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Dr. Regula Billeter

Dr. Regula Billeter

ZHAW School of Life Sciences and Facility Management
Institute of Natural Resource Sciences
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 53 75

Personal profile

Expertise and research interests

Biodiversity, Neophytes, climate change and species, agricultural areas

Educational background

PhD in Environmental Sciences, 2001, University of Zurich
Master in Environmental Sciences, 1997/98, ETH Zurich



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Other publications

Other contributions

Halbritter A., Billeter, R., Alexander, J. & Edwards, P.J. (2013) Are species climatic limits conserved along elevational and latitudinal gradients? Global Ecology and Biogeography, 22, 1228-1237.

Aavik, T., Holderegger, R., Edwards, P. & Billeter, R. (2013) Patterns of contemporary gene flow suggest low functional connectivity of grasslands in a fragmented agricultural landscape. Journal of Applied Ecology, 50, 395-403.

Sheppard, Ch., Alexander, J.M. & Billeter, R. (2012) The influence of elevated temperature and extreme weather events on native plant communities and their invasion by native and alien plant species. Plant Ecology 213, 1289-1301.

Le Feon, V., Schermann-Legionnet, A., Delettre, Y., Aviron, S., Billeter, R., Bugter R., Hendrickx, F. & Burel, F. (2010) Intensification of agriculture, landscape composition and wild bee communities: A large scale study in four European countries. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 137, 143-150.

Diekotter, T., Baveco, H., Arens, P., Rothenbuhler, C., Billeter, R., Csencsics, D., De Filippi, R., Hendrickx, F., Speelmans, M., Opdam, P. & Smulders, M.J.M. (2010) Patterns of habitat occupancy, genetic variation and predicted movement of a flightless bush cricket, Pholidoptera griseoaptera, in an agricultural mosaic landscape. Landscape Ecology 25, 449-461.

Schmidt, T., Arens, P., Smulders, M.J.M., Billeter, R., Liira, J., Augenstein, I. & Durka, W. (2009) Effects of landscape structure on genetic diversity of Geum urbanum L. populations in agricultural landscapes. Flora 204, 549-559.

Diekotter, T., Billeter, R. & Crist, T. O. (2008) Effects of landscape connectivity on the spatial distribution of insect diversity in agricultural mosaic landscapes. Basic and Applied Ecology, 9, 298-307.

Dormann, C. F., Schweiger, O., Arens, P., Augenstein, I., Aviron, S., Bailey, D., Baudry, J., Billeter, R., Bugter, R., Bukacek, R., Burel, F., Cerny, M., De Cock, R., De Blust, G., DeFilippi, R., Diekotter, T., Dirksen, J., Durka, W., Edwards, P. J., Frenzel, M., Hamersky, R., Hendrickx, F., Herzog, F., Klotz, S., Koolstra, B., Lausch, A., Le Coeur, D., Liira, J., Maelfait, J. P., Opdam, P., Roubalova, M., Schermann-Legionnet, A., Schermann, N., Schmidt, T., Smulders, M. J. M., Speelmans, M., Simova, P., Verboom, J., van Wingerden, W. & Zobel, M. (2008) Prediction uncertainty of environmental change effects on temperate European biodiversity. Ecology Letters, 11, 235-244.

Liira, J., Schmidt, T., Aavik, T., Arens, P., Augenstein, I., Bailey, D., Billeter, R., Bukacek, R., Burel, F., De Blust, G., De Cock, R., Dirksen, J., Edwards, P. J., Hamersky, R., Herzog, F., Klotz, S., Kuhn, I., Le Coeur, D., Miklova, P., Roubalova, M., Schweiger, O., Smulders, M. J. M., Van Wingerden, W., Bugter, R. & Zobel, M. (2008) Plant functional group composition and large-scale species richness in European agricultural landscapes. Journal of Vegetation Science, 19, 3-14.

Schlaepfer, D. R., Edwards, P. J., Semple, J. C. & Billeter, R. (2008a) Cytogeography of Solidago gigantea (Asteraceae) and its invasive ploidy level. Journal of Biogeography, 35, 2119-2127.

Schlaepfer, D. R., Edwards, P. J., Widmer, A. & Billeter, R. (2008b) Phylogeography of native ploidy levels and invasive tetraploids of Solidago gigantea. Molecular Ecology, 17, 5245-5256.

Bailey, D., Herzog, F., Augenstein, I., Aviron, St., Billeter, R. & Baudry, J. (2007) Thematic resolution matters: Indicators of landscape pattern for European agro-ecosystems. Ecological Indicators, 7, 692-709.

Bailey, D., Billeter, R., Aviron, S., Schweiger, O. & Herzog, F. (2007) The influence of thematic resolution on metric selection for biodiversity monitoring in agricultural landscapes. Landscape Ecology, 22, 461-73.

