Debra Zuppinger-Dingley

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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

Publications

  • Schöb C., Brooker R. and Zuppinger-Dingley D. (2018) Evolution of facilitation requires diverse communities. Diverse experimental plant communities are more productive than monocultures. Nature Ecology & Evolution 1-5 DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0623-2.
  • van Moorsel S. J., Schmid M. W., Hahl T., Zuppinger-Dingley D. and Schmid B. Selection in response to community diversity alters plant performance and functional traits. ((2018)) Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics DOI: 10.1016/j.ppees.2018.05.002.
  • van Moorsel S. J., Hahl T., Wagg C., De Deyn G. B., Flynn D. F. B., Zuppinger-Dingley D. and Schmid B. (2018) Community evolution increases plant productivity at low diversity. Ecology Letters DOI: 10.1111/ele.12879
  • Zuppinger-Dingley D., Krug C. B., Petchey O., Schmid B., Backhaus N. and Schaepman M. E. Editorial overview: Environmental change issues: Integrated global change and biodiversity research for a sustainable future. (2017) Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.03.005.
  • Abiven S., Altermatt F., Backhaus N., Deplazes-Zemp A., Furrer R. , Korf B.,  Niklaus P. A., Schaepman-Strub G., Shimizu K. K., Zuppinger-Dingley D., Petchey O. L., Schaepman M. E. Integrative research efforts at the boundary of biodiversity and global change research. (2017) COSUST  DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.04.016.
  • Yamasaki E., Altermatt F., Cavender-Bares J., Schuman M.C., Zuppinger-Dingley D., Garonna I., Schneider F.D., ......, Schaepman M.E., Shimizu K.K., Genomics meets remote sensing in global change studies: monitoring and predicting phenology, evolution and biodiversity. (2017) Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.03.005.
  • Emmenegger R.*, Rowan R.*, Zuppinger-Dingley D., Krug C., Parreño M.A.,  and Korf B. Ontology and integrative research on Global Environmental Change: towards a critical GEC science. (2018) COSUST DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.02.001
  • Geijzendorffer I.R., van Teeffelen A.J.A., Allison H., Braun D., Horgan K., Iturrate-Garcia M., Santos M.J., Pellissier L., Prieur-Richard A., Quatrini S., Sakai D., Zuppinger-Dingley D. (2017) How can global conventions for biodiversity and ecosystem services guide local conservation actions? Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability  DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2017.12.011
  • Zuppinger-Dingley D., Flynn DFB. , De Deyn GB., Petermann JS., Schmid B. (2016) 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).