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PD Dr. Christoph Küffer

Institut für Integrative Biologie
Universitätstrasse 16  CHN G 26.1
8092 Zürich
Phone.: +41 44 632 06 75
FAX: +41 44 632 12 15
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2013 Habilitation in plant and global change ecology, D-USYS, ETH Zurich
2006 PhD in Plant Ecology, ETH Zurich
2000 Master in Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich

Since 2009 Senior scientist, D-USYS, ETH Zurich
2007 – 2009 Postdoc, University of Hawaii, USA
2006 – 2007 Scientific staff, td-net, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
2005 – 2006 Assistant, Environmental philosophy group, D-UWIS, ETH Zurich
2002 – 2005 Consultant, Seychelles Ministry of Environment
2000 – 2001 Scholarship at Collegium Helveticum, ETH Zurich

Other professional activities
Since 2014 Contributor, ETH Zukunftsblog (
Since 2013 Co-founder and Co-chair, working group 'Environmental Humanities' of SAGUF
Since 2012 Steering committee, Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF)
Since 2012 Steering committee, Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)
Since 2011 Associate Editor, Diversity and Distributions
Since 2009 Editor-in-Chief, Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
2009 - 2014 Fellow, Network of Young Scientists, Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld University
Since 2006 Member, working group ‘Knowledge Exchange – Knowledge Management for Sustainable Development’ of SAGUF (
Since 2005 Coordinator, Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN) (
Since 2003 Editor, Kapisen – Seychelles Plant Conservation Newsletter (
2001 – 2009 Co-founder and executive committee member, seed sustainability – platform for transdisciplinary research for sustainability (

Since 2011 Lecturer, University of Zurich
Since 2009 Lecturer, D-USYS, ETH Zurich
Since 2006 Lecturer, D-ITET, ETH Zurich

Research Projects:

running Projects:        finished Projects:

Perception of ecological change - non-native plants as a model system

The role of climate matching and climate change in plant invasions into higher mountains

Invasions of non-native woody plants into the Seychelles tropical forests

Changing demographics: Do invasive plant populations vary spatially in fitness and structure along an altitudinal gradient?

Mountain Invasion Research Project (MIREN)

Global comparative studies of native and non-native plant diversity on oceanic islands

Ecological Novelty

Functional ecology of oceanic island floras

Selected Publications:

