Dr ès Sciences, Professeure HES ordinaire
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I am primarily a Scientist; I aspire to provide my knowledge, energy and skills to bring about concrete actions in Science for the environment and the society.  My career path from environmental science to biology and health provided me with a deep understanding of the major challenges in environmental health and more generally for a suitable world.


2000 –  2003             PhD. in Sciences EPFL

Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.


1994 –  1999         Bachelor and Master in Environmental Sciences, Ing. EPFL

Master’s Thesis realized in Madagascar, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.


Continuing Education

2019  –  2020

HEM Executive Program, Leading and Managing in University of Applied Science, HEM (Higher Education Management) Training and Networking. Executive Program. Swissuniversities, partly realized in Canada.


Work experience

2017 –               Full Professor, La Source School of Nursing, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, (HES-SO), La Source, Lausanne, Switzerland

2017 –  2021               Full Professor and Vice-dean for research, La Source School of Nursing, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, (HES-SO), La Source, Lausanne, Switzerland

2015 – 2017         Research Associate, Jensen Lab, School of Life Sciences. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

2014 – 2015         Research Associate, Institute of Microbiology (IMUL), Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV), Switzerland.

2009 – 2013         Research Associate – Group Leader, (Ambizione fellowship awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation), Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

2006 – 2008         Scientific Collaborator and Lecturer; Ecological System Laboratory, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

2005 – 2006         Postdoctoral Research fellow, Fish Ecology and Evolution, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Switzerland – in collaboration with R. Lande, University of California, San Diego.

2004 – 2005         Postdoctoral Research fellow (funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation), The Ecology Centre (Hugh Possingham’s Lab), University of Queensland, Australia.

1999 – 2004         Research Engineer, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, Switzerland.


Scientific boards and committees


  • Member of the scientific board of the Swiss Integrative Center for Human Health (SICHH, 2020-
  • Member of the Editorial Board at Hémisphères (, 2020-
  • Steering Committee at the BEST – JBI Swiss Center ( : Le Bureau d’Echange des Savoirs pour des praTiques exemplaires de soins, 2019-
  • Scientific Expert for European program LIFE – LIFE CROAA –  funded by the European Commission 2015-
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the CITES – Switzerland – CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora,  (elected by the Federal Council) 2014-


  • President of the R&D committee of the Health Sciences faculty, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), 2020 –2021
  • Steering Committee at the PePa: StratEgie pour contrer les pEnuries de personnel dans les professions de la santE ( 2019-2021
  • Committee member of Research, Innovation, Creativity Council, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), 1019-2021
  • Scientific Expert for European program LIFE – LIFE CROAA –  funded by the European Commission 2015-
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the CITES – Switzerland – CITES – Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora,  (elected by the Federal Council) 2014-
  • Member of a scientific committee at the Hcéres – Haut Conseil de l’évaluation de la recherche et de l’enseignement supérieur 2020
  • Member of the thesis committee of Estelle Rochat – Dr. Stéphane Joost, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, EPFL, 2020.
  • Vice-president of the R & D committee of the Health Sciences faculty, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO), 2019
  • Member of the thesis committee of Eric Dexter PhD. student – Prof. Bollens, Stephen, Washington State University, April 2019.
  • Member of the scientific committee for the XV ESEB (European Society for Evolutionary Biology) congress 2015, 10-14 August
  • Member of the organizing committee for the XV ESEB (European Society for Evolutionary Biology) congress 2015, 10-14 August
  • Member of the thesis committee of Erica Fumagalli supervised by Prof. L. Lehmann, University of Lausanne, 2014.
  • Member of the committee « AGIR pour l’égalité » of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine. University of Lausanne, 2012 – 2013.
  • Member of the thesis committee of Sebastian Novak PhD. student – Prof. N. Barton, 2012. at IST Vienna
  • Member of Scientific committee for the election of a group leader at ETH-EAWAG- Prof. J. Jokela, 2008.
  • Member of the thesis committee of Stephane Joost, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, EPFL, 2006.
  • Member of the National Forum on Ecological Compensation Areas 2001-2003.
  • Member of the Research Commission, Environmental Sciences and Engineering Section, EPFL, 2004-2005.

