2010: Habilitation, ETH Zurich, Department of Environmental Sciences
Supervisor: Peter J. Edwards

2004 - 2006: Post-doc in Ecosystem Ecology, Department of Biology, Syracuse University,
Supervisor: Douglas A. Frank

2003: Ph.D. Degree in Forest Ecology, WSL, ETH Zurich
Thesis: Successional patterns and processes following land use change in subalpine forests of the Central European Alps.
Supervisor: Martin Schütz, Harald Bugmann

2000: Masters Degree in Forestry, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, USA
Thesis: Vegetation - environment relationships within small tributary watersheds of an old-growth forest in Upper Michigan, USA.
Supervisor: Kurt S. Pregitzer, Margaret R. Gale, Martin F. Jurgensen, Casey F. Huckins

1999: Masters Degree in Ecology and Systematics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Thesis: Raum-Zeit-Modell der Vegetationsentwicklung auf zwei subalpinen Kleinweiden im Schweizerischen Nationalpark.
Supervisor: Martin Schütz, Bertil O. Kruesi

Professional experience

10/2023 - present: member of the board of directors WSL

04/2019 - present: Visiting Fellow (Adjunct), Queensland University of Technology,QUT (Australia)

10/2018 - present: Senior scientist at WSL (Switzerland)

02/2010 - present: Private Lecturer (PD) at ETH Zürich (Switzerland)

08/2009 - present: Graduate Faculty and Adjunct Professor, MTU (USA)

09/2008 - present: Lecturer at department of Environmental Sciences of ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

02/2006 - present: Head of plant-animal interactions group (formerly animal ecology) within research unit community ecology at WSL (Switzerland)

10/2006 - 08/2009: Adjunct Assistant Professor, MTU (USA)

03/2006 - 07/2006: Research scientist for vegetation-soil interaction at WSL (Switzerland)

03/2004 - 01/2006: Research associate for ecosystem CO 2 fluxes in a temperate grassland (Yellowstone National Park) at Syracuse University (USA), leading a research team (4 full-time, 2 part-time field and laboratory technicians)

11/2000 - 03/2004: Research scientist for vegetation dynamics at WSL (Switzerland)

05/2000 - 10/2000: Research scientist for soil science and wetland science at MTU (USA)

1996 - 1999: Graduate research assistant at the Geobotanical Institute of ETH Zurich and at the entomological collection of ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

1994 - 1999: Part time assistant and secretary at Union Bank of Switzerland, Zurich (Switzerland)