Emanuela Samaritani

In my PhD I focus on soil biodiversity and functioning in regenerating floodplains and more specifically on the restoration effect on carbon cycling and soil microbial communities. This work is part of the RECORD project. I am currently a visiting researcher in the group of Dr. Jeremy J. Rich, department of ecology and evolution at Brown University, USA.



2008 - 2014

PhD research started at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland, stopped during 2010 and restarted February 2011 at University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. “Effects of environmental heterogeneity on ecosystems functioning and biodiversity in a restored floodplain”
Supervised by Prof. Edward A.D. Mitchell from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.


MSc thesis at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Station 2, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.“Are Sphagnum –dominated regenerating cutover bogs carbon sink or not? A studying the Swiss Jura Mountains with predictions of climate change impacts on the C balance.”.
Supervised by Profs. E.A.D. Mitchell and H.-R. Pfeifer, Dr. and Dr. A. Siegenthaler.


Master in environmental sciences at University of Lausanne, Switzerland


Bachelor in biology at University of Lausanne, Switerland, with specialisation in population biology and botany.


Publication record

Shrestha J., P.A. Niklaus, E. Frossard, E. Samaritani, B. Huber, R. L. Barnard, P. Schleppi, K. Tockner, and J. Luster. 2012. Soil Nitrogen Dynamics in a River Floodplain Mosaic. Journal of Environmental Quality 41: 2033-2045.

Bertrand Fournier, Emanuela Samaritani, Juna Shrestha, Edward A.D. Mitchell, Renée-Claire Le Bayon. 2012. Pattern of earthworm communities and species traits in relation to the perturbation gradient of a restored floodplain. Applied soil ecology 59: 87-95.

Samaritani E, Shrestha J, Fournier B, Frossard E, Gillet F, Guenat C, Niklaus PA, Pasquale N, Tockner K, Mitchell EAD, Luster J. 2011. Heterogeneity of soil carbon pools and fluxes in a channelized and a restored floodplain section (Thur River, Switzerland). Hydrology and Earth System Science 15, 1757–1769. doi. 10.5194/hess-15-1757-2011

Samaritani E., Siegenthaler A., Yli-Petäys, Buttler A., Christin P.A., Mitchell EAD. 2011. Seasonal Net Ecosystem Carbon Exchange of a regenerating Cutaway Bog: How long does it take to restore the C-sequestration Function? Reservation Ecology  19 (4): 480-489.

Christin PA., Besnard G., E. Samaritani, et al. (2008). Oligocene CO2 decline promoted C-4 photosynthesis in grasses. CURRENT BIOLOGY 18 (1): 37-43.

Christin PA., E. Samaritani, B. Petitpierre, N. Salamin, and G. Besnard (2009). Evolutionary Insights on C-4 Photosynthesic Subtypes in Grasses from Genomics and Phylogenetics. GENOME BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION 1 :221-230.


Book chapter

de Jong R., et al., E. Samaritani, and Bas van Geel (2010). Changing Climates, Earth Systems and Society, Chapter 5: Climate and Peatlands, pp-85-122. Dodson, John (Ed.)