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Sonja Wipf
Organisational unit Community Ecology
Mountain Ecosystems
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
Flüelastrasse 11
7260 Davos Dorf

Room Da C 1 60; Bi HP D 57
Contact Phone: +41 81 4170 276
Fax: +41 81 4170 110
Web / E-Mail

Research interests

Due to the narrow climatic constraints, the strong environmental gradients and the relative naturalness, alpine and arctic ecosystems have been a major playground for generations of researchers. My research deals with the impacts of climate change, agriculture and tourism on alpine and arctic plants and soils, and the interaction between the two.


since 2010
Research associate (currently 50%), team "Mountain Ecosystems" at WSL/SLF Davos.
PostDoc (75%), Soil Biogeochemistry Group, WSL Birmensdorf
PostDoc, Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland UK
PhD thesis "Winter Climate Change in Tundra Ecosystems: The Importance of Snow Cover" at SLF Davos and the Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zürich, with Prof. Bernhard Schmid
Visiting PhD student with Prof. Christa PH Mulder at the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks USA
Research associate at SLF Davos
Botanical and ornithological fieldwork for various monitoring projects
Internships at various Centres for environmental education
Studies and diploma in Botany and Environmental Sciences at the University of Zurich

Other professional and voluntary activities


  • Excursion guiding, natural and cultural topics, and environmental education for prospective hiking guides

  • Assistant in various university courses on alpine ecology and isotope ecology

  • Field trips and excursions for scientific and non-scientific audience

I also like...

powder_snow climbing macro
...powder snow
...closer looks