Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984 – 1989
    Studied geoecology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany

  • 1993
    Doctorate in plant ecology

  • 1993 – 1996
    Postdoc at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA

  • 1996
    Returned to Germany, University of Bayreuth

  • 1999
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in Botany, University of Bayreuth

  • 1999 – 2003
    Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany; leader of own research group

  • 2001
    Appointed C3 professor

  • Since 2003
    Full professor of Grassland Sciences at the Institute of Agricultural Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland

Selected publications

Selected projects

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Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Handling editor for the journal Oecologia, since 2001

  • Member of the Managing Committee of the Zurich–Basel Plant Science Centre (PSC), 2004 – 2012

  • Member of the Agricultural Research Advisory Board of Switzerland, since 2008

  • Member of the board of trustees of the Eco-Institute e.V., since 2009

  • Member of the National Research Council SNF, 2008 – 2015

  • Founding Chair of the World Food System Center at ETH Zurich (since July 2011)

  • Member of the Senate Competition Committee (Senatsausschuss Wettbewerb SAW), Environmental Sciences of the Leibniz Association (Leibniz-Gemeinschaft), Germany (since 2015)

  • Member of the Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR) of the International Council for Science (ICSU) (since 2015)

  • Member of the External Advisory Board of the Food Security Center at University Hohenheim, Germany (since 2016)

  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Germany (since 2016)


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