biodiversity events


Coming soon
Event type Date Time Room Lecturer Chair Title/Paper Abstract Further material
Discussion Seminar 2020-10-21 11:00:00 LG E5 Ingolf Kühn

Michael Nobis Macroecological patterns and processes of plant invasions - past, present and future Biological invasions are considered to be among the largest threats to biodiversity and ecosystems and resulting in damages >> trillions of US$. In the talk, I will give a brief overview on the state ... more No

Future
Event type Date Time Room Lecturer Chair Title/Paper Abstract Further material
BD-Seminar 2020-10-28 11:00:00 Engler Saal Kay Lucek

Christian Rellstab When species meet again – the patterns & processes underlying secondary contact zones of Erebia butterflies Following the last glacial retreat, many closely related species or lineages have expanded their ranges from different glacial refugia. Where they meet again, they may form zones of secondary contact ... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2020-11-04 10:45:00 LG E5 NA No
BD-Seminar 2020-11-11 11:00:00 Engler Saal Benjamin Dauphin

Felix Gugerli Adaptive genetic variation and vulnerability to climate change of the long-lived species Pinus cembra The ongoing increase in global temperature affects biodiversity, especially in mountain regions where climate change is exacerbated. Recent evidence indicates that the Alpine flora responds to climate... more No
BD-Seminar 2020-11-25 11:00:00 Engler Saal Valentin Klaus

Steffen Boch Restoration of urban greenspaces for nature and people Urban greenspace has recently gained increasing attention because of its relevance for human welfare, wildlife protection and climate-change mitigation. As biodiversity is decreasing worldwide and ong... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2020-12-02 10:45:00 LG E5 NA No
Discussion Seminar 2020-12-09 11:00:00 LG E5 Simone Giavi

Marco Moretti Consequences of artificial light at night on species interactions and ecosystem functioning Artificial light at night (ALAN) is a relatively new and rapidly increasing global change driver. Evidence is increasing on adverse effects of ALAN on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, among whi... more No
BD-Seminar 2020-12-16 11:00:00 Engler Saal Claudia Buser

Aline Frossard Host-parasite interactions No

Past
Event type Date Time Room Lecturer Chair Title/Paper Abstract Further material
BD-Seminar 2020-10-14 11:00:00 Engler Saal Carolina Bello

Catherine Graham Defaunation affects carbon stock ecosystem service in tropical forest Carbon storage is widely acknowledged as one of the most valuable forest ecosystem services. Deforestation, logging, fragmentation, and climate change have significant impacts on tropical carbon stock... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2020-10-07 10:45:00 LG E5 NA No
BD-Seminar 2020-09-30 11:00:00 Engler Saal Florian Zellweger

Steffen Boch Microclimates in global change biology: New methods and implications Microclimates are increasingly recognized as key drivers of species responses to landuse and climate change. In the first part of this presentation I will show how novel remote sensing approaches are ... more No
Discussion Seminar 2020-09-23 11:00:00 LG E5 Deborah Leigh

Lea Stauber Temporal trends in genetic diversity Genetic variation is fundamental to population fitness and adaptation to environmental change. Human activities are driving declines in many wild populations and could have similar effects on genetic ... more No
BD-Seminar 2020-09-16 11:00:00 Engler Saal Christoph Vorburger

Rolf Holderegger Symbionts mediate host-parasitoid coevolution in insects Many insects harbor endosymbionts that are passed on faithfully from mother to offspring. Vertical transmission couples host and symbiont fitness and has thus facilitated the evolution of defense mech... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2020-09-09 10:45:00 LG E5 Jon Norberg??? Marco Moretti Complex adaptive systems (working title) No
RU meeting Biodnb 2020-08-12 10:45:00 LG E5 NA No
RU meeting Biodnb 2020-07-08 10:45:00 LG E5 NA No
BD-Seminar 2020-06-24 11:00:00 Engler Saal Claudia Buser

Aline Frossard Host-parasites interactions No
Discussion Seminar 2020-06-17 11:00:00 LG E5 Ronan Marrec

