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Dr. Jan Wunder



chercheur invité


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


Birmensdorf Bi HL B 20



  • PhD at ETH Zurich, Forest Ecology (2007)
  • Advanced Studies in Applied Statistics at ETH Zurich (2005)
  • Advanced Studies in Spatial Information Systems at ETH Zurich (2003)
  • MSc Environmental Sciences (Geoecology) at University of Bayreuth, outstanding graduation (2002)

Main professional interests and activities

  • Forest ecology: Analysis of tree growth, vitality and mortality based on tree rings, forest inventories and field experiments.
  • Tomography: Screening of trees for internal heart rot decay, assessments of tree stability and estimation of carbon contents.
  • Statistics & Programming: Teaching at the Plant Science Center, ETH Zurich, University of Zurich, WSL & SLF. Statistical consultancy. 
  • Wunder Consulting: Foundation of an independent consultancy complementary to my part-time position at ETH/WSL.

Research projects

  • Main projects at WSL (since March 2013):
  • Projects with ETH Zurich:
  • Retro- and prospective analyses of Swiss tree species
  • Effects of increment coring on tree decay 
  • Projects with University of Auckland (New Zealand):
  • Climate-growth relationship of New Zealand kauri
  • Tree-ring based reconstruction of ENSO

Professional experience

  • Research scientist, Community ecology, WSL Birmensdorf (since 03/2013)
  • Scientific consultant/programmer, Wunder Consulting, Wald ZH (since 2010)
  • Research associate (Oberassistent), Forest Ecology, ETH Zurich (2010-2013)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York (2010)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Auckland, New Zealand (2008-2009)
  • Research assistant, Forest Ecology, ETH Zurich (2003-2007)

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