PD Dr. Eva Knop


My research is centred on testing principles and mechanisms structuring biodiversity, species interactions, and ecosystem functioning, from the local to the global scale. Furthermore, I have a strong interest in how global change affects biodiversity and community processes, and what the ecological and evolutionary consequences are. 

I am affiliated with the URPP Global Change and Biodiversity of the University of Zürich, and based at Agroscope.

Dr. Simone Giavi

 I investigate diurnal and nocturnal species interactions and how they are affected by a human induced disturbance, namely light pollution. Further, I investigate how artificial light at night affects the pollination success of plants.


Sina Blösch

My PhD project evaluates the effectiveness of in-field measures for restoring sky lark populations and functional biodiversity. Furthermore, I am testing the underlying mechanisms driving the observed pattern.

Jonas Winizki

Within the monitoring program on farmland species and habitats (ALL-EMA), I am responsible for the support of technical devices. As I am a GIS-specialist I generate and prepare spatial data needed in the database of the project.


Dr. Eliane Meier

My research focuses on small to large scaled spatio-temporal patterns of species and biodiversity. In particularly, using data of a large monitoring program on farmland species and habitats (ALL-EMA), I disentangle how land-use and environmental factors drives farmland biodiversity and biotic interactions.

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Dr. Gisela Lüscher

I am interested in species community patterns from small to large scales. My research focuses on appropriate indicators to describe biodiversity and its drivers, e. g. environmental and land-use factors, or abiotic and biotic interactions. In particularly, I use data of a Swiss monitoring program on farmland species and habitats (ALL-EMA) to investigate biodiversity in space and time.


Majken Grimm

Using automated radar systems, I investigate biotic and abiotic factors driving the abundance and dispersal of aerial insects flying hundreds of meters above ground. the Project is supervised by Eva Knop and Dr. Felix Liechti from the Swiss Ornithological Institute.

Nemanja Savanovic

In my MSc project I investigate the effectiveness of in-field measures designed to increase the breeding success of skylarks. Furthermore, I test, whether drones facilitate the monitoring of the breeding success of skylarks.

Dr. Issaad Ezzine

Issaad aims to disentangle the cryptic species complex within the Cernulla virgata group and to infer its invasion pathway. The work is done in collaboration with Dr. Eike Neubert from the Natural History Museum in Bern and Eva Knop. 

Levi Fuchs

I am doing my MSc thesis on the effect of artificial light at night on  the commuting activity of bats. The project is led by Dr. Martin Obrist from the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, and co-supervised by Eva Knop. 

Angelina Arquint 
MSC Student

In my MSc thesis I focus on the effectiveness of paddy rice fields for enhancing the diversity of species dependent on wetlands.   

Lab Alumni

Géraldine Chavey, MSc student 2018–2019

Dominik Ganser, PhD Student 2016–2019 

Olivia Küchler, MSc student 2016–2017

Barbara Mayr, MSc student 2015–2017

Matthias Kyburz, MSc student 2015–2017
Paul-Emile Desaulles, student internship from University of Lausanne
Dr. Miriam Zemanova, PhD student 2012-2016
Raquel Lazaro, MSc student 2014–2016
Leana Zoller, MSc student 2015–2016
Nadia Muhthassim, MSc student 2014–2016
Maurin Hörler, BSc student 2015
Katrin Luder, MSc student 2015–2016
Laurence Etter, BSc student 2016
Coralie Lavaud, student internship 2016, from Institut d’denseignement supérieur et de recherche en alimentation, santé animale, sciences agronomiques et de l’environnement (France)
Sandra Trösch, MSc student 2014–2015
Remo Ryser, MSc student 2014–2015
Christopher Gerpe, MSc student 2014–2015
Kévin Plaetevoet, student internship 2015, from Institut d’denseignement supérieur et de recherche en alimentation, santé animale, sciences agronomiques et de l’environnement (France)
Fabian Hofmann, BSc student 2014
Stefan Ursenbach, BSc student 2014
Dr. Tabea Turrini, PhD student 2011-2014 
Andreas Burri, MSc student 2012–2014
Tamara Blattmann, MSc student 2011–2013
Sandro Schläppi, MSc student 2012–2013
Jan Zünd, MSc student 2011–2013 
Marlies Niklaus, BSc student 2012
Nicole Rindlisbacher, MSc student 2010–2012
Anna-Maria Bottini, MSc student 2010–2012
Nick Reusser, MSc student 2009–2011
Dr. Izabela Hajdamowicz, scientific visitor 2011, Siedlce University of Sciences and Humanities, Poland
Dr. Marzena Stańska, scientific visitor 2011, Siedlce University of Sciences and Humanities, Poland
Sophie Ryser, BSc student 2010
Niculin Töndurri, BSc student 2009