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Prof. Dr. Niklaus Zimmermann



Teamleader, Senior Scientist


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HL E 22


Current positions

  • Group Leader Dynamic Macroecology
  • Adjunct Professor for Macroecology at ETH Zürich
  • Program Leader Extremes



    Research Interests

    I am interested in macroecology, biodiversity, evolutionary and community ecology and I study taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic patterns from small to large spatial scales. I am also interested in community assembly and biotic interaction processes and in the abiotic drivers that lead to patterns at various spatial scales. I am mostly working with plants and vegetation data, and less often with animals and plant-animal interaction data.

    My research thus is embedded in the arena of evolutionary and functional community ecology and biodiversity dynamics. My research focuses strongly on statistical analyses, but uses also dynamic ecological models, combining species, traits and community data sampled across large landscapes to continents, and phylogenies derived for the taxa studied.