About us

The research group Ecology of Prof. Sabine Rumpf started in February 2022.

In our research, we are combining field observations and experiments, remote sensing, and historical as well as online data sources with modelling techniques to infer impacts of environmental change on plant species distributions, diversity and performance.

Our preferred study system are alpine and arctic regions, because these relatively pristine areas allow for studying impacts of environmental change without too much direct confounding effects of human action. Furthermore, alpine and arctic regions are warming even faster than other areas on Earth, harbour disproportionately high biodiversity, and provide fundamental ecosystem services.

Understanding past and predicting future changes of these ecosystem is therefore highly important to conserve global biodiversity, reach global sustainability commitments, and ensure ecosystem integrity with immediate relevance to humankind.

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New publications:

Intraspecific trait variation in alpine plants relates to their elevational distribution.
in: Journal of Ecology

Think globally, measure locally: The MIREN standardized protocol for monitoring plant species distributions along elevation gradients.
in: Ecology and Evolution

Universität Basel
Departement Umweltwissenschaften
FG Ökologie
Büro 022C
Bernoullistrasse 32
4056 Basel
Tel. +41 61 207 08 31

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