Marco Moretti Assessing landscape effects on biodiversity using a species-agnostic approach: Alberta, Canada, to Switzerland (working title) No
RU meeting Biodnb 2020-06-03 10:45:00 LG E5 NA No
Discussion Seminar 2020-05-20 11:00:00 LG E5 Kay Lucek

Christian Rellstab A genomic perspective on secondary contact zones of Erebia butterflies in the Alps No
RU meeting Biodnb 2020-05-06 10:45:00 LG E5 NA No
BD-Seminar 2020-04-29 11:00:00 Engler Saal Jon Norberg

Marco Moretti Complex adaptive systems (working title) No
BD-Seminar 2020-04-22 11:00:00 Engler Saal Graham W. Prescott

Steffen Boss Mountain biodiversity for sustainable development Billions of people worldwide depend on services provided by healthy and biodiverse mountain ecosystems for their livelihoods, water, food, and protection from natural disasters. Conserving mountain bi... more No
Discussion Seminar 2020-04-15 11:00:00 LG E5 Simone Giavi

Marco Moretti Effect of light pollution on biodivesity (working title) No
BD-Seminar 2020-04-08 11:00:00 Engler Saal Christoph Vorburger

Rolf Holderegg Symbionts mediate host-parasitoid coevolution in insects No
RU meeting Biodnb 2020-04-01 10:45:00 LG E5 NA No
BD-Seminar 2020-03-25 11:00:00 Engler Saal Mridul K. Thomas

Simone Fontana Hunting for the trade-offs that govern phytoplankton dynamics and coexistence patterns Trade-offs represent fundamental challenges that organisms must face when acquiring and allocating resources. We know that they must exist in nature and assume them in theoretical models. But we have ... more No
Discussion Seminar 2020-03-18 11:00:00 LG E5 Deborah Leigh

Daniel Rigling Temporal trends in genetic diversity Genetic variation is fundamental to population fitness and adaptation to environmental change. Human activities are driving declines in many wild populations and could have similar effects on genetic ... more No
BD-Seminar 2020-03-11 11:00:00 Engler Saal Simone Fontana

Marco Moretti Fall and rise of a leaf: a trait-based adventure Functional traits determine interactions among organisms and therefore influence ecosystem processes. While trait-based studies have mostly focused on patterns within single trophic levels, mechanisms... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2020-03-04 10:45:00 LG E5 NA No
Discussion Seminar 2020-02-19 11:00:00 LG E5 Lucienne C. de Witte & Meredith C. Schuman

Felix Gugerli Predicting the adaptive landscape of European beech (Fagus sylvatica) in the face of climate change The regime of climate change we now face causes shifts in environmental pressures at a pace, which is thought to be too rapid to allow many species to adapt. It is the genetic diversity of populations... more No
BD-Seminar 2020-02-12 11:00:00 Engler Saal Jean-Yves Humbert

Marco Moretti Assessing the value of agri-environment schemes for biodiversity: current status and opportunities In Switzerland, biodiversity promotion areas (BPA, i.e. land under Swiss agri-environment schemes) represent about 15% of the utilized agricultural area. While the main objective of BPA is to favour f... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2020-02-05 10:45:00 LG E5, NA No
BD-Seminar 2020-01-29 11:00:00 Engler Saal Ian McFadden

Catherine/ Rolf The role of the recent: Determining the drivers of plant and animal diversity from continental to global scales One of the most striking features of biodiversity is the large variation in species richness across space and time. It is increasingly understood that both deep-time and recent lineage dynamics (speci... more No
BD-Seminar 2020-01-15 11:00:00 Engler Saal Jake Alexander

Marco Moretti Species (re)distributions and the structure and functioning of plant communities Climate change can impact plant populations both directly and indirectly, by altering how plants interact with other community members. Based on work in our group conducted primarily in mountain ecosy... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2020-01-08 10:45:00 LG E5 New Year’s Apéro No
BD-Seminar 2019-12-11 11:00:00 Engler Saal Iva Franic

