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Dr. Marco Moretti



senior scientist


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


Birmensdorf Bi MG D 47


Research interests

Modeling spatio-temporal effect of environmental changes on biodiversity across taxa (plants and animals), trophic guilds, biomes, and type of stressors (natural disturbance; urbanization; management regime) seeking for relationships between biodiversity, community functional traits, and ecosystem functioning.


2008Research Associate, Numerical Ecology Lab, Montreal Univ., Quebec, CA
2004Post-doc, School of GeoScience, University of Edinburgh, UK
2003PhD, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
1991Master in Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Postition and professional experiences

2014-Project leader at Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf-Zurich, Switzerland
2006-2013Leader of the Insubric Ecosystems Research Group at the Community Ecology Unit, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Bellinzona, Switzerland
2002-2005Research Associate, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Bellinzona, Switzerland
1993-2001Co-director of the Ecological Consulting Office Maddalena & Moretti Sagl., Gordevio, Switzerland
1992-2001Leader of the Bat Conservation Trust Ticino (Switzerland)

Research experience and ongoing projects

2013-2016COST Action FP1204 "GreeUrbs". Task leader of “"Tree species

composition and characteristics" and "Urban biodiversity”.

2013-2015Project “Biodiversity in chestnut orchard in Southern Switzerland – Birds, Bats, Insects, Lichens, Vegetation. Synthesis and perspectives”, Forest Section Ct. TIcino, PI, CHF 30’000
 2012-2013Project “Animal Trait database”, WSL Project, PI, CHF 60’000
 2012-2013Project “Role of functional components of biodiversity in understanding soil processes in stressed ecosystems”, Sciex Program, PI, CHF 140’000
 2011-2013Project “BioDiVine-Biodiversity in vineyard ecosystems”, PI, Federal Office for the Environment, PI, CHF 100’000
2011-2013Project “Biodiversity indicator of land-use processes and gradients (BIKORA)”, Federal Office for the Environment, Co-PI, CHF 180’000
2010-2012Project “Effects of plant-herbivore functional diversity on grassland ecosystem function”, PI, CHF 140’000
2010-2011Project “Urban Biodiversity”, Federal Office for the Environment, PI, CHF 100'000
2009-2012Project CCES-ENHANCE, subproject “Connectivity in fragmented urban environment”, PI, CHF 180'000
2006-2010EU project “FIRE PARADOX-An innovative and integrated approach to wildland fire management”, Subproject “Ecological effect of fire”, Co-PI, CHF 400'000
2005-2009Project “BiodiverCity-Ecological and social value of urban nature: tools to identify, maintain and improve biodiversity and its acceptance in urban areas”, NRP 54, PI. CHF 360'000