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Organisational unit Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
Ecological Genetics
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Room Bi MG C 39
Contact Phone: +41 44 739 2542
Fax: +41 44 7392 215
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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.

I 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.