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Research projects

Current projects

2017-2020. Ecology and evolution of olfactory signalling in the deceptive pollination of Arum maculatum: mimicry and local adaptation.

2018-2022. PhytoChemAlp: Assessing the causes and consequences of phytochemical diversity.

2018-2022. From fundamental questions to practical conservation actions: a study of the pollination system, population genetics and mycorrhizal associations in Cypripedium calceolus (Orchidaceae).

2019-2023. Habitat selectivity and conservation biology of Black Rhinos.

2015-2019. Plant-microbe-insect interactions along elevation gradients.

2019-2024. Terres Vivantes - Projet d’Utilisation Durable des Ressources Naturelles.

Previous projects

2015-2019. Impacts of management strategies on soil quality indicators and below ground diversity in urban gardens of Zurich. SINERGIA project.

2015-2018. Attracting bodyguards: testing macro-evolutionary trends of belowground plant indirect defenses and effects on plant fitness. FNS funding.

2014-2018. Ecosystem engineers' contribution to soil structure formation in floodplains - FloodSTRESS. FNS funding.

2012-2015. Effect of climate on coarse woody debris decay dynamics and incorporation into the soils of forested Alpine areas -DecAlp. FNS-DACH international project (Germany, Autria, Italy and Switzerland).

2013-2014.  Earthworm diversity in Switzerland. SwissBOL CSCF.

2012. La Combe Girard : fertilité des jardins ouvriers (Le Locle). Mandat.

2011-2014. Bioindication in Urban Soils. OFEV/FOEN.

2011-2013. A phylogenetic study on altitudinal gradients of plant defenses against herbivores: testing classic hypotheses with contemporary methods. FNS funding.

2011. Biodiversity and functionality of soil biota in a subalpine floodplain. SNF overheads.

2010-2011. Collembola as bioindicators in floodplains. ACR OFEV/FOEN.

2010-2011. Bioindication in urban soils: a preliminary study. ACR OFEV/FOEN.

2008-2011. Manipulation of plant defenses by belowground herbivory. FNS funding.

2007- 2011. Role of organic matter and soil biota on first steps of soil structuring. The case of alluvial soils from alpine to plain level. Flood STRUBIO. FNS funding.

2007-2008. Direct and indirect, above- and belowground defenses on common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). FNS funding.

2004-2007. Campus virtuel Do It Your Soil.

2004-2007. Mycorrhiza development and functioning, and its effect on soil structure. TG7 Plant Survival.

2001-2004. Plant nutrition under stress conditions. NCCR Plant Survival.