Nicola Schoenenberger



E-Mail: schoenenberger[at]



Museum of Natural History, Lugano, Switzerland,

Nicola Schoenenberger, PhD


  • Since 2011 Consultant at INNOVABRIDGE Foundation, Caslano Switzerland
  • 2009-2015 Curator of Botany at the Museum of Natural History, Lugano Switzerland
  • 2008-2011 Consultant at Tulum LTD, Caslano Switzerland
  • 2005-2009 Head of projects at Pro Natura Ticino, Bellinzona Switzerland


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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


Ethnobiology: Conservation of genetic resources and local knowledge of Malus domestica and Pyrus communis in Ticino


  • 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 Conedera M. (2013). Invasive neobiota in forest ecosystems: opportunity or threat? In: Kraus & D. Krumm F. (eds) Integrative approaches for the conservation of forest biodiversity. European Forest Institute.
  • 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
  • Aebi A., Schoenenberger N., Bigler F. (2011). Evaluating the use of Torymus sinensis against the chestnut gall wasp Dryocosmus kuriphilus in the Canton Ticino, Switzerland. Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon ISBN: 978-3-905733-20-4, 71 pp.
  • 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.
  • Scientific Commission of Info Flora, the national centre of information and data of the Swiss flora, president of the commission.



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