Invited Talks

2015  
  • University of Goettingen (Germany - Departmental seminar): “The roles of reproductive traits, genome duplications, and ecological preferences in evolution: examples from primroses”; June 9
2014  
  • Leuven University, Brussels, Belgium (Departmental seminar): “The adaptive and evolutionary roles of floral dimorphism in primroses”; 22nd Jan
  • Plant Radiation Conference, University of Zurich: “Processes and outcomes of diversification in Primulaceae: Explorations on the functional and evolutionary roles of heterostyly” June 13
  • 109th conference of the Italian Botanical Society, Florence (Italy): “Processes and outcomes of diversification in Primulaceae: Explorations on the functional and evolutionary roles of heterostyly”; 2-5 September
2013  
  • Seminar Speaker, Department of Biology, University of Padua, Italy, May 2
  • Plenary Speaker, II Iberian Congress of Biological Systematics, Barcelona, September 25-27
2012  
  • “Heterostyly, polyploidy, and speciation in primroses”, University of Vienna, Austria, 26 April.
  • “Speciation”, lecture at the training workshop “Evolutionary Approaches to Biodiversity Studies”, a BioGENESIS/DIVERSITAS workshop at the ATBC meeting, Bonito, Brasil, 17 June
  • “Effects of climate change on Past, Present, and Future Biodiversity of Alpine/Arctic Plants” meeting of the scientific committee of bioGENESIS/DIVERSITAS, Bonito, Brasil, 16 June
  • “Primroses: Darwin’s model system for the evolution of reproductive strategies and ploidy levels”, EPFL Lausanne, 4 July (host: Jeffrey Jensen)
  • “Using Darwin’s primroses as a model for the evolution of reproductive strategies and ploidy levels”, Sino-Swiss Plant Science Workshop, Basel, 19-22 August
  • “Heterostyly, polyploidy, and speciation in primroses”, Spencer Barrett Symposium, Zurich, 24 August.
  • “Research on primroses in Conti’s lab”, collaborative meeting with Prof. P. Gilmartin, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, 29/08
2011  
  • “The role of floral traits and polyploidization in plant evolution: examples from primroses”, Institute of Agronomy, San Michele all’Adige, Italy, February 11
  • “Integrative phylogenetic evidence on the origin of island endemics in the Mediterranean region: comparisons between oceanic and continental fragment islands”; Symposium: “Present knowledge and emerging ideas on the evolution and diversity of the Macaronesian archipelago”, Gran Canaria, Spain, March 14-18
  • “Integrative phylogenetic evidence on the origin of island endemics in the Mediterranean region: comparisons between oceanic and continental fragment islands”. Symposium “Past, present, and future of island plants: evolutionary, niche modeling, and conservation perspectives”, International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia, July 23-30
  • “Hybridization, speciation, and heterostyly in primroses”, Departmental talk, University of Postdam, Germany, 13 Dec. 2011
2010  
  • “Promiscuous primroses: hybridization and reproductive biology in Primula L. ”, departmental seminar, invited by Prof. Sylvia Kelso, Colorado College, USA, February 19
  • “Poyploidy, breeding systems, and speciation by secondary contact in an alpine arctic group: Primula sect. Aleuritia”, departmental seminar, invited by Prof. Dr Jianquan Liu, Vice Director, Key Laboratory of Arid and Grassland Ecology, Lanzhou University, China, June 7-16
  • “Integrating phylogenies, time, and space in the biogeography of the Mediterranean region”, BioGenesis symposium at the congress of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Bali, 19-23 July.
  • “An integrative phylogenetic perspective on the biogeography of the Mediterranean Region” plenary talk at the congress of the Italian Botanical Society, Milan, August 26
  • “The role of floral traits in plant evolution”, lecture at the summer school “Frontiers in Speciation”, funded by the European Science Foundation, 31 August (invited by Ole Seehausen, University of Bern)
2009  
  • I. “Dating the origin of plants endemic to the Corso-Sardinian Plate: a window on the biogeography of the western Mediterranean Basin” (E. Conti); II. “Molecular dating and biogeography of Ruta L. (Rutaceae): a case study from the Mediterranean basin” (w/G. Salvo, presenter): Conference “Biodiversity Hotspots in the Mediterranean Area: Species, Communities, and Landscape level”, Cagliari, Italy, 22-24/06
  • “Does sexual organ placement contribute to reproductive isolation between heterostylous species?”: 2nd Open Science Conference of DIVERSITAS, Cape Town, South Africa, 9-16/10
  • “Evolution of breeding systems and ploidy levels in Primula”: University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 10/11
2008  
  • Primula: an ideal model genus to study plant speciation in a species-rich, circumboreal genus”: Symposium “Plant Species Concepts and Evolution”, Neuchatel, Switzerland, 30/01-1/02
  • “Origin of plants endemic to Corsica and Sardinia: a phylogenetic perspective” (in Italian): Meeting of the Conservatoire Botanique de Corse, Ajaccio, 29/02
  • "Primula: an ideal model system for the study of plant evolution" (in Italian): Department of Botany, University of Genova, Italy, 18/04
  • "Primula sect. Aleuritia, a paradigm of hybrid speciation via secondary contact": Xth Symposium of the International Organization of Plant Biosystematists, 2-4/07, Vysoke’ Tatry, Slovakia.
