My doctoral research focuses on the positive relationship between plant biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in a grassland biodiversity experiment (The Jena Experiment), especially on the mechanisms that might drive this relationship. Furthermore I'm investigating how soil community influences plant community and vice versa, and how plant-soil feedbacks shape the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationship.
Some topics that are of particular interest to me: evolution of combining ability, evolutionary genetics and epigenetics, species coexistence, community ecology, plant-soil feedbacks and conservation management.
Education and Professional Positions
|2013 - present||Ph.D. position. Project: Community history and ecosystem functioning. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmid, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|2012 - 2013||M.Sc. in Biology/Microbiology at the University of Zurich. Title of thesis: High-throughput assessment of metabolic pathways in E. coli. Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Martin Ackermann and Dr. David Johnson, EAWAG, Switzerland|
|2008 - 2012||B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland|
- van Moorsel S. J., Hahl T., Wagg C., De Deyn G. B., Flynn D. F. B., Zuppinger-Dingley D. and Schmid B. (2017) Community evolution increases plant productivity at low diversity. Ecology Letters DOI: 10.1111/ele.12879
- Evidence for rapid evolution in grasslands. Global Change and Biodiversity Conference in Monte Verità 2016.
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- Is there evidence for rapid evolution in a long-term grassland biodiversity experiment? Biology16 in Lausanne 2016.
- Is there evidence for rapid evolution in a long-term grassland biodiversity experiment? Symposium of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center in Zurich 2015.
- Evolution of monoculture and mixture types in a grassland biodiversity experiment. 27th Plant Population Biology conference in Konstanz 2014 (winner of the 1st poster prize).
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- Evolution of monoculture and mixture types in a grassland biodiversity experiment. 33rd New Phytologist Symposium in Zurich 2014.
- Community selection increases biodiversity effects in grasslands. Biology17 in Bern 2016.
- Community selection increases biodiversity effects in grasslands. BES Annual Meeting in Liverpool 2016.
- Evidence for rapid evolution in grasslands. 101st Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in Fort Lauderdale 2016.
- Interactive effects of plant and soil community on ecosystem functioning over time. 100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) in Baltimore 2015.
- Interactive effects of plant and soil community history on ecosystem functioning over time. 28th Plant Population Biology conference in Tübingen 2015.