Sofia van Moorsel

Link to Research Group page (Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmid)

Research Interests

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. 

CV

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

Conference Contributions

Posters

  • Evidence for rapid evolution in grasslands. Global Change and Biodiversity Conference in Monte Verità 2016.
    see the poster (PDF, 5082 KB)
  • 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).
    see the poster (PDF, 2442 KB)
  • Evolution of monoculture and mixture types in a grassland biodiversity experiment. 33rd New Phytologist Symposium in Zurich 2014.

Talks

  • 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.