Simone Prospero The relative contribution of host identity and geographic origin in shaping fungal communities in trees Fungal tree endophytes are a highly diverse group of fungi asymptomatically present in all tree tissues. The dormant and inconspicuous nature of fungal endophytes allows them to be easily moved with p... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2019-12-04 11:00:00 LG E05 - - - No
BD-Seminar 2019-11-27 11:00:00 Engler Saal Ignasi (Nacho) Bartomeus

Catherine Graham What’s wrong with the bees? How to predict the effects of global change on pollinators There is increasing concern about the decline of pollinators worldwide. However, despite reports that pollinator declines are widespread, data are scarce and often geographically and taxonomically bia... more No
BD-Seminar 2019-11-20 11:00:00 Engler Saal Gianalberto Losapio

Marco Moretti Ménage à trois: plant-plant-pollinator networks and the maintenance of biodiversity Species interactions play a fundamental role in the structure and dynamic of ecological communities, and can mediate the response of species to environmental change. Thus, it is crucial to understand ... more No
BD-Seminar 2019-11-13 11:00:00 Engler Saal Anna-Liisa Laine

Deborah Leigh Top down vs. bottom up control of plant pathogens in the wild? Pathogens are prevalent across all ecosystems, yet we rarely witness devastating epidemics caused by pathogens in nature when they occur in sympatry. Understanding the mechanisms that keep pathogens i... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2019-11-06 11:00:00 LG E05 PhD/MSc day - - No
BD-Seminar 2019-10-30 11:00:00 Engler Saal Francesco de Bello

Marco Moretti Functional traits effects on ecosystem stability: connecting puzzle pieces How biological diversity and ecosystem services are maintained in time is a fundamental question in a global change context. Ecologists have delineated many mechanisms by which biodiversity could cont... more No
BD-Seminar 2019-10-16 11:00:00 Engler Saal Oliver Brendel

Katalin Csilléry Water use efficiency in oaks : diversity and ecophysiology Sessile and pedunculate oak are two genetically close oak species, able to hybridize, however with different écologies. Some studies have shown a higher intrinsic water use efficiency for sessile oak.... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2019-10-09 11:00:00 LG E05 - - - No
BD-Seminar 2019-10-02 11:00:00 Engler Saal Bertrand Fournier

Marco Moretti The spatial frequency of climatic conditions affects niche composition and functional diversity of species assemblages: the case of Angiosperms Climatic conditions vary in spatial frequency globally. Spatially rare climatic conditions provide fewer suitable environments than common ones and should thus impose constraints on the types of speci... more No
Discussion Seminar 2019-09-25 11:00:00 LG E05 Lars Opgenoorth

Christian Rellstab The Alpine Anthropocene Alpine ecosystems have for a long time been perceived as "the last of the wild" and even recent global change reviews state low levels and late anthropogenic transformations for most of the world's hi... more No
BD-Seminar 2019-09-18 11:00:00 LG E05 Brian Steidinger

Martina Peter The fall of the summer truffle: declining fruit-body production in naturally occurring Burgundy truffle (Tuber aestivum) populations The below-ground fruiting bodies of Truffles (Tuber sp.), the mycological partners in a globally distributed symbiosis with forest trees, are prized by gourmands and the lucrative industry of truffle ... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2019-09-11 11:00:00 LG E05 - - - No
BD-Seminar 2019-09-05 10:00:00 Engler Saal Matthias Schleunigen

Marco Moretti Responses of plant and animal communities to climate change: coupled or decoupled? Plants and animals are intricately linked in ecological communities, e.g. through mutualistic interactions in pollination and seed-dispersal networks. Although these interactions are critically import... more No
Discussion Seminar 2019-08-28 11:00:00 LG E05 Fidel Ernesto Chiriboga Arroyo

