Two of the most pressing challenges for environmental biologists are forecasting the spread of non-native plant invasions and predicting the response of native species to global climate change.  My research explores leading questions at the intersection of these global challenges, rooted in a fundamental curiosity in the ecological and evolutionary factors that shape species distributions. My current work focuses on three core questions: what limits the spread and impacts of invasive species? To what extent can species evolve to rapidly changing climate? How do species interactions shape responses to climate change?

Current address


Institute of Integrative Biology

ETH Zürich

Universitätsstrasse 16

ETH Zentrum, CHN H 68

8092 Zürich

Switzerland


Phone: + 41 (0)44 632 8693

Fax: +41 (0)44 632 1215

jake.alexander@usys.ethz.ch

Since 2011


2007 – 2011


2004 – 2007   


2001 – 2003


1999 – 2003


Research Associate (“Oberassistent”), Postdoc, group of Jonathan Levine, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.


Postdoc and lecturer, group of Peter Edwards, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.


Doctoral studies, Institute of Integrative Biology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland.


Research assistant, University of Bristol, Imperial College London, Natural History Museum, London, UK.


Undergraduate studies, Imperial College London, UK.


Jake M. Alexander

Ecologist