Functional ecology laboratory


Our laboratory studies several aspects of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, predominantly gravitating around four main topics of research:

  • Ecology and evolution species interaction, with strong emphasis on plant-herbivore-predator interaction, community ecology along climatic gradients, and eco-metabolomics research
  • Soil sciences, including aspects of soil formation, soil ecology, humus forms, soil biota and soil organic matter recycling
  • Agroecology, particularly focusing on pest control through plant defense mechanisms and plant-microbe interactions. In addition, our laboratory has built an international partnership with the institute of Environmental Processes and Pollution Control (Jiangnan University, Chine) for addressing the beneficial effects of engineered nanoparticles on crop yield and pest control
  • Conservation biology, particularly focusing on conservation approaches that combine monitoring and species interactions.