Felix Gugerli Brazil nut trees in the Peruvian Amazon: From population genetics to forest-enrichment practices of a valuable and globally traded non-timber product Non-timber forest products offer a potential opportunity for the combination of social development and conservation of natural ecosystems. Brazil nut is arguably an exceptionally successful conservati... more No
RU excursion 2019-08-21 NA NA NA Simon Egli No
RU meeting Biodnb 2019-08-14 11:00:00 LG E05 - - - No
Discussion Seminar 2019-07-10 11:00:00 LG E05 Helene Wagner, Ronan Marrec, Celia Hein, Sophie Breitbart, Adam Hadley, Luis Arias, Felipe Torres

Rolf Holderegger Plant functional connectivity as a multi-scale process This seminar will give an overview of the research in our lab group at University of Toronto. We are addressing the complex process of plant functional connectivity from multiple angles, including the... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2019-07-03 11:00:00 LG E05 - - - No
BD-Seminar 2019-06-26 11:00:00 Engler Saal Ignacio Quintero

Dirk Karger Insights on the Processes Behind the Origin and Maintenance of Biodiversity Through geological time, variation in biodiversity has been observed along three main axes: time, space and taxa, and disentangling deterministic drivers of such variation from contingency has been pr... more No
BD-Seminar 2019-06-12 11:00:00 Engler Saal Eva Knop

Martin Obrist Causes and consequences of artificial light at night for biodiversity and ecosystem functioning Artificial light at night is a rapidly increasing perturbation at night, and considered as a major global change driver of the 21st century. It can cause alterations in physiology and behaviour of org... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2019-06-05 11:00:00 LG E05 NA No
BD-Seminar 2019-05-27 13:30:00 Engler Saal Prof. Jens-Christian Svenning

Marco Moretti Trophic rewilding – background, opportunities and challenges for megafauna-based restoration in the Anthropocene A large proportion of current real-world ventures named as rewilding fall under the concept of trophic rewilding, as do much discussion of rewilding. Trophic rewilding is an ecological restoration str... more No
BD-Seminar 2019-05-15 11:00:00 Engler Saal Dirk Karger

Catherine Graham How eco-climatic modelling helps understanding biotic communities Climate is one of the main drivers of the distribution of biodiversity globally. The interaction between the abiotic environment and the biosphere is intriguing, but still not fully understand. Yet mo... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2019-05-08 11:00:00 LG E05 - - - No
BD-Seminar 2019-04-24 11:00:00 Engler Saal Anne Kempel

Steffen Boch Biotic interactions and their effects on plant community assembly and plant rarity Understanding the processes that determine the composition of co-occurring species, and why some species are rare while others are common have been central aims in community ecology for decades. While... more No
BD-Seminar 2019-04-17 11:00:00 Engler Saal Rafael Wüest Karpati

Andri Baltensweiler MoGLI - Modeling the potential distribution of woody species in Swiss forests The MoGLI project models the distribution of most woody species present in the Swiss forests using species distribution models. In a first part, I will introduce the modeling approach in some detail, ... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2019-04-03 11:00:00 LG E05 - - - No
BD-Seminar 2019-03-27 11:00:00 Engler Saal Caterina Penone

Steffen Boch Drivers of multitrophic diversity and functioning in temperate forests Most European forests have been or are currently managed and we need a better understanding of the effects of management practices on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Previous studies analysing su... more No
Discussion Seminar 2019-03-20 11:00:00 LG E05 Mirjam Kurz

Katalin Csillery Evidence for hybridization between exotic Fagus orientalis and native Fagus sylvatica in a forest stand of Switzerland Assisted migration is often presented as a management option aimed at reducing negative effects of climate change on defined biological units such as populations, species or ecosystems. Justifying the... more No
BD-Seminar 2019-03-13 11:00:00 Engler Saal Jêrome Mathieu

Yohann Chauvier Global worming: invasion meltdown in North American soils Globalization triggers biological invasions all over the world. Sometimes, invading species induce strong ecological shifts and high economical costs. Being able to predict invasions by these ecosyste... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2019-03-06 11:00:00 LG E05 - - - No
BD-Seminar 2019-02-27 13:30:00 Engler Saal Pierre Gladieux

