Dr Florian Zellweger



Florian is broadly interested in using Earth Observation technologies to assess forest ecosystems and the values they provide to humans. His current research is centered around the spatial and temporal dynamics of forest microclimates and how they are affecting biodiversity responses to global change. He uses 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 applies these models to study temperate forests across Europe. This research furthers our understanding of how forest management and climate change shape the response of forest ecosystems in a changing world. In earlier research projects, Florian gained a broad expertise in habitat suitability mapping and connectivity analysis for species of a wide range of taxonomic groups.


Recent publications

Bramer, I., Anderson, B.J., Bennie, J., Bladon, A.J., De Frenne, P., Hemming, D., Hill, R.A., Kearney, M.R., Körner, C., Korstjens, A.H., Lenoir, J., Maclean, I.M.D., Marsh, C.D., Morecroft, M.D., Ohlemüller, R., Slater, H.D., Suggitt, A.J., Zellweger, F. & Gillingham, P.K. (2018) Advances in Monitoring and Modelling Climate at Ecologically Relevant Scales. Advances in Ecological Research58, 101–161.

Frey, D., Vega, K., Zellweger, F., Ghazoul, J., Hansen, D. & Moretti, M. (2018) Predation risk shaped by habitat and landscape complexity in urban environments. Journal of Applied Ecology55, 2343–2353.