Professor of Ecosystem Management


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

Molecular Laboratory Technician

Job specification Lab management, including ordering supplies, taking care of lab equipment and general day to day running of a genetics lab.
Lab security, training of new students on laboratory techniques and laboratory
Procedures Routine laboratory related functions including DNA extraction and PCR based methods particularly high-throughput genotyping with microsatallites, RFLP's and AFLP's
Job requirements The successful candidate will have an apprenticeship in Biologielaborant/-in and preferably 1-2 years experience working in a laboratory. Knowledge of molecular-genetic research techniques and experience in acquiring and storing laboratory consumables, materials, and equipment in a molecular lab. Experience with scientific equipment used in a molecular laboratory and preferably knowledge of microsatallite marker development and DNA sequencing.
Remarks You will be extremely methodical and with excellent organizational skills. Confident working alone and within a small team based within the lab of the Professorship of Ecosystem Management ETH Zentrum. We are a young and dynamic group of scientists working in both Swiss and tropical ecosystems. For more information:
Language German and English would be advantageous.
Terms of employment Two year employment at 80% with the possibility of renewal.
Start date 1st of January or by negotiation.
Application Please send a letter of application with CV and name of two referees to Dr Andrea Pluess preferably by email (andrea.pluess (at) by the 5th October 2007. ETH Zurich, Ecosystem Management Group, Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems CHN G 73.2 Universitaetsstrasse 16, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland.

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