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Prof. Dr. Rolf Holderegger



Leiter Forschungseinheit, Mitglied der Direktion


Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi MG C 29


Current position

Adjunct Professor at ETH Zürich, lecturing on conservation biology, conservation genetics, landscape genetics and ferns

Head of Research Unit Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

Member of WSL directorate

Previous positions

2020-2021Acting Deputy Director WSL
2006-2010Head of Research Unit Ecological Genetics and Evolution WSL
2001-2006Deputy Head of Section Ecological Genetics WSL
1998-1999Postdoc at University of St Andrews, Scotland
1997-1998Research Associate at Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zürich
1997PhD at University of Zürich

Research interests

My research interests are in biodiversity and conservation biology, in particular ecological genetics and genomics. Of special relevance are the interface between research and application/outreach and the implementation of scientific results in conservation management and landscape planning. I study a wide array of organisms and use a suite of methods, i.e. descriptive and experimental field data and genetic and genomic approaches. During the last years, I spent effort in promoting landscape genetics by organizing international symposia, editing special issues, delivering keynotes, teaching and writing review papers. In several landscape genomic projects on alpine plants, I identify genomic regions of adaptation by using next generation sequencing data and environmental association analysis. I also supervise the large monitoring program of the nationally important habitats of Switzerland (WBS).

Other activities

Member of the steering board of the Rübel Foundation

Scientific advisory board (OFU) of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (BAFU)

Steering Board of the Genetic Diversity Centre GDC at ETH Zürich

Complete publication list

  • Complete publication list Rolf Holderegger May 2019: PDF