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Dr. Damaris Zurell



collaborateur scientifique


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


Birmensdorf Bi HL E 23


I am also affilliated to Humboldt-University Berlin as an Emmy Noether research group leader.

More information on my personal website.

ResearcherID E-2439-2012. You can also find me on ResearchGate and GoogleScholar.

Research interests

I am fascinated by the question why species and individuals are where they are, how they get there and how they manage to sustain. In my work, I combine ecological theory, statistical and mechanistic modelling approaches, and empirical data. My research covers several scales and studies drivers of broad-scale species distributions, population dynamics as well as individual fitness, and how these are affected by inter- and intraspecific interactions. More recently, I also became interested in understanding and modelling the evolution of life-history characteristics, especially in migratory species.

  • climate change impacts on biodiversity
  • macroecology: species distribution and composition, biotic interactions, range dynamics
  • animal movement ecology and spatial ecology: optimal behaviour, individual fitness and population dynamics
  • methods include statistical species distribution modelling, spatially explicit dynamic population modelling, individual-based modelling