  • Küffer, C.  (2015)  „Slow Science“. Denkfreiräume statt Beschleunigung.  Forschung & Lehre 7/15, 532-534. (PDF, 168 kB)
  • Petitpierre, B., McDougall, K., Seipel, T., Broennimann, O., Guisan, A., Küffer, C.  (2015)  Will climate change increase the risk of plant invasions into mountains?  Ecological Applications, accepted
  • Hall, M., Forêt, P., Küffer, C., Pouliot, A., Wiedmer, C.  (2015)  Seeing the Environment through the Humanities. A New Window on Grand Societal Challenges.  Gaia 24/2: 134-136 (PDF, 2 MB)
  • Essl, F., Biró, K., Brandes, D., Broennimann, O., Bullock, J., Chapman, D.S., Chauvel, B., Dullinger, S., Fumanal, B., Guisan, A., Karrer, G., Kazinczi, G.,, Küffer, C., Lavoie, C., Mang, T., Moser, D., Müller-Schärer, H., Petitpierre, B., Schaffner, U., Smith, M., Starfinger, U., Vautard, R., von der Lippe, M., Follak, S.  (2015)  Biological Flora of the British Isles: Ambrosia artemisiifolia  Journal of Ecology 103(4): 1069-1098.
  • Humair, F., Humair, L, Kuhn, F., Küffer, C.  (2015)  E-commerce trade in invasive plants.  Conservation Biology, in press
  • Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Küffer, C., Drake, D.  (2015)  A new golden era in island biogeography.  Frontiers of Biogeography 7(1), 14-20. (PDF, 860 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Forêt, P., Hall, M.  (2015)  Developing the Environmental Humanities in Switzerland: An Evaluation of Opportunities, Challenges, and Priorities in Research, Teaching, and Institutional Support.  Bern: Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences, pp. 49. (PDF, 344 kB)
  • Küffer, C.  (2015)  Ecological Novelty: towards an interdisciplinary understanding of ecological change in the Anthropocene.  In: Greschke, H.M. & J. Tischler (eds.). Grounding global climate change. Contributions from the social and cultural sciences. Springer, 19-37.
  • Seipel, T., Alexander, J., Daehler, C. C., Rew, L. J., Edwards, P.J., Dar, P. A., McDougall, K., Naylor, B., Parks, C., Fredric W. Pollnac, F., Reshi, Z. A., Schroder, M., Küffer, C.  (2015)  Performance of the herb Verbascum thapsus along environmental gradients in its native and non-native ranges.  Journal of Biogeography 42(1): 132-143. doi: 10.1111/jbi.12403
  • Juvik, J., Küffer, C., Juvik, S., Nagata, S.  (2014)  Losing the High Ground: Rapid Transformation of Tropical Island Alpine and Subalpine Environments  Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 46, 705-708. (PDF, 328 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Hall, M., Forêt, P.  (2014)  Environmental Humanities.  SAGW Bulletin 4/2014, 31-32 (PDF, 156 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Drake, D.R., Fernández-Palacios, J.M.  (2014)  Island Biology – Looking Toward the Future  Biology Letters 10: 20140719.
  • Küffer, C.  (2014)  Natur-Diskurse in einer Zeit der Krise. Von einem konservierenden zu einem regenerativen Verständnis von Naturschutz.  In: Hennigfeld, U. (Hrsg.). Lazarus – Kulturgeschichte einer Metapher. Heidelberg: Winter-Verlag, im Druck.
  • Küffer, C.  (2014)  Preventing and managing plant invasions on oceanic islands: some lessons learnt.  Silva Lusitana, nº Especial, 43-54.
  • Küffer, C., Daehler, C., Dietz, H., McDougall, K., Parks, C., Pauchard, A., Rew, L., MIREN Consortium  (2014)  The Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN). Linking local and global scales for addressing the ecological consequences of global change.  GAIA 23/3, 263–265 (PDF, 1.6 MB)
  • He, Y., Xu, X., Küffer, C., Zhang, X., Shi, P.  (2014)  Leaf litter of a dominant cushion plant shifts nitrogen mineralization to immobilization at high but not low temperature in an alpine meadow  Plant and Soil 383: 415-526.
  • Humair, F., Küffer, C., Siegrist, M.  (2014)  Are non-native plants perceived to be more risky? Factors influencing horticulturists' risk perceptions of ornamental plant species.  PLoS ONE 9(7): e102121. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102121.
  • Bugmann, H., Küffer, C., Conedera, M.  (2014)  Invasive Arten: die neuen Sorgenkinder im Wald / Espèces envahissantes: nouveaux défis en forêt [Editorial].  Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen / Journal forestier Suisse 165/ 6 (PDF, 90 kB)
  • Humair, F., Siegrist, M., Küffer, C.  (2014)  Working with the horticulture industry to limit invasion risks: the Swiss experience.   Bulletin OEPP/EPPO Bulletin 44(2), 1-7
