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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 http://www.wsl.ch/info/mitarbeitende/wipf
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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.

Curriculum

since 2010
Research associate (currently 50%) in the team "Mountain Ecosystems" at WSL/SLF Davos.
2008-2010
PostDoc (75%), Soil Biogeochemistry Group, WSL Birmensdorf
2007-2008
PostDoc, Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland UK
2003-2006
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
2003
Visiting PhD student with Prof. Christa PH Mulder at the Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks USA
2000-2002
Research associate at SLF Davos
1999-2012
Botanical and ornithological fieldwork for various monitoring projects
1998-2001
Internships at various Centres for environmental education
1993-2000
Studies and diploma in Botany and Environmental Sciences at the University of Zurich

Other professional and voluntary services

Teaching

  • 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
...rocks
...closer looks

 

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