Ecological Genomics of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi

I am passionate about evolutionary biology and how organisms interact with their environment. I have a keen interest in studying local adaptation of populations in forest and alpine ecosystems. How and why the tree of life maintained complex mating systems is also a facet of biology that fascinates me. Using genomic tools and high-resolution environmental descriptors, I dedicate my research activities to improve our understanding of (co-)adaptation processes in plant-fungi symbiotic partners.

ORCID: 0000-0003-0982-4252

ResearcherID: AAU-5463-2020

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Ongoing projects

  • PhytOakmeter; PI (377K)
  • MAGIC; PI (180K)
  • GenDiB; co-PI (63K)


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Curriculum vitae

Scientific Positions

Since 01.2021

Scientific Staff Member, Ecological Genetics, WSL
Ecological genomics of ectomycorrhizal fungi and plant-fungi interactions


Post-Doctoral Researcher, Ecological Genetics, WSL
EU Horizon 2020 project GenTree: Adaptive genetic variation in European trees


Post-Doctoral Researcher, Ecological Genetics, WSL
SNSF project PiCadapt: Local adaptation of Pinus cembra in Swiss Alps


Ph.D. Assistant, Evolutionary Genetics, University of Neuchâtel (CH)
SNSF project Moonwort: Evolution of Botrychium species on various spatial scales


Scientific Collaborator, Forest and Landscape Service, Canton of Valais (CH)
Manager of biodiversity and mapping of protected areas


Internship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (CH)




Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology, University of Neuchâtel (CH)


Visiting Ph.D. Student, Carl Rothfels’ lab, University of California (US)


Certificate of Advanced Studies in Geomatics, University of Geneva (CH)


Master of Science in Plant Ecology and Physiology, University of Neuchâtel (CH)


Visiting BSc. Student, University of Montréal (CA)


Bachelor of General Biology and Earth Sciences, University of Cergy-Pontoise (FR)



Amount (CHF)

Funding Agency

Project Title


Swiss National Science Foundation – WSL Biodiversity Center

EctoMycoAdapt Symposium


Swiss National Science Foundation (PI)



SwissForestLab – LabEx ARBRE (PI)



WSL internal project (co-PI)



Overhead Fund from the University of Neuchâtel (co-PI)

Fern transcriptome project


Ph.D. Grant Mobility from the SNSF (PI)



Fund of Donations of the University of Neuchâtel (PI)

Fern phylogenetics


Fund Marguerite Wüthrich and A. Matthey-Dupraz (PI)

Botanical trip in Sweden


Fund Dr. Joachim of Giacomi (PI)

Fern systematics


Selected ISI Publications

Dauphin, B., & Peter, M. (2023). Advancing ectomycorrhizal fungal adaptation research with landscape genomics. Trends in Microbiology, 31(5), 439–443. doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2023.02.002

Dauphin, B., Rellstab, C., Wüest, R., Karger, D., Holderegger, R., Gugerli, F., & Manel, S. (2023). Re-thinking the environment in landscape genomics. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 38(3), 261–274. doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2022.10.010

Dauphin, B., de Freitas Pereira, M., Kohler, A., Grigoriev, I., Barry, K., Na, H., Amirebrahimi, M., Lipzen, A., Martin, F., Peter, M., & Croll, D. (2021) Cryptic genetic structure and copy‐number variation in the ubiquitous forest symbiotic fungus Cenococcum geophilum. Environmental Microbiology, 23(11), 6536–6556. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.15752

Rellstab, C., Dauphin, B., & Exposito-Alonso, M. (2021). Prospects and limitations of genomic offset in conservation management. Evolutionary Applications, 14(5), 1202–1212. doi: 10.1111/eva.13205

Dauphin, B., Rellstab, C., Schmid, M., Zoller, S., Karger, D., Brodbeck, S., Guillaume, F., & Gugerli, F. (2021). Genomic vulnerability to rapid climate warming in a tree species with a long generation time. Global Change Biology, 27(6), 1181–1195. doi: 10.1111/gcb.15469

Dauphin, B., Wüest, R., Brodbeck, S., Zoller, S., Gugerli, F., & Rellstab, C. (2020). Disentangling the effects of geographic peripherality and habitat suitability on neutral and adaptive genetic variation in Swiss stone pine. Molecular Ecology, 29(11), 1972–1989. doi: 10.1111/mec.15467.



Selected Outreach Publications

Gugerli, F., Brodbeck, S., Bebi, P., Bollmann, K., Dauphin, B., ..., & Zweifel, R. (2022). Die Arve – Portrait eines Gebirgswaldbaums. Merkblatt für die Praxis, WSL. 16 p. doi:10.55419/wsl:31959

Dauphin, B., & Gugerli, F. (2021). Fiche des caractéristiques générales de l’arolle. Ministère de l'Agriculture Français, Paris. 5 p.