Professor Schuman studied at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and received the BSc degree in molecular biology and philosophy. She then joined the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, where she graduated with a PhD from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in 2012. She joined the ranks of the MPI Jena, first as a junior group leader and then as the ecology platform leader, where she initiated her own research program. In 2018, she moved to the UZH, first as a guest professor and now as an assistant professor. She received a number of awards and scholarships, such as the Max Planck Society Otto Hahn Medal awarded in recognition of outstanding scientific achievement, organized scientific meetings and lectures, and established strong outreach activities. The research program of Professor Schuman is rooted in chemical ecology and her current efforts leverage this knowledge to the understanding of the spatial and temporal effects of natural products on landscapes.
Prof. Dr. Meredith Schuman is assistant professor with dual affiliations to both the department of geography and chemistry at UZH.