  • Primula: an ideal model system for plant evolutionary studies”: Symposium of the Swiss Systematics Society, Bern, 7/11.
  • “The different outcomes of hybridization in distylous primroses”: BioGenesis meeting, Sao Paulo, Brasil, 10/11.
2007:  
  • “Evolution of breeding systems and ploidy levels in Primula sect. Aleuritia, a paradigm of the secondary contact model: Symposium “History, Evolution & Future of Arctic and Alpine Floras Meeting”, St Andrews (UK), 25-27/06”.
  • “Dating the origin of plants endemic to the Corso-Sardinian microplate: a window on the biogeography of the Mediterranean basin”: Symposium “Tempo and Mode of Speciation in Mediterranean Plants”, OPTIMA, Pisa (ITALY), 14/09.
  • “From the tropics to the arctic through the Mediterranean: a biogeographic perspective on the origin of plant diversity”: University of Utah, Geography Department, 3/05
  • “Primroses: an ideal model system to study plant reproduction, hybridization, and distribution”: University of Utah, Museum of Natural History, 2/05.
2006:  
  • “Molecular dating, biogeography, and the problem of calibration: an example from the Crypteroniaceae“:Symposium “Dating the Tree of Life”; Geneva, 25/09.
  • “From the Mediterranean to the Arctic through the Alps: An integrative perspective on the origin of biodiversity“: Symposium on biodiversity (BioGenesis, DIVERSITAS); Fukuoka, Japan, 1-3/11.
  • “Dating the origin of plants endemic to the Corso-Sardinian microplate: a window on the biogeography of the Mediterranean basin“: Symposium “Adaptive radiations: ecological processes and phylogenetic patterns”; Congress of the Mexican Ecological Society, Morelia (Mexico), 26-30/11.
  • “Modification of floral scent in Primula elatior: A garden experiment”: Friends of the Botanical Garden, Zurich
2005:  
  • “Evolution of breeding systems and ploidy levels in Primula sect. Aleuritia, a paradigm of the secondary contact model” (w/A. Guggisberg, presenter): Symposium “Integrating phylogenetic, molecular genetic, and ecologic approaches to understanding the evolution and function of heterostyly in Primulaceae”, International Botanical Congress: Vienna, July (co-speaker and co-organizer).
  • “Dating the origins of plants endemic to the Corso-Sardinian microplate: A window on the biogeography of the western Mediterranean basin”: Symposium “Phylogenies, hybrids, clocks, and plates in Mediterranean biogeography”, International Botanical Congress: Vienna, July (speaker and organizer).
  • “Dating the origins of plants endemic to the Corso-Sardinian microplate: A window on the biogeography of the western Mediterranean basin”: Symposium “Mediterranean plant conservation in a changing world”: Hyeres, France 29/9-2/10.
  • “Evolution of breeding systems, ploidy levels, and biogeography in Primula an integrative phylogenetic approach: Department of Biology, University of Utah, April.
2004:  
  • Symposium of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center: "Plant Systems Biology: from cells to communities" (December).
  • Symposium on "Alpine Biology" (Botanical Society of America, Snowbird, Utah, August)
  • University of Naples (April).
2003:  
  • Association for Tropical Biology, symposium on the origin of tropical forests (Aberdeen, Scotland)
  • Plenary speaker at Biology 2003 (Swiss Botanical, Mycological and Zoological Societies)
  • Workshop on Academic career development for women (University of Zurich).
  • Workshop on research funding for women (UmFrauen, University of Zurich)
  • Mini-symposium on phylogenetic analysis (ETH, Zurich)
  • University of Bern (Switzerland)
  • University of Cagliari (Italy)
2002:  
  • Symposium on trans-continental disjunctions (Botanical Society of America; Madison, WI)
  • Botanical Society of Zurich
  • Botanical Society of Basel
  • University of Naples (Italy)
  • University of Cosenza (Italy)
  • UmFrauen workshop (mentoring program for women in science, University of Zurich)
  • Botanical Institute in Gatersleben (Germany)
2001:  
  • Institute for Plant Biology (ETH Zurich)
  • Inaugural lecture (Antrittsvorlesung, University of Zurich)
2000:  
  • Ecology Seminar series (University of Zurich)
  • Annual symposium of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center.
1999:  
  • Symposium on Myrtales (International Botanical Congress; St. Louis, MO)
1998:  
  • Biology Department (University of Alaska-Anchorage)
1997:  
  • National Research Council (Rome)
  • Alaska Native Plant Group (Anchorage)
  • University of Zurich, (Switzerland)
  • NSF-Polaris workshop for K-12 teachers (Fairbanks, USA)
1996:  
  • University of Alaska (Fairbanks)
  • Harvard University Herbaria
1995:  
  • University of Zurich (Switzerland)
  • Colorado State University
  • University of Washington
  • Miami University
  • University of Alaska
1994:  
  • Plant Physiology Seminar Series (UW-Madison)
  • University of Utah.
1992:  
  • Royal Botanic Gardens (Sydney)
1991:  
  • Teaching Assistants Workshop (UW-Madison)
  • High school teachers training workshop (UW-Madison)