Professor of Ecosystem Management

About us

Ecology and Ecosystems Seminar Series

Next Speaker:

Dr. Lucy Rist (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) will be visiting to give a seminar on adaptive management - title wil be posted shortly.

Thursday 25th September 2014 (further details will be posted soon)


Sustainability Blog

Reforestation: a chance for farmers | 3 June 2014

Future farmers | 19 December 2013

Dark side of coffee | 11 November 2013

In the Media

Die Pflanze unseres Lebens (The plants of our lives) | NZZ am Sonntag | 23 February 2014 | Article on our oil palm work (in German).

Mongabay article on our '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

Born, J., Pluess, A.R.., Burslem, D.F.R.P., Nilus, R., Maycock, C.R. and Ghazoul, J. (2014) Differing life history characteristics support coexistence of tree soil generalist and specialist species in tropical rainforests. Biotropica, 46, 58-68.

Braaker, S., Ghazoul, J., Obrist, M.K. and Moretti, M. (2014) Habitat connectivity shapes urban arthropod communities: the key role of green roofs. Ecology, 95, 1010-1021.

Braaker, S., Moretti, M., Boesch, R., Ghazoul, J., Obrist, M.K., Bontadina, F. (2014) Assessing habitat connectivity for ground-dwelling animals in an urban environment. Ecological Applications, in press.

Frei, E., Ghazoul, J. and Pluess, A. (2014) Plastic responses to elevated temperature in low and high elevation populations of three grassland species. PLOS One, 9, e98677.

Frei, E., Ghazoul, J., Matter, P., Heggli, M. and Pluess, A. (2014) Plant population differentiation and climate change: responses of grassland species along an elevational gradient. Global Change Biology, 20, 441-455.

Ghazoul, J. (2014) Ecological dynamics in fragmented landscapes. Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology (ed. David Gibson), in press. see here

Ismail, S.A., Ghazoul, J., Ravikanth, G., Kushalappa, C.G., Uma Shaanker, R. and Kettle, C.J. (2014) Forest trees in human modified landscapes: ecological and genetic drivers of recruitment failure in Dysoxylum malabaricum (Meliaceae). PLOS One, 9, e89437.

Kaiser-Bunbury, C., Vazquez, D., Stang, M. and Ghazoul, J. (2014) Using structural equation modelling to investigate the determinants of the structure of plant-pollinator networks. Ecology, in press.

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, 7, 25-33.

Lee, J.S.H., Garcia-Ulloa, J., Ghazoul, J., Obidzinski, K. and Koh, L.P. (2014) Modeling environmental and socioeconomic tradeoffs associated with land sparing and land sharing approaches to oil palm expansion in Sumatra, Indonesia. Journal of Applied Ecology, in press.

Matter, P., Kettle, C.J., Frei, E. Ghazoul, J. and Pluess, A.R. (2014) Geographic distance is more relevant than elevation to patterns of outbreeding in Ranunculus bulbosus. Journal of Ecology, 102, 518–530.

Discovering nature's wonder

An interview with Jaboury Ghazoul on

Not so new book!

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


Forthcoming book

Ghazoul, J. (2015) Forests: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. Expected May 2015.

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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