  • Küffer, C.  (2014)  Mountain Biomes  Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press, Doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199830060-0119
  • Hobbs, R., Higgs, E., Hall. C., Chapin III, F.S., Ellis, E.C., Ewel, J.J., Hallett, L.M., Harris, J.A., Hulvey, K.B., Jackson, S.T., Kennedy, P.L., Küffer, C., Lach, L., Lantz, T.C., Lugo, A.E., Mascaro, J., Murphy, S.D., Nelson, C.R., Perring, M.P., Richardson, D.M., Seastedt, T.R., Standish, R.J., Starzomski, B.M., Suding, K.N., Tognetti, P.M., Yakob, L., Yung, L.   (2014)  Managing the whole landscape: historical, hybrid and novel ecosystems.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12(10): 557-564.
  • Küffer, C., Bugmann, H., Conedera, M.  (2014)  Invasive Neobiota im Wald: Konzepte und wissenschaftliche Grundlagen  Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen 165/6, 124-131.
  • Küffer, C., Larson, B.  (2014)  Responsible use of language in scientific writing and science communication  BioScience 64:719-724.
  • Küffer, C.  (2014)  Neobiota: ein wachsendes Problem?   Zürcher Wald 2/2014: 11-15. (PDF, 5.9 MB)
  • Guisan, A., Petitpierre, B., Broennimann, O., Daehler, C., Küffer, C.  (2014)  Unifying niche shift studies: insights from biological invasions  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29 (5): 260–269.
  • Forêt, P., Hall, M., Küffer, C.  (2014)  Developing the environmental humanities: a Swiss perspective.  Gaia 23/1: 67-69. (PDF, 119 kB)
  • Humair, F., Edwards, P.J., Siegrist, M., Küffer, C.  (2014)  Understanding misunderstandings in invasion science: why experts don’t agree on common concepts and risk assessments  Neobiota 20: 1-30. (PDF, 2.6 MB)
  • He, Y., , Küffer, C., Shi, P., Zhang, X., Du, M., Yan, W., Sun, W  (2014)  Variation of biomass and morphology of the cushion plant Androsace tapete along an elevational gradient in the Tibetan Plateau  Plant Species Biology, 29/3: E64-E71.
  • Traveset, A., Küffer, C., Daehler, C.C.  (2014)  Global and regional nested patterns of non-native invasive floras on tropical islands  Journal of Biogeography 41: 823-832.
  • Küffer, C., Kaiser-Bunbury, C.  (2014)  Reconciling conflicting perspectives for biodiversity conservation in the Anthropocene  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12/2: 131-137.
  • Von Arx, G., Küffer, C., Fonti, P.  (2013)  Quantifying vessel grouping - added value from the image analysis tool ROXAS  IAWA Journal 34(4): 433-445.
  • Küffer, C., Pysek, P., Richardson, D.  (2013)  Integrative invasion science: model organisms, multi-site studies, unbiased meta-analysis, and invasion syndromes (Tansley review)  New Phytologist 200,615-633.
  • Küffer, C.  (2013)  Rafe Sagarin & Anibal Pauchard. 2013. Observation and Ecology. Broadening the scope of science to understand a complex world [book review].  Basic and Applied Ecology, 14, 452. (PDF, 164 kB)
  • Stauffacher, M., Carabias, V., Förster, R., Fry, P., Hall, M., Kläy, A., Küffer, C., Spiess, H, Wäger, P., Zingerli C.  (2013)  Engagement für inter- und transdisziplinäre Forschung zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung.  GAIA 22, 142-144.
  • Küffer, C., Alexander, J.  (2013)  Keine Invasionen in den Schweizer Alpen?  Hotspot - Zeitschrift des Forum Biodiversität Schweiz 27: 22. (PDF, 266 kB)
  • Baret, S., Baider, C., Küffer, C., Foxcroft, L.C., Lagabrielle, E.  (2013)  Threats to paradise? Plant invasions in protected areas of the Western Indian Ocean Islands.  In: Foxcroft LC, Pyšek, P, Richardson, DM, and Genovesi, P, editors. Plant invasions in protected areas. Patterns, problems and challenges. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 423-447.
  • Larson, B, Küffer, C., ZiF Working Group on Ecological Novelty  (2013)  Managing invasive species amidst high uncertainty and novelty  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28: 255-256.
  • Walzer, C., Kowalczyk, C, Alexander, J., Baur, B, Bogliani, G, -J Brun, L. Füreder, M-O Guth, R. Haller, R. Holderegger, Y. Kohler,, , Küffer, C., A. Righetti, R. Spar, W. J. Sutherland, A. Ullrich-Schneider, S. N. Vanpeene-Bruhier, T. Scheurer  (2013)  The 50 most important questions relating to the maintenance and restoration of an ecological continuum in the European Alps.  PLoS ONE 8(1), e53139. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.005313
