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Peer-reviewed journal publications


Brunner, S. H., Huber, R., Grêt-Regamey, A., 2016. A backcasting approach for matching regional ecosystem services supply and demand, Environmental Modelling & Software. 75, 439-458.

Peringer, A., Gillet, F., Rosenthal, G., Stoicescu, I., Pătru-Stupariu, I., Stupariu, M.-S., Buttler, A., 2016. Landscape-scale simulation experiments test Romanian and Swiss management guidelines for mountain pasture-woodland habitat diversity, Ecological Modelling. 330, 41-49.


Brändle, J., Peter, S., Langendijk, G., Brunner, S. H., Huber, R., 2015. Sensitivity analysis of a land-use change model with and without agents to assess land abandonment and long-term re-forestation in a Swiss mountain region, Land 4, 475-512; doi:10.3390/land4020475.

Elkin, C., Giuggiola, A., Rigling, A., Bugmann, H., 2015. Short- and long-term efficacy of forest thinning to mitigate drought impacts in mountain forests in the European Alps, Ecological Applications. 25, 1083-1098.

Huber, R., Flury, C., Finger, R., 2015. Factors affecting farm growth intentions of family farms in mountain regions: Empirical evidence for Central Switzerland, Land Use Policy. 47, 188-197.

Pohl, C., Wuelser, G., Bebi, P., Bugmann, H., Buttler, A., Elkin, C., Grêt-Regamey, A., Hirschi, C., Le, Q. B., Peringer, A., Rigling, A., Seidl, R., Huber, R., 2015. How to successfully publish interdisciplinary research: learning from an Ecology and Society Special Feature, Ecology and Society. 20.

Wilkes-Allemann, J., Pütz, M., Hirschi, C. and C. Fischer. 2015. Conflict Situations and Response Strategies in Urban Forests in Switzerland. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 30:3, 204-216, DOI:10.1080/02827581.2014.1002217

Wilkes-Allemann, J., Pütz,M. and C. Hirschi. 2015. Governance of Forest Recreation: Analyzing the Role of Stakeholders and Institutions using the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework. Environmental Policy and Governance. DOI 10.1002/eet.1668


Briner, S., Lehmann, N., Finger, R., 2014. Bio-economic modelling of decisions under yield and price risk for suckler cow farms. Animal Production Science 55, 64-73.

Finger, R., Calanca, P., Briner, S., 2014. Implications of risk attitude and climate change for optimal grassland management: a case study for Switzerland. Crop and Pasture Science 65, 576-582.

Gavazov, K., Mills, R., Spiegelberger, T., Lenglet, J., Buttler, A., 2014. Biotic and Abiotic Constraints on the Decomposition of Fagus sylvatica Leaf Litter Along an Altitudinal Gradient in Contrasting Land-Use Types. Ecosystems 17, 1326-1337.

Grêt-Regamey, A., Weibel, B., Bagstad, K.J., Ferrari, M., Geneletti, D., Klug, H., Schirpke, U., Tappeiner, U. (2014): On the effects of scale for ecosystem services mapping. PLOS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0112601.

Huber R, Briner S, Bugmann H, Elkin C, Hirschi C, Seidl R, Snell R, Rigling A. 2014. Inter- and transdisciplinary perspective on the integration of ecological processes into ecosystem services analysis in a mountain region. Ecological Processes 3(1):9.

Huber R. and Rigling A. (2014). Commitment to continuous research is a key factor in transdisciplinarity. Experiences from the Mountland project. GAIA 23/3 (2014): 256–262.

Ingold K, Balsiger J (2013) Sustainability principles put into practice: case studies of network analysis in Swiss climate change adaptation. Regional Environmental Change:1-10. doi:10.1007/s10113-013-0575-7

Ingold, K. 2014. How involved are they really? A comparative network analysis of the instituional drivers of local actor inclusion. Land Use Policy. Online first:

Mills, R., K. Gavazov, T. Spiegelberger, D. Johnson and A. Buttler 2014. Diminished soil functions occur under simulated climate change in a sup-alpine pasture, but heterotrophic temperature sensitivity indicates microbial resilience. Science of the Total Environment, vol. 473–474(0), p. 465-472.

