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Global Change and Biodiversity

Visual UFSP Globaler Wandel und Biodiversität

URPP Global Change and Biodiversity

Lead: Faculty of Science
Involved: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Start: January 2013
Running time: 12 years

Led by

Prof. Dr. Owen Petchey
Prof. Dr. Norman Backhaus
Prof. Dr. Maria J. Santos

Former Director (2019 to 2021): Prof. Dr. Gabriela Schaepman
Former Directors (2013 to 2019): Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman, Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmid

Consequences of species extinction

Understanding the loss of biodiversity associated with global change is one of today’s major research challenges, especially as the impact of this loss on the environment and human well-being is poorly understood. Researchers at the URPP Global Change and Biodiversity investigate and predict feedback mechanisms in coupled systems of human actors and ecosystems over different space and time scales. Large-scale and participatory observations, field, and laboratory experiments as well as models and simulations are combined in comprehensive projects to achieve these aims.


URPP Global Change and Biodiversity
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich
Coordinating Office
Debra Zuppinger-Dingley, PhD
Phone: +41 44 635 47 78

Contact (E-mail)