Lea Stauber Disease emergence and fungal speciation Emerging fungal diseases of plants represent a growing issue accompanying global environmental changes, and there is tremendous interest in identifying the factors controlling their appearance and spr... more No
Vorträge und Kolloquien 2019-01-30 10:30:00 Engler Saal Peter Knaus and Thomas Sattler Kurt Bollmann The Swiss breeding bird atlas 2013‒2016: Dramatic losses in farmland birds are contrasted by increases in forest birds No
Discussion Seminar 2019-01-23 11:00:00 LG E05 Simone Fior

Christian Rellstab The genetic basis of ecotype formation along altitudinal gradients in wild carnations In mountain regions, environmental conditions may change dramatically along altitudinal gradients. Divergent selection in contrasting environments can mediate local adaptation over limited geographic ... more No
BD-Seminar 2019-01-16 11:00:00 Engler Saal Andreas Bruder

Andrin Gross Ecology of aquatic hyphomycetes and the role of biodiversity Aquatic hyphomycetes (or Ingoldian fungi) represent a polyphyletic group of microscopic fungi, which have their main habitat in well-oxygenated streams, mainly headwaters. The group is dominated by as... more No
RU meeting / New Year’s Apéro Biodnb 2019-01-09 11:00:00 LG E05 - - - No
BD-Seminar 2018-12-19 11:00:00 Engler Saal Mathieu Perret

Catherine Graham Plant-pollinator interactions and the diversification of Gesneriaceae in the Neotropics During this talk, I will present recent studies aiming at identifying the ecological and molecular causes of flower evolution and the effect pollination shifts on plant diversification in the Gesnerio... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2018-12-05 11:00:00 LG E05 NA No
BD-Seminar 2018-12-04 11:00:00 Engler Saal Santiago Saura

Rolf Holderegger Assessing the connectivity of protected areas globally Connectivity of protected areas (PAs) is crucial to sustain the persistence of biodiversity. It is influenced, among other factors, by the design of PA systems and by the permeability of the landscape... more No
BD-Seminar 2018-11-28 11:00:00 Engler Saal André Frainer

Giulia Francesca Azzurra Donati Climate driven changes to fish functional diversity Briefly, André Frainer is a Post-Doc at UiT The Artic University of Norway, in Tromsø, Norway. His current work focuses on how climate change drives shifts in functional diversity and fish functional ... more No
Discussion Seminar 2018-11-20 13:00:00 LG E05 Karin Hilfiker

Felix Gugerli The green net by the Swiss Federal Railways SBB: dream or reality? The SBB is known for its three nets: fixed rail, rail power and telecom network installations. Does a green SBB net exist? And how green is it? Some insights have already been presented by the SBB nat... more No
BD-Seminar 2018-11-14 11:00:00 Engler Saal Anita Narwani

Simone Fontana Metabolic responses to resource limitation and competition over evolutionary time: consequences for community assembly Coexistence is still a mystery. How do species avoid the negative effects of competition and prevent exclusion? Decades of research on the causes of biodiversity point to ecological mechanisms which m... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2018-11-07 11:00:00 LG E05 - Kurt Bollmann No
Discussion Seminar 2018-10-31 11:00:00 LG E05 Magdalena Steiner

Andrea Zanetta Effects of viticultural management on soil biodiversity, soil functions and grape quality in Swiss vineyards Vineyards are perennial cropping systems with a high potential to provide habitat for biodiversity. Viticultural management, in particular herbicide and fungicide application, might strongly affect bi... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2018-10-10 11:00:00 LG E05 NA No
BD-Seminar 2018-10-03 11:00:00 Engler Saal Boris Tinoco

Catherine Graham Specialization and functional role of hummingbirds in the tropical Andean landscape Land use change has dramatically transformed the tropical Andean landscape. Hummingbirds are an ideal study system to determine the effects of land use change in biodiversity because they have a high ... more No
BD-Seminar 2018-09-26 11:00:00 Engler Saal Sonja Wipf

Christian Rixen? Cool plants in a warming climate – from traits to communities Harsh climate is directing the distribution of alpine and Arctic species and the community composition in cold biomes. With rising temperatures, climatic restrictions are alleviated for an ever increa... more No
RU Biodnb escursion 2018-09-19 11:00:00 NA NA Christoph Scheidegger No
BD-Seminar 2018-09-18 11:00:00 Engler Saal Frank La Sorte