Puissant, J., Cécillon, L., Mills, R.T.E., Robroek, B.J.M. Gavazov, K., De Danieli, S., Spiegelberger, T., Buttler, A., Brun, J.J. 2014. Seasonal effects of climate manipulation on microbial community structure and function in mountain soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 80: 296-305.

Seppelt, R., Fath, B., Burkhard, B., Fisher, J. L., Grêt-Regamey, A., Lautenbach, S., Pert, P., Hotes, S., Spangenberg, J., Verburg, P. H., Oudenhoven, A. P.E. Van (in press): Simply a matter of form? A proposal for a reporting standard for ecosystem service assessment studies. Ecological Indicators, doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2011.09.003

Snell, R.S., Huth, A., Nabel, J.E.M.S., Bocedi, G., Travis, J.M.J., Gravel, D., Bugmann, H., Gutiérrez, A.G., Hickler, T., Higgins, S.I., Reineking, B., Scherstjanoi, M., Zurbriggen, N., Lischke, H., 2014. Using dynamic vegetation models to simulate plant range shifts. Ecography 37, 1184-1197.

Teich, M., Fischer, J.T., Feistl, T., Bebi, P., Christen, M., Grêt-Regamey, A., 2014. Computational snow avalanche simulation in forested terrain. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 14, 2233-2248.

Walz, A., Braendle, J.M., Lang, D.J., Brand, F., Briner, S., Elkin, C., Hirschi, C., Huber, R., Lischke, H., Schmatz, D.R., 2014. Experience from downscaling IPCC-SRES scenarios to specific national-level focus scenarios for ecosystem service management. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 86, 21-32.

Zurbriggen, N., Nabel, J.E.M.S., Teich, M., Bebi, P., Lischke, H. 2014. Explicit avalanche-forest feedback simulations improve the performance of a coupled avalanche-forest model. Ecological Complexity 17(0):56-66.


Barbeito, I.; Brücker, R.L.; Rixen, C.; Bebi, P., 2013: Snow Fungi–Induced Mortality of Pinus cembra at the Alpine Treeline: Evidence from Plantations. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 45: 455–470.

Brand, F. S., R. Seidl, Q. B. Le, J. M. Brändle, and R. W. Scholz. 2013. Constructing consistent multiscale scenarios by transdisciplinary processes: the case of mountain regions facing global change. Ecology and Society 18(2): 43.

Briner S, Elkin C, Huber R (2013) Evaluating the relative impact of climate and economic changes on forest and agricultural ecosystem services in mountain regions. Journal of Environmental Management 129 (0):414-422.

Chételat, J., M. Kalbermatten, K. S. M. Lannas, T. Spiegelberger, J. B. Wettstein, F. Gillet, A. Peringer, and A. Buttler. 2013. A contextual analysis of land-use and vegetation changes in two wooded pastures in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Ecology and Society 18(1): 39.

Dawes, M.A.; Hagedorn, F.; Handa, I.T.; Streit, K.; Ekblad, A.; Rixen, C.; Körner, C; Hättenschwiler, S., 2013: An alpine treeline in a CO2-rich world: synthesis of a nine year CO2 enrichment study. Oecologia 171: 623-637.

Eilmann B, Dobbertin M, Rigling A (2013) Growth response of Scots pine with different crown transparency status to drought release. Annals of Forest Sciences, DOI 10.1007/s13595-013-0310-z.

Gavazov, K. S., A. Peringer, A. Buttler, F. Gillet, and T. Spiegelberger. 2013. Dynamics of forage production in pasture-woodlands of the Swiss Jura Mountains under projected climate change scenarios. Ecology and Society 18(1): 38.

Gavazov, K., Spiegelberger, T. and Buttler, A. 2013. Transplantation of subalpine wood-pasture turfs along a natural climatic gradient reveals lower resistance of unwooded pastures to climate change compared to wooded ones. Oecologia Oecologia, 1-11. doi: 10.1007/s00442-013-2839-9.

