Dr. Theofania-Sotiria Patisou – postdoctoral researcher

Dr. Theofania-Sotiria Patsiou
Hebelstrasse 1
4056 Basel

Tel.: +41 (0)61 207 23 14



Research interest

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 that sort out over an elevational gradient driving the distribution of species from the Brassicaceae family.


University of Zurich (2011 – 2015)
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)

University of Birmingham (2008 - 2009)
MRes, Conservation and Utilisation of Plant Genetic Resources

Agricultural University of Athens (2001 - 2007)
MSc, Agronomy and Crop Science


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


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.