Department of Biology

Welcome to the research page of Heinz Müller-Schärer

Professor of Ecology & Evolution at the University of Fribourg; research interest in ecological and evolutionary aspects of plant-antagonist interactions, especially in the context of plant invasion and range extension, and biological control; organisms: Centaurea stoebe, Senecio vulgarisVeratrum album, Rumex spp and Ambrosia artemisiifolia, with their associated insect herbivores and pathogens.

 Short CV


On 31 March, we successfully started the 2017 field season in Lombardia, Northen Italy: both ragweed and Ophraella are out! Pics

On 16 May, we received a very positive final assessment report on our achievements realised through our four year
     (2012-2016) COST-SMARTER research program  (Sustainable Management of Ambrosia aRTemisiifolia in EuRope).
     Thus ready for a next adventure! Pic

Great skiiing in the Fribourg pre-alps on warm and sunny 11 March, with Sarah, Maria, Anne-Marth, Joelle and Heinz. Pics

  21 February: start of the thesis work of our three new Bachelor students Carine Beuchat, Janisse Deluigi and
      Shing-Chi LIU, welcome!

  With a most successul stakeholder conference near Milano (IT) on 28 October 2016, with more than 100 participants
      from local, regional and national authorities we concluded our 4 year COST SMARTER Action. In the afternoon, we
      visited one of our field sites in Magnago (IT) link.

  Welcoming two new colleagues in my research group, both visiting professors, Yongjian Wang from China and Asad
      Shabbir from Pakistan.

  I just recruited two more team members in the framework of my new SNSF project, Sarah Bouchmousse (France) as
      PostDoc and Maria Litto (Italy) as PhD. Both will start early September 2016. Welcome!

  On 21-26 April, Heinz gave a lecture course and seminars on “Biological Invasions and their Management” at Shiraz
      University in Iran; he also e
njoyed great hospitality and a tennis match Link

  On April 1-3, we successfully started the 2016 field season with establishing field experiments for Mirjam (Bsc) and 
      Yan (PostDoc) in the Milano, Italy area Link

  Juppi! Heinz just received the full amount of his requested 600'000 EUR grant from SNSF to study the genomics of
      Ophraella populations on ragweed (Demographic history and recent selection in novel environments: an innovative
      approach to assess benefits and risks of a potential biological control agent)

  Joelle, Yan and Heinz went skiing on 19 March on the Lauberhorn (Grindelwald/Wengen) Link

  Heinz, Benno, Suzanne and Yan participated in the Smarter Task Force Meeting Ophraella in Turin, Italy (21-23 March

  Suzanne is visiting Yvonne Buckley's lab at Trinity College, Dublin to work on her integra Projecting Model for ragweed 
      population dynamics (7-20 March 2016)

  Benno, Suzanne and Yan participated in the Biology16 meeting in Lausanne, and presented their latest findings (10-11 Feb.

  Goodbye to Melinda Leitsch-Vitalos, who returns to Vienna with her family (21 Jan. 2016)

  Heinz and Yan visited the lab of Prof. Oliver Bossdorf at University of Tübingen, where Heinz also gave a research seminar
     (19-20 Jan. 2016)

  Heinz and Yan visited the lab of Prof. Mark Van Kleunen at University of Konstanz, where Heinz also gave a research
      seminar (11 Dec. 2015)

  27 June 2015: International Ragweed Day: the fight goes on! Press release by: SMARTER, Int. Ragweed Soc., Unifr DE,
       Unifr FR


Group picture of 8th Nov. 2016

Where do visitors of this page come from?

Ecology & Evolution - ch du musée - 1700 Fribourg - Tel +41 26 / 300 8835 - Fax +41 26 / 300 9741
heinz.mueller[at] - Swiss University