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; 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
2009 - 2013 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2004 - 2012 Member of the Research Council, Division III, Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland
1997 - present Visiting professor at several foreign Universities
2010 - present Professor of Environmental Sciences, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1994 - 2009 Professor of Environmental Sciences, Head of the Department 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 Ph.D.-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

  • Wüst SE., Philipp MA., Guthörl D., Schmid B., Grossniklaus U. (2016) Seed Production Affects Maternal Growth and Senescence in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 171(1):392-404. DOI: 10.1104/pp.15.01995
  • Ó'Maoiléidigh DS., Thomson B., Raganelli A., Wuest SE., Ryan PT., Kwaśniewska K., Carles ., Graciet E., Wellmer F. (2015) Gene network analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana flower development through dynamic gene perturbations. Plant J;83(2):344-58. DOI: 10.1111/tpj.12878
  • Wuest SE., O'Maoileidigh DS., Rae L., Kwasniewska K., Raganelli A., Hanczaryk K., Lohan AJ., Loftus B., Graciet E., Wellmer F. (2012) Molecular basis for the specification of floral organs by APETALA3 and PISTILLATA. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Aug 14;109(33):13452-7. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1207075109
  • Kaufmann K., Wellmer F., Muiño JM., Ferrier T., Wuest SE., Kumar V., Serrano-Mislata A., Madueño F., Krajewski P., Meyerowitz EM., Angenent GC., Riechmann JL. (2010) Orchestration of floral initiation by APETALA1. Science. 2010 Apr 2;328(5974):85-9. DOI: 10.1126/science.1185244
  • Wuest SE., Vijverberg K., Schmidt A., Weiss M., Gheyselinck J., Lohr M., Wellmer F., Rahnenführer J., von Mering C. and Grossniklaus U. (2010) Arabidopsis female gametophyte gene expression map reveals similarities between plant and animal gametes. Curr Biol. 2010 Mar 23;20(6):506-12. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2010.01.051