Billeter, R., Peintinger, M. & Diemer, M. (2007) Restoration of abandoned fen meadows by mowing – evidence from a multi-site experiment. Botanica Helvetica 117, 1-13.

Dormann, C. F., Schweiger, O., Augenstein, I., Bailey, D., Billeter, R., de Blust, G., DeFilippi, R., Frenzel, M., Hendrickx, F., Herzog, F., Klotz, S., Liira, J., Maelfait, J. P., Schmidt, T., Speelmans, M., van Wingerden, W. & Zobel, M. (2007) Effects of landscape structure and land-use intensity on similarity of plant and animal communities. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 16, 774-787.

Hendrickx, F., Maelfait, J.P., van Wingerden, W., Schweiger, O., Speelmans, M., Aviron, St., Augenstein, I., Billeter, R., Bailey, D., Bukacek, R., Burel, F., Diekötter, T., Dirksen, J., Herzog, F., Liira, J., Roubalova, M., Vandomme, V. & Bugter, R. (2007) How landscape structure, land-use intensity and habitat diversity affect components of total arthropod diversity in agricultural landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology, 44, 340-351.

Schweiger, O., Musche, M., Bailey, D., Billeter, R., Diekotter, T., Hendrickx, F., Herzog, F., Liira, J., Maelfait, J.P., Speelmans, M. & Dziock, F. (2007) Functional richness of local hoverfly communities (Diptera, Syrphidae) in response to land use across temperate Europe. Oikos, 116, 461-72.

Herzog, F., Steiner, B., Bailey, D., Baudry, J., Billeter, R., Bukacek, R., De Blust, G., De Cock, R., Dirksen, J., Dormann, C.F., De Filippi, R., Frossard, E., Liira, J., Schmidt, T., Stockli, R., Thenail, C., van Wingerden, W. & Bugter, R. (2006) Assessing the intensity of temperate European agriculture at the landscape scale. European Journal of Agronomy, 24, 165-81.

Becker, T., Dietz, H., Billeter, R., Buschmann, H. & Edwards, P.J. (2005) Altitudinal distribution of alien plant species in the Swiss Alps. Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics, 7, 173-83.

Diekotter, T., Csencsics, D., Rothenbuhler, C., Billeter, R. & Edwards, P.J. (2005) Movement and dispersal patterns in the bush cricket Pholidoptera griseoaptera: the role of developmental stage and sex. Ecological Entomology, 30, 419-27.

Schweiger, O., Maelfait, J.P., Van Wingerden, W., Hendrickx, F., Billeter, R., Speelmans, M., Augenstein, I., Aukema, B., Aviron, S., Bailey, D., Bukacek, R., Burel, F., Diekotter, T., Dirksen, J., Frenzel, M., Herzog, F., Liira, J., Roubalova, M. & Bugter, R. (2005) Quantifying the impact of environmental factors on arthropod communities in agricultural landscapes across organizational levels and spatial scales. Journal of Applied Ecology, 42, 1129-39.

Diemer, M., Billeter, R., Hooftman, D.A.P., Oetiker, K. & Lienert, J. (2005) Die langfristigen Auswirkungen von Nutzungsänderungen auf häufige Pflanzenarten montaner Kalkflachmoore in der Schweiz. Natur und Landschaft, 2, 63-69.

Hooftman, D., Billeter, R., Schmid, B. & Diemer, M. (2004) Genetic effects of habitat fragmentation on common species of Swiss fen meadows. Conservation Biology, 18, 1043-1051.
Billeter, R., Sedivy, I. & Diekötter, T. (2003) Distribution and dispersal patterns of the ringlet butterfly (Aphantopus hyperantus) in agricultural landscapes. Bulletin of the Geobotanical Institute, ETH, 69, 45 – 55.

Billeter, R., Hooftman, D., Diemer, M. (2003) Differential and reversible responses of common fen meadow species to abandonment. Applied Vegetation Science, 6, 3-12.

Billeter, R., Schneller, J., Diemer, M. (2002) Secondary succession in fen meadows and its genetic consequences on two common fen species: Carex davalliana and Succisa pratensis. Bulletin of the Geobotanical Institute ETH, 68, 45-54.

Diemer, M., Oetiker, K. & Billeter, R. (2001) Abandonment alters community composition and canopy structure of Swiss calcareous fens. Applied Vegetation Science, 4, 237-246.

Billeter, R., Diemer, M. & Schneller, J. (2000) Effects of abandonment on Tofieldia calyculata (Liliaceae), a common, subdominant wetland species. Bulletin of the Geobotanical Institute ETH, 66, 37-46.

Billeter, R., Zuest B. & Schoenborn, A. (1998) Switzerland. In: Vymazal J.; Brix H.; Cooper P. F., Green M.B. & Haberl R. (eds.), Constructed wetlands for wastewater treatment in Europe. pp. 261-287. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.