Global change ecology

With global change (e.g. climate change, land use changes) plant communities and ecosystems may dramatically change in their composition and functioning. These complex ecological processes are difficult to study and understand because many different factors interact. We use two study systems to gain a multivariate understanding of ecological change processes. In both study systems we compare ecological patterns and processes across multiple case studies distributed worldwide. These two study systems are oceanic islands and elevational gradients in mountains. In my research I combine experimental plant ecology, functional ecology and statistical modelling (e.g. species distribution modelling).

A second research interest is transdisciplinary research on global ecological change. There I collaborate with social scientists, psychologists and philosophers to develop problem-solving strategies that adequately account for scientific uncertainties, valuation issues, and institutional and socioeconomic constraints to implementation.

Recent Publications

  • A conceptual map of invasion biology: Integrating hypotheses into a consensus network
    Enders, M; Havemann, F; Ruland, F; Bernard-Verdier, M; Catford, JA; Gomez-Aparicio, L; Haider, S; Heger, T; Kueffer, C; Kuhn, I; Meyerson, LA; Musseau, C; Novoa, A; Ricciardi, A; Sagouis, A; Schittko, C; Strayer, DL; Vila, M; Essl, F; Hulme, PE; van Kleunen, M; Kumschick, S ; Lockwood, JL; Mabey, AL; McGeoch, MA; Palma, E; Pysek, P; Saul, WC; Yannelli, FA; Jeschke, JM
    GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY DOI: 10.1111/geb.13082  MAR 2020
  • Invasion syndromes: a systematic approach for predicting biological invasions and facilitating effective management
    Novoa, Ana; Richardson, David M.; Pysek, Petr; Meyerson, Laura A.; Bacher, Sven; et al.
    Biological Invasions  10.1007/s10530-020-02220-w  MAR 2020
  • Towards an Integrative, Eco-Evolutionary Understanding of Ecological Novelty: Studying and Communicating Interlinked Effects of Global Change
    Heger, T; Bernard-Verdier, M; Gessler, A; Greenwood, AD.; Grossart, HP; Hilker, M; Keinath, S; Kowarik, I; Kueffer, C; Marquard, E; Muller, J; Niemeier, S; Onandia, G; Petermann, JS; Rillig, MC; Rodel, MO; Saul, WC; Schittko, C; Tockner, K; Joshi, J; Jeschke, JM
    Bioscience,  DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biz095
  • Different environmental drivers of alien tree invasion affect different life-stages and operate at different spatial scales
    Vicente, JR; Kueffer, C; Richardson, DM; Vaz, AS; Cabral, JA; Hui, C; Araujo, MB; Kuhn, I; Kull, CA; Verburg, PH; Marchante, E; Honrado, JP
    FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT, 433 263-275; 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.10.065 FEB 15 2019
  • Addressing sustainability challenges with a broader concept of systems, target, and transformation knowledge
    Kueffer, Christoph; Schneider, Flurina; Wiesmann, Urs
    GAIA-ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES FOR SCIENCE AND SOCIETY  28(4): 386-388    2019
  • Island Biodiversity in the Anthropocene
    Russell, James C.; Kueffer, Christoph
    ANNUAL REVIEW OF ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCES, VOL 44   Book Series: Annual Review of Environment and Resources 44   10.1146/annurev-environ-101718-033245   2019
  • Simplification of shade tree diversity reduces nutrient cycling resilience in coffee agroforestry
    Nesper, M; Kueffer, C; Krishnan, S; Kushalappa, CG; Ghazoul, J
    JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY, 56 (1):119-131; 10.1111/1365-2664.13176 JAN 2019
  • Explaining people's perceptions of invasive alien species: A conceptual framework
    Shackleton, RT; Richardson, DM; Shackleton, CM; Bennett, B; Crowley, SL; Dehnen-Schmutz, K; Estevez, RA; Fischer, A; Kueffer, C; Kull, CA; Marchante, E; Novoa, A; Potgieter, LJ; Vaas, J; Vaz, AS; Larson, BMH
    JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT, 229 10-26; 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.04.045 JAN 1 2019
  • Running off the road: roadside non-native plants invading mountain vegetation
    McDougall, KL; Lembrechts, J; Rew, LJ; Haider, S; Cavieres, LA; Kueffer, C; Milbau, A; Naylor, BJ; Nunez, MA; Pauchard, A; Seipel, T; Speziale, KL; Wright, GT; Alexander, JM
    BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS 20(12): 3461-3473, DOI: 10.1007/s10530-018-1787-z, DEC 2018
  • Colonization and diversification shape species-area relationships in three Macaronesian archipelagos
    Price, JP; Otto, R; de Sequeira, MM; Kueffer, C; Schaefer, H; Caujape-Castells, J; Fernandez-Palacios, JM
    JOURNAL OF BIOGEOGRAPHY, 45 (9):2027-2039; 10.1111/jbi.13396 SEP 2018
  • Global Island Monitoring Scheme (GIMS): a proposal for the long-term coordinated survey and monitoring of native island forest biota
    Borges, PAV; Cardoso, P; Kreft, H; Whittaker, RJ; Fattorini, S; Emerson, BC; Gil, A; Gillespie, RG; Matthews, TJ; Santos, AMC; Steinbauer, MJ; Thebaud, C; Ah-Peng, C; Amorim, IR; Aranda, SC; Arroz, AM; Azevedo, JMN; Boieiro, M; Borda-de-Agua, L; Carvalho, JC; Elias, RB; Fernandez-Palacios, JM; Florencio, M; Gonzalez-Mancebo, JM; Heaney, LR; Hortal, J; Kueffer, C; Lequette, B; Martin-Esquivel, JL; Lopez, H; Lamelas-Lopez, L; Marcelino, J; Nunes, R; Oromi, P; Patino, J; Perez, AJ; Rego, C; Ribeiro, SP; Rigal, F; Rodrigues, P; Rominger, AJ; Santos-Reis, M; Schaefer, H; Sergio, C; Serrano, ARM; Sim-Sim, M; Stephenson, PJ; Soares, AO; Strasberg, D; Vanderporten, A; Vieira, V; Gabriel, R
    BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION, 27 (10):2567-2586; 10.1007/s10531-018-1553-7 AUG 2018
  • Mountain roads and non-native species modify elevational patterns of plant diversity
    Haider, S; Kueffer, C; Bruelheide, H; Seipel, T; Alexander, JM; Rew, LJ; Arevalo, JR; Cavieres, LA; McDougall, KL; Milbau, A; Naylor, BJ; Speziale, K; Pauchard, A
    GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, 27 (6):667-678; 10.1111/geb.12727 JUN 2018
Christoph Kueffer

Prof. Dr. Christoph Küffer
ETH Zurich
Institute of Integrative Biology
8092 Zurich

Tel: +41 (0)44 632 43 08

Research topics

  • Functional ecology of invasive plants
  • Functional ecology of oceanic island plants
  • Plant conservation on oceanic islands
  • Plant invasions on oceanic islands
  • Plant invasions in mountains  
  • Transdisciplinary research on ecological change with climate change

Interdisciplinary