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Prof. Dr. Felix Kienast



senior scientist


Institut fédéral de recherches sur la forêt, la neige et le paysage WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HL E 34



Education and Professional Experience

  • Section head "Landscape Dynamics and Spatial Modeling" at WSL, deputy division head (1998-2006)
  • Research scientist at WSL (1988-1998)
  • Postdoctoral fellow & consultant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (1985-1988)
  • Master and PhD studies Univ. Zürich (1979-1985)

Research Interest

My research concentrates on:

  • landscape models designed for simulating potential future landscape development
  • the interactions between landscape change and ecological as well as socio-economical properties.
  • mapping landscape services at medium and large scales
  • mapping landscape conflicts between renewable energies and different landscape services; trade-off analysis
  • analyzing urban sprawl
  • near-by recreation, landscape perception and place attachment studies

I am actively involved in several national projects on landscape development and restoration, e.g. the search for biosphere reserves or river restoration sites. <br/>

My Publications

Researcher ID: L-3536-2013

ISI Publications: 96

Times cited (without self-citations): 2970

Citations per article: 34.94

h-index: 33

Publications see Publication list

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Academic Honors and Achievements

  • Goldene Eule (Golden Owl) award (2009) for excellent teaching in Environmental Sciences at ETH, Zurich (awarded by student association of ETH)

Professional Activities

Teaching at ETHZ

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  • Landscape Ecology (Bachelor course, 2 hours/week, winter-term, No. 701-0553-00)
  • Lab-course Landscape Ecology (4 full days, summer-term, No. 701-0560-00)

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