Plant ecological genomics

Plant Genome Evolution and Diversification

Despite evidence pointing to gene duplication, transposition and epigenetic changes going along with plant diversification, the evolutionary significance of such genome dynamics remains elusive. Our work thus integrates evolutionary ecology and genomics to better understand speciation and adaptive radiation under changing environments.

Our projects often (but not only) use polyploid speciation as a model process integrating genomic and ecological changes. They combine high-throughput genomic technologies with experimental and empirical field studies to untangle the genetic and ecological drivers of diversification in alpine and Mediterranean plant populations.

Recent Publications

  • The phylogeographic structure of Arabis alpina in the Alps shows consistent patterns across different types of molecular markers and geographic scales
    Rogivue, Aude; Graf, René; Parisod, Christian; Holderegger, Rolf; Gugerli, Felix (2018)
    Alpine Botany, 128(1):35-45. Springer 2018
  • Multiscale landscape genomic models to detect signatures of selection in the alpine plant Biscutella laevigata 
    Leempoel, Kevin; Parisod, Christian; Geiser, Celine; et al. 
    ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION, 8 (3): 1794-1806; FEB 2018
  • Jumping genes: Genomic ballast or powerhouse of biological diversification 
    Choudhury, Rimjhim Roy; Parisod, Christian 
    MOLECULAR ECOLOGY, 26 (18): 4587-4590, SEP 2017
  • Phylogeography of the moonwort fern Botrychium lunaria (Ophioglossaceae) based on chloroplast DNA in the Central-European Mountain System 
    Maccagni, Alessio; Parisod, Christian; Grant, Jason R. 
    ALPINE BOTANY, 127 (2): 185-196; OCT 2017
  • Resolving fine-grained dynamics of retrotransposons: comparative analysis of inferential methods and genomic resources 
    Choudhury, Rimjhim Roy; Neuhaus, Jean-Marc; Parisod, Christian 
    PLANT JOURNAL, 90 (5): 979-993; JUN 2017
  • Benefits from living together? Clades whose species use similar habitats may persist as a result of eco-evolutionary feedbacks 
    Prinzing, Andreas; Ozinga, Wim A.; Brandle, Martin; et al. 
    NEW PHYTOLOGIST, 213 (1): 66-82, JAN 2017
Christian Parisod Uni Bern

Prof. Dr. Christian Parisod
University of Bern
Institute of Plant Sciences
3013 Bern

Tel: +41 (0)31 631 49 49

Research topics

  • Mechanisms of reproductive isolation and speciation
  • Polyploidy (hybridization and whole genome duplication)
  • Transposable elements and genome dynamics
  • Landscape genetics and adaptation to environmental heterogeneity
  • Alpine botany



  • Integration of genetic variation with environmental heterogeneity at high resolution
  • Characterization of genetic resources in wild relatives of crop species
  • Genetic diversity for the monitoring of rare endemics or ill-defined species