Bernhard Schmid

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

2014 - 2016 Dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
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

Selected Publications

  • Isbell F., Cowles J., Dee LE., Loreau M., Reich PB., Gonzalez A., Hector A., Bernhard Schmid (2018: Quantifying effects of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning across times and places. Ecology Letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12928
  • Roscher C., Gubsch M., Lipowsky A., Schumacher J. Weigelt A., Buchmann N., Schulze E-D., Schmid B. (2018). Trait means, trait plasticity and trait differences to other species jointly explain species performances in grasslands of varying diversity. Oikos. DOI: 10.1111/oik.04815
  • Schmid B., Baruffol M., Wang Z., Niklaus PA. (2017). A guide to analyzing biodiversity experiments. Journal of Plant Ecology, 10(1):91-110. DOI: 10.1093/jpe/rtw107
  • van Moorsel SJ., Hahl T., Wagg C., De Deyn GB., Flynn DFB., Yadav V., Zuppinger-Dingley D., Schmid B. (2017). Community selection increases biodiversity effects. Ecology Letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12879
  • Meinard Y., Remy A., Schmid B. (2017). Measuring impartial preference for biodiversity. Ecological Economics, 132:45-54. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.10.007