The purpose of the Graduate Program "Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology" is to educate the next generation of biodiversity researchers and imbue them with a broad understanding of biodiversity science, an unprecedented toolbox of quantitative skills and a spirit of cooperation and networking.


The graduate program was established in December 2015 with a focus on biodiversity related research at Freie Universität Berlin. Focusing on biodiversity, PhD projects and courses will bridge between disciplines, topics and scales in biodiversity research. 13 research groups at different institutes cooperate for the program. As member of the Dahlem Research School (DRS), the graduate program implements certain standards concerning the admission process, supervision of students and the curriculum.

Research within the program is embedded in the Berlin-Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research (BBIB).

Persons in Charge

Representative: Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Rillig
Admission Commitee: Prof. Dr. Julien Bachelier
  Prof. Dr. Jonathan M. Jeschke
  Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Rillig
  Prof. Dr. Jens Rolff (substitute)
  Prof. Dr. Britta Tietjen
  Dr. Joana Bergmann (WiMi)
  Dr. Stefan Hempel (WiMi subst.)
  Katja Irob (student)
  James Whitehead (student subst.)
Ombudsperson: Prof. Dr. Jens Rolff
Coordinator: tba
Doctoral student  
representatives: Aleksandra Krsmanovic
  Christin Manthey