The natural environment is full of organisms that are highly diverse in not only their physical characteristics, but also in how they interact with each other and their local environment. My interest is in how the performance and composition of communities are shaped by facilitative and antagonistic interactions among individuals and communities. Primarily my research focuses on the interactions between belowground and aboveground community diversity and composition. It is this diversity, both above- and belowground, that is thought to be the support system for maintaining the performance of ecosystems and is a key mechanism behind the compositional trajectories in biological communities. Currently I work in the central project of the Jena Biodiversity Experiment in the research group headed by Prof. Bernhard Schmid at the University of Zurich on various plant and soil community based projects.
Education and Professional Positions
|2013 - 2018||Post-doctoral researcher. The Jena Biodiversity Experiment, Jena, Germany. Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|2012 - 2013||Post-doctoral researcher. Ecological Farming Systems, Agroscope Research Station, Zurich, Switzerland|
|2008 - 2012||Ph.D. student. Ecological Farming Systems, Agroscope Research Station, Zurich / Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich. Thesis: Ecological roles of soil biodiversity|
|2003 - 2008||Root biology lab assistant. Department of Botany, University of Guelph, Canada|
|2005 - 2007||M.Sc. student. Department of Botany, University of Guelph, Canada|
|2001 - 2005||B.Sc. University of Guelph, Canada|