Plant-animal interactions and ecosystem function

The ecology of plant reproductive processes underlies the composition and dynamics of ecosystems and is essential for the viability of human food production systems. Yet rapid and widespread environmental changes disrupt processes such as pollination, seed dispersal and seedling establishment and growth.

Our group explores changes in plant reproductive processes at scales ranging from genes to landscapes, and evaluates the implications of such changes for natural and human-dominated ecosystems. Impacts of habitat fragmentation on pollination, gene flow and population viability is a research theme that transcends both human-dominated and natural systems through its relevance to plant conservation and crop productivity, while alpine plant reproductive responses to climate change is a theme that has particular resonance in Switzerland. Our research encompasses both temperate and tropical regions, and our research also addresses the environmental constraints and opportunities that people face in managing their resources and livelihoods in the tropics.

Recent Publications

  • Freeing land from biofuel production through microalgal cultivation in the Neotropical region
    Correa, Diego F.; Beyer, Hawthorne L.; Possingham, Hugh P.; Garcia-Ulloa, John; Ghazoul, Jaboury; et al.
    Environmental Research Letters  DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab8d7f  SEP 2020
  • Dynamics of Rural Economy: A Socio-Economic Understanding of Oil Palm Expansion and Landscape Changes in East Kalimantan, Indonesia
    Dharmawan, Arya Hadi; Mardiyaningsih, Dyah Ita; Komarudin, Heru; Ghazoul, Jaboury; Pacheco, Pablo; et al.
    Land  DOI: 10.3390/land9070213  JUL 2020
  • Living with floating vegetation invasions
    Kleinschroth, Fritz; Winton, R. Scott; Calamita, Elisa; Niggemann, Fabian; Botter, Martina; et al.
    Ambio  DOI: 10.1007/s13280-020-01360-6  JUL 2020
  • Integrating agroecological production in a robust post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
    Wanger, Thomas C.; DeClerck, Fabrice; Garibaldi, Lucas A.; Ghazoul, Jaboury; Kleijn, David; et al.
    Nature Ecology & Evolution  DOI: 10.1038/s41559-020-1262-y   SEP 2020
  • Coffee, Farmers, and Trees-Shifting Rights Accelerates Changing Landscapes
    Garcia, Claude A.; Vende, Jeremy; Konerira, Nanaya; Kalla, Jenu; Nay, Michelle; et al.
    Forests  DOI: 10.3390/f11040480 Published: APR 2020
  • Exploring the role of genetic diversity and relatedness in tree seedling growth and mortality: A multispecies study in a Bornean rainforest
    de Morais, Claire Tito; Kettle, Chris J.; Philipson, Christopher D.; Maycock, Colin R.; Burslem, David F. R. P.; et al.
    Journal Of Ecology  DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13331, FEB 2020
  • Narratives Across Scales on Barriers and Strategies for Upscaling Forest Restoration: A Brazilian Case Study
    Schweizer, D; van Kuijk, M; Meli, P; Bernardini, L; Ghazoul, J
    FORESTS, 10 (7):10.3390/f10070530 JUL 2019
  • Uncertainties in the value and opportunity costs of pollination services
    Magrach, A; Champetier, A; Krishnan, S; Boreux, V; Ghazoul, J
    JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, 56 (7):1549-1559; 10.1111/1365-2664.13399 JUL 2019
  • Urban bumblebees are smaller and more phenotypically diverse than their rural counterparts
    Eggenberger, H; Frey, D; Pellissier, L; Ghazoul, J; Fontana, S; Moretti, M
    JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 10.1111/1365-2656.13051
  • Reconciling certification and intact forest landscape conservation
    Kleinschroth, Fritz; Garcia, Claude; Ghazoul, Jaboury
    AMBIO, 48 (2):153-159; 10.1007/s13280-018-1063-6 FEB 2019
  • Simplification of shade tree diversity reduces nutrient cycling resilience in coffee agroforestry
    Nesper, M; Kueffer, C; Krishnan, S; Kushalappa, CG; Ghazoul, J
    JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, 56 (1):119-131; 10.1111/1365-2664.13176 JAN 2019
  • A global perspective is needed to protect environmental defenders
    Ghazoul, J; Kleinschroth, F
    NATURE ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION, 2 (9):1340-1342; 10.1038/s41559-018-0640-1 SEP 2018
  • Predation risk shaped by habitat and landscape complexity in urban environments
    Frey, D; Vega, K; Zellweger, F; Ghazoul, J; Hansen, D; Moretti, M
    JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, 55 (5):2343-2353; 10.1111/1365-2664.13189 SEP 2018
  • Conservation accord: Cash is not enough
    Ghazoul, Jaboury
    SCIENCE, 360 (6394):1195-1195; 10.1126/science.aau0798 JUN 15 2018
  • Ecohydrological changes after tropical forest conversion to oil palm
    Manoli, G; Meijide, A; Huth, N; Knohl, A; Kosugi, Y; Burlando, P; Ghazoul, J; Fatichi, S
    ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 13 (6):10.1088/1748-9326/aac54e JUN 2018
  • Opportunities for sustainable intensification of coffee agro-ecosystems along an altitudinal gradient on Mt. Elgon, Uganda
    Rahn, E; Liebig, T; Ghazoul, J; van Asten, P; Laderach, P; Vaast, P; Sarmiento, A; Garcia, C; Jassogne, L
    AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT, 263 31-40; 10.1016/j.agee.2018.04.019 AUG 1 2018
  • Nesting sites of giant honeybees modulated by landscape patterns
    Pavageau, C; Gaucherel, C; Garcia, C; Ghazoul, J
    JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, 55 (3):1230-1240; MAY 2018
Ghazoul Jaboury

Prof. Dr. Jaboury Ghazoul
ETH Zurich
Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems
8092 Zurich

Tel: +41 (0)44 632 86 30

Research topics

  • Plant conservation biology
  • Gene flow and plant genetic diversity
  • Plant-pollinator interactions
  • Plant-mycorrhiza interactions
  • Ecological processes underlying crop productivity



  • Ecosystem services
  • Conservation biology 
  • Human livelihoods
  • Management of landscape mosaics