As a plant community ecologist, I am investigating the causes of changes in biodiversity and their consequences on the functioning of ecosystems and the stable provision of ecological services. I also study how anthropogenic drivers of environmental change such as nutrient enrichment, drought, fire, and herbivory affect ecosystem functioning both directly and indirectly through changes in biodiversity. I am part of the Nutrient Network, a coordinated grassroots research effort including more than 70 grasslands around the world to understand the global effect of nutrient enrichment and consumers impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
As participant of the Nutrient Network (NutNet) Global Research Cooperative, I coordinate the Swiss site in Früebüel, Zug, Switzerland.
Education and Professional Positions
|2011 - 2012||Oberassistant, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|2009 - 2011||Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|2005 - 2009||Ph.D. thesis at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland (Mechanisms of maintenance and restoration of plant diversity, main advisor: Prof. Andy Hector)|
|2002 - 2005||Master of biology, University Lausanne, Switzerland (Provenance effect on growth and fitness of Poa alpina L.: transplantation of ecotypes along an elevational gradient in the Swiss Alps and eco-geographic modelling)|
|2003 - 2005||Technician at the University of Lausanne for the Department of Ecology and Evolution (DEE), Lausanne, Switzerland|
|1997 - 2002||Lab assistant apprenticeship in biology, Nestlé, Vers-Chez-Les-Blancs, Switzerland|