Ecosystems Dynamics

We assess and analyse the state of different habitat types and their ecological changes with a particular focus on the habitats of national importance of Switzerland. We concentrate on ecological changes and their causes in different ecosystems and habitat types of Switzerland. We are especially interested in the effects of different management systems, nutrient input, land-use change (e.g. intensification, abandonment), habitat fragmentation as well as climate change on ecosystem state. We base our research on systematically assessed floristic and faunistic biodiversity-data, statistical modelling and remote sensing information.

We strongly engage in the monitoring and evaluation of qualitative and quantitative changes in natural or semi-natural habitats of Switzerland as a basis for decision-making in policy and applied nature conservation. In the project "Effectiveness of Habitat Protection in Switzerland", commissioned by the Federal Office of Environment BAFU, we concentrate on the habitats of national importance (raised bogs, transitional mires and fens, dry meadows, alluvial zones and amphibian spawning areas), i.e. the "crown jewelry" of Swiss nature reserves. Moreover, we share our knowledge on mire protection through consulting activities for the national government and the cantons.

Projects

Staff

Ecosystem Dynamics

Ariel Bergamini

Groupleader

Angéline Bedolla

Specialist

Irene Bisang

Visiting scientist

Steffen Boch

Scientific staff member

Irene Bühlmann

Scientific staff member

Roman Dirnberger

Master student

Klaus Ecker

Scientific staff member

Aron Eggenberger

Civil service employee

Sabine Franziska Fink

Scientific staff member

David Johannes Frey

Visiting scientist

Ulrich Graf

Visiting scientist

Ilaria Rita Guiducci

PhD student

Jana Horbach

Bachelor student

Helen Küchler

Temporary employee

Meinrad Küchler

Temporary employee

Margaux Leisi

Assistant scientifique

Nino Melgar

Master student

Tobias Moser

Technical staff member

Juliana Oliveira

PhD student

Markus Peintinger

Visiting scientist

Noémie Pichon

Scientific staff member

Francesca Pittino

Visiting scientist

Sinziana Florina Rivera Rocabado

Postdoc

Hallie Seiler

Master student

Daniela Valentim Martins

Trainee

Kristel Van Zuijlen

Visiting scientist