Catherine Graham Time-of-emergence of novel climates for North American migratory bird populations To better understand the ecological implications of global climate change for species that display geographically dynamic life-history strategies, we need to determine where and when novel climates ar... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2018-09-12 11:00:00 LG E05 NA No
BD-Seminar 2018-09-05 11:00:00 Engler Saal Philipp Brun

Nick Zimmermann Using the trait-based approach to understand drivers and functions of zooplankton biogeography Trait-based ecology focuses on individuals and characterizes them by few key traits that are interrelated through trade-offs. In this rapidly developing branch of ecology complex ecosystems can be mod... more No
BD-Seminar 2018-08-22 11:00:00 Engler Saal Eric Allan

Martin Gossner Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships: from experiments to the real world and back again Many experiments have shown that biodiversity can be a major driver of ecosystem functioning. However, it has been unclear how well these findings translate to "real-world" natural or managed systems ... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2018-08-15 11:00:00 LG E05 NA No
RU meeting Biodnb 2018-07-04 11:00:00 LG E05 NA No
BD-Seminar 2018-06-27 11:00:00 Engler Saal Marylaure de La Harpe

David Frey Leveraging genomic tools for exploring micro- and macro- evolutionary processes in Neotropical species radiations Understanding the drivers and limits of species radiations is an important goal of evolutionary biology, yet research on this topic has been hampered by the notorious difficulty of connecting micro- a... more No
BD-Seminar 2018-06-20 11:00:00 Engler Saal Sam Cruickshank

Ariel Bergamini Dealing with uncertainty in population monitoring for conservation Identifying where conservation actions are necessary and assessing whether management is effective both depend upon a reliable knowledge of species distributions and population trends. However, humans... more No
Discussion Seminar 2018-06-14 11:00:00 LG E05 Tanja Pyhäjärvi

Aude Rogivue Environment, evolution and plant genomes As evolutionary biologists, we would like to understand the process of genetic diversity leading to adaptation and biodiversity via natural selection and chance effects. The key questions are: what ty... more No
BD-Seminar 2018-06-06 11:00:00 Engler Saal Francesco Pomati

Simone Fontana Understanding and predicting phytoplankton community dynamics over scales of space and time I will review the work done in my group to understand and predict phytoplankton community change, from the anthropogenic effects that occurred in lakes during the 20th century over the Swiss peri-alpi... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2018-05-30 11:00:00 LG E05 NA No
BD-Seminar 2018-05-23 11:00:00 Engler Saal Tanya Handa

Marco Moretti Soil biodiversity and trophic interactions: are functional traits moving us towards a more predictive ecology? An astounding diversity of soil organisms, living both in the litter layer and deeper soil horizons, contribute to key ecosystem processes such as organic matter decomposition and nutrient cycling. Dr... more No
Discussion Seminar 2018-05-16 11:00:00 LG E05 43236

David Frey Understanding and promoting wildflower diversity in the city of Zurich  Within cities, green space management, physical fragmentation, and the lack of functional connections between populations is a primary concern in the preservation and promotion of urban biodiversity. ... more No
BD-Seminar 2018-05-09 11:00:00 Engler Saal Luca Fumagalli

Felix Gugerli Wolf genetics in the Alps: a temporal journey Formerly the most widely distributed mammal on earth, the wolf (Canis lupus) has declined continuously over the last few centuries over large parts of its former range, including the Alps from which i... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2018-05-02 11:00:00 LG E05 NA No
BD-Seminar 2018-04-25 11:00:00 Engler Saal Werner Suter

Kurt Bollmann The world is green! But why? Top-down versus bottom-up control of vertebrate herbivores in ecosystems Why do herbivores not consume all green biomass available? Is this so because predators limit herbivore populations (top-down control), or do plants themselves limit the growth of herbivore population... more No
BD-Seminar 2018-04-18 11:00:00 Engler Saal Melian Carlos

