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Dr. Petra D`Odorico



scientific staff member


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi LH C 25


Research Interests

I am interested in how plants and forest ecosystems respond to their environment and how the complex interplay of phenotypic traits determines such responses. In my research I use proximal and remote sensing techniques, capturing changes in the interaction between light and plants, to obtain insight into plants physiological processes.

Drone-based remote sensing is becoming an increasingly powerful tool to alleviate the challenges of traditional measurements of plant traits at the leaf and canopy level and to extrapolate assessment to the ecosystem scale. Much of my current work is focused on finding and validating relationships between drone remote sensing spectral proxies and tree functional traits, and in a second step, use these relationships to understand and predict tree and species phenology, stress physiology and acclimation to a changing climate. Further interests include the scaling of the gained process knowledge to landscape, regional and global scale using satellite datasets and model-data synthesis.


Current Position

2020 SNF-Spark Research Fellow, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland         


Past Positions

2017-2019 PostDoc with the SpruceUp Project, at Department of Biology, University of Toronto, Canada

2013 -2016 PostDoc at Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland



2012 PhD in Remote Sensing, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland