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Florian Zellweger
Organisational unit Landscape Dynamics
Remote Sensing
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Room Bi MG D 43
Contact Phone: +41 44 739 2821
Fax: +41 44 7392 215
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I am interested in the spatial and temporal dynamics of forest biodiversity. Much of my research is centered around the question how 3-D habitat structure affects species assemblages, distributions and behaviour. To answer this question, I preferably use remote sensing data, particularly Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data, as they can provide spatially contiguous and highly detailed information about three-dimensionally complex habitats. I have investigated species diversity and activity of a broad range of taxa in temperate forests and I am using LiDAR for conservation related issues such as the modelling and monitoring of bird habitat suitability. Recently, I have developed a growing interest in the role of 3-D habitat structure for driving dynamics in community composition.

My ResearcherID (C-5712-2016) profile:


2013-2016 Ph.D. at WSL and ETH Zurich
  "Patterns and processes of forest biodiversity - new insights from remotely sensed habitat structure"
2010-2012 Master of Science in Geography, specialization in GIScience (UZH)
  Minor in Forest and Landscape Management (ETHZ)


since 04/2016 Postdoc at WSL
2012-2013 Scientific assistant at WSL, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
2002-2006 Claims Manager, Division Property and Casualty, SwissRe, Zurich
1999-2010 Several short projects in mountain forest management and in the Swiss National Park (civil service)