  • Küffer, C., McDougall, K., Alexander, J., Daehler, C., Edwards, P.J., Haider, S., Milbau, A., Parks, C., Pauchard, A., Reshi, Z.A.  (2013)  Plant invasions into mountain protected areas: assessment, prevention and control at multiple spatial scales.   In: Foxcroft LC, Pyšek, P, Richardson, DM, and Genovesi, P, editors. Plant invasions in protected areas. Patterns, problems and challenges. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 89-113.
  • Küffer, C.  (2013)  Integrating natural and social sciences for understanding and managing plant invasions.   In: Larrue, S. (ed.) Biodiversity and Societies in the Pacific Islands. Presses Universitaires de Provence, Collection "Confluent des Sciences" & ANU ePress, pp. 71-96 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
  • Brunel, S., Fernández-Galiano, E., Genovesi, P., Heywood, V.H., Küffer, C., Richardson, D.M.  (2013)  Invasive alien species: a growing but neglected threat?  In: European Environment Agency (ed.). Late lessons from early warnings: science, precaution, innovation, 518-540. (PDF, 545 kB)
  • Küffer, C.  (2013)  Ökologische Neuartigkeit: die Ökologie des Anthropozäns  ZiF-Mitteilungen 1/2013: 21-30. (PDF, 307 kB)
  • Ewel, J J, Mascaro, J, Küffer, C., Lugo, A E, Lach, L, Gardener, M R  (2013)  Islands: where novelty is the norm.   In: R.J. Hobbs, E. Higgs & C. Hall (eds.). Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 29-44.
  • Küffer, C., Beaver, K, Mougal, J  (2013)  Management of novel ecosystems in the Seychelles.  In: R.J. Hobbs, E. Higgs & C. Hall (eds.). Novel Ecosystems: Intervening in the New Ecological World Order. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 228-238.
  • Guisan, A, Petitpierre, B, Broennimann, O, Küffer, C., Randin, C, Daehler, C  (2012)  Response to comment on "Climatic niche shifts are rare among terrestrial plant invaders".   Science, 338, 193.
  • Küffer, C.  (2012)  Form matters as much as content in communication about conservation issues.  Biotropica, 44, 850. (PDF, 78 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Underwood, E., Hirsch Hadorn, G., Holderegger, R, Lehning, M, Pohl, C, Schirmer, M., Schwarzenbach, R., Stauffacher, M. , Wuelser, G., Edwards, P.J.  (2012)  Enabling effective problem-oriented research for sustainable development  Ecology and Society 17 (4): 8. [online] URL:
  • Küffer, C.  (2012)  Erhaltung der Biodiversität. Eine der grossen Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts.  g'plus – die Gärtner-Fachzeitschrift (PDF, 803 kB)
  • Petitpierre, B, Küffer, C., Broennimann, O, Randin, C, Daehler, C., Guisan, A  (2012)  Climatic niche shifts are rare among terrestrial plant invaders.  Science 335, 1344-1348.
  • Haider, S., Küffer, C., Edwards, P.J., Alexander, J.  (2012)  Genetic differentiation in growth of multiple non-native plant species along a steep environmental gradient.  Oecologia, 170, 89–99.
  • Küffer, C., Edwards, P.J., Widmer, A., Matthies, D., Moloney, K. A.  (2012)  Integrative studies in plant ecology, evolution and systematics: sharpening the focus.  Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 12, 1-2. (PDF, 115 kB)
  • Küffer, C.  (2012)  The importance of collaborative learning and research among conservationists from different oceanic islands.  Revue d’Ecologie (Terre et Vie), Suppl. 11, 125-135. (PDF, 434 kB)
  • Seipel, T., Küffer, C., Rew, L., Daehler, C., Pauchard, A., Naylor, B., Alexander, J., Parks, C., Edwards, P.J., Arevalo, J. R. et al.  (2012)  Processes at multiple scales affect non-native plant species richness and similarity in mountains around the world  Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21, 236–246.
  • Haider, S., Alexander, J., Küffer, C.  (2011)  Elevational distribution limits of non-native species: combining observational and experimental evidence.  Plant Ecology and Diversity, 4, 363-371.
  • McDougall, K., Khuroo, A A, Loope, L L, Parks, C G, Pauchard, A, Rushworth, I, Küffer, C.  (2011)  Plant invasions in mountains: global lessons for better management  Mountain Research and Development, 31(4), 380-387 (PDF, 434 kB)
