem management, resilience ecology, tropical rain forest ecology, and conservation, as well as environmental literature and philosophy. Our teaching draws on experience from across the world. The group also runs field courses in Scotland, Serbia, Switzerland, Belize, and Borneo.

Contact Details

ETH Zürich
Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems
Professorship Ecosystem Management
Universitaetstrasse 16
Zurich 8092, Switzerland

Phone: +41 44 632 86 30
Fax: +41 44 632 15 75

Recent Publications

Knaus, F. (2017) Verfehlte Agrarpolitik - Subventionen gehen an Zulieferer. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 15.6.2017, 9.

Braaker, S., Obrist, M., Ghazoul, J. and Moretti, M. (2017) Habitat connectivity and local conditions shape taxonomic and functional diversity of arthropods on green roofs. Journal of Animal Ecology, 86, 521-531.

Ismail, S.A., Ghazoul, J., Ravikanth, G., Kushalappa, C.G., Uma Shannker, R. and Kettle, C.J. (2017) Evaluating realised seed dispersal across fragmented tropical landscapes: a two-fold approach using parentage analysis and the neighbourhood model. New Phytologist, 214, 1307-1316.

Bachofen, C., Wohlgemuth, T., Ghazoul, J. and Moser, B. (2016) Cold temperature extremes during spring do not limit the range shift of Mediterranean pines into regions with intermittent frost. Functional Ecology, 30, 856-865.

Boreux, V., Vaast, P., Madappa, L.P., Cheppudira, K.G., Garcia, C., Ghazoul, J. (2016) Contribution of exotic and native shade trees to coffee production in the context of management. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, in press.

Rader et al. (2016) Non-bee insects are important contributors to global crop pollination. PNAS, 113, 146-151.

Smith, J.R., Bagchi, R., Kettle, C.J., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Maycock, C.R., Khoo, E. & Ghazoul, J. (2016) Predicting the terminal velocity of dipterocarp fruit. Biotropica, 48, 154-158.

Ghazoul, J. (2016) Dipterocarp Biology, Ecology and Conservation. 307 pages. Oxford University Press.

Ghazoul, J., Burivalova, Z., Garcia-Ulloa, J. and King, L. (2015) Conceptualizing forest degradation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution (PDF, 1.6 MB), 30, 622-632.

Ghazoul, J. (2015) Forests: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. Have a look!

Ghazoul, J. (2015) Qualifying pollinator decline evidence. Science (PDF, 378 KB), 348, 981-982.

Magrach, A., and Ghazoul, J. (2015) Climate and pest-driven geographic shifts in global coffee production: Implications for forest cover, biodiversity and carbon storage. PlosOne (PDF, 2.8 MB), DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0133071.

Margrove, J.A., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Ghazoul, J., Khoo, E., Kettle, C.J. and Maycock, C.J. (2015) Impacts of an extreme precipitation event on dipterocarp mortality and habitat filtering in a Bornean tropical rain forest. Biotropica (PDF, 432 KB), 47, 66-76.

Wilcove, D. and Ghazoul, J. (2015) The marketing of nature. Biotropica (PDF, 76 KB), 47, 275-276.

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