|2011-ongoing||Director of the Institute of Systematic Botany, Herbarium, Library and Botanic Garden of the University of Zurich|
|2012||Full Professor, University of Zurich|
|2000||Associate Professor, University of Zurich.|
|1996-99:||Assistant Professor, University of Alaska-Fairbanks and Herbarium Curator, University of Alaska Museum|
|1995-96:||Post-doctoral researcher, Harvard University Herbaria|
|1994-95:||Post-doctoral researcher, Washington State University|
|1991-94:||Research Assistant, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|1989-91:||Teaching Assistant, Botany Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|1988-89:||Research Assistant, Horticulture Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|1995-96:||Post-doctoral Mercer Fellow, Harvard University Herbaria (Advisor: Prof. David Baum)|
|1994-95:||Post-doctoral Research Associate, Washington State University (Advisor: Prof. Doug Soltis)|
|1994:||Ph.D. in Botany, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Advisor: Prof. Ken Sytsma)|
|1988:||Certification of professional biologist in Italy|
|1987-88:||Doctoral courses in biosystematics: Department of Botany, University of Florence|
|1986-87:||Post-Laurea internship: Department of Botany, University of Bologna|
|1986:||Laurea degree magna cum laude in Botany, University of Bologna|
Current and recent research projects
- The role of geological processes and ecological preferences in explaining plant distributions
- Origin and evolution of island endemics in the Mediterranean Region: comparisons between oceanic and continental islands
- Patterns and processes of diversification in the Macaronesian archipelagos: case studies from Ruta and Limonium
- Phylogeny and biogeography of Mediterranean Boraginaceae, Araceae, Rutaceae
- Origin and evolution of plant diversity in the Maritime Alps
- An integrative phylogenetic/niche modeling perspective on the evolution of Alpine plants: case studies from Primula and Saxifraga florulenta
- Phylogeny and evolution of heterostyly in Primulaceae
- The role of floral trait variation in speciation of heterostylous groups
- Development of genomic and transcriptomic resources in Primula veris
- Hybridization in the heterostylous Primula vulgaris, P. veris, P. elatior complex
- Biogeography, ploidy levels, and breeding systems in Primula, sect. Aleuritia
- Developmental variation of breeding systems and mating strategies in homostylous and heterostylous species of Primula (P. halleri, P. scotica, P. farinosa)
- Phylogenetic relationships and polyploid evolution in Primula marginata (Primula sect. Auricula)
Personnel associated with professorship at the University of Zurich
- 2000-2010: one 50% lab technician-research assistant (an additional 30% is dedicated to running the molecular lab for the entire Institute)
- 2008-2010: three 50% Ph.D. positions as teaching assistants
- 2000-2007: two 50% Ph.D. positions as teaching assistants
(These positions can also be combined to hire post-docs)
List of current and past teaching experience
Current courses taught at the University of Zurich:
- Bio222 “Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics” (Fall semester; 6 credits). Course coordinator. Teaching contribution: 80%. Elective, specialized block course for 3rd and 4th year students. Course structure: 3.5 weeks, 4 days/week, lectures in the morning, labs in the afternoon. Fall 2010: 15 students
- Bio221 “Plant-Insect Interactions” (Fall semester; 6 credits). Teaching contribution: 50%. Elective, specialized block course for 3rd and 4th year students. Course structure: 3.5 weeks, 4 days/week, lectures in the morning, labs in the afternoon. Fall 2010: 18 students
- Bio113 “Evolution” (Fall semester; 3 credits). Teaching contribution: two 2-hour lectures and coordination of the corresponding labs. Mandatory, introductory course for 1st semester students. Fall 2010: ca. 150 students
- “Challenges in Plant Sciences” (Fall semester; 2 credits). Teaching contribution: one introductory lecture to plant evolutionary studies. Course for MS and Ph.D. students of the Plant Science Center. Fall 2010: 36 students
- “Survey course: Topics in Evolutionary Biology” (Spring semester; 1 credit). Teaching contribution: one 2-hr. lecture on research in biogeography. Course for Ph.D. students in the graduate program of Evolutionary Biology. Spring 2010: 22 students
- Bio761 “Research Internship in Systematic Botany”. Currently three undergraduate students doing short research internships in my lab.
- Bio511 “Masterarbeit in Systematik and Evolution”
- Lab meetings: regular meetings with my research group to discuss research progress and current literature
Previous courses taught at the University of Zurich:
- “Diversity of Angiosperms” (Spring 2009). Teaching contribution: one 2-hr lecture. Survey of angiosperm systematics for undergraduate and graduate students at the Institute of Systematic Botany.
- “Speciation and phylogeny: Evolution at the micro- and macro-level” (once per year: 2000-2006; 6 credits). Course coordinator. Teaching contribution: 50%. Elective, specialized block course for 3rd and 4th year students.
- “Workshop on Phylogenetic Analysis for High School Science Teachers” (December 2008): Two-hour lecture on phylogenetic methods; coordinated by the Life Science Center.
- “Introduction to Phylogenetics” (once per year: 2004-2006; 2 credits). Course coordinator. Teaching contribution: 100%. Elective, specialized course for Ph.D. students at the Plant Science Center. Course structure: 3 full-days with lectures and computer labs.
- Bio131 “Biological Systematics” (once per year: 2004-2006; 3 credits). Teaching contribution: two 2-hr. lectures. Mandatory, introductory course for 1st yr. students.
- “Spectrum in Plant Sciences”. Teaching contribution: Introductory lecture to current research in plant evolution. Ph.D. students of the Plant Science Center.
- Research journal club: meetings with graduate students of the Institute of Systematic Botany to discuss current literature and research progress.
Courses at other Universities:
- “Frontiers in Speciation” (September 2010). Teaching contribution: 2 hour lecture on the role of floral traits in plant evolution. Summer school for Ph.D. students funded by the European Science Foundation. Coordinator: Ole Seehausen. Eawag, Kastanienbaum (Switzerland).
- “Workshop on Phylogenetic Analysis” (Spring 2004): 3-day intensive workshop on phylogenetic methods for the Italian Ph.D. program in Plant Systematics and Evolution. University of Cosenza, Italy.
- “Systematic Botany” (once per year, 1996-1999). Course coordinator; teaching contribution: 100%. Full semester course, 3 hrs. of lectures per week, coordination and development of lab practicals. University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
- Training of graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scientists, and high school teachers in molecular systematics methods at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
- “General Botany” (every semester: 1989-1991). Teaching contribution: responsible for lab practicals and discussion sessions as Ph.D. teaching assistant. Large introductory course for undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- General Botany for majors and non-majors