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Head: Prof. Dr. Rolf Holderegger

The research unit Biodiversity and Conservation Biology studies the diversity of life in its various forms, from genetic diversity to the diversity of species and ecosystems as well as their interactions. In collaboration with partners such as federal, cantonal and local authorities, we elaborate scientific knowledge for management strategies for the conservation of biodiversity and the preservation of natural resources in Switzerland and internationally.




We develop the scientific basis required for monitoring and promoting biodiversity in Switzerland.

Species diversity

We research the diversity of plants and animals, especially in the forests and mountains, and examine the factors that affect species composition.

Genetic diversity and conservation genetics

We examine ecological processes in plant and animal populations using molecular-genetic methods, and complement these with experiments.