Invited seminars

  • Vuilleumier, S. (2020) Research Data driven in health. Séminaire présenté lors de la journée thématique « digitalisation dans l’enseignement et la recherche » organisé par de la Recherche de Haute Ecole d’Ingénierie HES-SO Valais-Wallis, 10 février 2020 à L’Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Suisse
  • Vuilleumier, S. (2019) La digitalisation dans le domaine de la santé. 7e Journée de la recherche du domaine Economie et Services de la HES-SO, 4 Septembre 2019, Sierre, Suisse
  • Vuilleumier, S. (2019) Health Research at La Source, Universities of Applied Sciences. Scientific Day at Father Muller Charitable Institutions, 14th of June 2019, Mangalore, India
  • Vuilleumier, S. (2018) Health Research, Education and Innovation in Universities of Applied Sciences. Swiss- Canadian Innovation Day, Innovation in Education, 3rd of October 2018, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Keynote speaker for symposium on Plant and Animal Conservation Ecology PACE15, invited by Society of Conservation Biology, Europe  Section (SCB-EU-CH) and the Swiss Biodiversity Forum (SCNAT), 11 February 2015, Eawag Dübendorf.
  • Keynote speaker for 8° Symposium « Eco-evolutionary dynamics », Thursday 5 February 2015 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Université d’Angers invited by Prof. J. Secondi November 7, 2012.
  • IST, Austria invited by Prof. Nick Barton. Sept. 4, 2012.
  • On the intersection of landscape genomics and theoretical population genetics. MESSAGE workshop December 13, 2012, EPFL, Lausanne.
  • University Paris-Sud France, invited by Dr. T. Giraud, December 15, 2011.
  • University of Bern, Zoology seminar Bern Switzerland.invited by Prof.  L. Excoffier, November 24 2008.
  • Landscape Genetics, Grenoble, France. October 20.– 23 2008.
  • ETH -EAWAG, Ecology and evolution, Switzerland, invited by Prof. O. Seehaussen, May 28 2008.
  • ETH -WSL, Research Unit Ecological Genetics & Evolution, Birmensdorf Switzerland, invited by Dr. F. Gügerli, July, 18 2007.
  • Ohio State University. Columbus, US, Invited by the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, March 23 2006.
  • University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution,  Switzerland invited by Prof. N. Perrin February 22. 2006.

Visiting and invited stays

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Prof. Holt’s Lab, 10-23 January 2010.
  • University of Queensland, Australia, Prof. Hugh Possingham’ s lab, 12 Feb. – 8 March 2009.
  • University of Leiden, The Netherland, Prof. JJM van Alphen and Prof. R. Lande (UC, San Diego), 16-21 December 2006.
  • University of Columbus, Ohio, The Mathematical Biosciences Institute, 20-31 March 2006.
  • University of Leiden, The Netherland, Prof. JJM van Alphen and Prof. R. Lande (UC, San Diego), 15-19 August and 19-23 December 2005.

External referee for International and National research agencies

American National Science Foundation (NSF), Canada Foundation for Innovation, Czech Science Foundation, French National Research Agency (ANR), Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research, Council of Canada; Ouranos – Consortium sur les changements climatiques (Canada), Swiss National Science Foundation.

Referee for International Journals

The American Naturalist, Animal, Biological Invasion, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Conservation Biology, Ecography, Ecology, Evolution, Landscape and Urban Planning, Ecological Applications, Ecological Modelling, Ecology, Evolution, Evolutionary Ecology, Functional Ecology, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Frontiers in Genetics, Genetics, Journal of Applied Ecology Biology, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Landscape Ecology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Oikos, Plos One, Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, Theoretical Population Biology.

