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Christin Loran - Personal Homepage

Organisational unit Landscape Dynamics
Landscape ecology
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Room Bi HL E 25
Contact Phone: +41 44 739 2817
Fax: +41 44 7392 215
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Research project

My Ph.D. project aims to analyze the forest dynamics in Switzerland. I will reconstruct forest changes in Switzerland (since 1840) and Canton of Zurich (since 1667) to study forest dynamics, search for transition processes and identify patterns of change in forest area. Statistical modeling will be combined with explorative historical analyses to determine main driving forces of change. In a last part of the study, the ecological implications for selected ecosystem goods and services will be assessed.

My thesis is supervised by Matthias Bürgi, Nick Zimmermann and Felix Kienast.


Loran C, Munteanu C, Verburg PH, Schmatz DR, Bürgi M, Zimmermann NE (2017) Long-term change in drivers of forest cover expansion: an analysis for Switzerland (1850-2000) Regional Environmental Change. doi:10.1007/s10113-017-1148-y

Loran C, Ginzler C, Bürgi M (2016) Evaluating forest transition based on a multi-scale approach: forest area dynamics in Switzerland 1850–2000. Regional Environmental Change. doi:10.1007/s10113-015-0911-1

Loran C, Henkel A (2015) Flächendeckende Analyse der Habitateignung für den Mittelspecht Dendrocopos medius im Nationalpark "Hainich". Landschaftspflege und Naturschutz in Thüringen 52(3):99-103


Since 07/2013 Ph.D. student at WSL

2010 – 2013 Master degree in Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Specialization in Forest Conservation, University of Göttingen

2006 – 2009 Bachelor degree in Human Geography and Area Studies, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg