Professional Activities

Symposia and conference convener:

  • Symposium “Evolution of plant reproductive systems: from ecology to genomics”, 19th International Botanical Congress, Shenzhen, China; 23-29 July, 2017
  • Symposium “Past, present, and future of island plants: evolutionary, niche modeling and conservation perspectives”: 18th International Botanical Conference, Melbourne; Australia, 23-30 July 2011
  • Symposium on phylogeny at the annual meeting of the Italian Botanical Society, Milan; Aug. 2010 (co-organizer with Salvatore Cozzolino, convener)
  • Symposium “Origins of plants endemic to the Corso-Sardinian microplate: An integrative phylogenetic approach”; Conference: “Biodiversity Hotspots in the Mediterranean Area: Species, Communities, and Landscape level”, Cagliari, Italy; 22-24/06, 2009
  • International Conference “Origin and evolution of biota in Mediterranean climate zones: an integrative vision” University of Zurich; 14-16/07, 2007 (130 participants)
  • Symposium “Integrating phylogenetic, molecular genetic, and ecologic approaches to understanding the evolution and function of heterostyly in Primulaceae”, 17th International Botanical Congress, Vienna; July 2005 (co-organizer)
  • Symposium “Phylogenies, hybrids, clocks, and plates in Mediterranean biogeography”, 17th International Botanical Congress, Vienna; July 2005

Convening Editor of Special Issues in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

  • Journal of Biogeography, Vol. 36, No. 7, July 2009 (IF 4.566): “Origin and Evolution of Biota in Mediterranean Climate Zones: an Integrative Vision”
  • New Phytologist, Vol. 171, No. 3, July 2006 (IF 5.178):“Heterostyly” (co-convener)

International activities:

  • On-site review panel, university-wide evaluation of the University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden; May 2017
  • On-site review panel, German Research Foundation, Bonn, Germany; April 2017
  • External evaluator for Chair in Botany (University of Innsbruck, Austria; Peter Schönswetter); March 2016)
  • External, comparative reviewer for candidates of W3 Professorship in Germany (University of Hambourg); June 2015)
  • Invitation to serve on Search Committee, faculty position in biodiversity informatics, Uppsala University, Sweden; Dec. 2014 (declined due to orthopedic surgery)
  • External Reviewer, Habilitation Thesis for Dr. Andrea Tribsch, University of Salzburg (Austria); March 2014
  • External Ph.D. examiner, University of Leuven, Belgium; Dec. 2013-Jan. 2014
  • Invited evaluator, Killam Research Fellowship, Canada Council of the Arts; December 2013
  • On-site review panel, Senckenberg Institutes and Museums, Germany; September 2013
  • Invited member, search committee for new director of the Institute of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany and Botanic Garden, University of Vienna; February-July 2012
  • Scientific Committee of Frontiers in Speciation (FroSpects), a program funded by the European Science Foundation (Ole Seehausen, Chair); 2009-2010
  • Elected Member, scientific committee of the DIVERSITAS-bioGENESIS program to promote awareness and research on biodiversity (2006-2013); meetings in:
    • Fukuoka, Japan, 10/06
    • Paris, France, 09/07
    • Sao Paulo, Brazil, 11/08
    • Cape Town, South Africa, 10/09
    • Bali, Indonesia, 07/10
    • Bonito, Brazil, 06/2012
  • Elected Member, Ph.D. program in Environmental and Applied Botany, University of Cagliari (Sardinia-Italy) (2008-current)
  • Elected Member, scientific committee of the Botanical Conservatory of Corsica-France (2006-current)
  • Elected member, advisory committee of the International Organization for Plant Biosystematics (IOPB; 2004-current)
  • Elected Member, review panel for the European Union SYNTHESYS program to fund research at museums and botanic gardens in Europe: bi-annual meetings, Madrid, Spain (2004-2008)
  • Member of the evaluation committee for the Hamilton Award (best student paper) at the Evolution meetings, Vancouver, Canada (June 2008)
  • External reviewer for faculty promotion to tenured professor, University of Queensland, Australia, (June 2008)
  • External reviewer for faculty promotion to associate professor, University of Brussels, Belgium (October 2008)
  • External reviewer for faculty promotion to full professor at the University of Ghent (Belgium; 2008), University of Newcastle (England; 2003), Colorado College (USA; 2002) and Ohio University (USA; 2002)
  • Invited participant, international DIVERSITAS-BIOGenesis organizational meeting, Paris, France (April 28-29, 2006)
  • Elected member, Ramon y Cajal and Juan de la Cierva commissions of the Spanish Government to assign post-doctoral research fellowships in Spain, Madrid (May 2005)
  • Invited participant, U.S. NSF-funded National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) meeting, North Carolina (June 1-3, 2005)
  • Scientific Committee of the first meeting of the Italian Society of Evolutionary Biology (2005)
  • Scientific Committee of the Alpine Botanic Garden Chanousia, Italy (2000-2005)

