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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Bernhard Schmid

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Research interests

Plant decision making; Plant growth and competition; Invasion biology; Ecology and genetics of small populations; Life-history evolution of clonal organisms; Transgene x environment interactions; Evolutionary plant genetics and epigenetics
Mechanisms of plant competition and coexistence; Plant–animal interactions; Plant–soil feedback; Community assembly; Community genetics and evolution
Biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships


Education and professional positions

2019 - present Adjunct Professor, Institute of Ecology, Peking University, Beijing
2018 - 2022 Professor of Environmental Sciences, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2014 - 2016 Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2013 - 2019 Co-director of University Research Priority Program “Global Change and Biodiversity”
2010 - 2018 Professor of Environmental Sciences, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2009 - 2014 Guest professor Peking University, Beijing, Republic of China
2009 - 2013 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2007 - present Editor Journal of Plant Ecology
2004 - 2012 Member of the Research Council, Division III, Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland
1997 - present Visiting professor at several foreign Universities
1994 - 2009 Professor of Environmental Sciences, Head of the Institute of Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1992 - 1994 Professor of Conservation Biology, NLU, University of Basel, Switzerland
1987 - 1992 START-fellow (career development award of the Swiss NSF), University of Basel, Switzerland
1984 - 1987 PostDoc, Harvard University, Cambridge (with F.A. Bazzaz)
1983 - 1984 Research Associate, University of Zurich, Switzerland
1981 - 1983 PostDoc, University College of North Wales, Bangor (with J.L. Harper)
1977 - 1981 PhD.-studies at Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich, Switzerland (with C.D.K. Cook)
Teacher in Biology, High-school Baden, Switzerland
1976 - 1977 Teacher in Biology and Chemistry, High-school Sargans, Switzerland

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