Giuggiola A, Bugmann H, Zingg Z, Dobbertin M, Rigling A: Reduction of stand density increases drought resistance in xeric Scots pine forests. Forest Ecology and Management, Volume 310, 15 December 2013, Pages 827–835

Grêt-Regamey, A., S. H. Brunner, J. Altwegg, M. Christen, and P. Bebi. 2013. Integrating expert knowledge into mapping ecosystem services trade-offs for sustainable forest management. Ecology and Society 18(3): 34.

Hirschi, C., A. Widmer, S. Briner, and R. Huber. 2013. Combining policy network and model-based scenario analyses: an assessment of future ecosystem goods and services in Swiss mountain regions. Ecology and Society 18(2): 42.

Huber, R., A. Rigling, P. Bebi, F. Brand, S. Briner, A. Buttler, C. Elkin, F. Gillet, A. Grêt-Regamey, C. Hirschi, H. Lischke, R. Seidl, T. Spiegelberger, A. Walz, W. Zimmermann, and H. Bugmann. 2013. Sustainable land use in mountain regions under global change: Synthesis across scales and disciplines. Ecology and Society 18(3):36.

Huber, R., H. Bugmann, A. Buttler, and A. Rigling. 2013. Sustainable land-use practices in European mountain regions under global change: An integrated research approach Ecology and Society 18(3): 37.

Huber, R., S. Briner, A. Peringer, S. Lauber, R. Seidl, A. Widmer, F. Gillet, A. Buttler, Q. Bao Le, and C. Hirschi. 2013. Modeling social-ecological feedback effects in the implementation of payments for environmental services in pasture-woodlands. Ecology and Society 18(2): 41.

Ingold, K. and J. Balsiger. 2013. Sustainability Principles put into Practice: Perceptions and Networks in Swiss Climate Change Adaptation. Regional Environmental Change. DOI 10.1007/s10113-013-0575-7.

Mariotte, P., Buttler, A., Kohler, F., Gilgen, A., Spiegelberger, T. 2013. How do subordinate and dominant species in semi-natural mountain grasslands relate to productivity and land-use change. Basic and Applied Ecology,

Rigling, A., Bigler, C., Eilmann, B., Feldmeyer-Christe, E., Gimmi, U., Ginzler, C., Graf, U., Mayer, P., Vacchiano, G., Weber, P., Wohlgemuth, T., Zweifel, R., Dobbertin, M., 2013. Driving factors of a vegetation shift from Scots pine to pubescent oak in dry Alpine forests. Global Change Biology 19, 229-240.

Teich, M., Fischer, J.-T., Feistl, T., Bebi, P., Christen, M., Grêt-Regamey, A., 2013. Computational snow avalanche simulation in forested terrain. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 1: 5561-5601. PDF

Walz A, Braendle JM, Lang DJ, Brand F, Briner S, Elkin C, Hirschi C, Huber R, Lischke H, Schmatz DR (2013). Experience from downscaling IPCC-SRES scenarios to specific national-level focus scenarios for ecosystem service management. Technological Forecasting and Social Change (in press). doi:

Zurbriggen, N., Hättenschwiler, S., Frei, E., Hagedorn, F., Bebi, P., 2013.

Performance of germinating tree seedlings below and above treeline in the Swiss Alps. Plant Ecol. 214, 385-396.

Briner, S., R. Huber, C. Elkin, P. Bebi, and A. Grêt-Regamey. 2013. Trade-offs between Ecosystem Services in mountainous regions. Ecology and Society 18(3) 35.

Peringer, A., S. Siehoff, J. Chételat, T. Spiegelberger, A. Buttler, and F. Gillet. 2013. Past and future landscape dynamics in pasture-woodlands of the Swiss Jura Mountains under climate change. Ecology and Society 18(3): 11.


Briner S., Elkin C., Huber, R. and Grêt-Regamey A. 2012. Assessing the impacts of economic and climatechanges on land-use in mountainregions: A spatial dynamic modeling approach. Agriculture, Ecosystem & Environment, 149:50–63.

Buttler A., Gavazov K., Peringer A., Siehoff S., Mariotte P., Wettstein J.-B., Chételat J., Huber R., Gillet F. & Spiegelberger T., 2012a. Erhaltung der Wytweiden im Jura: Klimatische und agrarpolitische Herausforderungen. Agrarforschung / Recherche Agronomique Suisse 3 (7-8): 346-353, 2012.

