Franz Huber

Franz Huber, Dr.

Technical Assistant

Tel.: 044 634 84 17


4/2009 – 5/2013   Doctoral studies at the Institute for Environmental Decisions, ETH Zürich, Switzerland: What defines sustainability? An ecological and societal analysis of wild medicinal plant and mushroom collection in the Hengduan Mountains, Southwest China.
1/2009 – 10/2012   Associate member in the research project “What defines Qiang-ness? Towards a phylogenetic assessment of the Southern Qiangic languages of Muli”, by the Centre de recherches linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale (CNRS).
9/2007 – 1/2009   Studies in Sinology at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.
2004 – 2006   Research assistant in the project ‘Plants and people in the Shuiluo Valley’, at the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2/2004   MSc in botany. Master thesis: “Variation in floral scent emission and pollinator attraction in Gymnadenia conopsea s.l. and G. odoratissima (Orchidaceae)”.
2000 – 2003   Diploma studies in systematic botany and zoology at the University of Zurich and at the ETH Zürich.


Huber F.K., Weckerle C.S., Hsu E. (2017). The Shuhi House between Reformist China and Revivalist Tibet. Asiatische Studien 71(1): 353–374. DOI 10.1515/asia-2016-0028 

Hsu E., Huber F.K., Weckerle C.S. (2017). Condensing Life Substances within the House: The Rice-Boiling Shuhi of Southwest China. Asiatische Studien 71(1): 281–303. DOI 10.1515/asia-2016-0023.

Giacomelli N., Yang Y.P., Huber F.K., Ankli A., Weckerle C.S. (2017). Angelica sinensis (Oliv.) Diels: Influence of Value Chain on Quality Criteria and Marker Compounds Ferulic Acid and Z-Ligustilide. Medicines 2017, 4, 14; doi:10.3390/medicines4010014.

Chirkova, K., Huber, F.K., Weckerle C.S., Daudey, H., Pincuo, G.R. (2016). Plant Names as Traces of the Past in Shuiluo Valley, China. Journal of Ethnobiology 36(1): 192-214. doi: 10.2993/0278-0771-36.1.192

Huber, F.K., Morlok, M., Weckerle, C.S., Seeland, K. (2015). Livelihood Strategies in Shaxi, Southwest China: Conceptualizing Mountain-Valley Interactions as a Human-Environment System. Sustainability 7: 3204-3229. doi:10.3390/su7033204

Huber, F.K., Yang, Y.P., Weckerle, C.S., Seeland, K. (2014). Diversification of livelihoods in a society in transition: a case study of Tibetan communities in Southwest China. Society and Natural Resources 27:7, 706-723. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2014.901465

Schiestl, F.P., Huber, F.K., Gomez, J.M. (2011). Phenotypic selection on floral scent: trade-off between attraction and deterrence? Evolutionary Ecology 25: 237-248. DOI 10.1007/s10682-010-9409-y

Huber, F.K., Ineichen, R., Yang, Y.P., Weckerle, C.S. (2010). Livelihood and conservation aspects of non-wood forest product collection in the Shaxi Valley, Southwest China. Economic Botany 64(3): 189-204.

Weckerle, C.S., Yang, Y.P., Huber, F.K., Li, Q.H. (2010). People, money, and protected areas: the collection of the caterpillar mushroom Ophiocordyceps sinensis in the Baima Xueshan Nature Reserve, Southwest China. Biodiversity and Conservation 19: 2685-2698.

Weckerle, C.S., Huber, F.K., Yang, Y.P. (2009). A new hysteranthous species of Chelonopsis (Lamiaceae) from Southwest China. Novon 19(4): 552-558.

Weckerle, C.S., Ineichen, R., Huber, F.K., Yang, Y.P. (2009). Mao’s heritage: medicinal plant knowledge among the Bai in Shaxi, China, at a crossroads between distinct local and common widespread practice. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 123: 213-228.

Krummenacher, J., Maier, B., Huber, F., Weibel, F. (2008). Ökonomisches und ökologisches Potential der Agroforstwirtschaft (Can agroforestry be economic? The analysis of a farm with longtime experience). Agrarforschung 15(3): 132-137.

Weckerle, C.S., Huber, F.K., Gao F., Yang, Y.P., Sun, W.B. (2007). Cultivated plants and subsistence agriculture among the Lanman-Xumu in the Shuiluo Valley (Sichuan, SW China). Journal of Economic and Taxonomic Botany 31 (2): 303-313.

Weckerle, C.S., Huber, F.K., Yang, Y.P., Sun, W.B. (2006). Plant knowledge of the Shuhi in the Hengduan Mountains, Southwest China. Economic Botany, 60(1): 3-23.

Weckerle, C.S., Huber, F.K., Yang, Y.P., Sun, W.B. (2005). Walnuts among the Shuhi in Shuiluo, Eastern Himalayas. Economic Botany, 59(3): 287-290.

Weckerle, C.S., Huber, F.K., Yang, Y.P., Sun, W.B. (2005). The Role of Barley among the Shuhi in the Tibetan Cultural Area of the Eastern Himalayas. Economic Botany 59(4): 386-390.

Huber, F.K., Kaiser, R., Sauter, W., Schiestl, F.P. (2005). Floral scent emission and pollinator attraction in two species of Gymnadenia (Orchidaceae). Oecologia 142: 564-575.

Hosken, D.J., Martin, O.Y., Born, J., Huber, F. (2003). Sexual conflict in Sepsis cynipsea: female reluctance, fertility and mate choice. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 16: 485-490.