Research Interests

  • Evaluation of historical and current landscape patterns and processes.

  • GIS-based landscape models to simulate possible future landscape development and associated landscape services.

  • Interactions between landscape change and ecological as well as socio-economic attributes.

  • Development of indicators for landscape monitoring.

  • Place attachment in migrating communities.


Venia legendi

University of Bern / ETH Zurich

1996 / 2005


University of Zurich


Scientific Career

Titular Professor for Landscape Ecology ETH Zürich

2007 - 2023

Senior Scientist Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

2006 - 2023

Head of research group „Landscape modeling“at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

2006 - 2010

Section head “Landscape dynamics and spatial development” at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, deputy division head

1998 - 2006

Head of research group „Landscape development“ at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

1988 - 1998

Postdoctoral fellow Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Dept. of Soil Physics


Postdoctoral fellow & consultant at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

1985 - 1987


Kienast, F., Ghosh, R., Wildi, O., (eds.) 2007: A changing world: Challenges for landscape research. Landscape Series. Springer.
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Hennig, E.I., Soukup, T., Orlitova, E., Schwick, C., Kienast, F., Jaeger, J.A.G., 2016: Urban sprawl in Europe. Joint EEA-FOEN report. EEA Report No 11/2016. Published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN). ISSN 1777-8449, ISBN 978-92-9213-738-0, 135 pp.

Jaeger, J.A.G., Madrinan, L.F., Soukup, T., Schwick, C., Kienast, F., 2011: Landscape Fragmentation in Europe. EEA Report 2/2011. European Environmental Agency 2011. --> Publication got IENE award