Research interests:

  • Stable Isotope Ecology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Climate Change
  • Forensics
  • Sustainable Land Use


While the processes shaping carbon and oxygen isotopic compositions of plants are largely known, the corresponding processes for the hydrogen isotopic composition remain elusive. In my PhD project, I aim to enhance the understanding of metabolic signals in plant δ2H values by analyzing carbohydrates from plants grown under different environmental conditions. This will help elucidating what the hydrogen isotopic composition can tell us about the plant’s carbon metabolism, which will broaden the use of δ2H as metabolic proxy in biological archives and thereby further the understanding of plant responses to climate change.


11/2021 - ongoing PhD student at the Physiological Plant Ecology Group, University of Basel, supervised by Prof. Ansgar Kahmen
08/2019 - 10/2021 Master in Plant Sciences at the PPE group of Prof. Ansgar Kahmen, University of Basel, Switzerland
08/2015 - 01/2019 B.Sc. in Biology, Major in Molecular Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland


Selina Hugger

Selina Hugger

University of Basel
Schönbeinstrasse 6
4056 Basel

Office No.: 01.015