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.


15 September 2015
Erik Kleyheeg will defend his dissertation on the dispersal of plant seeds by mallard ducks on 23 September
Ecology & Biodiversity
8 September 2015
This project uses soil microbes to replace pesticides in agriculture.
Vegetation patterns
31 August 2015
Early view: Plant dispersal contributes to vegetation patterns and biodiversity of stream riparian wetlands




9 November 2015 08:30 -
Science for Life represents internationally leading scientists from the four Life Sciences institutes of the Faculty of Science
11 December 2015 12:00 -
Utrecht Plant Science & Industry Symposium, December 11th 2015, Koningsbergergebouw

Plant Ecology and Biodiversity