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Dr. Alessandra Bottero



collaboratrice scientifique


Institut fédéral pour l'étude de la neige et des avalanches SLF
Flüelastrasse 11
7260 Davos Dorf


Davos Da C 1 54


I am Research Scientist in the Mountain Ecosystems research group at the Climate Change, Extremes, and Natural Hazards in Alpine Regions Research Centre CERC. The CERC is part of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF in Davos, Switzerland.

As a forest ecologist, I am interested in the influence and interaction of climate change, disturbances, and management on forest ecosystems. My research benefits from different types of data, based on a data fusion approach, and from the combination of different methods.

Strongly influenced by my professional activities as a forester, I value much the engagement and interaction with local stakeholders and practitioners, as well as the communication to and with the public.

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Research interests

Impact of climate change and natural disturbances on forest ecosystems, protection forests, ecosystem services, forest management, silviculture, forest adaptation strategies, dendroecology.


Education and academic career

02.2022 - present: Co-representative of the Swiss eLTER team at the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), together with Esther R. Frei.

09.2021 - present: Research Scientist. Alpine Environment and Natural Hazards Research Unit / Mountain Ecosystems Research Group, SLF, Davos, Switzerland.

01.2020 - 08.2021: Research Associate. Forest Dynamics Research Unit / Ecosystem Ecology Research Group, WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland.

01.2017 - 12.2019: Postdoc. Forest Dynamics Research Unit / Ecosystem Ecology Research Group, WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland.

04.2016 - 12.2016: Visiting Scientist. Forest Dynamics Research Unit, WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland.

03.2014 - 12.2015: Research Associate - NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow. Department of Forest Resources (University of Minnesota); United States Forest Service (USFS) Northern Research Station, USA; NE Climate Science Center – US Department of the Interior.

09-10.2013: Visiting Scientist, COST Action ES1203. Chair of Forest Ecology, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland.

03.2013-02.2014: Research Fellow. DISAFA, University of Torino, Grugliasco (TO), Italy.

04-11.2011, 09-10.2012: Visiting Scholar. University of Colorado, Boulder (CO), USA.

01.2010-02.2013: Ph.D. in Forest Management and Silviculture (University of Torino, Italy) “Interactions and ecological feedbacks between natural and anthropogenic disturbances in mountain forests in the European Alps”. Supervisor: Prof. Renzo Motta, Univ. of Torino, IT; Co-Supervisor: Prof. Thomas T. Veblen, Univ. of Colorado, USA.

06-11.2009: Post-graduate Fellow. Dept. Agro.Selvi.Ter., University of Torino, Grugliasco (TO), Italy.

09.2003-02.2009: B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Forest and Environmental Sciences, University of Torino, Grugliasco (TO), Italy. Graduated with Highest Distinction.

See my CV here.