Dr. Christian Rellstab
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Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
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I am an evolutionary ecologist that combines experimental approaches, field work, genetic tools and statistics to answer interesting questions asked in biology. My interest in natural science is very broad and I have repeatedly participated in interdisciplinary projects using various study systems like fish, zooplankton, trematodes, cruciferous plants, and trees.
am scientific staff member of Felix Gugerli's
research group (Ecological genetics) and involved in three projects dealing with the local adaptation of plants:
- the SNF project AVE that investigates adaptive genetic variation and adaptation to environmental heterogeneity in alpine plants (Brassicacaea), using next-generation sequencing technology. This done in
co-operation with Rolf Holderegger (WSL Birmensdorf) and the groups of
Alex Widmer (ETH Zürich) and Kentaro Shimizu (University of Zürich).
- the BAFU project QuercAdapt which investigates the relationship between ecological gradients and adaptive genetic variation in different oak (Quercus spp.) species. Here we co-operate with Christoph Sperisen and Lorenz Walthert from the WSL in Birmendsdorf.
- the SNF project PiCadapt aims to
study gene-encoded nucleotide variation in the bird-dispersed Swiss stone pine
(Pinus cembra), a keystone tree species of the Alpine timberline ecotone, in
response to environmental gradients.