Oskar Hagen Deciphering coevolutionary diversification in dynamic landscapes Coevolution, the adaptation resulting in reciprocal trait change within and among species, has been invoked as a primary mechanism generating much of Earth biodiversity. Two main theories have been pr... more No
Macro2018 conference 2018-04-11 NA Engler Saal 10-13.4.2018 https://www.wsl.ch/lud/macro2018/ No
RU meeting Biodnb 2018-04-04 11:00:00 LG E05 NA No
BD-Seminar 2018-03-28 11:00:00 Engler Saal Christoph Küffer

Marco Moretti An ecological science for the Anthropocene The Anthropocene has become an important buzzword in ecology. We are aware that the planet is in a phase of transition triggered by humans, and that we have entered a new geological era – the age of h... more No
Discussion Seminar 2018-03-21 11:00:00 LG E05 Benjamin Dauphin

Christian Rellstab Evolution of moonwort ferns (Botrychium) on local to global scales Plants have long fascinated biologists by their ability to form cryptic species, hybrids between distinct species, and a wide variety of mating systems among taxa that have driven to the current plant... more No
MSc- / PhD-Day Biodnb 2018-03-21 11:00:00 Flury Saal MSc- / PhD-students Christoph Scheidegger MSc- / PhD-Day No
BD-Seminar 2018-03-14 11:00:00 Engler Saal Marco Lehmann

Marco Moretti Isotopes through time and space: who is working on them, how it works, and what to do Stable Isotopes are a great tool to track biological and environmental processes through time and space in many different research fields. Since 2017, the WSL has a new stable isotope research center,... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2018-03-07 11:00:00 LG E05 NA No
BD-Seminar 2018-02-28 11:00:00 Engler Saal Charalambos Neophytou

Christian Rellstab Traces of human impact on the gene pool of the oaks in Central Europe The indigenous oak species of Central Europe, mainly represented by the pedunculate (Quercus robur) and the sessile oak (Quercus petraea), spread and occupied their current distribution range arising ... more No
Discussion Seminar 2018-02-21 11:00:00 LG E05 Frank Krumm

Kurt Bollmann Trees and Bees - Tradition meets Restoration Cavities in trees are the natural habitats of honey bees. These insects have evolved in forests and are an essential part of forest ecosystems. In the course of conventional forest management within t... more No
BD-Seminar 2018-02-14 11:00:00 Engler Saal Andros T. Gianuca

Bianca Saladin Integrating trait and phylogenetic data into community analysis: from microcosm experiments to regional metacommunities Biodiversity is structured by multiple scale-dependent mechanisms that are dependent, at least in part, on ecological similarities and differences among species. It has been suggested that integrating... more No
RU meeting Biodnb 2018-02-07 11:00:00 LG E05 NA No
BD-Seminar 2018-01-31 11:00:00 Engler Saal Pierre Mariotte

Anita Risch Subordinate plant species punch above their weight through interactions with soil organisms While dominant species are expected to determine ecosystem properties, recent studies suggest that subordinate species can also be of great importance. By including an above- and below-ground perspect... more No
Discussion Seminar 2018-01-24 11:00:00 LG E05 Yvonne Fabian

Rolf Holderegger Wer liest unsere Artikel? - Informationsquellen von Praktikern im Naturschutz Praktisch-arbeitende Fachleute im Naturschutz (z.B. ÖkologInnen, BiologInnen, WaldwissenschaftlerInnen, FörsterInnen) sind darauf angewiesen, sich aktuelles Wissen über den Schutz der Biodiversität un... more No
BD-Seminar 2018-01-17 11:00:00 Engler Saal Jürgen Dengler

Ariel Bergamini Supra-national vegetation-plot databases as powerful tools in community ecology and macroecology – state-of-the art, opportunities and the role of Switzerland Vegetation ecologists dream of generalising their local or regional findings to continental or global scales while (plant) macroecologists seek to move from patterns description more towards understan... more No
RU meeting / New Year’s Apéro Biodnb 2018-01-10 11:00:00 LG E05 NA No

Vision and Activities:

Biodiversity(BD)-Seminars, Discussion Seminars and the Journal Club are three opportunities promoted by WSL to present, discuss and brainstorm about any aspect of biodiversity. The goals of these events are to: (i) foster intellectual exchange across Units within WSL, (ii) interact with the broader scientific community, and (iii) stay abreast of cutting edge research. Anyone at WSL is welcome to participate in all or some of these activities sponsored by the Biodiversity Group.

