I lead the Laboratory of Soil Biology at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland since 2009.
My research focuses primarily on soil biodiversity and ecology with a strong focus on a group of free-living protozoa, the testate amoebae. I am interested in understanding the diversity and functional roles of poorly known soil organisms, the response of soil communities to natural gradients, present and past ecosystem dynamics and the effects of human activities on ecosystems.
An important focus is on relationships among above and below-ground biodiversity, community structure (plants, invertebrates, protists and bacteria) and ecosystem function 1) along proglacial chrono-sequences, 2) in floodplains, 3) in peatlands. This research has practical implications for environmental management (bioindication) and palaeoecology.
With respect to testate amoebae, my long-term goals are to expand the basic knowledge on the ecology, taxonomy and general biology of these organisms to make them more usefulness for ecological and palaeoecological research.
My scientific contributions span: 1) Ecosystem ecology and global change biology, 2) Microbial ecology , 3) Palaeoecology, and 4) Phylogeny, taxonomy, and biogeography of testate amoebae.
Please check the other web pages of the group for more information on the people, research and publications of our group and the teaching we are involved in.
1989 - 1995
M.Sc. Biology University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
1995 - 1999
Ph.D. Biology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Full Professor, Soil Biology, Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel
2006 - 2009
Research Group Leader & Senior Scientist WSL, Wetlands Research Group
2006 - 2010
Affiliate Professor, University of Alaska Anchorage
2004 - 2006
Scientific Collaborator, Invited Professor, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL & Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL)
2001 - 2004
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Science, University of Alaska, Anchorage, U.S.A.
2000 - 2001
Post-Doctorate, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK, U.S.A.