Ladoy A., Opota O., Carron P-N, Guessous I., Vuilleumier S.*°, Joost S. *°, Greub G*.°2021. Size and duration of COVID-19 clusters go along with a high SARS-CoV-2 viral load: a spatio-temporal investigation in Vaud state, Switzerland. Science of The Total Environment Vol 787, 147483 doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147483  *Contribution égale

Vuilleumier S. Fiorentino A. Dénéréaz S., Spichiger T. 2021. Identification of new demands regarding prehospital care based on 35,188 missions in 2018. BMC Emergency Medicine, 21(63)

Rochat E., Vuilleumier S., Aeby S., Greub G., Joost S. 2020. Nested species distribution models of Chlamydiales in tick host Ixodes ricinus in Switzerland. Appl Environ Microbiol. Dec 17;87(1):e01237-20. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01237-20.

Delmas P., Fiorentino A., Antonini M. Vuilleumier S., et al. 2020. Effects of environmental distractors on nurse emergency triage accuracy: a pilot study protocol. Pilot Feasibility Stud 6, 171 .

Vajana E., I. Widmer, E. Rochat, S. Duruz, O. Selmoni, Vuilleumier S., S. Aeby, G. Greub and S. Joost, 2019. Indication of spatially random occurrence of Chlamydia-like organisms in Bufo bufo tadpoles from ponds located in the Geneva metropolitan area. New Microbes and New Infections, 27, 54-63

Dexter E., Bollens S. M., Cordell J., Young Soh H., Rollwagen-Bollens G., Pfeifer S. P., Goudet J., Vuilleumier S., 2018. A genetic reconstruction of the invasion of the calanoid copepod Pseudodiaptomus inopinus across the North American Pacific Coast. Biological Invasions.

Alcala N., Jenkins T., Christe P., Vuilleumier S., 2017. Host shift and cospeciation rate estimation from co-phylogenies. Ecology Letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12799.

Chaput-Bardy A., Alcala N., Secondi J., Vuilleumier S., 2017. Network analysis for species management in rivers networks: Application to the Loire River. Biological Conservation. 210: 26-36.

Irwin KK., Laurent S., Matuszewski S., Vuilleumier S., Ormond L., Shim H., Bank B., and Jensen JD.­ 2016. On the importance of skewed offspring distributions and background selection in viral population genetics. Heredity. 117(6):393-399. doi:10.1038/hdy.2016.58

Alcala N., Jensen J D., Telenti A., Vuilleumier S., 2016. The genomic signature of population reconnection following isolation: From theory to HIV. G3 Genes Genomes Genetics, 6(1): 107-120.

Büchi L., Vuilleumier S., 2016. Ecological strategies in stable and disturbed environments depend on species specialisation. Oikos 125, (10): 1408–1420

Stoffel C., Dufresnes C., Okello J. BA, Noirard C., Joly P., Nyakaana S., Muwanika V. B, Alcala N., Vuilleumier S., Siegismund H R, Fumagalli L. 2015. Genetic consequences of population expansions and contractions in the common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) since the Late Pleistocene. Molecular Ecology 24(10) pp. 2507-2520. [DOI] [Pubmed]

Vuilleumier S., Bonhoeffer S. 2015. Contribution of recombination to the evolutionary history of HIV. Current Opinion in HIV & AIDS, Vol 10.

Alcala N., Vuilleumier S., 2014. Turnover and accumulation of genetic diversity across large time-scale cycles of population isolation and connection. Proceedings of the Royal Society. B Biological Sciences pp. 2014 281, 20141369.

Alcala N., Goudet J., Vuilleumier S., 2014. Measuring genetic diversity and differentiation:  what we can learn from GST and D? Theoretical population Biology 94:74-84.

Büchi L. and Vuilleumier S., 2014. Specialists-generalists coexistence in heterogeneous environments. The American Naturalist, 183(5): 612–624.

