The Evolution and Ecology Program promotes the systems analysis of living systems by contribution to IIASA’s characteristic research approach.   Listed here are some of the recent newsworthy EEP research and activities:

17 March 2017
Innovative IIASA research highlighted by major journal

Five IIASA studies published in Environmental Research Letters in 2016 were selected for the journal’s Highlights of 2016, as especially innovative or groundbreaking work.  More

06 March 2017
How nature creates forest diversity

Forest ecologists have long sought to understand why so many different species of trees can coexist in the same niche. A modeling study is now providing clues.  More

12 December 2016
Integrated approach vital for fisheries management

A comprehensive perspective on evolutionary and ecological processes is needed in order to understand and manage fisheries in a sustainable way.  More

21 September 2016
Modeling study sheds light on disease eradication

Diseases evolve in response to treatment, frustrating efforts to eradicate them. A new study shows how evolution, population dynamics, and economic factors interact, providing new insight that could help inform efforts to control diseases like malaria.  More

27 April 2016
Protecting fisheries from evolutionary change

Evolutionary changes could lead to reduced fishery yields. A new IIASA study shows how alternative management practices could mitigate the problem in a key North Sea fishery.  More

02 March 2016
New modeling framework sheds light on forest ecology

Modeling forest dynamics is fundamental to the study of future changes in climate and biodiversity. A new modeling framework developed in collaboration with IIASA researchers facilitates investigations of complex vegetation dynamics.  More

04 February 2016
Science communication prize for IIASA researcher

The 2016 Science Book of the Year prize has been awarded to IIASA researcher Karl Sigmund. The prize, awarded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, was given to Sigmund under the natural science and technology category, for his book about the mathematical and philosophical group, the Vienna Circle.  More

18 January 2016
Awards support the next generation of systems analysis researchers

Expanded awards for young scientists will enable a growing number of outstanding researchers to conduct research at IIASA.  More

01 December 2015
Lazy microbes are key for soil carbon and nitrogen sequestration

Social interactions in microbial communities could explain how much carbon and nitrogen gets stored in soils—providing new insight for climate change research.  More

30 April 2015
The evolution of fish and fisheries

A growing body of research shows how fish populations evolve in response to fishing, and how fisheries must adapt in order to maintain sustainable yields.  More

03 December 2014
Growing cooperation: First the carrot, then the stick

To encourage cooperation in groups, a combination of rewards and penalties is best, according to a new study by researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).  More

17 November 2014
Risk analysis for a complex world

Developing adaptable systems for finance and international relations could help reduce the risk of major systemic collapses such as the 2008 financial crisis, according to a new analysis.  More

03 September 2014
Biodiversity in the balance

A new study calls into question the evolutionary stability of an ecological explanation of biodiversity.  More

07 April 2014
The tiniest greenhouse gas emitters

Climate feedbacks from decomposition by soil microbes are one of the biggest uncertainties facing climate modelers. A new study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the University of Vienna shows that these feedbacks may be less dire than previously thought.  More

25 March 2014
Simon Levin wins Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

Former IIASA Council Chair Simon Levin has received the2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, a prestigious award for research in environmental science.  More

20 December 2013
The footprint of food

December 2013. Options Magazine, Winter 2013/2014 The food we eat has impacts on land, water, forests, and the world’s climate. IIASA research shows the way toward a more sustainable future.  More

17 September 2013
Environmental complexity promotes biodiversity

A new study published in the journal American Naturalist helps explain how spatial variation in natural environments helps spur evolution and give rise to biodiversity.  More

18 July 2013
PNAS: Evolutionary changes could aid fisheries

Sustainable fishing practices could lead to larger fishing yields in the long run, according to a new study that models in detail how ecology and evolution affect the economics of fishing.  More

28 January 2013
Seeing the ocean for the fish

January, 2013: A new study from IIASA researchers and international collaborators provides an innovative tool for fisheries managers and researchers trying to sustainably manage commercial fish stocks.  More

25 August 2011
IIASA co-organizes workshop on biodiversity theories

A workshop to integrate current theories of biodiversity and speciation was held 29–31 Aug in Keszthely, Hungary.  More

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