Curriculum vitae

 

Gian-Reto WALTHER

Dr. sc. nat.

 

 

born September 4, 1970 in Switzerland

married with Karin LEE,

two children
Seraina & Andrin.

 

Email:                                                                                Mailing address:
walther@geobotanik.uni-hannover.de                                     Institute of Geobotany

                                                                                                                        University of Hannover

Office:                                                                                                          Nienburger Str. 17

Tel.:     +49 (0)511 762 4701                                                                   D-30167 Hannover

Fax:    +49 (0)511 762 3633                                                                   Germany

 

 

 

 

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Employment 2

Awards and grants. 2

Education. 2

Teaching. 2

Research. 2

Peer-reviewed publications. 3

Books. 3

Other publications. 4

Invited popular articles. 4

Public Outreach. 4

Symposia / Workshops organised. 5

Invited speaker 5

Contributions to scientific conferences / workshops. 5

 

staff

working group

 

 

Employment

 

 

Current:                  Scientific Assistant at the Institute of Geobotany, University of Hannover, Hannover, Germany

 

1999 - 2003          Member of the lecturer group “Vegetation of the Earth“ at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland

 

1997 – 2000       PhD at the Geobotanical Institute of the ETH Zürich, Switzerland

 

1995 – 1997       Scientific Coworker at the Geobotanical Institute of the ETH Zürich, Switzerland

 

Awards and grants

 

2004                        EU FP 6, ALARM, research grant (EUR 184’500.--)

2003                  DFG, research grant WA-1523/6-1 (EUR 11'328.--)

                         U.S. National Science Foundation's Geosciences Directorate and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Office of Earth Science (both using NSF 0105201), individual symposium participation grant ($ 1170.--) (not collected)

2002                  DFG, research grant WA-1523/5-1 (EUR 10'018.--)

                         DFG, individual grants for travel costs and symposium participation (DM. 3’890.-- + EUR 2'577.--)

2000                  Centro Stefano Franscini, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, Symposium Grant (SFr. 10'000.--)

1999                                    Promotion award for young scientists, sponsored by the government of the Canton Grison, Switzerland (SFr. 7'000.--)

1997 – 1999       Swiss National Science Foundation, Doctoral Fellowship, (SFr. 82'407.--)

 

Education

 

1997 – 2000         PhD in Natural Sciences, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland. Supervising Professor: Frank A. Klötzli

 

1990 – 1995         Study of Environmental Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland

 

Teaching

Regular lectures and courses:

- Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Geobotany (course)

- Ecology in alpine areas (seminar)

- Alpine vegetation (field course)

 

Periodic lectures and courses:

- Vegetation dynamics and complex systems theory (lecture)

- Vegetation and Climate Change (lecture)

- Ecological impacts of climate change (seminar)

 

Research

 

Current projects:

-   “ALARM” – Assessing LArge-scale environmental Risks with tested Methods. (Integrated EU Project, 6th Framework Program, Sub-Priority 6.3, Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems)

-   The effects of climate change on successional processes and population dynamics of alpine vegetation

-   Holly (Ilex aquifolium) – as bioindicator for climate change

-   Continuation of the project: Distribution and limits of laurophyllous plants in Switzerland

Doctoral students:

2004                  Dipl. Biol. S. Berger, Project within “ALARM“ at the Institute of Geobotany, University of Hannover (supervisor).

Diploma students:

1998                  E. Meduna, Aus- und Verbreitung des Kirschlorbeers (Prunus laurocerasus L.) im Kanton Zürich. Diplomarbeit am Institut für Systematische Botanik der Universität Zürich (co-advisor).

2000                  E. Sittig, Dendroökologische Rekonstruktion der Einwanderungsdynamik laurophyller Neophyten in Rebbrachen des südlichen Tessins. Diplomarbeit im Fachbereich Geographie der Phillipps Universität Marburg/Lahn (so-supervisor).

2000                  A. Müller, Zur Bedeutung der Vögel für die Ausbreitung von exotischen Pflanzen. Diplomarbeit am Geobotanischen Institut der ETH Zürich (supervisor).

2001                  K.Y. Küttel, Vegetationskundliche Untersuchungen zur Ausbreitung immergrüner exotischer Gehölze im Luganese. Diplomarbeit am Geographischen Institut der Universität Zürich (co-supervisor).

