Prof. Dr. Christine Alewell

Christine Alewell

Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Departement Umweltwissenschaften

FG Alewell


Bernoullistrasse 30/32
4056 Basel

Tel. +41 61 207 04 77


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Research Interest

  • General research areas are biogeochemistry, soil chemistry and soil degradation of natural and semi-natural ecosystems. Specifically the research is focused on:
  • Soil and water degradation by soil erosion. Quantitative and qualitative assessment of on-site erosion with radio- (137Cs and 239+240Pu) and stable (13C, 15N) isotopes as well as modelling (USLE/ RUSLE approaches). Qualitative assessment of off-site erosion impacts (sediment source attribution to water bodies) with compound specific isotope analysis.
  • Development of indicators for wetland degradation and regeneration using stable isotope patterns (13C, 15N) as well as molecular biomarkers
  • Mercury emissions from soils and ecosystems to the atmosphere.

For a full list of publication please see (pdf)


Member of the department’s management board (2006-2008 and since 2015 ongoing)
Head of educational board of Geosciences (2004-2015)
Member of educational board of Geosciences (since 2003 ongoing)
Member of the educational board of the faculty of Natural Sciences (2004-2015)
Gender representative of the Faculty of Natural Sciences (2007 – 2015)
Gender representative of the Department of Environmental Sciences (since 2009 ongoing)
Faculty of Natural Sciences delegate at the Commission for Equal Opportunity (2007 – 2015)
Confidential contact for the faculty of Natural Sciences (2007 – 2015)
University of Basel confidential contact in case of sexual harassment (2007 – 2015)

Zweifel, L., Meusburger, K. und Alewell, C. (2019) «Spatio-temporal pattern of soil degradation in a Swiss Alpine grassland catchment», Remote sensing of environment. Elsevier, 235, S. 111441. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2019.111441.   edoc | Open Access
Schmidt, S., Alewell, C. und Meusburger, K. (2019) «Monthly RUSLE soil erosion risk of Swiss grasslands», Journal of Maps. Taylor & Francis, 15(2), S. 247-256. doi: 10.1080/17445647.2019.1585980.   edoc | Open Access
Osterwalder, S., Huang, J.-H., Shetaya, W. H., Agnan, Y., Frossard, A., Frey, B., Alewell, C., Kretzschmar, R., Biester, H. und Obrist, D. (2019) «Mercury emission from industrially contaminated soils in relation to chemical, microbial, and meteorological factors», Environmental pollution. Elsevier, (250), S. 944-952. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.03.093.