Research interests

I am interested in Plant Biogeography and Evolutionary Biogeography, Plant Ecology, micro-climate and Landscape Ecology. Currently, I am working on defining common important niche axes of Brassicaceae species with different elevational ranges in the Alps.

Education and professional experience

since 2/2017 University of Basel, Postdoctoral researcher
2011 - 2015 University of Zurich, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Natural Sciences. Title: The role of climatic islands in the sky in the persistence of plant species under past and future climate change. The project was under the umbrella of the Plant Science and Policy Programme and funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (Grant Nr: 132471)
2008 - 2009 University of Birmingham, MRes, Conservation and Utilisation of Plant Genetic Resources
2001 - 2007 Agricultural University of Athens, MSc, Agronomy and Crop Science


Scholarship for Post-graduate studies, Aristides Daskalopoulos Foundation, September 2008


Theodoridis S, TS Patsiou, Randin C, Conti E (2018) Forecasting range shifts of a cold‐adapted species under climate change: are genomic and ecological diversity within species crucial for future resilience? Ecography 41:1357-1369

Voltas J, Shestakova TA, Patsiou T, di Matteo G, Klein T (2018) Ecotypic variation and stability in growth performance of the thermophilic conifer Pinus halepensis across the Mediterranean basin. Forest Ecology and Management 424:205-215,

Theodoridis S, Patsiou TS, Randin C, Conti E (2017) Forecasting range shifts of a cold-adapted species under climate change: Are genomic and ecological diversity within species crucial for future resilience? Ecography doi: 10.1111/ecog.03346

Patsiou TS, Conti E, Theodoridis S, et al. (2017) The contribution of cold air pooling to the distribution of a rare and endemic plant of the Alps. Plant Ecology & Diversity 1–14, doi:10.1080/17550874.2017.1302997

Theodoridis S, Randin C, Szövényi P, Boucher FC, Patsiou TS, Conti E (2016) How do cold-adapted plants respond to climatic cycles? Interglacial expansion explains current distribution and genomic diversity in primula farinosa L. Systematic Biology 1–22, doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syw114

Wingen LU, Orford S, Goram R, et al. (2014) Establishing the A. E. Watkins landrace cultivar collection as a resource for systematic gene discovery in bread wheat. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 127:1831–1842

Patsiou TS, Conti E, Zimmermann NE, Theodoridis S, Randin CF (2014) Topo-climatic microrefugia explain the persistence of a rare endemic plant in the Alps during the last 21 millennia. Global change biology 20:2286–2300

Theodoridis S, Randin CF, Broennimann O, Patsiou T; Conti E (2013) Divergent and narrower climatic niches characterize polyploid species of European primroses in Primula sect. Aleuritia. Journal of Biogeography 40:1278-1289.

Dr. Theofania-Sotiria Patsiou

University of Basel
Department of Environmental Sciences
Plant Ecology and Evolution
Schönbeinstrasse 6
4056 Basel

Tel: +41 61 207 29 85