Associate Editor:

  • Annals of Botany (2017-ongoing)
  • Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; 5 yr. IF 4.038, ranked 15/45 in Evolutionary Biology, Q2 (2009-2010)
  • Evolution; 5 yr. IF 5.787, ranked 6/45 in Evolutionary Biology, Q1 (2005-2007)
  • Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 5yr. Impact Factor 5.478, ranked 14/129 in Ecology, Q1 (2000-2011)
  • Plant Biosystems(2007-2011)

Editorial Board Member:

  • Systematic Biology, 5 yr IF 10.777, ranked 3/45 in Evolutionary Biology, Q1 (2004-2007)
  • Plant Ecology and Diversity (2008-current)
  • Informatore Botanico Italiano (2009-2011)

Reviewer for international peer-reviewed journals (alphabetical order):

  • American Fern Journal
  • American Journal of Botany
  • Annales Botanici Fennici
  • Annals of Botany
  • Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Arctic and Alpine Research
  • Botanical Journal of the Linnaean Society
  • BMC Evolutionary Biology
  • Canadian Journal of Botany
  • Conservation Biology
  • Flora
  • Flora of North America
  • Global Ecology and Biogeography
  • Heredity
  • International Journal of Plant Science
  • Journal of Biogeography
  • Journal of Experimental Botany
  • Journal of Plant Research
  • Molecular Ecology
  • Molecular Biology and Evolution
  • New Phytologist
  • Oecologia
  • Organisms Diversity and Evolution
  • Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Biosystems
  • Plant Systematics and Evolution
  • South African Journal of Botany
  • Systematic Biology
  • Systematic Botany
  • Taxon
  • Telopea

Reviewer for funding agencies:

  • Canadian National Science Foundation
  • Swiss National Science Foundation
  • German National Science Foundation
  • Austrian National Science Foundation
  • U.S. National Science Foundation
  • National Geographic
  • Marsden Fund of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Research commission of the University of Zurich
  • Syngenta Fellowships of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center
  • European Union “Synthesys” program
  • European Research Council
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Service and activities at the University of Zurich (2000-current):

  • Director of the Institute of Systematic Botany and Botanic Garden, University of Zurich, during the International evaluation of the same units, March 2013-2015.
  • Talk at the “Topics in Evolutionary Biology” survey seminar: “Patterns and processes of diversification in flowering plants”, 07/05/2013
  • Member of the Advisory Board on Gender Equality for the Faculty of Science, 2012-2014
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Claraz Foundation, 2010-current
  • Chair, search committee for new head librarian at the Institutes of Systematic Botany and Plant Biology (July 2011)
  • Chair, search committee for a new pedagogical expert at the Botanic Garden (July 2011)
  • Member of steering Committee of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (2011-current)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Program in Evolutionary Biology of the University of Zurich (2011, current)
  • Supervisor of the Molecular Biology Lab for the Institute of Systematic Botany (2000-current)
  • Mentor, Swiss-German mentoring program for the advancement of women in science (2011-current)
  • Participant, conference “Changing Research Careers”, organized by the Federal Program for Gender Equality at Swiss universities, University of Zurich (Nov. 3, 2011)
  • Workshop for the “Women in Science peer-mentoring group” of the University of Zurich (July 8, 2010)
  • Participant, Strategy Retreat of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (January 29-30, 2010)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (2009-current)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Ph.D. program in Evolutionary Biology (2009-current)
  • Representative of the Institute of Systematic Botany at the “Long Night of Research”, Zurich Buerkliplatz, (Sept. 25, 2009)
  • Contributor to movie on the Institute of Plant Systematics for Darwin Year at the University of Zurich (June 2009)
  • Talk and guided tour for the Friends of the Botanical Garden: “A pollination experiment in the botanic Garden of Zurich” (April 2009)
  • Consultant for the development of a questionnaire to women professors at the University of Zurich (April 2009)
  • Acting Chair, Institute of Systematic Botany and Botanic Garden, replacing Prof. Linder, on sabbatical leave (August 1, 2008-January 31, 2009)
  • Portrait of an evolutionary biologist at the University of Zurich: interview with journalist Susanne Bernard (Jan 2009)
  • Research commission (Forschungskommission) to assign grants of the Swiss National Science Foundation within the University (2002-2007)
  • Faculty adviser for UmFrauen, career development program for women in environmental sciences (2002-2008)
  • Faculty advisory committee (Fakultätsausschusses) to review items on the agenda before plenary faculty meetings (2002-2006)
  • Review committee of the Syngenta Fellowships of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (2002-2006)
  • Talk for the Friends of the Botanical Garden, Zurich: “Modification of floral scent in Primula elatior: A garden experiment” (2006)
  • Advisory board for the Institute of Environmental Sciences (2002-2005)
  • Coordinator, movie on plant systematic research for the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (2003)
  • Workshop on Academic career development for women (University of Zurich) (2003)
  • Workshop on research funding for women (UmFrauen, University of Zurich) (2003)
  • UmFrauen workshop (mentoring program for women in science, University of Zurich) (2002)
  • Member, organizing committee for the “Flowers” Conference (Endress Festschrift; 2002)
  • Member, organizing committee for the annual Symposium of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (2002)
  • Participant, faculty retreat of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (2002)
  • Leader, university orientation workshop for High School students (2001)
  • Participant, Open House of the Institute of Systematic Botany (2000)
  • Leader, university orientation workshop for High School students (2000)
     
