Research interests

  • Forest structure analyses using inventory data
  • Canopy height modelling with 3d satellite and aerial imagery
  • Disturbance ecology based on tree-ring data
  • Biodiversity modelling at different spatial scales

Education and professional experience

05/2015 - 04/2017 Postdoctoral fellow - SILVIS Lab, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
06/2013 - 03/2015 Research associate - Remote Sensing Group and Stand Dynamics and Silviculture group WSL
02/2010 - 05/2013 Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences ETH Zurich - WSL and Forest Ecology Group at ETH
  Ph.D. thesis: "Structure and disturbance patterns of the largest European primeval beech forest revealed by terrestrial and remote sensing data"
10/2005 - 11/2010  Certificate of Teaching Ability in Environmental Education ETH Zurich
10/2006 - 10/2008 Master of Science in Environmental Sciences ETH Zurich - Specialisation in Forest and Landscape Management
  Master thesis: "Growth reactions of beech, Scots pine and black pine on a forest fire" (in German)
10/2003 - 09/2006 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences ETH Zurich

Main Projects

Monitoring natural forest reserves in Switzerland

The monitoring of natural forest reserves in Switzerland studies the natural forest using a standardised methodology based on forest inventories. There are 49 reserves under observation, which cover the most common forest types of Switzerland.