Patrick Kuss

Patrick Kuss, Dr.

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


2012-2014 Sibbald Trust Fellow, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland
Since 2012 Research Associate, Institute of Systematic Botany, Zürich, Switzerland
2007-2011 Hochschulassistent, Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland
2010 CAS in Higher Education (Zertifikat Hochschullehre), University of Bern
Since 2007 Associated Researcher, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
2007 Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, Alaska Geobotany Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks
2003-2006 PhD in Botany, Institute of Botany, University of Basel, Switzerland
2003 M.Sc. in Biology, University of Freiburg i. Brsg., Germany

Teaching history:

  • University of Zürich:
    Botanical Excursions (BIO 240)
    Vascular Plant Anatomy and Morphology (BIO224)
  • Naturmuseum Graubünden, Chur:
    Feldbotanikkurs (field course & labs for the general public)
  • University of Bern:
    Plant Ecology I (BSc-level lectures & labs), Plant Biology II (BSc-level lectures), Plant Ecological Excursion to the Alps (BSc-& MSc-level field course), Plant Ecological Field Course –Camargue, France (MSc-& PhD-level field course), Biodiversity in the Alps (BSc-level seminar), Plant Ecological Excursions and Taxonomy (BSc-level field trips).
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks:
    Vegetation Description & Analysis (MSc- & PhD-level lectures & labs), Microbiology I (BSc-level lectures & labs).
  • University of Basel:
    Plant Ecological Field Course – Tenerife, Canary Islands (BSc-, MSc- & PhD-level), Geobotanical Excursions (BSc-level).

Current research:

Flora of Pan-Himalayas (Pedicularis)

Flora of Nepal (Pedicularis)