  • Küffer, C.  (2011)  Preventing and managing plant invasions on oceanic islands.  BGjournal – Journal of Botanic Gardens Conservation International 8(2), 14-17. (PDF, 266 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Niinemets, Ü, Drenovsky, R. E., Kattge, J, Milberg, P, Poorter, H, Reich, P B, Werner, C, Westoby, M, Wright, I. J.  (2011)  Fame, glory and neglect in meta-analyses  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26 (10), 493-494.
  • Wilson, J.R.U., Gairifo, C., Gibson, M.R., Arianoutsou, M., Bakar, B.B., Baret, S., Celesti-Grapow, L., DiTomaso, J..M., Dufour-Dror, J-M., Küffer, C., Kull, C.A., Hoffmann, J.H., Impson, F.A.C., Loope, L.L., Marchante, E., Marchante, H., Moore, J.L., Murphy, D.J., Tassin, J., Witt, A., Zenni, R.D., Richardson, D.M.  (2011)  Risk assessment, eradication, containment, and biological control: global efforts to manage Australian acacias before they become widespread invaders.  Diversity and Distributions, 17, 1030–1046
  • Küffer, C.  (2011)  Neophyten in Gebirgen – Wissensstand und Handlungsbedarf  Gesunde Pflanzen, 63, 63-68. (PDF, 709 kB)
  • Haider, S., Küffer, C.  (2011)  Pflanzeninvasionen in Gebirgen. Modellsystem für die Forschung, Handlungsbedarf für den Naturschutz.  Geographische Rundschau 3, 22-27.
  • Haider, S., Küffer, C.  (2011)  Pflanzeninvasionen in Gebirgen – (noch) keine Gefahr?  Laufener Spezialbeiträge der Bayerischen Akademie für Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege (ANL), 2011/1, 105-110
  • Alexander, J., Küffer, C., Daehler, C. C., Edwards, P.J., Pauchard, A., Seipel, T., MIREN Consortium  (2011)  Assembly of non-native floras along elevational gradients explained by directional ecological filtering.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 108(2), 656-661.
  • McDougall, K, Alexander, J., Haider, S, Pauchard, A, Walsh, N, Küffer, C.  (2011)  Alien flora of mountains: global comparisons for the development of local preventive measures against plant invasions.  Diversity and Distributions, 17, 103–111.
  • Juvik, J O, Rodomsky, B. T., Price, J. P., Hansen, E. W., Küffer, C.  (2011)  “The upper limits of vegetation on Mauna Loa, Hawai`i”: a fiftieth-anniversary reassessment  Ecology,92, 518-525.
  • Ellis, J. C., Bellingham, P. J., Cameron, E. K., Croll, D. A., Kolb, G. S., Küffer, C., Mittelhauser, G. H., Schmidt, S., Vidal E.  (2011)  Effects of Seabirds on Plant Communities   In: C.P.H. Mulder, W.B. Anderson, D.R. Towns, P.J. Bellingham (eds.). Seabird Islands: Ecology, Invasion, and Restoration. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 177-211
  • Baider, C., Florens, F. B. V., Baret, S, Beaver, K, Matatiken, D., Strasberg, D, Küffer, C.  (2010)  Status of plant conservation in oceanic islands of the Western Indian Ocean  Proceedings of the 4th Global Botanic Gardens Congress, June 2010, (PDF, 68 kB)
  • Küffer, C., McDougall, K., Daehler, C.  (2010)  Assessment and prevention of non-native plant invasions in mountains.   In: E. M. Spehn, K. Rudmann-Maurer, C. Körner & D. Maselli (eds). Mountain Biodiversity and Global Change. GMBA-DIVERSITAS, Basel, pp. 28-29.
  • Küffer, C.  (2010)  Invasive Alien Plants in the Seychelles. Some lessons learnt.  Zwazo - Seychelles Conservation Magazine 21, 26-27 (PDF, 376 kB)
  • Küffer, C.  (2010)  Transdisciplinary research is needed to predict plant invasions in an era of global change  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20, 619-620
  • Küffer, C.  (2010)  Alien plants in the Alps: status and future invasion risks.  In: Price M.F. (ed). Europe's ecological backbone: recognising the true value of our mountains. European Environment Agency (EEA), Copenhagen, pp. 153-154. (PDF, 292 kB)
  • Jakobs, G, Küffer, C., Daehler, C  (2010)  Introduced weed richness across altitudinal gradients in Hawai‘i: humps, humans and water-energy dynamics  Biological Invasions, 12, 4019-4031.
  • Haider, S, Alexander, J., Dietz, H., Trepl, L, Edwards, P.J., Küffer, C.  (2010)  The role of bioclimatic origin, residence time and habitat context in shaping non-native plant distributions along an altitudinal gradient.  Biological Invasions, 12, 4003-4018.
  • Küffer, C., Schumacher, E., Dietz, H., Fleischmann, K., Edwards, P.J.  (2010)  Managing successional trajectories in alien-dominated, novel ecosystems by facilitating seedling regeneration: a case study  Biological Conservation, 143, 1792-1802
