Jordi Bascompte is Professor of Ecology at the University of Zurich and Director of its Specialized Master on Environmental Sciences. He has been ranked by Thompson Reuters as one of the most highly cited ecologists in the decade 2002-2012. Among his distinctions are the European Young Investigator Award (2004), the Ecological Society of America's George Mercer Award (2007), the Spanish National Research Award (2011), and the British Ecological Society's Marsh Book of the Year Award (2016). Recipient of an ERC's Advanced Grant, Jordi has served in the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science and has been the Ideas and Perspectives Editor at Ecology Letters. His research has been featured in some of the top journals including Nature, Science, and PNAS. Among his books are Self-Organization in Complex Ecosystems (with R.V. Solé) and Mutualistic Networks (with P. Jordano), both published by Princeton University Press.
Jordi obtained a Ph.D. in Biology by the University of Barcelona (1994), supervised by Ricard V. Solé. This was followed by a postdoctoral position in Stephen Frank's laboratory at the University of California, Irvine (1996 and 1997). Later on, he was awarded an independent postdoctoral fellowship by the USA National Science Foundation at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) (1998 and 1999). In 2000, he became Associate Professor (Professor from 2008) at the Estación Biológica de Doñana, a center of the Spanish Research Council in Sevilla, where he stayed until moving to Zurich in 2015.