Ecology and the environment
Human activities cause important changes in the environment and these changes in turn have a significant impact on plants, animals and people. Ecology studies the interaction between the abiotic and biotic environments as well as the relationships between the various living systems, which take place on a range of temporal and spatial levels of scale.
Achieving a fundamental understanding of these interactions will enable us to develop strategies for preventing or remedying environmental problems, such as pollution management, targeted population management and/or ecosystem restoration.
This spearhead includes the ecological research of animals and plants in relation to their environment, the effects of stress on plants and animals, questions and concepts from evolutionary ecology, and research into both natural and managed ecosystems.