BD-Seminars are formal talks by invited scientists (both internal and external to WSL) on a broad range of topics in biodiversity. These talks take place in the Englersaal every second Wednesday at 11:00 and are live-streamed to Davos, Cadenazzo and Lausanne. Seminar attendees are welcome to join the speaker for lunch directly after the seminar and/or meet with the speaker individual contingent on logistical constraints. This should be announced either in the invitation or at the beginning of the talk. All scheduled BD-Seminars are also reported in the Event's calendar of WSL.

Discussion Seminars are informal presentations of any kind including: preliminary results, open discussion of a topic, last-minute guests etc. They take place once a month, Wednesday at 11:00, usually in LG E 05.

Journal Club covers recent or classic papers in biodiversity science and provide the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion about the chosen paper. The only prerequisite is that you have read the paper and have made up your mind about its strengths and weaknesses. The person proposing the paper is expected to lead the discussion. These meetings take place three times a month on Thursday from 3:30 to ~5:00 usually in room EP D1.

Coder Club takes place monthly and alternates with Journal Club sessions. The goal of this new format is to provide a platform to learn from each others experience in analytical problem solving, in particular in the R environment. The topics discussed in these hands-on sessions (bring your laptop!) either cover a problem someone is currently facing or solutions someone likes to share. The goal of the events is also to use the infrastructure around gitlab.wsl.ch to make the developped solutions available to all interested people at WSL.

An updated schedule about all activities can be found here and participants can sign-up to receive regular reminders of these activities. In addition, BD-Seminars are announced on the WSL public events page.

Scientific Content & Logistics:

Speakers for BD- and Discussion Seminars are assembled at the beginning of the Winter semester (January - mid-July) and Autumn semester (mid-August - December). Anybody can propose a seminar. To do so, please contact seminar organizer (click on contacts) and provide him/her with the name, email and affiliation of the speaker, as well as the name of the chair. The chair is the official contact person for the speaker. If the chairman cannot attend the seminar, he/she has to find a deputy. The title and a short abstract (4-5 lines) of the talk must be sent to the seminar organizers two weeks before the seminar, at the latest. Please notice that there is no budget for travelling and accommodation. The costs of speakers have to be fully covered by the chair. The chair is encouraged to invite interested people to discuss ideas with the invited speaker over lunch, in one-on-one discussions, or in small topical group meetings.

For BD-Seminars in the Englersaal all IT is provided by Fred Chatalain. Please use the notebook in the Englersaal and bring the talk on a USB stick. If requested, IT will also set-up a video conference to enable people in Davos, Cadenazzo or Lausanne to contribute to the discussion at the end of the talks. Video conferences can be set up only if a room has been reserved in Davos, Cadenazzo or Lausanne by people there and if the IT has been informed in advance; please notice that the chair is not responsible for the video-conferencing. Importantly, the chair has to inform the speaker about live-streaming and video conference, and has to ask for his/her approval.

Given that Discussion Seminars are less formal last-minute changes are possible and will be communicated via email asap.

For Journal Club all participants are invited to suggest papers they would like to discuss. Philipp Brun will coordinate signing up people to lead discussions. The person who suggests a paper is responsible for: (a) giving a brief summary first, (b) suggesting points to discuss (with input from all), and(c) leading the discussion. Beer and snacks are served during the discussion.


Open slots
The table below shows scheduled biodiversity events for which currently no hosts are defined. If you wish to host one of these events yourself or know of a good potential host, please contact the organizers.

Event type Date Time Room
Discussion Seminar 2020-11-18 11:00:00 LG E5

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