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Welcome to the Chair of Ecosystem Management


The Chair of Ecosystem Management was established in October 2005. The group is located within the Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems, in the Department of Environmental Systems Science.

We do research on ecological processes relating to plant reproduction, particularly in the context of ecosystem management, conservation, and agricultural production. Our research spans pure and applied topics, from local to global scales. Specific fields include ecosystem services, pollination ecology, conservation genetics, and land use management.

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.


Bachelor, Master, and PhD courses focus on ecosystem management, resilience ecology, 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, and tropical field courses in Belize and Borneo.

Check out our Conservation Management field course in Scotland.

Latest news

You'd better Belize it! ... our field course to Belize will run from 2 to 11 of February  - only a few places left. So few, that you need some initiative to find out how to register.

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

Bachofen, C., Wohlgemuth, T., Ghazoul, J. and Moser, B. (2015) Cold temperature extremes during spring do not limit the range shift of Mediterranean pines into regions with intermittent frost. Functional Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12581

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.

Haase, J., Castagneyrol, B., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Ghazoul, J., Kattge, J., Koricheva, J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Morath, S., Jactel, H. (2015) Contrasting effects of tree diversity on young tree growth and resistance to insect herbivores across three biodiversity experiments. Oikos (PDF, 915 KB), in press.

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.

Rader et al. (2015) Non-bee insects are important contributors to global crop pollination. PNAS.

Smith, J.R., Bagchi, R., Ellens, J., Kettle, C.J., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Maycock, C.R., Khoo, E. and Ghazoul, J. (2015) Predicting dispersal of auto-gyrating fruit in tropical trees: a case study from the Dipterocarpaceae. Methods in Ecology and Evolution (PDF, 182 KB), 5, 1794-1801.

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, in press

Tito de Morais, C.M.D., Ghazoul, J., Maycock, C.R., Bagchi, R., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Khoo, E., Itoh, I., Nanami, S., Matsuyama, S., Finger, A., Ismail, S.A., Kettle, C.J. (2015) Understanding local patterns of genetic diversity in dipterocarps using a multi-site, multi-species approach: Implications for forest management and restoration. Forest Ecology and Management (PDF, 1.4 MB), in press.

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

Born, R., Bagchi, R., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Nilus, R., Tellenbach, C., Pluess, A.R., and Ghazoul, J. (2015) Differential responses of dipterocarp seedlings to soil moisture and microtopography. Biotropica, 47, 49-58.

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