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Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

We aim to unravel how ecosystems function in all their complexity

Research departments

Ecosystems and Landscape dynamics
The Ecology and Landscape Dynamics research department improves our understanding of the functioning and dynamics of abiotic and biotic components of (geo-)ecosystems across landscapes through time.
Evolutionary and Population Biology
Research in the department of Evolutionary and Population Biology focuses on understanding the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive community dynamics and speciation, and determine biodiversity patterns.
Freshwater and Marine Ecology
The department of Freshwater & Marine Ecology aims to increase our understanding of the biodiversity and dynamics of freshwater and marine ecosystems from the level of molecules and genes to entire ecosystems.
Theoretical and Computational Ecology
Research in the Department of Theoretical and Computation Ecology focuses on understanding the complexity of ecological systems by using theoretical and advanced computational approaches.
23 April 2019
The composition of regrowing wet and dry tropical forests follow opposite pathways while these forests are growing older. This has large consequences for forest restoration initiatives. The findings of a new study ...
15 April 2019
The evolution of tropical fruit traits associated with long-distance dispersal by mammals or birds, has contributed to the disjunct tropical biogeographical distribution of rain forest plants. This is the main ...
9 April 2019
A recent editorial published in Nature Ecology & Evolution discusses the development and policy relevance of essential biodiversity variables and highlights a recent publication by IBED researcher Daniel Kissling on ...
21 May 2019 12:00
On Wednesday 21 May 2019, Tom Berben will defend his PhD thesis
23 May 2019 16:00 - 17:00
More information will follow
6 Jun 2019 14:00
On Thursday 6 June, Lotte de Vries will defend her PhD thesis

About the institute

Research highlight: Sky Islands, a time travel in the Andes Mountains
PhD thesis gallery
Education: Bachelor and Master programmes
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