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University of Basel

Natural Sciences


Prof. Dr. Alewell, Department of Environmental Sciences - Environmental Geosciences

Teaching and research at the Institute of Environmental Geosciences focus on biogeochemical cycling, especially on the cycling of nitrogen and carbon in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. As such, sustainability in general and sustainable management specifically is a central topic in Environmental Geosciences. More


Prof. Dr. Bruno Baur, Department of Environmental Sciences - Integrative Biology

The competencies of the division of Conservation Biology of the Department of Environmental Sciences, both in teaching and in research, are in the area “Protection and sustainable use of biodiversity” and “sustainable ecosystem-management.”  More


Prof. Dr. Edwin C. Constable, Department of Chemistry

Our interests lie in the development of a sustainable materials chemistry to address the critical technological challenges that mankind faces. Our primary interests lie in (i) solar energy photoconversion and (ii) energy efficient lighting.  As emerging new technologies such as organic light emitting devices (OLEDs), light-emitting electrochemical cells (LECs) or the Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell (DSC) rely on rare elements such as ruthenium and iridium,  we base our work upon the replacement of  these rare elements by earth abundant first row transition metal derivatives. More


Prof. Dr. Patricia Holm, Department of Environmental Sciences - Program People-Environment-Society (MGU)

The interdisciplinary institute ‘Man, Society, Environment’ (Mensch, Gesellschaft, Umwelt) concentrates its research on aquatic ecology and eco-toxicology with additional projects on mobility and energy use alongside these research areas. A large number of research projects are concentrating on the effects of natural as well as anthropogenic factors that influence fish such as hormonally active substances, fine sediment and temperature. The research work contributes to a better understanding of the interaction between the fish and its environment, which in turn will help allow and support the sustainable use of the resources water and fish. More


Prof. Dr. Ansgar Kahmen, Department Umweltwissenschaften - Botany - Researchgroup Sustainable Land Use

The Sustainable Land Use Group investigates the physiological processes in plants that determine the fluxes of water, nitrogen and carbon in ecosystems. The goal of our work is to understand how plants function in the context of their environment and to reveal how plants shape the provision of ecosystem goods and services in natural and agricultural ecosystems. More


Prof. Dr. Eberhard Parlow, Department of Environmental Sciences - Institute of Meteorology, Climatology and Remote Sensing

The Institute has a long-standing competence in the area of sustainable climate research and its realization in political planning. City-climate as well as global climate change are dominant themes of research and teaching.  More


Prof. Jörg Schibler, Department of Environmental Sciences - Prehistory and Archaeological Science

Archaeological science and especially Archaeobiology studies the History and the Evolution of Man and environment and their interaction. The knowledge of environmental History is an important precondition for the sustainable protection of our environment. More

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