• Using pollinators to study the impact of global change on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • The Spanish slug as a model organism to study causes and consequences of biological invasions
  • Understanding ecological and evolutionary consequences of agricultural intensification
  • Experimentally sown wild flower strips for testing fragmentation effects at the landscape scale
  • Understanding the ecological and evolutionary impact of artificial light at night
  • Nocturnal flower visitor and their pollination service
  • Experimentally sown wildflower strips to restore farmland biodiversity and ecosystem functioning

Our group, headed by PD Dr. Eva Knop, addresses fundamental and applied questions in ecology, with a focus on spatial and temporal ecology, biodiversity, species interactions and ecosystem functioning. We aim to understand the occurrence of species in space and time, how they interact, what the consequences for ecosystem functioning are, and how these patterns and processes are altered by global change.

Characteristic to our research is that we combine field approaches with controlled garden and mesocosm experiments, replicated at the landscape scale and involving a variety of ecosystems and organisms, including plants, various groups of invertebrates, and birds.

Our group is affiliated with the URPP Global Change and Biodiversity of the University of Zürich and is part of the Division Agroecology and Environment of Agroscope.