  • Küffer, C., Fernandez-Palacios, J M  (2010)  Comparative ecological research on oceanic islands (editorial of special issue)  Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 12, 81-82. (PDF, 152 kB)
  • Caujapé-Castells, J , Tye, A., Crawford, D. J., Santos-Guerra, A., Sakai, A., Beaver, K., Lobin, W., Florens, F. B. V., Moura, M., Jardim, R., Küffer, C.  (2010)  Conservation of oceanic island floras: present and future global challenges.  Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 12, 107-130.
  • Küffer, C., Daehler, C, Torres-Santana, C W, Lavergne, C, Meyer, J-Y, Otto, R, Silva, L  (2010)  A global comparison of plant invasions on oceanic islands.  Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics, 12, 145-161.
  • Küffer, C.  (2010)  Reduced risk for positive soil-feedback on seedling regeneration by invasive trees on a very nutrient-poor soil in Seychelles.  Biological Invasions 12, 97-102.
  • Pauchard, A, Küffer, C., McDougall, K, Alexander, J., MIREN Consortium  (2009)  Global networks: a reply to Khuroo et al.  Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7, 518.
  • Zingerli, C., Fry, P., Bachmann, F., Flury, M., Förster, R., Kläy, A., Küffer, C.  (2009)  Kommunikationskompetenz. Eine Bedingung für erfolgreichen Wissensaustausch.  GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 18, 264-266.
  • Küffer, C., Loope, L L  (2009)  Prevention, early detection and containment of invasive, non-native plants in the Hawaiian Islands: current efforts and needs.  Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit Technical Report 166, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, Department of Botany, Honolulu, HI. (PDF, 364 kB)
  • McDougall, K., Haider, S., Seipel, T., Küffer, C., MIREN Consortium  (2009)  Spread of non-native plant species into mountains: now is the time to act.   Mountain Forum Bulletin July 2009, 23-25. (PDF, 172 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Daehler, C  (2009)  A habitat-classification framework and typology for understanding, valuing and managing invasive species impacts.  In: Inderjit (ed.) Management of Invasive Weeds, Berlin, Springer, pp. 77-101. (PDF, 1.3 MB)
  • Schumacher, E., Küffer, C., Edwards, P.J., Dietz, H.  (2009)  Influence of light and nutrient conditions on seedling growth of native and invasive trees in the Seychelles  Biological Invasions 11, 1941-1954. (PDF, 410 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Kronauer, L., Edwards, P.J.  (2009)  Wider spectrum of fruit traits in invasive than native floras may increase the vulnerability of oceanic islands to plant invasions.  Oikos 118, 1327-1334. (PDF, 200 kB)
  • Pauchard, A, Küffer, C., Dietz, H., Daehler, C.C., Alexander, J., Edwards, P.J., Arevalo, J R, Cavieres, LA, Guisan, A., et al.  (2009)  Ain't no mountain high enough: plant invasions reaching new elevations.   Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 7, 479–486. (PDF, 480 kB)
  • Pohl, C, Küffer, C.  (2008)  Design and Transdisciplinary Research  In: Bühlmann V, Wiedmer M (eds). pre-specifics. Some Comparatistic Investigations on Research in Design and Art. Zurich, JRP Ringier, pp. 99-103.
  • Küffer, C., Hirsch Hadorn, G.  (2008)  How to achieve effectiveness in problem-oriented landscape research – the example of research on biotic invasions.  Living Reviews in Landscape Research, 2, 2. (PDF, 3.3 MB)
  • Küffer, C., Klingler, G., Zirfass, K., Schumacher, E., Edwards, P.J., Güsewell, S.  (2008)  Invasive trees show only weak potential to impact nutrient dynamics in phosphorus-poor tropical forests in the Seychelles.  Functional Ecology, 22, 359–366. (PDF, 116 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Alexander, J., Daehler, C., McDougall, K, Pauchard, A, MIREN Consortium  (2008)  The Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN)  Mountain Research Initiative Newsletter, 1, 12-14 (PDF, 608 kB)
  • Wilcox, B, Küffer, C.  (2008)  Transdisciplinarity in EcoHealth: status and future prospects (Editorial).  EcoHealth, 5, 1-3 (PDF, 98 kB)
  • Fry, P., Bachmann, F., Bose, L., Flury, M., Förster, R., Kläy, A., Küffer, C., Zingerli, C.  (2008)  Von implizitem Know-how zu expliziten Thesen. Inter- und transdisziplinärer Wissensaustausch.  GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 17, 318-320. (PDF, 139 kB)