  • Member of faculty search committees:
  • Professorship in Evolutionary Ecology (University of Zurich, 2009
  • Curator of the Botanical Garden (University of Zurich, 2008)
  • Genomics and molecular evolution (University of Zurich, 2005)
  • Plant Systematist (University of Zurich, 2005)
  • Paleontologist (University of Zurich, 2005)
  • Theoretical Biologist (University of Zurich, 2005)
  • Population Geneticist (ETH Zurich, 2005)
  • Plant Evolutionary Ecologist (ETH Zurich, 2004)
  • Animal Systematist (Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich, 2003)
  • Microbiology (University of Zurich, 2002)
  • Environmental Sciences (University of Zurich, 2002)
  • Animal Population Biologist (Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich, 2001)
  • Systematic Botany (director of the Botanic Garden; University of Zurich, 2000)
     
  • Seminar speakers invited to the Institute of Plant Systematics (reported only for yrs. 2003-2010):
  • 2010: Andrew Hendry (McGill University, Montreal, Canada), Christian Parisod (University of Neuchatel, Switzerland), Francesco Loreto (National Research Council, Rome, Italy), Karin Vetschera (University of Vienna, Austria), Christoph Randin (University of Basel, Switzerland), Susana Magallon (National Autonomous University of Mexico), Erin Tripp (Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, California, USA)
  • 2009: André Simões (University of Sao Paulo, Brasil), James Thomson (University of Toronto, Canada), Johanne Brunet (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), Joe Williams (University of Tennessee, USA), Scott Armbruster (University of Southhampton, England)
  • 2008: Brian Moore (University of California-Berkeley, USA), Rick Ree (Field Museum, Chicago, USA), Yuval Sapir (University of Tel Aviv, Israel), Sylvia Kelso (Colorado College, USA), Christian Lexer (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
  • 2007: Fuertes Aguilar (Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid, Spain), Carol Goodwillie (East Carolina University, USA), Rafael Zardoya (Museum of Natural History, Madrid, Spain)
  • 2006: Juan Arroyo (Universidad de Sevilla, Spain), Andrew Leitch (University of London, England), Isabel Sanmartin (University of Uppsala, Sweden)
  • 2005: Francois Bretagnolle (University of Bourgogne, France), Bruno Fady (University of Avignon, France), Gonzalo Nieto Feliner (Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid, Spain), Phil Gilmartin (University of Leeds, England), Bruce Lieberman (University of Kansas, USA), Christoph Oberprieler (University of Regensburg, Germany), Giovanni Vendramin (National Research Council, Florence, Italy)
  • 2004: Christian Brochmann (University of Oslo, Norway), Gideon Rosenbaum (University of Mainz, Germany), Josep Rossello (University of Valencia, Spain)
  • 2003: Linda Graham (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), Andrew McCubbin (Washington State University, USA), Susan Kalisz (University of Pittsburgh, USA), John Richards (University of Newcastle, England), Robert Morley, (Paly Nova, Bogor, Indonesia)

Service at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Museum (1996-99)

  • Faculty Senate member (1997-99)
  • Museum expansion committee (1997)
  • Annual Museum open house (1997)
  • Alaska Teachers’ workshop (Polaris program; 1997)
  • Alaska K-12 Science Symposium judge (1997)
  • Graduate Curricular Affairs committee (1997)
  • Alaska Quaternary Center Board of Directors (1997)
  • Student orientation and annual phone recruiting campaign (1996)

​Updated 30 May 2017