Alcala N., Streit D., Goudet J., Vuilleumier S., 2013. Peak and Persistent Excess of Genetic Diversity Following an Abrupt Migration Increase. Genetics 193(3) pp. 953-971.*

*Written up in Faculty1000 Biology

Joost S., Vuilleumier S., Jensen J.D., Schoville S., Leempoel K., Stucki S., Widmer I., Melodelima C., Rolland J., Manel S., 2013. Uncovering the genetic basis of adaptive change: on the intersection of landscape genomics and theoretical population genetics. Molecular Ecology 22(14) pp. 3659-3665.

Nieuwenhuis B.P.S., Billiard S., Vuilleumier S., Petit E., Hood M.E., Giraud T., 2013. Evolution of uni- and bifactorial sexual compatibility systems in fungi. Heredity 111(6) pp. 445-455.

Vuilleumier S., Alcala N., Niculita-Hirzel H., 2013. Transitions from reproductive systems governed by two self-incompatible loci to one in fungi. Evolution 67(2) pp. 501-516.

Büchi L., Vuilleumier S., 2012. Dispersal Strategies, Few Dominating or Many Coexisting: The Effect of Environmental Spatial Structure and Multiple Sources of Mortality. Plos One 7(4) pp. e34733.

Vuilleumier S., and H.P.Possingham. 2012. Interacting populations in heterogeneous environments. Ecological Modelling 228 96– 105.

Vuilleumier S., Buttler A., Perrin N., Yearsley J.M., 2011. Invasion and eradication of a competitively superior species in heterogeneous landscapes. Ecological Modelling 222, 398-406.

Schwander T., Vuilleumier S., Dubman J., Crespi B.J., 2010. Positive feedback in the transition from sexual reproduction to parthenogenesis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences 277(1686), 1435-1442.**

**Selected as Nature Research Highlights

Vuilleumier S., Bolker B.M., Lévêque O., 2010. Effects of colonization asymmetries on metapopulation persistence. Theoretical Population Biology 78(3), 225-238.

Vuilleumier S., Goudet J., Perrin N., 2010. Evolution in heterogeneous populations: from migration models to fixation probabilities. Theoretical Population Biology 78(4), 250-258.

Vuilleumier, S., J. Yearsley, and N. Perrin. 2008. Fixation probability of locally adapted alleles in heterogenous environment. Genetics.178: 467-475.

Vuilleumier S., R. Lande, J. J. M. van Alphen, and O. Seehausen. 2007. Invasion and fixation of sex-reversal genes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 20:913-920.

Vuilleumier S., C. Wilcox, B. Cairns, and H. P. Possingham. 2007. How patch configuration affects the impact of disturbances on metapopulation persistence. Theoretical Population Biology, 72(1):77-85.

Vuilleumier S. and P. Fontanillas. 2007. Landscape structure affects dispersal in the greater white-toothed shrew: inference between genetic and simulated ecological distances. Ecological Modelling, 201(3-4):369-376.

Vuilleumier, S. and H. P. Possingham. 2006. Does colonisation asymmetry matter in metapopulations? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 273(1594):167-42.***

***Written up in Faculty1000 Biology

Vuilleumier, S. and N. Perrin. 2006. Effects of cognitives abilities on metapopulation connectivity. Oikos 113:139-147.

Vuilleumier, S. and R. Metzger. 2006. Animal dispersal modelling: handling landscape features and related animal choices. Ecological Modelling 190(1-2): 159-170.

Vuilleumier, S. and R. Prélaz-Droux. 2002. Map of ecological networks for landscape planning. Landscape and Urban Planning 58(2-4): 157-170.


Chapitre de Livre

Fiorentino, A., Jaccard, D., Hulaas, J., Hugli, O., Stotzer, G., Kollbrunner, A., Antonini, M.,  Simon, J., Vuilleumier, S., Gilart de Keranflec’h, C., & Delmas, P. (2020). Prise de décision clinique de l’infirmière d’accueil et de tri aux urgences : méthode d’évaluation à l’aide d’un serious game. Dans M. Saint-Jean et V. LeBlanc (Eds.), Formation des professionnels de santé, partenariat-patient. Vers une perspective humaniste. (pp. 83-94). Paris : L’Harmattan.

