Our research is centred on testing principles and mechanisms structuring biodiversity, species interactions, and ecosystem functioning, thereby considering the different temporal and spatial scales (from the local to the global scale). In particular, we do so in a global change context by focusing on human activity that brings about changes in land use (agriculture and urbanization), which are often accompanied by artificial light at night.

We work across a broad range of organisms, though a major focus is on plants and their direct and indirect interactions with invertebrates. Our research is field-oriented, based on principles of fundamental ecology, and combines integrated methods that include landscape experiments, garden or mesocosm experiments and laboratory experiments. The group is affiliated with the URPP Global Change and Biodiversity of the University of Zürich and is part of the Division Agroecology and Environment at Agroscope.