Professor of Ecosystem Management

About us

Ecology and Ecosystems Seminar Series

Next Speaker:

Prof. Dr. Bettina Engelbrecht (University of Bayreuth) will be visiting to give a seminar titled "Drought in tropical forests: from physiological mechanisms to tree distribution patterns"

Wednesday 28th May 2014, at 11:00 in room CHN G46, ETH Zentrum


In the media

Jaboury's second contribution to the ETH blog on sustainability: Blog on future farms

Jaboury's first contribution to the ETH blog on sustainability: Blog on coffee

Mongabay highlights our recent work published in PNAS (see Sayer et al. on our publication page and below) on key 'landscape approach' principles for ecosystem management and wicked problems: Article

Article in ETH Life on our work in India on coffee agroforestry systems: German, English

New Publications

Boreux, V., Kushalappa, G.C., Vaast P. and Ghazoul, J. (2013) Interactive effects among ecosystem services and management practices on crop production: pollination in coffee agroforestry systems. PNAS, 110, 8387-8392. (PDF)

Boreux, V., Krishnan, S., Kushalappa, C.G. and Ghazoul, J. (2013) Bee visitation and coffee fruit set in response to forest cover and coffee agro-forest management practices. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 172, 42-48.

Garibaldi, L., ... Boreux, V., Ghazoul, J., Krishnan, S. et al. (2013) Wild pollinators enhance fruit set of crops regardless of honey-bee abundance. Science, 339, 1608-1611.

Ghazoul, J. (2013) Pollination decline in context. Science, 340, 923-924.

Lee, J.S.H., Abood, S., Ghazoul, J., Barus, B., Obidzinski, K. and Koh, L.P. (2013) Environmental impacts of oil palm state-owned plantations, private enterprises and smallholdings in Indonesia. Conservation Letters, in press, DOI: 10.1111/conl.12039.

Lee, J.S.H., Ghazoul, J., Obidzinski, K. and Koh, L.P. (2013) Oil palm smallholder yields and incomes constrained by harvesting practices and type of smallholder management in Indonesia. Agronomy for Sustainable Development, in press.

Sayer, J., Sunderland, T., Ghazoul, J., et al. (2013) The landscape approach: ten principles to apply at the nexus of agriculture, conservation and other competing land-uses. PNAS, 110, 8349-8356. (PDF)

Discovering nature's wonder

An interview with Jaboury Ghazoul on

New book!

Ghazoul, J. and Sheil, D. 2010. Tropical Rain Forest Ecology, Diversity and Conservation. Oxford University Press.


What we do

We are motivated by a desire to understand the functioning of ecological processes in human dominated, and mainly forested, landscape mosaics—and its implications for land use and management at multiple spatial scales. Plant reproduction underlies almost all our research, from conservation genetics through to food security. Some of our interests relate to fundamental ecological questions such as “Why are there so many species in the tropics?”, while other interests address current human needs and concerns: How do we maximize crop production while minimizing impacts on environment, biodiversity and human livelihoods?

Our work involves us in fieldwork and laboratory work, and with computer-based landscape modeling. The breadth of our research requires us to work with many institutions and collaborators worldwide. Much of our work is interdisciplinary, and to this end we collaborate with economists and social scientists when necessary.

The geographic breadth of our work is pantropical, although with an Asian focus. We currently have projects in Colombia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Seychelles, and Republic of Congo, as well as in Europe and Switzerland.

Find out more about our research and education.

Who we are

The group consists of Masters and PhD students, postdocs, oberassistants and associated staff. We have an international group from Europe, Asia and Latin America reflecting the geographic focus of our work. The working language of the group is English, although Swiss German, German, French, Spanish and Arabic are also spoken. Group members come from a variety of academic disciplines, including plant ecology, entomology, genetics, ecological modeling and social science.

Find out more about the people in this group.

Where we are

The Ecosystem Management professorship belongs to the Department of Environmental Systems Science, which is located in the CHN building at Universitaetstrasse 16, in the heart of Zurich, and only five minutes from the main train station. The nearest tram stop is "Haldenbach" for number 9 and 10 trams.

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Contact details

Mailing address

ETH Zurich
Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems
Ecosystem Management
Universitaetstrasse 16
8092 Zurich

Office address

Ankara M. Chen
Ecosystem Management, CHN G73.1
Universitaetstrasse 16
8092 Zurich
ph.:: +41 (0) 44 63 28630
fax.: +41 (0) 44 63 21575

Tue. 8.30-12.30 &
Wed./Thu./Fr. 8.30-12.30 + 13.30-17.30


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