Welcome to the Laboratory of Ecological Systems

The research of the laboratory ECOS is centred on the organization, functioning and dynamics of terrestrial plant, animal and microbial communities in relation to ecosystem processes.

ECOS results from a joint-venture, with a joint-professorship, between the EPFL and the Federal Research Institute WSL.

The research of the laboratory ECOS is centred on the organization, functioning and dynamics of terrestrial plant, animal and microbial communities in relation to ecosystem processes. We study spatial and temporal dynamics of natural ecosystems, impact of management and direct and indirect human impacts (e.g. climate change, land-use change, invasion by alien species, atmospheric depositions, etc.), and ecological resilience and restoration.

One of our strength is the functional link between above and belowground communities in the production of critical ecosystem services and as indicators of a changing environment. We combine descriptive field studies, manipulative experiments in the field and in the lab, and ecological modelling (correlative and predictive). Model ecosystems are natural and semi-natural man-used sensitive and altered terrestrial ecosystems (peatlands, sylvopastoral and grasslands systems, floodplains).

Our scientific inputs allow to provide science-based guidelines for conservation, restoration and management of natural and semi-natural sensitive terrestrial ecosystems.

You want to know more about us? Take a look at this presentation and for any further question do not hesitate to contact us!

Cheers,

Professeur Alexandre Buttler

Our research in action

This short film below, realised by two students of the University of Art and Design Lausanne, presents in few minutes the daily work at ECOS laboratory:

And here, you can fly with us above the EPFL campus and the laboratory ECOS: an overview from the sky…