Nicola Schoenenberger, PhD


  • From 2018 Managing Director at INNOVABRIDGE Foundation, Caslano Switzerland
  • From 2011 Consultant at INNOVABRIDGE Foundation, Caslano Switzerland
  • 2009-2016 Curator of Botany at the Museum of Natural History, Lugano Switzerland
  • 2005-2009 Head of projects at Pro Natura Ticino, Bellinzona Switzerland.





Field of activities/research interests

  • Biosafety of genetically modified organisms, invasive alien organisms and biological control organisms
  • Plant ecology and agroecology, genetics and evolution
  • Conservation biology, landscape design, botany
  • International development and cooperation
  • Administration


Selection of Publications

  • Ceccarelli G., Poretti G. & Schoenenberger N. (2017). Vernacular names of grapevine cultivars in the canton of Ticino and district Moesa from the end of the XVIII Century to the 1950s. Mem. Soc. Tic. Sci. Nat. 12: 59-68.
  • Frey D., Reisch Ch., Narduzzi-Wicht B., Baur E-M., Cornejo C., Alessi M. & Schoenenberger N. (2017). Historical museum specimens reveal the loss of genetic and morphological diversity due to local extinctions in the endangered water chestnut Trapa natans L. (Lythraceae) from the southern Alpine lake area. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 185: 343-358.
  • Rometsch S., Buholzer S., Nobis M. & Schoenenberger N. (2014). Black List and Watch List of the invasive alien plant species of Switzerland. Info Flora, Bern, 2 pp.
  • Schoenenberger N., Röthlisberger J. & Carraro G. (2014). The alien Flora of the Canton Ticino (Switzerland). Boll. Soc. Tic. Sci. Nat. 102: 13-30.
  • Trivellone V., Schoenenberger N., Bellosi B., Jermini M., de Bello F., Mitchell E. & Moretti M. (2014). Indicators for taxonomic and functional aspects of biodiversity in the vineyard agroecosystem of Southern Switzerland. Biological Conservation 170:103–109.
  • Schoenenberger N. and D’Andrea L. (2012). Surveying the occurrence of subspontaneous glyphosate-tolerant genetically engineered Brassica napus L. (Brassicaceae) along Swiss railways. Environmental Sciences Europe 24:23.
  • Poretti G., Hendrichs M., Gianinazzi F., Piattini P., Stampanoni E. & Schoenenberger N. (2011). Pomological heritage of the Canton Ticino. The apple tree (Malus domestica Borkhausen, 1803): historical and ethnobotanical outline and inventory of the cultivar in the Capriasca region. Boll. Soc. Tic. Sci. Nat. 99: 91-101.
  • Mansion G., Rosenbaum G., Schoenenberger N., Bacchetta G., Rossello J, Conti E. (2008). Phylogenetic analysis informed by geological history supports multiple, sequential invasions of the mediterranean basin by the angiosperm family Araceae. Systematic Biology 57(2):269–285.
  • Schoenenberger N., D. Savova-Bianchi, R. Guadagnuolo, Ph. Küpfer & F. Felber (2006) Molecular analysis, cytogenetics and fertility of introgression lines from transgenic wheat to Aegilops cylindrica Host. Genetics 174: 2061-2070.
  • Schoenenberger N., F. Felber, D. Savova-Bianchi & R. Guadagnuolo (2005) Introgression of wheat DNA markers from A, B and D genomes in early generation progeny of Aegilops cylindrica Host x Triticum aestivum L. hybrids. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 111: 1338-1346.


  • 2001-2005 PhD in natural sciences. Botany and plant genetics. University of Neuchâtel Switzerland
  • 2000 – 2001 MS thesis in biology (specialization in evolutionary botany, plant ecology and plant physiology), University of Neuchâtel Switzerland


  • Swiss Federal Expert Committee for Biosafety (SECB), member.
  • Swiss Federal Expert Committee for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), member.
  • Swiss Biodiversity Forum. Science and Policy platform of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), member.




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