Forest Resources and Management

Our mission is: "Building knowledge on Swiss forests for science, sustainable management, and people". Our ultimate goal is to promote sustainable use and climate-smart forest management of the Swiss forests in the 21st Century.

Our activity is directed to:

  • Advance our understanding on condition, response and feedbacks of Swiss forests to global change drivers, by long-term, large-scale monitoring and experiments, analysis, modeling and predictions.
  • Develop science-driven solutions for sustainable management and forestry options in a changing climate, to ensure regeneration and sustainable provision of forests products and services, and protect biodiversity.

  • Connect the science and the applied forest management, by novel methods, approaches, Decision Support Systems and transfer to managers, administrations and people.

 

Our strengths stay into:

  • Long-term data: tradition and innovation. Look at our growth and yield network on managed forests (since 1885), at the network on forest reserves, (since 1948), or at our role within the Swiss National Forest Inventory LFI. Look also at our recent initiative SwissAIM to advance the monitoring of Swiss forest.
  • A balanced blend of expertise, methods, information science and technology. Our expertise goes from inventorying and monitoring to statistics and modeling, from sylviculture to forestry and bioenergy, from data management to geo-spatial information systems and science, and from field methods to close range remote sensing, data visualization and computer vision.
  • Swiss focus, international perspective. While our focus is on the Swiss national scale, we are active from local to international scale. Our collaborators have important roles in international activities and programs, like the UNECE ICP Forests, the ENFIN, the FAO ToS.

News

27.03.2024

A WSL study shows the connection between forest disturbances and the carbon sequestration capacity of forest soils.

15.02.2024

A new study shows how a participatory WSL initiative can promote a more comprehensive, timely, and detailed monitoring of forests.

08.02.2024

Film about WSL tree ring research in the Lötschental wins the prize for the best short film at the Environmental Film and Screenplay Festival in Los Angeles.

Publications

Projects

Research Groups and Staff

Forest Resources and Management

Marco Ferretti

Head of Research Unit

Rita Ghosh

Visiting scientist

Ross Taylor Shackleton

Scientific staff member

Yuman Sun

Scientific assistant

Scientific Service NFI

Christoph Fischer

Groupleader

Meinrad Abegg

Technical staff member

Philippe Ahles

Software engineer

Barbara Allgaier Leuch

Technical staff member

Marc Baume

Temporary employee

Fadri Beeli

Temporary employee

Aline Bornand

PhD student

Urs Beat Brändli

Visiting scientist

Fabrizio Cioldi

Technical staff member

Björn Wolfgang Dreier

Temporary employee

Christoph Düggelin

Technical staff member

Fulvio Giudici

Temporary employee

Ella Raymonde Hartmann

Fieldworker

Hans Rudolf Hochuli

Temporary employee

Bruno Holderegger

Temporary employee

Paul Koller

Temporary employee

Larissa Katharina Peter

Technical staff member

Nataliia Rehush

Technical staff member

François Sottas

Temporary employee

Simon Speich

IT specialist

Peter Stoll

Technical staff member

Christian Walter Temperli

Scientific staff member

Berthold Traub

IT specialist

Fabien Treichler

Temporary employee

GIS

Martin Hägeli

Groupleader

Andri Baltensweiler

Scientist

Sandro Bischof

Technical staff member

Colin Kretz Bloom

Postdoc

Enikö Fey

IT specialist

Marielle Fraefel

Technical staff member

Rolf Grütter

Visiting scientist

Dominik Sebastian Haas-Artho

Software engineer

Ionut Iosifescu Enescu

Software engineer

Rebecca Kurup

Software engineer

Rolf Meile

IT specialist

Cécile Nyffeler

Software engineer

Romana Chiara Paganini

Master student

Ranita Pal

Software engineer

Francesco Rota

Postdoc

Christian Schmid

Software engineer

Sandro Silva

Software engineer

Lukas Wotruba

IT specialist

Florian Zellweger

Scientific staff member

Zhiqing Zhang

Master student

Stand Dynamics and Silviculture

Martina Hobi

Groupleader

Carl-Michael Heimo Andersson

Technical staff member

Harald Bugmann

Visiting scientist

Cedric Gehrer

Civil service employee

Jonas Glatthorn

Scientific staff member

Nathalie Gut

Temporary employee

Jokin Idoate Lacasia

Temporary employee

Tobias Kalt

Technical staff member

Andrea D. Kupferschmid

Scientific staff member

Noah Manohar

Master student

Iza Murzynowska

Technical staff member

Petia Simeonova Nikolova

Scientific staff member

Jens Nitzsche

Technical staff member

Gilbert Projer

Technical staff member

Hubert Schmid

Technical staff member

Julia Schwarz

Scientific staff member

Jonas Stillhard

Technical staff member

Martina Alexandra Stoop

Master student

Kathrin Streit

Technical staff member

Christoph Tellenbach

Technical staff member

Zeljka Vulovic

Administrative staff member

Matthias Wüthrich

Technical staff member

Plant regeneration ecology

Barbara Moser

interim Groupleader

Julia Bernet

Master student

Giulia Burini

PhD student

Sereina Hinder

Bachelor student

Andrea Martac

Trainee

Ugo Molteni

Scientific staff member

Anna Neycken

PhD student guest

Anouchka Perret-Gentil

lab technician

Daan Piovano

Trainee

Daniel Scherrer

Scientific staff member

Sustainable Forestry

Janine Schweier

Groupleader

Clemens Blattert

Scientific staff member

Leo Bont

Technical staff member

Shayani Fernando

Postdoc

Fabian Gemperle

Assistant scientifique

Holger Griess

Scientific staff member

Stefan Holm

Software engineer

Hristina Hristova

Scientific staff member

Sunni K.P. Kushwaha

Assistant scientifique

Simon Emil Mutterer

PhD student

Nial Thomas Perry

Temporary employee

Laura Ramstein

Temporary employee / Scientific staff member

Lioba Rath

Temporary employee / Scientific staff member

Samuel Ugo Ringier

PhD student

Oliver Thees

Visiting scientist

Franziska Wahl

Trainee

Marc Werder

Assistant scientifique

Resource Analysis

Esther Thürig

Groupleader

Markus Didion

Scientific staff member

Roman Flury

Postdoc

Claudia Guidi

Scientific staff member

Anne Herold-Bonardi

Technical staff member

Jeanne Portier

Scientific staff member

Brigitte Rohner

Scientific staff member

Erik Rösler

Technical staff member

Golo Stadelmann

Technical staff member