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Dr. Alessandra Bottero



Scientific staff member


WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
Flüelastrasse 11
7260 Davos Dorf


Davos Da C 1 54


I am Research Scientist in the Mountain Ecosystems research group at the Climate Change, Extremes, and Natural Hazards in Alpine Regions Research Centre CERC. The CERC is part of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos, Switzerland.

As a forest ecologist, I am interested in the influence and interaction of climate change, disturbances, and management on forest ecosystems. My research benefits from different types of data, based on a data fusion approach, and from the combination of different methods.

Strongly influenced by my professional activities as a forester, I value much the engagement and interaction with local stakeholders and practitioners, as well as the communication to and with the public.

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Research interests

Impact of climate change and natural disturbances on mountain forest ecosystems, protective forests, ecosystem services, forest management, silviculture, forest adaptation strategies, dendroecology.


Education and academic career

09.2021-presentResearch Scientist. Alpine Environment and Natural Hazards Research Unit / Mountain Ecosystems Research Group, SLF, Davos, Switzerland.
01.2020-08.2021Research Associate. Forest Dynamics Research Unit / Ecosystem Ecology Research Group, WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland.
01.2017-12.2019Postdoc. Forest Dynamics Research Unit / Ecosystem Ecology Research Group, WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland.
04.2016-12.2016Visiting Scientist. Forest Dynamics Research Unit, WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland.
03.2014-12.2015Research Associate - NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow. Department of Forest Resources (University of Minnesota); United States Forest Service (USFS) Northern Research Station, USA; NE Climate Science Center – US Department of the Interior.
09-10.2013Visiting Scientist, COST Action ES1203. Chair of Forest Ecology, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland.
03.2013-02.2014Research Fellow. DISAFA, University of Torino, Grugliasco (TO), Italy.
04-11.2011, 09-10.2012Visiting Scholar. University of Colorado, Boulder (CO), USA.
01.2010-02.2013Ph.D. in Forest Management and Silviculture (University of Torino, Italy) “Interactions and ecological feedbacks between natural and anthropogenic disturbances in mountain forests in the European Alps”. Supervisor: Prof. Renzo Motta, Univ. of Torino, IT; Co-Supervisor: Prof. Thomas T. Veblen, Univ. of Colorado, USA.

See my CV here.