Welcome to the Department of Ecology and Evolution (aka, the DEE)

The DEE covers the breadth of ecology and evolution, and aims to cultivate an atmosphere of scientific excellence which is respectful of people. We house independent research groups working on a wide range of different ecological, evolutionary, and conservation biology topics that span fundamental and theoretical research through to more applied research.

The topics of specific research groups can be found of the research groups pages and include: biology of invasive species, evolutionary genomics, social behavior, evolution of cooperation and conflict, host-parasite interactions, conservation genetics, population genetics, spatial ecology, evolution of adaptive traits, diversity and evolution of plant and animal reproductive systems, ecology and evolution of plant-microbe symbioses and primate social behavior.


The DEE is committed to excellence in teaching and plays an important role in the teaching of the Bachelor (BSc) biology curriculum. In addition, the DEE runs a highly successful Masters (MSc) program in Behaviour, Evolution and Conservation (BEC), as well as a PhD program dedicated to training research students in ecology and evolution who will be well prepared for the future job market.

Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, the DEE is not only diverse in research and teaching, but also culturally diverse with over 25 nationalities among its collaborators. Research, as well as teaching at the MSc and PhD levels is conducted in English, and the department has an active social life.

Whether you are just visiting our website or whether you are visiting in person, a warm welcome to the DEE!

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Prof. Marc Robinson-Rechavi
Department Director

Prof. Tanja Schwander
Department Vice-Director