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Kettle, Christopher J.

An ecologist and geneticist, Christopher Kettle specializes in tropical forest trees, their reproductive ecology and the importance of forest genetic resources for resilient landscapes. Since August 2017, Christopher is leading Bioversity International’s cross-cutting research team working on conservation and sustainable use of socio–economically and ecologically important trees and their genetic diversity. He holds a joint appointment and is also Group Leader in Applied Molecular Ecology, in the Department of Environmental System Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He leads research programmes across Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa and the Safeguarding Forest Genetic Resources Cluster of CGIAR’s Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. 

Prior to joining Bioversity International, Christopher was a Senior Lecturer at the ETH Zurich, (2007 – present), and supervised ten PhD students mostly on tropical forest genetics. He taught Tropical Rainforest Ecology and led an MSc on Resilience of Ecological Systems. Prior to that he was a Natural Environment Research Council Postdoc at the University of Aberdeen, UK.



Visiting Prof. University of Malaysia Sabah Koto Kinabalu (2016/2017)

Senior Lecturer, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2007 – Present)

PhD University of Edinburgh UK (2006)

BSc Hons University of Edinburgh UK (2001)

Publication highlights:

SA Ismail, J Ghazoul, G Ravikanth, CG Kushalappa, R Uma Shaanker, and CJ Kettle. 2017 Evaluating realized seed dispersal across fragmented tropical landscapes: a two‐fold approach using parentage analysis and the neighbourhood model. New Phytologist 214 (3), 1307-1316

SA Ismail, J Ghazoul, G Ravikanth, R Uma Shaanker, CG Kushalappa, and CJ Kettle. 2016 Does long‐distance pollen dispersal preclude inbreeding in tropical trees? Fragmentation genetics of Dysoxylum malabaricum in an agro‐forest landscape. Molecular ecology 21 (22), 5484-5496

CJ Kettle. (2012) Ecological considerations for using dipterocarps for restoration of lowland rainforest in Southeast Asia Biodiversity and Conservation 19 (4), 1137-1151