Eilmann B, Rigling A. (2012) Using tree-growth analysis to estimate drought tolerance of different tree species. Tree Physiology, 32, 178–187.

Elkin, C., B. Reineking, C. Bigler, and H. Bugmann. (2012). Do small-grain processes matter for landscape scale questions? Sensitivity of a forest landscape model to the formulation of tree growth rate. Landscape Ecology 27:697-711.

Huber R., Bebi P., Briner S., Bugmann H., Buttler A., Grêt-Regamey A., Hirschi C., Scholz R.W., Zimmermann W. & Rigling A., 2012c. MOUNTLAND: Klimawandel und nachhaltige Landnutzung im Berggebiet. Agrarforschung / Recherche Agronomique Suisse 3 (7-8): 340-345, 2012.

Huber R., Iten A. & Briner S., 2012. Weiterentwicklung des Direktzahlungssystems: Auswirkungen auf die Landnutzung im Berggebiet. Agrarforschung / Recherche Agronomique Suisse 3 (7-8): 354-359, 2012.

Teich, M., Bartelt, P., Grêt-Regamey, A., Bebi, P., 2012. Snow avalanches in forested terrain: influence of forest parameters, topography and avalanche characteristics on runout distance. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 44, 509-519.

Teich, M., Marty, C., Gollut, C., Grêt-Regamey, A., Bebi, P., 2012. Snow and weather conditions associated with avalanche releases in forests: Rare situations with decreasing trends during the last 41 years. Cold Regions Science and Technology 83-84, 77-88.

Barbeito, Dawes, Rixen, Senn, Bebi (2012). Factors driving survival and growth at treeline: a 30-year experiment of 92000 conifers. Ecology 93: 389-401.

Hirschi C. & Huber R., 2012a. Ökologisierung der Landwirtschaft im agrarpolitischen Prozess. Agrarforschung / Recherche Agronomique Suisse 3 (7-8): 360-365, 2012.

Rixen, C.; Dawes, M.A.; Wipf, S.; Hagedorn, F. (2012). Evidence of enhanced freezing damage in treeline plants during six years of CO2 enrichment and soil warming. Oikos. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.20031.x.


Dawes, M., S. Hättenschwiler, P. Bebi, F. Hagedorn, I. T. Handa, C. Körner, and C.Rixen (2011) Species-specific tree growth responses to 9 years of CO2 enrichment at the alpine treeline. Journal of Ecology 2011, 99, 383–394. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2010.01764.x

Eilmann B, Zweifel R, Buchmann N, Graf Pannatier E, Rigling A (2011) Drought alters timing, quantity, and quality of wood formation in Scots pine. Experimental Botany, doi:10.1093/jxb/erq443

Ingold, K. & Zimmermann, W. (2011): How and why forest managers adapt to socio-economic changes: A case study analysis in Swiss forest enterprises. Forest Policy and Economics 13(2), 97-103.

Dawes, A.M.; Hagedorn, F.; Zumbrunn, T.; Handa I.T.; Hättenschwiler, S.; Wipf, S.; Rixen, C., 2011: Growth and community responses of alpine dwarf shrubs to in situ CO2 enrichment and soil warming. New Phytologist 191(3), 806-818.

Further journal publications

Flury, C., Huber, R., Tasser, E. (2013). Future of Mountain Agriculture in the Alps, in: Mann, S. (Ed.), The Future of Mountain Agriculture. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 105-126.

Zimmermann, W. (2013). Waldpolitischer Jahresrückblick 2012. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen, 164(5), 135-142.

Bebi, P., Teich, M., Hagedorn, F., Zurbriggen, N., Brunner, S.H., Grét-Regamey, A., 2012. Veränderung von Wald und Waldleistungen in der Landschaft Davos im Zuge des Klimawandels. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen 163, 493-501.

Buttler, A., Spiegelberger, T., Chételat, J., Kalbermatten, M., Lannas, K., Peringer, A., Wettstein, J.-B., Gillet, F., 2012. Evolution récente et future des paysages sylvo-pastoraux du Jura vaudois. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen 163, 469-480.

