Photo Seminar



Im BiK-F-Seminar werden monatlich für BiK-F relevante Themen externer Gäste vorgestellt. und diskutiert.

Zeit: Donnerstags, 11 - 12 Uhr
Ort: BiK-F-Gebäude, Georg-Voigt-Straße 14-16,  Raum 1.15 (Wallace)

Themen Sommersemester 2016:

28.4.2016  Prof. Dr. Alexandre Antonelli (Universität Göteborg, Biological and Environmental Sciences):
The co-evolution of mountains and biodiversity (Hörsaal!)
Mountains are key features of the Earth’s surface and contain a substantial proportion of the world’s biodiversity. In this talk I will present our current efforts to understand how mountain building may have contributed to generate and maintain diversity, focusing on the relationship between current diversity and abiotic variables, and how the relative roles of climate change, surface uplift and biotic processes on diversification may be analytically disentangled.
Alexandre Antonelli is Professor in Systematics and Biodiversity at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research group focuses on the evolutionary history of tropical South America, by performing cross-taxonomic biogeographic and macroevolutionary analyses using molecular, fossil, and species distribution data. Empirical studies are complemented by the development of bioinformatic tools. More on his research and publications can be found at

Friday, 13.05.2016  Prof. Dr. Harald Bugmann (ETH Zürich, Environmental Systems Sciences):
Spatially explicit, dynamic ecological interactions in forests: the potential of landscape models

Compared to the vast amount of studies, knowledge and insights that are available in ecology at the point (patch) scale and the many inferences that are being drawn at the global scale (e.g., Dynamic Global Vegetation Models), there is still a relative scarcity of investigations at the intermediate, “wicked” landscape scale where spatial interactions can have an overwhelming influence on ecological dynamics, from migration processes (including seed dispersal) to large-scale biotic disturbances (e.g., insect attacks) and abiotically dominated processes (e.g., wildfires).
Over the past decade, we have been developing a quantitative dynamic model, LandClim, to integrate and synthesize point-scale with spatially explicit processes, giving rise to emergent properties at the landscape scale. In the presentation, I will discuss the rationale, approach, and current state of modeling and model applications using LandClim. I will particularly emphasize seed dispersal and plant migration processes, as they may provide an interface to a new study on the interaction between the spotted nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes) and the regeneration of Swiss stone pine (Pinus cembra) that is being conducted at BiK-F.
Harald Bugmann, originally a limnologist working on ecotoxicological problems, over time mutated into a full professor of Forest Ecology at ETH Zurich. The research of his group focuses on tree demography and community ecology under the influence of a changing climate, comprising mostly observational (forest inventories, tree-ring data sets) and modeling approaches (dynamic models at the stand and landscape scale). He has a deep passion for the Swiss Stone pine-larch forests of the inner parts of the European Alps.

23.06.2016 Dr. Henri A. Thomassen (University of Tübingen, Institute of Evolution and Ecology):
A bird’s-eye view on the origin and preservation of biodiversity

Understanding the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity is crucial to mitigating and predicting the impacts of human-induced habitat change. I will present examples from my work within the field of landscape genetics that aims to 1) help improve our fundamental knowledge of evolutionary processes, and 2) aid in informing conservation prioritization efforts by mapping and protecting environmentally-associated intraspecific variation, with the goal to maximize a species’ evolutionary potential.
Henri Thomassen has always been fascinated by the diversity of life, and has felt a strong drive to help in its protection. Making the connection between evolutionary ecology and conservation has thus been at the center of his research. In his current work he focuses on the relative roles of neutral and adaptive processes in population divergence, and the development of novel conservation strategies that take into account the potential impacts of human-induced environmental changes.

Wintersemester 2015/2016:
15.10.2015 Prof. Dr. Niklaus E. Zimmermann (Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Landscape Dynamics, Birmensdorf):
Climate change and range shisfts in European trees ans Alpine plants - with a focus on the Alps

Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Helmut Haberl (Institute of Social Ecology Vienna, Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt):
A socio-metabolic perspective on land system science  

Prof. Dr. Tobias Kuemmerle (Humboldt-University, Geography Dept., Biogeography & Conservation Biology):
The breakdown of the Soviet Union and its effects on land use and wildife

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Themen der vorherigen Semester:

Übersicht alle Seminare Frühjahr/ Sommer 2015 [Download PDF]

Übersicht alle Seminare Herbst/Winter Sommer 2014/2015 [Download PDF]

Übersicht alle Seminare Frühjahr/ Sommer 2014 [Download PDF]

Übersicht alle Seminare Herbst/ Winter 2013 / 2014 [Download PDF]

Übersicht alle Seminare Herbst/ Winter 2014/2015 [Download PDF]

Übersicht alle Seminare Frühjahr / Sommer 2013 [Download PDF]

Übersicht alle Seminare Herbst / Winter 2012 / 2013 [Download PDF]

Übersicht alle Seminare Frühjahr / Sommer 2012 (Download PDF)

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