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Dr. Dirk Karger



Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


Eidg. Forschungsanstalt WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HL E 23


Research Interest

I am a senior researcher at the interface of macroecology, biodiversity research, and climatology. My research focuses on how climate and biodiversity are linked in time and space. A focus of my recent work has been the development of algorithms to downscale climate data to the biologically relevant scales needed for ecological studies. I am currently studying how extreme weather and extreme events, such as megadroughts, affect vegetation and biodiversity. I have also done extensive work on the geography and biodiversity of cloud forest ecosystems in the tropics and the biogeography of tropical islands.  


Macroecology and Biodiversity

Understanding and modelling of biodiversity in mountain ecosystems globally

Climate impacts

Impacts of climate on biodiversity, hydrology, and vegetation

Climate downscaling

Development of climate downscaling algorithms and high resolution climate data products


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