Dr Chris J Kettle is a Group Leader in Conservation Genetics and Applied Molecular Ecology (Tenure) in the Department of Environmental System Science, ETH Zurich. He has been working at ETH since April 2007. Dr Kettle has 15 years of research experience working on plant reproductive ecology, population genetics and applying molecular ecology in the context of tropical forests. One of his key research focuses is to understand patterns of genetic variation and mating systems in plant species (especially trees) and how this influences the resilience of populations in the context of human induced environmental change.

Dr Kettle has been working on the Dipterocarpaceae family of trees for the last nine years, working extensively in the forests of Borneo but also on Dipterocarpaceae species in India and Seychelles. This work has led to publications covering a range of aspects of Diptercarpaceae reproductive ecology and conservation. He has led papers drawing attention to the implications of the mass flowering of Dipterocarpaceae and the implications of recalcitrant seeds for conservation and restoration of Borneo’s forests. His research links directly to policy and management and restoration of tropical forest.

Dr Chris J Kettle is collaborating with Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre (TRCRC) as a member of the board of Advisors in contributing his expertise in TRCRC’s projects.