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Dr. Michael Nobis



Scientific staff member


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HL E 32


Main research interests

  • Macroecology - large-scale analyzes of spatial patterns, ecology and dynamics of biodiversity (focus on Switzerland and vascular plants but also including analyzes from landscape to global scales)
  • Trait analyses - relationships between biological traits and the environment
  • Biological invasions - distribution and dynamics of non-native vascular plants in Switzerland

Current and previous positions

since 2011Research group «Dynamic Macroecology» (project leader & deputy head), research unit «Landscape Dynamics» (M. Bürgi, until 2013 N. Zimmermann)
2006-2010Head of the research group «Spatial ecology», research unit «Biodiversity and Conservation Biology» (C. Scheidegger)
2001-2006Scientist at the Swiss Federal Research Institut WSL, research unit «Landscape Dynamics and Spatial Development» (F. Kienast)
1999-2001Scientific assistant, University of Darmstadt, Institute of Botany (A. Schwabe-Kratochwil)
1995-1999PhD, University of Freiburg, Germany (O. Wilmanns)

Scientific commissions & Editorial boards

  • Info Flora: Member of the scientific commission since 2012. Prior to this member of the Swiss Commission of Wild Plant Conservation CPS/SKEW (2006-2011) - one of the two predecessor of Info Flora. Collaboration on the revision of the Black & Watch-List of non-native invasive plants since 2006.
  • FloZ: Commission of the citizen-science project for the floristic mapping of the canton of Zurich.
  • Vegetation Classification and Survey (VCS), editorial board: VCS is an international, peer-reviewed journal on plant community ecology published on behalf of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS).


  • KISSMig. A simple model to simulate species migration and range dynamics for the free software environment R.