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Buerki, Sven

Jodrell Laboratory
Molecular Systematics
Joined Kew: 

December 2010

Foreign languages: 

French (mother tongue), German

Qualifications and appointments: 
  • MSc, Univ. of Neuchatel, Switzerland, 2005
  • PhD, Univ. of Neuchatel, Switzerland, 2009
  • Postdoc fellow funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid, Spain, 2010
  • Postdoc fellow funded by the Marie Curie action programme, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2010-present
  • Research associate at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint-Louis, USA, 2010-present

Molecular systematics, evolutionary biology and biogeography

My research lies in the investigation of the evolutionary history of various groups of plants and insects – at small and large spatio-temporal scales – with a focus on systematic and biogeographic questions. I am contributing to the development and comparison of new methods in biogeography (in collaboration with Prof. Isabel Sanmartin, Real Jardin Botanico, Madrid, Spain) and have skills in bioinformatics. Part of my research is devoted to taxonomy and I had the opportunity to publish several generic revisions of families especially in Madagascar and New Caledonia (e.g. Gentianaceae, Pandanaceae, Rhamnaceae, Sapindaceae). This work was mainly done in collaboration with researchers from the Missouri Botanical Garden (USA).

Selected publications: 

Buerki S, Forest F, Salamin N, Alvarez N. (2011). Comparative performance of supertree algorithms in large data sets using the soapberry family (Sapindaceae) as a case study. Systematic Biology, 60: 32-44.

Buerki S, Forest F, Alvarez N, Nylander JAA, Arrigo N, Sanmartín I. (2011). An evaluation of new parsimony-based versus parametric inference methods in biogeography: a case study using the globally distributed plant family Sapindaceae. Journal of Biogeography, 38: 531-550.

Triponez Y, Buerki S, Borer M, Naisbit R, Rahier M, Alvarez N. (2011). Discordances between phylogenetic and morphological patterns of alpine leaf beetles attest to intricate history of lineages in postglacial Europe. Molecular Ecology, 20: 2442-2463.

Buerki S, Forest F, Acevedo-Rodríguez P, Callmander MW, Nylander JAA, Harrington M, Sanmartin I, Küpfer P, Alvarez N. (2009). Plastid and nuclear DNA markers reveal intricate relationships at subfamilial and tribal levels in the soapberry family (Sapindaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 51: 238-258.

Burnier J, Buerki S, Arrigo N, Küpfer P, Alvarez N. (2009). Genetic structure and evolution of Alpine polyploid complexes: Ranunculus kuepferi (Ranunculaceae) as a case study. Molecular Ecology, 18: 3730-3744.