Debra Zuppinger-Dingley

Research Interests

My interests lie in processes that maintain biodiversity, specifically plant biodiversity. My work focuses on biodiversity–ecosystem functioning and ecological services; plant invasion biology; community ecology; plant competition and coexistence and plant-soil interactions.

CV

Education and Professional Positions

2017 - present Operational Manager and Member of the Steering Committee, URPP Global Change and Biodiversity; University of Zurich, Switzerland
2015 - 2016 Scientific Advisor and Member of the Steering Committee, URPP Global Change and Biodiversity; University of Zurich, Switzerland
2015 - present Coordinator PhD Program in Ecology, Life Science Zurich Graduate School, Switzerland
2014 - present Research Associate, Department Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies; University of Zurich, Switzerland
2010 - 2014 Ph.D. at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School, Program in Ecology. Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies; University of Zurich, Switzerland
2008 - 2009 M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies; University of Zurich, Switzerland
  B.Sc. Hons, Terrestrial Ecology and Biogeography; B.Sc, Cellular Biology and Psychology; University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

For the full professional CV please contact debra.zuppinger(at)ieu.uzh.ch

Selected Publications

  • Zuppinger-Dingley D., Flynn DFB. , De Deyn GB., Petermann JS., Schmid B. (2015) Plant selection and soil legacy enhance long-term biodiversity effects. Ecology DOI: 10.1890/15-0599.1
  • 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 DOI: 10.1038/nature13869
  • Zuppinger-Dingley D., Flynn DF., Brandl H., Schmid B. (2014) Selection in monoculture vs. mixture alters plant metabolic fingerprints. Journal of Plant Ecology Doi: 10.1093/jpe/rtu043
  • Zuppinger-Dingley D., Schmid B., Chen Y., Brandl H., van der Heijden MGA., Joshi J. (2011) In their native range, invasive plants are held in check by negative soil-feedbacks. Ecosphere 2(5): art54. DOI: 10.1890/ES11-00061.1

Conferences and Seminars

  • Selection for increased combining ability in diverse plant communities positively affects productivity. Biodiversity Research & Systematic Botany Seminar , University of Potsdam (2013).
  • Plant community history affects the interspecific combining ability of plants. Ecological Society of America (2012).

Poster

  • Eight years of selection leads to differentiation into monoculture and mixture types in grasslands. Plant Population Biology Conference (2013).