Peter Szoevenyi

Research Interests

Life cycle evolution, gene expression evolution, evo-devo, polyploid evolution, sex chromosome evolution and genomic imprinting, phenotypic plasticity, genomics, ecology


Education and Professional Positions

2011 - present SNSF Ambizione fellow
2010 - 2011 DAAD and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation post-doctoral research fellow, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
2007 - 2010 SNSF post-doctoral fellow and independent post-doctoral research fellow in Evolutionary Genomics, Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy and Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
2007 Post-doctoral research fellow (short appointment), Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2006 - 2007 European Science Foundation (ESF) post-doctoral research fellow (CONGEN program), Department of Applied Biology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
2004 - 2006 Ph.D. researcher supported by the “Forschungskredit der Universität Zürich”, Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2002 - 2003 Postgraduate research fellow, Postgraduate Research Grant of the Swiss Government, Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
2002 M.Sc. in Biology, Department of Plant Taxonomy and Ecology, Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Selected Publications

  • Szövényi P., Sundberg S., Shaw AJ. (2012) Long-distance dispersal and genetic structure of natural populations: an assessment of the inverse isolation hypothesis in peat mosses. Molecular Ecology, 21(22):5461-5472. DOI: 10.1111/mec.12055
  • Hutsemekers V., Szövényi P., Shaw AJ., Gonzalez-Mancebo JM., Vanderpoorten A. (2011) Are oceanic islands sinks of biodiversity in spore-producing plants? PNAS, 108: 18989-18994. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1109119108
  • Shaw J., Szövényi P., Shaw B. (2011) Bryophyte diversity and evolution: windows into the early evolution of land plants. American Journal of Botany, 98(3):352-69. DOI: 10.3732/ajb.1000316
  • Ricca M., Szövényi P., Temsch E., Johnson M., Shaw AJ. (2011) Interploidal hybridization and mating patterns in the Sphagnum subsecundum complex. Molecular Ecology, (15):3202-18. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2011.05170.x
  • Szövényi P., Rensing SA., Lang D., Shaw AJ., Wray G. (2011) Generation-biased gene expression in a bryophyte model system. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 28 (1): 803-812. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msq254
  • Rüdinger M., Szövényi P., Rensing SA., Knoop V. (2011) Assigning DYW-type PPR proteins to RNA editing sites in the funariid mosses Physcomitrella patens and Funaria hygrometrica. The Plant Journal, 67(2):370-80. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2011.04600.x
  • Szövényi P., Ricca M., Shaw AJ. (2009) Multiple paternity and inbreeding depression in a dioicous moss species. Heredity, 103(5):394-403. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2009.82
  • Szövényi P., Terracciano S., Ricca M., Giordano S., Shaw AJ. (2008) Recent divergence, intercontinental dispersal and shared polymorphism are shaping the genetic structure of amphi-Atlantic peatmoss populations. Molecular Ecology, 17(24):5364-77. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.04003.x
  • Szövényi P., Hock Z., Schneller J., Tóth Z. (2007) Multilocus dataset reveals demographic histories of two peat mosses in Europe. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 7 : 14:1-13. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-7-144
  • Szövényi P., Hock Z., Urmi E., Schneller JJ. (2006) Contrasting phylogeographic patterns in Sphagnum fimbriatum and S. squarrosum (Bryophyta, Sphagnopsida) in Europe. New Phytologist, 172, 784-794. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2006.01870.x