Hulaas J., Dominique Jaccard, D., Fiorentino, A., Delmas, P., Antonini, M., Vuilleumier. S., Stotzer. G., Kollbrunner. A., Rutschmann, O., Simon, J., Hugli, O., Gilart de Keranflec’h, C., & Pasquier, J. (2020) A Serious Game for Studying Decision Making by Triage Nurses Under Stress. In: Marfisi-Schottman I., Bellotti F., Hamon L., Klemke R. (eds) Games and Learning Alliance. GALA 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12517. Springer, Cham.

Fiorentino A, Delmas P., Simon J., Antonini M., Jaccard D., Hulaas J., Hugli O., Vuilleumier S., Stotzer G., Kollbrunner A., Gilart de Keranflec’h C. (2020, Octobre 01). Serious game to explore decision-making by triage nurses in a stressful environment [Conference session]. GSGS’20 Gamification and Serious Games Symposium – Neuchâtel, Suisse.

Professional publications

Spichiger, T., Vuilleumier, S., Fiorentino, A. & Dénéréaz, S. (2022). Le patient non-urgent : Un nouveau défi pour l’ambulancier ? Star of Life. 1, 16-21.

Séverine Vuilleumier et Lisa Langwieser, «Essor indispensable pour la santé environnementale», REISO, Revue d’information sociale, mis en ligne le 30 mai 2022,

Nicole Froment, Myriam Guzman Villegas-Frei, Shota Dzemaili, Annie Oulevey Bachmann, Séverine Vuilleumier 2022 Agissons pour notre santé et notre environnement! Soins infirmiers

Séverine Vuilleumier 2022. La santé durable nécessite de nouvelles compétences. Competence H+ Hospital Forum 3/2022

Media, Press

« Santé environnementale : les infirmiers, acteurs de changements ? » avril 2022

« Données génétiques : un grand besoin de formation chez les soignants« . Hémisphères, 18, pp. 70-71

« Les Hautes écoles spécialisées vaudoises » 24 heures, Supplément HES Samedi-dimanche 16-17 mars 2019. Semaine 11, N° 63

« Comment étudier les hippopotames sans se faire tuer » Allez Savoir, jan 2016 No 62, 2016.

“Les virus, ces infatigable voyageurs”, in Vivo N° 7 – DÉCEMBRE 2015,, édité par le CHUV. p. 66-67.

“Comment évolue le virus du sida » Horizons, Fonds national suisse – Académies suisses: Horizons no 103, p. 47.

  • 2021-2022    Grants from the Health faculty of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO) 44’289.- CHF  Co-investigator
  • 2019-2020    Grants from the Health faculty of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland (HES-SO) 100’290.- CHF  Co-investigator
  • 2015-2017    Marie Heim-Vögtlin Grant, Swiss National Science Foundation 272’800.- CHF. Principal Investigator
  • 2014-2015    FBM Intedisciplinary Grant, University of Lausanne, 186,000.- CHF. Principal Investigator
  • 2012-2013    Ambizione – followUp, Swiss National Science Foundation, PZ00P3-139421/1, 269 252.- CHF. Principal Investigator
  • 2010-2013    Swiss National Science Foundation grant 31003A-130065, 150 000.- CHF. Principal Investigator
  • 2009-2012    Ambizione, Swiss National Science Foundation, PZ00P3-121702, 380 000.- CHF. Principal Investigator
  • 2004-2005    Postoctoral Fellowships for Prospective Researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation. 40’000.- CHF. Principal Investigator
  • 2001-2004    Agencies of the State of Vaud (SFFN, SAT, SAF, SAGR) and Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape, 366’000.- CHF. (co-written proposal)
  • 2000-2002    Nature Conservation Agency of the State of Vaud and Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forest and Landscape, 70’000.- CHF. (co-written proposal)