Professor of Ecosystem Management

Ecology & Ecosystems Seminar Series


OPAL is funded

Oil Palm Adaptive Landscapes, a 6-yr research program spanning Indonesia, Cameroon and Colombia, is funded by SNF/SDC. Interdisciplinary & participatory, biodiversity & ecosystem services, livelihoods, policy, and development - we have it all! Starting in 2015, and recruiting soon.

New book

Forests: A Very Short Introduction
- pre-order now at OUP!

Sustainability Blog

The Future of Milk | 2 Sept 2014

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).

New Publications

Born, J. et al. (2015) Differential responses of seedlings to microtopography. Biotropica, in press.

Born, J. et al. (2014) Differing life history characteristics support coexistence ... . Biotropica, 46, 58-68.

Braaker, S., et al. (2014) Habitat connectivity shapes urban arthropod communities... Ecology, 95, 1010-1021.

Finger, A. et al. (2014) Genetic connectivity of a moth pollinated tree in a fragmented habitat ... PLOS One. see here

Frei, E., et al. (2014) Plant population differentiation and climate change... Global Change Biology, 20, 441-455.

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

Ismail, S.A., et al. (2014) Forest trees in human modified landscapes... PLOS One, 9, e89437.

Kaiser-Bunbury, C., et al. (2014) ... the structure of plant-pollinator networks. Ecology, in press.

Ecology and Ecosystems Seminar Series

The Ecology and Ecosystem Management (EEM) Seminar Series is hosted by the Ecosystem Management group of Prof. Jaboury Ghazoul at the ETH Zurich.
A variety of speakers from the ETH Zurich and international universities give talks on topics ranging from management aspect, applied ecology to basic research.

The Seminar Series is open to all members of the Environmental Sciences Department and other interested people!

Suggestions for potential speakers are welcome.
Please contact Emma Morgan (

Recent seminars:

Speaker Talk title
Prof. Dr. Bettina Engelbrecht , University of Bayreuth "Drought in tropical forests: from physiological mechanisms to tree distribution patterns"
Dr Jean-Yves Humbert, University of Bern Delaying mowing and leaving uncut refuges favors orthopteran populations in extensively managed meadows: evidence drawn from field-scale experimentations
Dr Manuel R. Guariguata, CIFOR Multiple-use forest management in Madre de Dios, Peru: Assessing the sustainability of Brazil nut production and timber in an integrated system
Dr. Eric Allan, University of Bern Effects of land-use intensity on biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality
Prof. Richard Ennos, University of Edinburgh Studying Adaptive Genetic Variation in Native Scots Pine
Dr. Vojtech Novotny, New Guinea Binatang Research Center, Papua New Guinea Why are tropical plant-insect food webs so complicated?
Baptiste Schmid, Biodiversity and Climate Research Center (BiK-F), Germany Effects of species traits and spatial neighbourhood on Protea-pollinator interactions
Dr. Paul Nelson, James Cook University, Cairns Oil palm development in Papua New Guinea: drivers, actors and possible trajectories
Dr. Philipp Weckenbrock, Institut für Physische Geographie
Universität Freiburg
Agroecology in practice: Ernst Götsch’s Successional Agroforestry System
Paramesha Mallegowda, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) Assessing the socio-ecological status of wildlife corridors for better management in Mysore-Nilgiri landscape of Western Ghats, India
Salvador Garibay and Christian Andres, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) at Frick, Switzerland Organic agriculture in the tropics
Alison Ormsby, Department of Environmental Sciences, Eckert College, St. Petersburg People-nature interactions in Madagascar and India
Owen T. Lewis, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford Insects on plants: The Community Ecology of Tropical Rainforest Mega-diversity
Kevin Ng Kit Siong, Forest Research Institute, Malaysia Potential of DNA Profiling Technique for Timber Tracking
Christine Schmitt, Institute for Landscape Management, Universität Freiburg Greening REDD+: Challenges and opportunities for forest biodiversity conservation
Robert Bagchi, Durham University, UK
Density dependence helps maintain tropical tree diversity
Matthias Schleuning, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt a.M. Direct and biodiversity-related indirect effects of human disturbance on multiple ecosystem processes in a tropical rainforest
Ian Alexander, University of Aberdeen Spatio-temporal ecology of ectomycorrhizal fungi
Sonja Wipf, Christian Rixen & Veronika Stöckli, Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) Increasing plant biodiversity on alpine summits in Switzerland
Davird Burslem, University of Aberdeen Conservation and sustainable livelihoods in a multi-use tropical forest landscape
Silvia Perez-Espona, University of Bristol, UK Landscape genetics of a top neotropical predator
Carissa Klein, Spatial Ecology Lab, University of Queensland
Priority areas for conservation in Australia: getting the biggest bang for our conservation buck.
Prof. Georg Cadisch, Institute of Plant Production and Agroecology in the Tropics and Subtropics, University Hohenheim Agroforestry in the tropics:
A balancing act between facilitation, competition and ecosystem service provision
Christian Rixen, WSL / Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research, SLF Alpine treelines in a CO2-rich and warm world
Janice T. Lee Ser Huay, Ecosystem Management, ETH The role of religion in conservation biology
Martin Lascoux, Evolutionary Functional Genomics, Uppsala University Population genetic consequences of tree life-histories - Implication for speciation and adaptation
Rhett Buttler, founder of—Communicating Conservation Science to the World
Uma Shaanker,
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India
Is there enough science in conservation biology/ecology research ?
Jan Beck, Institute of Biogeography, University of Basel Diversity patterns of geometrid moths in Borneo
Anna K. Gilgen, Institute of Plant Sciences, ETH Zurich Drought in Swiss grasslands at different altitudes:
Effects on productivity and resource use

Some past speakers:

Dr. Caroline Weckerle, University of Zuerich

Dr. Claudia Zwahlen, University of Neuchatel

Dr. Ute Becker, University of Frankfurt

Prof. Dr. Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, University of Bayreuth

Dr. Dennis Hansen, Stanford University

Prof. Kamaljit S. Bawa, University of Massachusetts

Prof. Dr. R. Uma Shaanker, Bangalore University

Dr. Sven Günther, TU München

Dr. Bill Kunin, University of Leeds

Dr. Timo van der Niet, Wageningen University

Prof. Louis-Félix Bersier, University of Fribourg

Peter Frost, visiting scientist at CIFOR & Wageningen University

Dr. Felix Gugerli, WSL

Dr. Urs Landergott, WSL / Universität Zürich

Dr. Alistair Jump, University of York, UK

Dr. Cheppudira Kushalappa, Univ. of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India & Claude Garcia, CIRAD, India

Dr. Marco Conedera, WSL, Switzerland

Dr. Akiko Satake, EAWAG

Dr. Christian Parisod, INRA - Centre Versailles, France

Dr. Inga Roedenbeck, Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen

Dr. Johannes Dietz, MPI Jena, Germany

Toby Matthews, University of Aberdeen, UK

Dr. Katrin Rudmann-Maurer, University of Basel, Switzerland

Annelie Holzkämper, UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle, Germany

Prof. Dr. Teja Tscharntke, University of Göttingen, Germany

Dr. Antoine Guisan, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr. Uma Shaankar, ATREE, India

Dr. Jochen Jaeger, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Dr. Pia Parolin, MPI Plön, Germany

Dr. Doug Sheil, CIFOR Indonesia


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