2001                  K. Grund, Untersuchungen zur Feuertoleranz immergrüner Arten im Südtessin. Diplomarbeit am Institut für Geographie der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberbg (co-advisor).

2003                  S. Berger, Die Stechpalme (Ilex aquifolium) als Bioindikator für die Klimaänderung. Diplomarbeit am Institut für Geobotanik der Universität Hannover (supervisor).

2003/4               S. Beißner, Einfluss der Klimaerwärmung auf Sukzessionsprozesse und Populationsdynamik der Vegetation in alpinen Lagen. Diplomarbeit am Institut für Geobotanik der Universität Hannover (supervisor).

 

Peer-reviewed publications

 

2004

Burga C.A., Walther G.-R. & Beißner S., Florenwandel in der alpinen Stufe des Berninagebiets – ein Klimasignal? Berichte der Reinhold-Tüxen-Gesellschaft 16 (submitted).

Gassmann F., Klötzli F. & Walther G.-R., Chaos, patterns and fluctuations as fundamental properties in vegetation dynamics. Journal of Vegetation Science (submitted).

Grund K., Conedera M., Schröder H. & Walther G.-R., The role of fire in the invasion process of evergreen broad-leaved species. Basic and Applied Ecology (in revision).

Walther G.-R., Pott R. & Beißner S., Climate change and high mountain vegetation. In: B. Keplin, G. Broll & H. Mattes (eds.) Mountain and Northern Ecosystems. Arbeiten aus dem Institut für Landschaftsökologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster (in press).

Walther G.-R., Plants in a warmer world. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 6/3: 169–185.

2003

Walther G.-R., Wird die Palme in der Schweiz heimisch? Botanica helvetica 113/2: 159-180.

Pott R., Freund H., Petersen J. & Walther G.-R., Aktuelle Aspekte der Vegetationskunde. Tuexenia 23: 11–39.

2002

Walther G.-R., Petersen J. & Pott R., Concepts and application of non-linear complex systems theory to ecological succession. In: R.S. Ambasht & N.K. Ambasht (eds.) Modern trends in applied terrestrial ecology. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publischers, London/New York, pp303-314.

Walther G.-R., Einfluss der Beweidung auf afrikanische Savannen-Ökosysteme. Berichte der Reinhold-Tüxen-Gesellschaft 14: 131–143.

Walther G.-R., Weakening of climatic constraints with global warming and its consequences for evergreen broad-leaved species. Folia Geobotanica 37: 129–139. (pdf)

Walther G.-R., Post E., Convey P., Menzel A., Parmesan C., Beebee T.J.C., Fromentin J.-M., Hoegh-Guldberg O. & Bairlein F., Ecological responses to recent climate change. NATURE 416: 389–395. (pdf)

Klötzli F. & Walther G.-R., Some notes on the broad-leaved evergreen forests on the Azores. Annali di Botanica (Roma) II-1 (in press).

2001

Walther G.-R., Carraro G. & Klötzli F., Evergreen broad-leaved species as indicators for climate change. In: G.-R. Walther, C.A. Burga & P.J. Edwards (eds.), “Fingerprints” of Climate Change – Adapted behaviour and shifting species ranges. Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York and London, pp. 151–162.

Walther G.-R. & Grundmann A., Trends of vegetation change in colline and submontane climax forests in Switzerland. Bulletin of the Geobotanical Institute ETH 67: 3–12.

Walther G.-R., Laurophyllisation – a sign for a changing climate? In: C.A. Burga & A. Kratochwil (eds.) Biomonitoring: General and applied aspects on regional and global scales. Tasks for vegetation science 35: pp. 207–223.

Carraro G., Gianoni P., Mossi R., Klötzli F. & Walther G.-R., Observed changes in vegetation in relation to climate warming. In: C.A. Burga & A. Kratochwil (eds.) Biomonitoring: General and applied aspects on regional and global scales. Tasks for vegetation science 35: pp. 195–205.

2000

Klötzli F. & Walther G.-R., The behavior and dynamics of some dominant herbaceous plants of Swiss deciduous forests. Fragmenta Floristica et Geobotanica 45 (1-2): 111–121.

Gassmann F., Klötzli F. & Walther G.-R., Simulation of observed types of development of plants and plant communities. Journal of Vegetation Science 11: 397–408. (pdf)

Walther G.-R., Climatic forcing on the dispersal of exotic species. Phytocoenologia 30 (3/4): 409–430.

