Ecology and Biodiversity

Understanding and predicting biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in a changing world. The Ecology & Biodiversity Group investigates the mechanisms that regulate biodiversity and allow for the maintenance of ecosystem functioning in our changing world. We seek to obtain process-based, mechanistic understanding of community assembly, species interactions and functional responses in order to predict the future impacts of climate and land-use changes on biodiversity and ecosystem functions such as carbon sequestration, water safety and disease suppression. We pay special attention to the movement of organisms and above- and belowground species interactions, from the 'micro' to the landscape scale.


a Nutrient Network grassland plot near Lug, Switzerland
13 January 2016
Biodiversity is an essential condition for maintaining sustainable, productive ecosystems
5 January 2016
Utrecht Plant Science & Industry Symposium, 11 December 2015
16 December 2015
Ecology and economy are not opposed to one another, argues Prof. René Boot, chairman of the Utrecht Academy of Ecosystem Services.




18 March 2016 08:30 -
Institute of Environmental Biology Symposium, March 18th 2016, Fort bij Vechten

Plant Ecology and Biodiversity