Caroline S. Weckerle, Dr.


Dozentin und Forschungsgruppenleiterin


Institut für Systematische Botanik, Universität Zürich


Zollikerstrasse 107
8008 Zürich
Tel. 044 634 83 52



Shuiluo-Tal, Sichuan Provinz, China

Shaxi-Tal, Yunnan Provinz, China


Ethnobotanische Grundlagenforschung
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  • 2007-2009 Postdoctoral researcher, studies in ethnobotany and phytochemistry at the Institute of Systematic Botany, University of Zurich. Advisors: Prof. Dr. F.P. Schiestl, Prof. Dr. M. Heinrich (University of London), and Prof. Dr. em. D. Moerman (University of Michigan-Dearborn).
  • 2004-2006 Postdoc in ethnobotany at the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences; supervisors Prof. Yang Yongping, Prof. Paul Cox.
  • 1998-2003 Ph.D. dissertation in systematic botany and phytochemistry; supervisors Prof. T.W. Baumann, Prof. R. Rutishauser, and Prof. P.K. Endress.
  • 1994-1997 Diploma studies in botany and ethnology at the University of Zurich, diploma thesis in ethnobotany; supervisors Dr. E. Hsu and Prof. C.D.K. Cook.
  • 1992-1994 Basic studies in biology at the University of Zurich.


1996, 2004 - ongoing: Ethnobotanical field work in southwest China.

2000 - 2001: Botanical field work in tropical Peru.

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Peer-reviewed articles

  • Leonti M., Cabras S., Castellanos M.E., Weckerle, C.S. (2012). Reply to the Commentary by Dan Moerman: “Regression Residual vs. Bayesian Analysis of Medicinal Floras”. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 139: 695– 697.
  • Staub P.O., Geck M.S., Weckerle C.S. (2011). Incense and ritual plant use in Southwest China: A case study among the Bai in Shaxi. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 7:43.
  • Staub P.O., Schiestl F.P., Leonti M., Weckerle C.S. (2011). Chemical analysis of incense smokes used in Shaxi, Southwest China: A novel methodological approach in Ethnobotany. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 138: 212– 218.
  • Weckerle, C.S., Cabras S., Castellanos M.E., Leonti M. (2011). Quantitative methods in ethnobotany and ethnopharmacology: Considering the overall flora—Hypothesis testing for over- and underused plant families with the Bayesian approach. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 137: 837-843.
  • Bradacs G., Heilmann J., Weckerle C.S. (2011). Medicinal plant use in Vanuatu: A comparative ethnobotanical study of three islands. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 137: 434-448.
  • Weckerle C.S., Staub P.O., Schiestl F.P. (2011). Continuum between ritual and medicinal use of plants: Smoke analysis of ritual plants from Southwest China. CHIMIA, 65, No. 6 doi:10.2533/chimia.2011.1
  • Weckerle C.S., Yang Y.P., Huber F.K., Li Q.H. (2010). People, money, and protected areas: the collection of the caterpillar mushroom Ophiocordyceps sinensis in the Baima Xueshan Nature Reserve, Southwest China. Biodiversity and Conservation 19: 2685– 2698.
  • Huber F.K., Ineichen R., Yang Y.P., Weckerle C.S. (2010). Non-wood forest products, household income, and conservation issues: A case study from the Shaxi Valley, Southwest China. Economic Botany 64: 189–204.
  • Leonti M., Cabras S., Weckerle C.S., Solinas M.N., Casu L. (2010). The causal dependence of present plant knowledge on herbals - Contemporary medicinal plant use in Campania (Italy) compared to Matthioli (1568). Journal of Ethnopharmacology 130: 379–391.
  • Weckerle C.S., Timbul V., Blumenshine P.M. (2010). Medicinal, stimulant and ritual plant use: An ethnobotany of caffeine-containing plants. In Hsu E., Harris S. (eds) Plants, Health and Healing: On the Interface of Ethnobotany and Medical Anthropology. Epistemologies of Healing 6: 262-301.
  • Weckerle C.S., Ineichen R., Huber F.K., Yang Y.P. (2009). Mao’s heritage: medicinal plant knowledge among the Bai in Shaxi, China, at a crossroads between distinct local and common widespread practice. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 123: 213-228.
  • Weckerle C.S., Huber F.K., Yang Y.P. (2009) A new hysteranthous species of Chelonopsis (Lamiaceae) from Southwest China. Novon 19: 553–559.
  • Zumsteg I., Weckerle C.S. (2007). Bakera, a herbal steam bath for postnatal care in Minahasa (Indonesia): Documentation of the plants used and assessment of the method. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 111: 641-650.
  • Meng Y., Yang Y.P., Weckerle C.S. (2006). Conservation status of Maianthemum species in the Hengduan Mountains: A case study analyzing the impact of new policies on wild collected plant species. Ethnobotany Research and Applications 4: 167-174.
  • Weckerle C.S., Huber F.K., Yang Y.P., Sun W.B. (2006). Plant knowledge of the Shuhi in the Hengduan Mountains, southwest China. Economic Botany 60(1): 3-23.
  • Weckerle C.S., Huber F.K., Sun W.B., Yang Y.P. (2005). The role of barley among the Shuhi in the Tibetan cultural area of the eastern Himalayas. Economic Botany 59(4): 386-390.
  • Weckerle C.S., Huber F.K., Yang Y.P., Sun W.B. (2005). Walnuts among the Shuhi in Shuiluo, eastern Himalayas. Economic Botany 59: 287-290.
  • Scherrer A.M., Motti R., Weckerle C.S. (2005). Traditional plant use in the areas of Monte Vesole and Ascea, Cilento National Park (Campania, Southern Italy). Journal of Ethnopharmacology 97:129-143.



  • Vorstandsmitglied der International Society for Ethnopharmacology (ISE)


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