Li W.-J., Sui X.-L., Kuss P., Liu Y.-Y., Li A.-R., Guan K-.Y. (2016) Long-Distance Dispersal after the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) Led to the Disjunctive Distribution of Pedicularis kansuensis (Orobanchaceae) between the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and  Tianshan Region. PLoS ONE 11(11): e0165700. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0165700
Sui X.-L., Kuss P, Li W.-J., Yang M.-G. Guan K.-Y. Li A.-R. (2016) Identity and distribution of weedy Pedicularis kansuensis Maxim. (Orobanchaceae) in Tianshan Mountains of Xinjiang: morphological, anatomical and molecular evidence. Journal of Arid Land (2016) 8(3): 453–461. doi: 10.1007/s40333-016-0004-0
Liu, M.-L., Yu, W.-B., Kuss, P., Li, D.-Z., Wang, H. (2015). Floral nectary morphology and evolution in Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae). Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 178:592-607
Kuss, P., Ree, R.H., (2015). Reproductive biology of Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae) in Nepal. In: Miehe, G. & Pendry, C.A. (eds.). Nepal. An introduction to the natural history, ecology and human environment of the Himalayas. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Edinburgh. ISBN 978-1-910877-02-9
Tkach, N., Ree, R.H., Kuss, P., Röser, M., Hoffmann, M.H. (2014) High mountain origin, phylogenetics, evolution, and niche conservatism of arctic lineages in the hemiparasitic genus Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, doi:
Yu, W.-B., Kuss, P., Wang, H., Ree, R., Li, D.-Z. (2014) Lectotypification of Linnaean names in Pedicularis (Orobanchaceae). Taxon 63 (1): 172–176.
Oehl, F., Palenzuela, J., Sánchez-Castro, I. , Kuss, P., Sieverding, E., da Silva, G.A. (2012) Acaulospora nivalis, a new fungus in the Glomeromycetes, characteristic for high alpine and nival altitudes of the Swiss Alps. Nova Hedwigia 95: 105–122.
Walker, D.A., Epstein, H.E., Raynolds, M.K., Kuss, P., Kopecky, M.A., Frost, G.V., Daniëls, F.J.A., Leibman, M.O., Moskalenko, N.G., Matyshak, G.V., Khitun, O.V., Khomutov, A.V., Forbes, B.C., Bhatt, U.,S., Kade, A.N., Vonlanthen, C.M., Tichý, L.(2012) Environment, vegetation and greenness (NDVI) along the North America and Eurasia Arctic transects. Environ. Res. Lett 7 (1), S. 15504.
Kuss, P., Armbruster, G., Scheepens, J.F., Ægisdóttir, H.H., & Stöcklin, J. (2011) Spatial genetic structure of Campanula thyrsoides across the European Alps: Indications for glaciation-driven allopatric subspeciation. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics, 13, 101-110.
Walker, D.A., Kuss, P., Epstein, H.E., Kade, A.N., Vonlanthen, C., Raynolds, M.K., & Daniëls, F.J.A. (2011) Vegetation of zonal patterned-ground ecosystems along the North America Arctic bioclimate gradient. Applied Vegetation Science 44, 4, 440-463. Doi: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2011.01149.x
Scheepens, J.F., Kuss, P., & Stöcklin, J. (2011) Morphological, reproductive and phenological differentiation between two Campanula thyrsoides L. subspecies and its adaptive significance. Alpine Botany, 1, 37-47.
Wellstein, C. & Kuss, P. (2011) Diversity and frequency of clonal traits along natural and land-use gradients in grasslands of the Swiss Alps. Folia Geobotanica, 46, 255-270.
Walker, D., Bhatt, U., Raynolds, M., Romanovsky, V., Kofinas, G., Kuss, P., Forbes, B., Stammler, F., Kumpula, T., Kaarlejärvi, E., Leibman, M., Moskalenko, N., Gubarkov, A., Khomutov, A., Drozdov, D., Epstein, H., Yu, Q., Jia, G., Kaplan, J., & Comiso, J. (2011). Cumulative effects of rapid land-cover and land-use changes on the Yamal Peninsula, Russia. In: Gutman, G. & Reissell, A. (eds.) Eurasian Arctic Land Cover and Land Use in a Changing Climate. pp. 207-236. Springer, Heidelberg.
Kuss, P. (2011). Competence-oriented Bachelor seminars (Kompetenzorientierte Planung eines Bachelor-Seminars). In: Wehr-Rappo, S. & Tribelhorn, T (eds.) Bolognagerechte Hochschullehre. Beiträge aus der hochschuldidaktischen Praxis. Haupt Verlag, Bern. Pp. 37-61. (in German)
Kuss, P. (2011) Vegetation of Europe (Die gehölzfreie Vegetation im europäischen Überblick). Bauhinia, 23. (book review of Klötzli, F. et al. Vegetation Europas. hep Verlag, Bern (2010). (in German)
Kuss P (2010) Book review: The Biology of Alpine Habitats, L. Nagy, G. Grabherr. Oxford University Press, Oxford (2009). Basic and Applied Ecology 11:93 Stöcklin, J., Kuss, P. & Pluess, A.R. (2009). Genetic diversity, phenotypic variation and local adaptation in the alpine landscape: case studies with Alpine plant species. Botanica Helvetica 119:125-133.
Ægisdóttir, H.H., Kuss, P. & Stöcklin, J. (2009). Isolated populations of a rare alpine plant show high genetic diversity and considerable population differentiation. Annals of Botany. doi:10.1093/aob/mcp242
Walker, D.A., Leibman, M.O., Epstein, H.E., Forbes, B.C., Bhatt, U.S., Raynolds, M.K., Comiso, J.C., Gubarkov, A.A., Khomutov, A.A., Jia, G.J., Kaarlejärvi, E., Kaplan, J.O., Kumpula, T., Kuss, P., Matyshak, G., Moskalenko, N.G., Orekhov, P., Romanovsky, V.E., Ukraientseva, N.G. & Yu, Q. (2009). Spatial and temporal patterns of greenness on the Yamal Peninsula, Russia: Interactions of ecological and social factors affecting Arctic NDVI. Environmental Research Letters, 4, 045004.
Kuss P (2009) Urban Neophytes (Neubürger im Stadtgebiet). Bauhinia, 21, 61-62. (book review of Pils P et al. (2008) Neophytenflora der Stadt Salzburg (Österreich) Sauteria, Band 17, Verlag Alexander Just, Dorfbeuern/Salzburg) (in German)
Kuss, P., Rees, M., Ægisdóttir, H.H., Ellner, S.P. & Stöcklin, J. (2008). Evolutionary demography of long-lived monocarpic perennials: a time-lagged integral projection model. Journal of Ecology, 96, 821–832.
Kuss, P., Pluess, A.R., Aegisdottir, H.H. & Stöcklin, J. (2008). Spatial isolation and genetic differentiation in naturally fragmented plant populations of the Swiss Alps. Journal of Plant Ecology, 1, 149 - 159.
Vonlanthen, C.M., Walker, D.A., Raynolds, M.K., Kade, A., Kuss, P., Daniëls, F.J.A. & Matveyeva, N.V. (2008). Patterned-ground plant communities along a bioclimate gradient in the High Arctic, Canada. Phytocoenologia, 38, 23-63.
Walker, D.A., Epstein, H.E., Romanovsky, V.E., Ping, C.L., Michaelson, G.J., Daanen, R.P., Shur, Y., Peterson, R.A., Krantz, W.B., Raynolds, M.K., Gould, W.A., Gonzalez, G., Nicolsky, D.J., Vonlanthen, C.M., Kade, A., Kuss, P., Kelley , A.M., Munger, C.A., Tarnocai, C.T., Matveyeva, N.V. & Daniëls, F.J.A. (2008). Arctic patterned-ground ecosystems: A synthesis of field studies and models along a North American Arctic Transect. Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, G03S01.
Kuss, P. & Walker, D.A. (2008). Project for interlinked Arctic flora and vegetation databases. CAFF Technical Report No. 15, 63-65.
Kuss, P., Ægisdóttir, H.H. & Stöcklin, J. (2007). The biological flora of Central Europe: Campanula thyrsoides L. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 9, 37-51.
Ægisdóttir, H.H., Jespersen, D., Kuss, P. & Stöcklin, J. (2007). No inbreeding depression in an outcrossing alpine species: The breeding system of Campanula thyrsoides. Flora, 202, 218-225.
Ægisdóttir, H.H., Koller, B., Kuss, P. & Stöcklin, J. (2007). Development and characterization of microsatellite DNA markers for the Alpine plant species Campanula thyrsoides. Molecular Ecology Notes, 7, 996-997.
Fischer, M., Kuss, P. & Stöcklin, J. (2007). Neophytische Opuntien im Sukkulentenbusch auf Teneriffa. Bauhinia, 20, 35-44. (in German).
Kuss P (2006) The ecology of fire. Schweizer Beiträge zur Dendrologie 49:62-65. (in German)
Kuss P (2005) Fascination Mountain Biota (Faszination Gebirgswelt). Bauhinia 19:70-71. (book review of Burga, C.A., Klötzli, F. & Grabherr, G. (2004). Gebirge der Erde. Ulmer Verlag, Stuttgart, Germany) (in German)
Kuss P, Raidl S, Beenken L et al. (2004) Cortinarius huronensis Ammirati & Smith var. huronensis + Pinus rotundata Link. Descriptions of Ectomycorrhizae 7/8:21-27.