Bernhard Schmid

Research Interests

Plant decision making; Plant growth and competition; Invasion biology; Ecology and genetics of small populations; Life-history evolution of clonal organisms; Transgene x environment interactions; Evolutionary plant genetics and epigenetics
Mechanisms of plant competition and coexistence; Plant–animal interactions; Plant–soil feedback; Community assembly; Community genetics and evolution
Biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships


Education and Professional Positions

2014 - 2016 Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2010 - 2018 Professor of Environmental Sciences, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2009 - 2014 Guest professor Peking University, Beijing, Republic of China
2009 - 2013 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2007 - present Editor Journal of Plant Ecology
2004 - 2012 Member of the Research Council, Division III, Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland
1997 - present Visiting professor at several foreign Universities
1994 - 2009 Professor of Environmental Sciences, Head of the Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1992 - 1994 Professor of Conservation Biology, NLU, University of Basel, Switzerland
1987 - 1992 START-fellow (career development award of the Swiss NSF), University of Basel, Switzerland
1984 - 1987 PostDoc, Harvard University, Cambridge (with F.A. Bazzaz)
1983 - 1984 Research Associate, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1981 - 1983 PostDoc, University College of North Wales, Bangor (with J.L. Harper)
1977 - 1981 PhD.-studies at Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland (with C.D.K. Cook)
Teacher in Biology, High-school Baden, Switzerland
1976 - 1977 Teacher in Biology and Chemistry, High-school Sargans, Switzerland

Selected Publications

  • Oehri J., Schmid B., Schaepman-Strub G., Niklaus PA. (2017). Biodiversity promotes primary productivity and growing season lengthening at the landscape scale. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 114: 10160-10165. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1703928114
  • Schmid B., Baruffol M., Wang ZH., Niklaus PA. (2017). A guide to analyzing biodiversity experiments. Journal of Plant Ecology 10: 91-110. DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtw107
  • Schneider FD., Morsdorf F., Schmid B., Petchey OL., Hueni A., Schimel DS., Schaepman ME. (2017). Mapping functional diversity from remotely sensed morphological and physiological forest traits. Nature Communications:Epub ahead of print DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-01530-3
  • Tian D., Yan Z., Niklas KJ., Han W., Kattge J., Reich PB., Luo Y., Chen Y., Tang Z., Hu H., Wright IJ., Schmid B., Fang J. (2017). Global leaf nitrogen and phosphorus stoichiometry and their scaling exponent. National Science Review: in press
  • Van Moorsel SJ., Hahl T., Wagg C., de Deyn GB., Flynn DFB., Zuppinger-Dingley D., Schmid B. (2017). Community selection increases biodiversity effects. Ecology Letters: in press.
  • Argüello A., O'Brien MJ., van der Heijden MGA., Wiemken A., Schmid B., Niklaus PA. (2016). Options of partners improve carbon for phosphorus trade in the arbuscular mycorrhizal mutualism. Ecology Letters, 19(6):648-656. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12601
  • Liang J. et al. (2016). Positive biodiversity–productivity relationships predominant in global forests. Science 354, aaf8957. DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf8957
  • Sailer C., Schmid B., Grossnicklaus U. (2016). Apomixis Allows the Transgenerational Fixation of Phenotypes in Hybrid Plants. Current Biology, 26(3):331-337. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.12.045
  • Schmid B. (2016). Decision-Making: Are Plants More Rational than Animals? Current Biology, 26(14):R675-R678. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.073
  • Wuest SE., Philipp MA., Guthörl D., Schmid B., Grossniklaus U. (2016). Correlative controls of seeds over maternal growth and senescence in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 171: 392-404. DOI: 10.1104/pp.15.01995
  • Isbell F. et al. (2015). Biodiversity increases the resistance of ecosystem productivity to climate extremes. Nature, 526(7574):574-577. DOI: 10.1038/nature15374
  • Handa I.T. et al. (2014). Consequences of biodiversity loss for litter decomposition across biomes. Nature, 509(7499):218-221. DOI: 10.1038/nature13247
  • Zuppinger-Dingley D., Schmid B., Petermann JS., Yadav V., De Deyn GB., Flynn DFB. (2014). Selection for niche differentiation in plant communities increases biodiversity effects. Nature, 515(7525):108-111. DOI: 10.1038/nature13869