Functional Plant Ecology

Our research group aims to better understand the physiological and ecological responses of terrestrial ecosystems to global change, with a focus on anticipating and counteracting its effects.

Our key research themes are the impact of biodiversity loss on ecosystem functions and services, as well as the physiological processes of plant responses to climatic constraints such as drought and increasing temperatures and VPD.

We use novel techniques and approaches at scales going from the cell to the whole ecosystem in diverse environmental conditions in temperate, Mediterranean and tropical systems. We conduct research in controlled conditions (e.g., greenhouses and growth chambers), in manipulative experiments in natural ecosystems (e.g., drought and temperature manipulation) and use long-term national and international inventory platforms. 

This integrative approach has both theoretical and applied aims to address the parameterization of climate-vegetation models and guide new climate-smart management practices.

Staff

Functional Plant Ecology

Christoph Bachofen

Scientific staff member

Maxwell Bergström

PhD student guest

Giovanni Bortolami

Visiting scientist

Rita Bütler Sauvain

Administrative staff member

Alexandre Buttler

Visiting scientist

Janisse Deluigi

PhD student guest

Margaux Didion-Gency

Visiting scientist

Patrick Favre

Guest technician

Alice Gauthey

Visiting scientist

Charlotte Grossiord

Joint Professorship

Kate Johnson

Postdoc

Thibaut Juillard

PhD student guest

Sandra Levin Zürcher

Administrative staff member

Eugénie Isabelle Mas

PhD student guest

Laura Mekarni

PhD student guest

Arianna Milano

Visiting scientist

Philipp Schuler

Visiting scientist

Dominic Tinner

Bachelor student

Pascal Turberg

Visiting scientist

Helena Vallicrosa Pou

Postdoc

Links

  • The PERL lab at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)