1999

Walther G.-R., Distribution and limits of evergreen broad-leaved (laurophyllous) species in Switzerland. Botanica Helvetica 109/2: 153–167.

1996

Klötzli F., Walther G.-R., Carraro G. & Grundmann A., Anlaufender Biomwandel in Insubrien. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 26: 537–550.

 

Books

 

2001

Walther G.-R., Burga C.A. & Edwards P.J. (eds.), “Fingerprints“ of Climate Change – Adapted behaviour and shifting species ranges. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York / London, 329pp.

2000

Walther G.-R., Laurophyllisation in Switzerland. Diss. ETH Nr. 13561, 140pp.

1999

Carraro G., Klötzli F., Walther G.-R., Gianoni G. & Mossi R., Observed changes in vegetation in relation to climate warming. Final report NRP 31, vdf Hochschulverlag, Zürich, 87pp.

Klötzli F. & Walther G.-R. (eds.), Conference on recent shifts in vegetation boundaries of deciduous forests, especially due to general global warming. Proceedings of the Centro Stefano Franscini, Monte Verità, Ascona. Birkhäuser Basel, 342pp.

 

Other publications

 

2003

Burga C.A., Haeberli W., Krummenacher B. & Walther G.-R., Abiotische und biotische Dynamik in Gebirgsräumen – Status quo und Zukunftsperspektiven. In: F. Jeanneret, D. Wastl-Walter, U. Wiesmann & M. Schwyn (eds.) Welt der Alpen – Gebirge der Welt. Jahrbuch der Geographischen Gesellschaft Bern, Band 61/2003, unter Beteiligung der Geographischen Gesellschaften Zürich, Basel und Ostschweiz. Haupt, Bern, S. 25–37.

Berger, S. & Walther, G.-R., Ilex aquifolium – a Bioindikator for Climat Change? Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie 33: 127.

2002

Walther G.-R., Die Verbreitung der Hanfpalme Trachycarpus fortunei im Tessin – 50 Jahre nach der Erstaufnahme. Schweizerische Beiträge zur Dendrologie 47:29-41.

Walther G.-R., Anwendung (und Auswertung) der Karte der natürlichen Vegetation Europas für Auswirkungen und Szenarios von Klimaänderungen. In: U. Bohn et al. (eds.) Anwendung und Auswertung der Karte der natürlichen Vegetation Europas. Bundesamt für Naturschutz, Bonn (im Druck)

2001

Walther G.-R., Adapted behaviour and shifting ranges of species – a result of recent climate warming? In: G.-R. Walther, C.A. Burga & P.J. Edwards (eds.), “Fingerprints” of Climate Change – Adapted behaviour and shifting species ranges. Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York / London, pp. 1-15.

Körner Ch. & Walther G.-R., Fingerprints of climate change – concluding remarks. In: G.-R. Walther, C.A. Burga & P.J. Edwards (eds.), “Fingerprints” of Climate Change – Adapted behaviour and shifting species ranges. Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York / London, pp. 305-316.

1999

Walther G.-R., Klötzli F. &. Gassmann F., On the application of chaos theory to analyse fluctuations in wet meadows: preliminary results. Annali di Botanica (Roma) LVII: 31–40.

Klötzli F. & Walther G.-R., Recent vegetation shifts in Switzerland. In: Klötzli F. & Walther G.-R. (eds.), Recent shifts in vegetation boundaries of deciduous forests, especially due to general global warming, 19–25.

Klötzli F., Bloesch U., Bosshard A., Burnand J., Kuhn N., Marti K., Schubiger C. & Walther G.-R., Manifest: Welche Forschung braucht der Naturschutz heute? Vierteljahresschrift Naturforschende Gesellschaft Zürich 144/3: 89–100.

1998

Lee K., Fleischmann K., Walther G.-R., Kollmann J. &. Edwards F., Excursion of the Geobotanical Institute ETH to the Seychelles 1998 – a travel report. Bulletin of the Geobotanical Institute ETH 65: 107–114.

1997

Walther G.-R., Longterm changes in species composition of Swiss beech forests. Annali di Botanica (Roma) LV: 77–84.

1996

Walther G.-R., Distribution and limits of evergreen broad-leaved species in the southern Ticino (Summaries of thesis 1995). Bulletin of the Geobotanical Institute ETH 62: 115–116.

