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 a changing world. We investigate patterns of plant genetic diversity in managed and wild systems, and how these matter. Plant genetic variation can affect ecosystem function by influencing suites of specialized chemical mediators produced by plant metabolism, or more broadly conserved plant functional traits. Both kinds of traits are important for how plants interact with and function in their environment. Genetic variation is also a kind of "insurance", storing potential plant responses to future environments. More underResearch