Current position

  • Head of Research Unit Land Change Science (since 2013)
  • Lecturer for landscape history at University of Bern (Venia legendi 2018, Titularprofessur 2022)

Teaching Activities

I am teaching a Master-level-class "Landschafts-und Landnutzungsgeschichte der Schweiz und Europas" at GIUB, University of Bern

Education and work experience

1988-1993 Environmental sciences ETH Zurich
1997 PhD at ETH Zurich (awarded with the medal of ETHZ)
1998-1999 Postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University
1999-2000 Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
2000-2006 Deputy head of the section nature protection, WSL
2000-2006 Senior researcher at the professorship landscape and nature protection (Prof. Ewald), ETH Zurich
2006-2010 Head of Land Use History Group, WSL
2011-2013 Head of Landscape Ecology Group, WSL

Other Activities

  • Editorial board Ecosystems
  • Member of the Forum Biodiversität Schweiz
  • Member of the Fachgruppe Wissenschaft Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg
  • (Co-)Supervision of >40 Master/Diploma theses and >15 PhD theses
  • Member "Earth System Science Advisory Board", ÖAW
  • My other life takes place at Weingut Rütihof.