 

Invited popular articles

 

2003

Walther G.-R., Hoppe A., Hahn D., Hagemann B., Steffens M., Berger S. & Pott R., Signale der Pflanzenwelt verstehen können – Wie Geographische Informationssysteme in der Geobotanik helfen, langfristige Prozesse darzustellen. In: Virtuelle Welten – Wie GIS die Geowissenschaften verändern. Unimagazin Hannover 3/4 (2003): 44–49. (pdf)

Walther G.-R., Palmen in der Schweiz – ein Indiz? ETH-Bulletin 280: 38–41.

 


Public Outreach

 

Work featured in:   The Top 3 Hot Papers published in the last 2-years for:
Environment/Ecology (
January 2004, March 2004, May 2004)

                           100 Top Science Stories of 2002, Discover Magazin
(Special Issue: The Year in Science)

                           Environment Switzerland – Statistics and analysis (Swiss Federal Statistical Office , Neuchatel, 2002)

                           Das Klima in Menschenhand – neue Fakten und Perspektiven (Bundesamt für Umwelt, Wald und Landschaft (BUWAL) in der Schweiz, 2002) (pdf)

                           La suisse se réchauffe by M. Rebetez
(Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, 2002)

                           Palmenwälder im Tessin by F. Klötzli
(HOTSPOT 5/2002, Biodiversität und invasive Arten)

                           Vision Lebensqualität by R. Häberli et al. (vdf, Zürich, 2002)

                           nature highlights (28 March 2002)

                           Heisszeit – Klimaänderungen und Naturkatastrophen in der Schweiz by B. Glogger (vdf, Zürich, 1999)

                           Flora Helvetica by K. Lauber & G. Wagner, 2nd / 3rd Edition,
(Haupt, Bern, 1998)

Work has been profiled by the following media:

SF DRS (RealVideo), Reuters, ORF, TSI, 3sat, Tele24, Swiss Radio International, Deutschlandfunk, n-tv.de, Agenda (Informationen aus dem Nationalen Forschungsprogramm und den Schwerpunktprogrammen; November 1998, Seite 3); Horizonte (Forschungsmagazin, Schweizerischer Nationalfonds 46 / Sept. 2000), Wissenschaftlicher Schlussbericht NFP 31 “Klimarisiken – Herausforderung für die Schweiz“, PNR 31 Le regard de Janus – Changements climatiques et catastrophes naturelles, page 69 (1998), UN Wire (United Nations Foundation, March 29, 2002), UMWELT (Bulletin BUWAL, 4/2000, Seite 5), alpMedia Hintergrundbericht “Klimawandel und Alpen”, Vierteljahresschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft Zürich (142(2)/1997, 81-82), NZZ (17. Dezember 1997, Seite 75; 5. Mai 2001; 3. April 2002, Seite 67),Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (17. April 2002, Seite N1 & 8. Januar, 2003, Seite N1) Tages Anzeiger (17. Mai 1996, Seite72; 8. August 2000, Seite 34 & 2. April 2002, Seite 38), Süddeutsche Zeitung (20. August 2002, Seite 17), Rheinische Post, Salzburger Nachrichten; NewScientist (vol 173 issue 2336, 30/03/2002; page 11), The Independent, The Daily Telegraph (April 10, 2002, page 16); Washington Post (April 1, 2002, page A07), The New Zealand Herald, Der Bund (7. März 1996, Seite 2) Die Welt (11. September 1998, Seite 9), Neue Luzerner Zeitung (16. September 2000, Seite 64), Corriere della Sera (21 febraio 1999), St. Galler Tagblatt (1. Oktober 1998, Seite 17), Neue Mittelland Zeitung (19. Januar 2001, Seite 25), Zeitung im Espace Mittelland (19. Februar 2001, Seite 17), Natur & Kosmos (Juni 2002, Seite 17), Natürlich (19(4)/1999, 64-68)

Symposia / Workshops organised

 

2001

“Fingerprints“ of Climate Change – Adapted behaviour and shifting species ranges. Burga C.A., Walther G.-R. & Edwards P.J., Centro Stefano Franscini, Ascona, Switzerland, February 23–25.

 

1997

Recent shifts in vegetation boundaries of deciduous forests, especially due to general global warming. Klötzli F., Walther G.-R., Carraro G. & Edwards P.J., Centro Stefano Franscini, Ascona, Switzerland, March 16–21.

