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Dr. Sonja Wipf



Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin


WSL-Institut für Schnee- und Lawinenforschung SLF
Flüelastrasse 11
7260 Davos Dorf


Davos Da C 1 60, Bi HP D 57


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 2017 Senior Researcher (currently 50%), team "Mountain Ecosystems" at WSL/SLF Davos
since 2010 Research associate, team "Mountain Ecosystems" at WSL/SLF Davos
2008-2010 PostDoc (75%), Soil Biogeochemistry Group, WSL Birmensdorf
2007-2008 PostDoc, The James Hutton Institute (former 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 activities


  • Excursion guiding, natural and cultural topics, and environmental education for prospective hiking guides (2015-currently)
  • Field trips and excursions for scientific and non-scientific audience (2006-currently)
  • Assistant in various university courses on alpine ecology and isotope ecology (2006-2012)

I also like...

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