Conservation Biology

About us


In my research I focus on the short term responses of plants and invertebrates after restoration of extensively managed meadows in the Swiss lowlands. This research is part of the wider lowland grassland project, see here.

In particular, I am assessing the effectiveness of four different restoration methods: hay transfer on ploughed or harrowed meadows, and seed addition from commercial produced seed mixtures or from local natural harvested seeds.

 Year Description
Since 2018 PhD student at the University of Bern, Division of Conservation Biology
 2017 Consultant and course teacher in the field of invasive neobiota at the cantonal administration of Zurich (Amt für Abfall, Wasser, Energie und Luft; AWEL)
2016 Field botanist for the Universities Basel and Lausanne
2015 Educational field guide at the Pro Natura Center Aletsch (Valais, CH)
 2013 - 2015
Master of Science in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Fribourg
MSc Thesis: Invasive alien plants in Georgia: Present and future distribution, threat to biodiversity and monitoring schemes
 2010 - 2012
Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Fribourg

Publication list

Slodowicz D, Kikodze D, Khutsishvili M, Kalatozishvili L, Müller-Schärer H. Monitoring invasive alien plants in Protected Areas in Georgia. Bulletin of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences. 2018; 12

Slodowicz D, Descombes P, Kikodze D, Broennimann O, Müller‐Schärer H. Areas of high conservation value at risk by plant invaders in Georgia under climate change. Ecol Evol. 2018; 8:4431–4442.