 

Invited speaker

2004

“biology04” Annual Symposium of the Swiss Botanical, Mycological and Zoological Societies, Fribourg, Switzerland, February 12–13, “Ecological responses to recent climate change”.

2002

“Frühes Frühjahr und langer Herbst” Wetterwandel, Klimaänderung und die Folgen, Tagung der Evangelischen Akademie Tutzing, Tutzing, Germany, November 22–24, “Von den Polen bis zum Äquator - ökologische Auswirkungen der Klimaänderung sind bereits heute sichtbar”.

International course “A cross-cultural perspective on current problems in ecosystem and natural resource management”, Berchtesgaden (Germany), May 19–25, “Species invasion and forest ecosystem management“.

2001

International workshop: Application and Utilisation of the Map of Natural Vegetation of Europe. Bundesamt für Naturschutz, Int. Naturschutzakademie Insel Vilm, Germany, May 7-11, “Anwendung (und Auswertung) der Europakarte für Auswirkungen und Szenarios von Klimaänderungen”.

1997

Zürcherische Botanische Gesellschaft, Zürich (Switzerland), November 19, “Westgeorgien: ein anderes Tessin?

1996

Zürcherische Botanische Gesellschaft, Zürich (Switzerland), November 13, ““Neue“ Wälder in Insubrien

 

Contributions to scientific conferences / workshops

 

2004

Fest der Wissenschaften “Kraftstoff – Klima – Klassenzimmer” Tag der Forschung 2004, Universität Hannover (Germany), April 25, “Auswirkungen der Klimaänderung auf Tiere und Pflanzen”.

Invasive Neophyten: Theorie und Praxis, Zürich (Switzerland), March 15–16, “Climate change and contemporary biological invasions“.

2003

33rd GfÖ Annual Conference, Halle (Germany), September 8-12, “Ilex aquifolium – a bioindicator for climatic change?” (poster) (pdf)

2002

NCCR Climate Summer School, Grindelwald (Switzerland), September 7-14, “Climatic change and vegetation shifts” (short presentation/Poster) (pdf)

VIII INTECOL International Congress of Ecology, Seoul (Korea), August 11–18, “Global warming and laurophyllisation“.

45th Annual Symposium of the International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS), Porto Alegre (Brasil), March 3–8, “On the application of chaos theory to simulate vegetation dynamics“.

Jahrestagung der Reinhold-Tüxen-Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, February 15-17, “Einfluss der Beweidung auf afrikanische Savannen-Ökosysteme”.

2001

International conference on “Fingerprints“ of Climate Change – Adapted behaviour and shifting species‘ ranges. Ascona, Switzerland, February 23-25, “Evergreen broad-leaved species as indicators for climate change“.

2000

43rd Annual Symposium of the International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS), Nagano (Japan), July 23-28, “Laurophyllisation and Climate Change“.

1st Swiss Global Change Day, Bern (Switzerland), April 6, “Palms in Switzerland – a sign for climat change?” (poster).

Annual Meeting of the RTG Working Group “Biomonitoring/Global Change“, Frankfurt a. M. (Germany), February 25, “Eignen sich immergrüne, breitblättrige Arten als Klimazeiger?

1999

International Conference “Forests and Formation of Forest in the Far East“, Vladivostok (Russia), August 23-25, “Changes in Centraleuropean forest ecosystems; interpretations from field studies

42nd Annual Symposium of the International Association of Vegetation Science (IAVS), Bilbao (Spain), July 26-30, “Climate forcing on the dispersal of exotic species

1998

VII International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL), Florence (Italy), July 19-25, “Recent climate change and vegetation shift in Switzerland

7th International Workshop “European Vegetation Survey“, Rom (Italy), March 26-30, “On the application of chaos theory to fluctuations in wet meadows; preliminary results

1997

6th International Workshop “European Vegetation Survey“, Rom (Italy), March 14-16, “Recent shifts in beech forests in Switzerland

1996

International conference on: “Impacts of Global Change on Tree Physiology and Forest Ecosystems““, Wageningen (Netherlands), November 26-29, “First signs of a biome shift as a result of climate change?

European Observatory of Mountain Forest, St. Jean d’Arvey (France), September 11-13, “On recent shifts in mountain vegetation and its consequences