Professor of Ecosystem Management

Rain Forest Ecology

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.


Course order / program

Example exam questions

Lecture Notes

18.2.2014 The value of rain forests (ppp)
25.2.2014 The variety of rain forests (ppp)
4.3.2014 The origins of rain forests (ppp)
11.3.2014 The variety of life (ppp)
18.3.2014 Presentations of research projects in the tropics
25.3.2014 Interactions in the rain forests (ppp)
1.4.2014 Forest Structure and Light (ppp)
8.4.2014 The Distribution of species diversity (ppp)

Biogeographic theories for species diversity gradients (ppp)

Ecological hypotheses for species co-existence (ppp)
29.4.2014 Janzen-Connell Hypothesis: Processes and Functions (ppp)
6.5.2014 Humans in the rain forests (ppp)
Sustainable forest management and Principles of Forest Restoration (PPP)
20.5.2014 The future of tropical rainforests (PPP)
27.5.2014 Examination


Articles on land sharing and land sparing:

Collected general articles on the land sharing and land sparing debate (pdf)

Ghazoul et al. 2010: Conservation Biology (pdf)

Phalan et al. 2011: Science (pdf)

Balmford et al. 2005: Conservation Biology (pdf)

Articles on roads in rainforests:

Collected general articles on roads in rainforests (pdf)

Articles by Laurance et al 2008, 2009 (pdf, pdf)

Nepstad et al. 2001: Forest Ecology and Management (pdf)

A comprehensive review, with many case studies, of the benefits of rural roads for poverty alleviation in the tropics (most useful information is in the Introduction and Conclusion) (pdf)

General course texts:

Ghazoul J. and D. Sheil 2010: Tropical rain forest diversity, ecology and conservation. Oxford University press, Oxford, UK. 516p.

Peters 1989: Valuation of an Amazonian rainforest. Nature. (pdf)


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