Research interests and responsibilities

  • Plant ecology
  • Cultivation of plants
  • Management of growth and climate chambers
  • Graphical work, illustrations

Education and professional experience

since 2015 University of Basel, research group of Prof. Yvonne Willi, academic technical assistant
1990 - 2015 University of Basel, research group of Prof. Christian Körner, academic technical assistant
1987 - 1989 University of Innsbruck (Austria), Institute of Botany, research assistant. Project funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF): Carbon balance of alpine plants. Studies on quantitative plant anatomy and cell division in alpine plants.
1987 University of Innsbruck (Austria), Diploma in Biology (Botany). Master/diploma project: "Leaf anatomy of herbaceous plants from different altitudes in the Alps: a quantitative analysis." Supervisor: Christian Körner
1961 born in Leonstein (Austria)


Körner C, Riedl S, Keplinger T, Richter A, Wiesenbauer J, Schweingruber F, Hiltbrunner E (2019) Life at 0 °C: the biology of the alpine snowbed plant Soldanella pusilla. Alpine Botany 129:63-80,

Körner C, Leuzinger S, Riedl S, Siegwolf RT, Streule L (2016) Carbon and nitrogen stable isotope signals for an entire alpine flora, based on herbarium samples. Alpine Botany 126:153-166

Asshoff R, Riedl S, Leuzinger S (2010) Towards a better understanding of carbon flux. J Biol Education 44:180-184

Körner C, Stöcklin J, Reuter-Thiébaud L, Peláez-Riedl S (2008) Small differences in arrival time influence composition and productivity of plant communities. New Phytol 177:698-705

Körner C, Asshoff R, Bignucolo O, Hättenschwiler S, Keel SG, Peláez-Riedl S, Pepin S, Siegwolf RTW, Zotz G (2005) Carbon flux and growth in mature deciduous forest trees exposed to elevated CO2. Science 309:1360-1362

Würth MKR, Peláez-Riedl S, Wright SJ, Körner C (2005) Non-structural carbohydrate pools in a tropical forest. Oecologia 143:11-24

Körner C, Paulsen J, Peláez-Riedl S (2003) A bioclimatic characterisation of Europe's alpine areas. In: Nagy L, Grabherr G, Körner C, Thompson DBA (eds) Alpine biodiversity in Europe. Ecol Studies 167:13-28, Springer, Berlin.

Körner C, Peláez-Riedl S, van Bel AJE (1995) CO2 responsiveness of plants: a possible link to phloem loading. Plant Cell Environ 18:595-600

Wagner J, Peláez Menendez-Riedl S, Larcher W (1993) Bioclima e potenziale di produttivitá di Quercus ilex L. al limite settentrionale dell'areale di distribuzione. Parte III. Adattamento morfologico e funzionale delle foglie alle radiazioni luminose. Studi Trentini Sci.Nat., Acta Biol. 68:37-51

Körner C, Peláez-Riedl S, Schilcher B, Halbwachs G (1993) Wechselwirkungen zwischen Vegetation und Treibhauseffekt. Kohlenstoff-Bilanz Oesterreichs. In: Bestandesaufnahme anthropogener Klimaänderungen: Mögliche Auswirkungen auf Oesterreich - mögliche Massnahmen in Oesterreich, Dokumentation. Oesterr Akademie d Wissensch, Bundesminist f Wissensch u Forschg, Wien

Körner C, Peláez Menendez-Riedl S, John PCL (1989) Why are Bonsai plants small? A consideration of cell size. Aust J Plant Physiol 16:443-448

Körner C, Peláez Menendez-Riedl S (1989) The significance of developmental aspects in plant growth analysis. In: Lambers H, Cambridge ML, Konings H, Pons TL (eds) Causes and consequences of variation in growth rate and productivity of higher plants. SPB Acad Publ, The Hague p. 141-157

Körner C, Neumayer M, Peláez Menendez-Riedl S, Smeets-Scheel A (1989) Functional morphology of mountain plants. Flora 182:353-383



Susanna Riedl

Universität Basel
Departement Umweltwissenschaften
Pflanzenökologie und -evolution
Schönbeinstrasse 6
CH-4056 Basel

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