Hirschi, C., Widmer, A., Zimmermann, W., 2012. Aktuelle Entwicklungen der Schweizer Waldpolitik: Entscheidungsprozesse und Konsequenzen für das Berggebiet. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen.

Huber, R., Bebi, P., Briner, S., Bugmann, H., Buttler, A., Grêt-Regamey, A., Hirschi, C., Zimmermann, W., Rigling, A., 2012a. Waldausdehnung in zwei Regionen des Schweizer Berggebiets: eine integrative Analyse. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen 163, 502-511.

Huber, R., Walz, A., Rigling, A., 2012b. Nachhaltige Land- und Forstwirtschaft im Berggebiet: das Forschungsprojekt «Mountland». Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen 163, 464-468.

Rigling, A., Elkin, C., Dobbertin, M., Eilmann, B., Giuggiola, A., Wohlgemuth, T., Bugmann, H., 2012. Wald und Klimawandel in der inneralpinen Trockenregion Visp. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen 163, 481-492.

Zimmermann, W. 2012. Waldpolitischer Jahresrückblick 2011. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen 163(5), 145-154.

Huber R., Rigling A., Bugmann H. (2011). Politikwissenschaft als Bestandteil inter- und transdisziplinärer Forschung: Das Forschungsprojekt MOUNTLAND. In Bisang K., Hirschi C., Ingold K. (Hrsg): Umwelt und Gesellschaft im Einklang? Festschrift für Willi Zimmermann. Schriften zum Recht des ländlichen Raums. Band / Volume 4, Dike Verlag.

Zimmermann, W. (2011): Waldpolitischer Jahresrückblick 2010. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen 162(5): 137-145.

Ingold, K., Balsiger, J. & Hirschi, C. (2010): Climate change in mountain regions: how local communities adapt to extreme events. Local Environment 15(7), 651-661.

Latest contributions to scientific conferences, congresses, workshops

Hirschi, C. 2014. Coalition Network Dynamics in Swiss Climate Change Policy. Sunbelt XXXIV Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL, USA, 18-23 February 2014.

Huber R. and Rigling A. 2014. Sustainable land use in mountain regions under global change: insights from the Mountland project. Proceedings of the Global Land Project 2nd Open Science Meeting, Berlin, March 19-21, 2014.

Grêt-Regamey A. and Huber R. 2014. MOUNTLAND: Sustainable land use in mountain regions. Presentation at the CCES Conference 2014 ’Research, Education, and Dialogue for Environment and Sustainability – Achievements and Challenges’. Zürich, 27.2.2014.

Elkin, C.M., M. Caillere, H. Bugmann. 2013. Climate change impacts on forest ecosystem services at local and landscape scales: the challenge of creating representative regional projections. Impacts World 2013. November, Potsdam, German.

Haller T., Brändle J. & Huber R. 2013. Factors influencing the acceptance of ecological set-aside areas in a Swiss mountain region. Jahrestagung 2013 SGA-ÖGA, ETH Zürich, Tagungsband, S. 9-10.

Hirschi, C. 2013. Swiss Forest Policy. COST Action FP1207 Joint Meeting of Working Groups, Joensuu, Finland, 17-18 June 2013.

Teich, M., Bebi, P., 2013. Snow avalanches in forested terrain: Recent findings and future directions in forest avalanche research. (Presentation) CH-AT Mountain Days, 12-13 June, Mittersill, Austria.

Teich, M., Techel, F., Caviezel, P., Bebi, P., 2013. Forecasting forest avalanches: A review of winter 2011/12. (Poster F. Techel) International Snow Science Workshop ISSW 2012, October 07-11, Grenoble - Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France.

Teich, M., Zurbriggen, N., Bartelt, P., Grêt-Regamey, A., Marty, C., Ulrich, M., Bebi, P., 2013. Snow avalanches in forested terrain: Potential changes in frequency and magnitude in a changing environment. (Presentation) Davos Atmosphere and Cryosphere Assembly DACA-2013, July 8-12, Davos, Switzerland.

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