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Rolf Holderegger
head of research unit, member of directors board
Organisational unit
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Room Bi MG C 29
Contact Phone: +41 44 739 2527
Fax: +41 44 7392 215
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Current position

Adjunct Professor at ETH Zürich

Head of Research Unit Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, member of WSL directorate

Lecturer for conservation biology, conservation genetics, landscape genetics and ferns at ETH Zürich

President of the Swiss Botanical Society.

Previous positions

2006-2010 Head of Research Unit Ecological Genetics and Evolution WSL
Deputy Head of Section Ecological Genetics WSL
1998-1999 Postdoc at University of St Andrews, Scotland
1997-1998 Research Associate at Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zürich
1997 PhD at University of Zürich

Research interests

My research interests are in biodiversity and conservation biology, in particular ecological genetics and genomics. Of special relevance are the interface between research and application/outreach and the implementation of scientific results in conservation management and landscape planning. I study a wide array of organisms and use a suite of methods, i.e. descriptive and experimental field data and genetic and genomic approaches. During the last years, I spent efforts in promoting landscape genetics by organizing international symposia, editing special issues, delivering key-notes, teaching and writing review papers. In several landscape genomic projects on alpine plants, I identify genomic regions of adaptation by using next generation sequencing data and statistical allele distribution models. I also lead the monitoring program of the nationally important habitats of Switzerland.

Other activities

Editorial board of Landscape Ecology (2006-2013); editor of outreach journal Infoblatt Landschaft (2010-2013); scientific advisory board of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment BAFU (since 2010); steering board of the Genetic Diversity Centre GDC at ETH Zürich (since 2008); steering board of the Swiss floristic data base Info Flora (2002-2013); NCEAS working groups on landscape genetics (2009-2010)