Spatial Genetics

Welcome to the Spatial Genetics group, which is affiliated with the Department of Geography and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Zurich. Together with Earth System Science, Remote Sensing, and Remote Sensing of Water Systems, we make up the Remote Sensing Laboratories, which have a long and successful history in Zurich.

We are part of the University Research Priority Program on Global Change and Biodiversity, partners in UPSCALE, collaborators of the Biology Integration Institute ASCEND, and contributors to sMile.

Pictures by A. Steppke, M. de la Harpe, M. Schuman

In Spatial Genetics, we use scalable spatial tools to prospect for the "planty" side of life's potential in the complex real world. We investigate patterns of plant genetic diversity in managed and wild systems, and how these matter for system function. We are interested in the genetic underpinnings of plant ecological functions: often specialized chemical mediators produced by plant metabolism, or more broadly conserved functional traits.