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

  • 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; https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13069 MAY 2018
  • Are patterns of fine-scale spatial genetic structure consistent between sites within tropical tree species?
    Smith, JR; Ghazoul, J; Burslem, DFRP; Itoh, A; Khoo, E; Lee, SL; Maycock, CR; Nanami, S; Ng, KKS; Kettle, CJ
    PLOS ONE, 13 (3): https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0193501 MAR 16 2018
  • Exploring adaptation strategies of coffee production to climate change using a process-based model
    Rahn, Eric; Vaast, Philippe; Laderach, Peter; van Asten, Piet; Jassogne, Laurence; Ghazoul, Jaboury
    ECOLOGICAL MODELLING, 371 76-89; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2018.01.009 MAR 10 2018
  • No carbon "bet hedging" in pine seedlings under prolonged summer drought and elevated CO2 
    Bachofen, Christoph; Moser, Barbara; Hoch, Guenter; et al. 
    JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY, 106 (1): 31-46 10.1111/1365-2745.12822 JAN 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

 

Interdisciplinary

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