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Dr Florian Zellweger

Dr Florian Zellweger

Florian Zellweger is available for consultancy.

Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA


Professional Experience


Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

2016 - 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Zurich

2012 - 2013 

Scientific collaborator at Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Zurich

2002 - 2006 

Claims Manager, Reinsurance Industry, SwissRe, Zurich

1999 - 2010 

Several short projects in mountain forest management and in the Swiss National Park (civil service)


2013 - 2016 

Ph.D., Ecology (Biodiversity and Remote Sensing), ETH Zurich 

2010 - 2012

M.S., Geography (GIScience, Biogeography, Forest and Landscape Management), University of Zurich

2006 - 2009 B.S., Geography, University of Zurich



Research Interests

I am interested in the spatial and temporal dynamics and drivers of biodiversity, particularly in forests. My current research is centered around forest microclimates and their effects on forest biodiversity. We use field-based and remote sensing methods, such as airborne laser scanning and imaging spectroscopy, to model sub-canopy microclimate as a function of forest structure and composition and apply these models to study temperate forest biodiversity across the globe. This will further our understanding of how forest management and climate change shape the response of forest ecosystems in a changing world. 

Key Publications

Zellweger, F., Frenne, P. De, Lenoir, J., Rocchini, D., & Coomes, D. (2019). Advances in microclimate ecology arising from remote sensing. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. doi:

Zellweger, F., Roth, T., Bugmann, H. & Bollmann, K. (2017) Beta diversity of plants, birds and butterflies is closely associated with climate and habitat structure. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 26, 898-906.

Milanesi, P., Holderegger, R., Bollmann, K., Gugerli, F. & Zellweger, F. (2017) Three-dimensional habitat structure and landscape genetics: a step forward in estimating functional connectivity. Ecology, 98, 393-402.

Zellweger, F., Baltensweiler, A., Ginzler, C., Roth, T., Braunisch, V., Bugmann, H. & Bollmann, K. (2016) Environmental predictors of species richness in forest landscapes: abiotic factors versus vegetation structure. Journal of Biogeography, 43, 1080-1090.

Froidevaux, J.S.P.*, Zellweger, F.*, Bollmann, K., Jones, G. & Obrist, M.K. (2016) From field surveys to LiDAR: Shining a light on how bats respond to forest structure. Remote Sensing of Environment, 175, 242-250. *Equally contributing authors.


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