  • Schumacher, E., Küffer, C., Tobler, M., Gmür, V., Edwards, P.J., Dietz, H.  (2008)  Influence of Drought and Shade on Seedling Growth of Native and Invasive Trees in the Seychelles  Biotropica 40, 543-549 (PDF, 737 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Beaver, K, Kaiser, C  (2007)  Seychelles Plant Conservation Research Agenda 2008-1015  Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Transport (MENRT) and Plant Conservation Action group (PCA), Victoria, Seychelles. (PDF, 2.8 MB)
  • Küffer, C., Larcher, P, Paulsen, T, Bose, L, Guisan, A, Schaffner, U  (2007)  Invasive Pflanzen in der Schweiz: Identifizieren von Lücken und Problemen beim Wissensaustausch. Schlussbericht.  Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences & Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Plant Survival, Bern, Switzerland. (PDF, 1.3 MB)
  • Küffer, C., Hirsch Hadorn, G., Bammer, G., Van Kerkhoff, L., Pohl, C.  (2007)  Towards a publication culture in transdisciplinary research  GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 16:22-26 (PDF, 172 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Schumacher, E., Fleischmann, K., Edwards, P.J., Dietz, H.  (2007)  Strong belowground competition shapes tree regeneration in invasive Cinnamomum verum forests.  Journal of Ecology 95: 273-282. (PDF, 268 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Künzle, I, Larcher, P, Paulsen, T, Bolli, J, Bose, L, Cordillot, F, El-Kadiri Jan, S, Foetzki, A, Pauli, D  (2006)  Invasive Pflanzen in der Schweiz: Identifizieren von Lücken und Problemen beim Wissensaustausch. Zwischenbericht.  Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences & Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Plant Survival, Bern, Switzerland. (PDF, 644 kB)
  • Dietz, H., Küffer, C., Parks, C G  (2006)  MIREN: A new research network concerned with plant invasion into mountain areas  Mountain Research and Development 26, 80-81.
  • Küffer, C.  (2006)  Integrative ecological research: Case-specific validation of ecological knowledge for environmental problem solving  GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 15, 115-120. (PDF, 2 MB)
  • Dietz, H., Küffer, C., Parks, C.G.  (2006)  MIREN: A new research network concerned with plant invasion into mountain areas  Mountain Research and Development 28, 80-81. (PDF, 740 kB)
  • Beaver, K, Küffer, C.  (2005)  Seychelles National Strategy for Plant Conservation. 2005-2010.  Seychelles Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources & Plant Conservation Action group, Victoria, Seychelles.
  • Küffer, C.  (2005)  The relations between disciplinary and transdisciplinary environmental research.  Pages 164-174 In: Wiek, A., D. Lang, A. Walter, R. W. Scholz (eds.). Proceedings of the Symposium on Transdisciplinary Case Study Research for Sustainable Development. 11th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, June 6-8, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Küffer, C., Vos, P, Lavergne, C, Mauremootoo, J  (2004)  Woody invasive species in the Western Indian Ocean: A regional assessment.  Forest Genetic Resources Bulletin 31, 25-30. (PDF, 68 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Lavergne, C.  (2004)  Case Studies on the Status of Invasive Woody Plant Species in the Western Indian Ocean. 4. Réunion.  Forest Health & Biosecurity Working Papers FBS/4-4E. Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. (PDF, 176 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Mauremootoo, J.  (2004)  Case Studies on the Status of Invasive Woody Plant Species in the Western Indian Ocean. 3. Mauritius (Islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues).  Forest Health & Biosecurity Working Papers FBS/4-3E. Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. (PDF, 164 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Vos, P.  (2004)  Case Studies on the Status of Invasive Woody Plant Species in the Western Indian Ocean: 5. Seychelles.  Forest Health & Biosecurity Working Papers FBS/4-5E. Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. (PDF, 276 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Vos, P., Lavergne, C., Mauremootoo, J.  (2004)  Case Studies on the Status of Invasive Woody Plant Species in the Western Indian Ocean. 1. Synthesis.  Forest Health and Biosecurity Working Papers FBS/4-1E. Forestry Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. (PDF, 148 kB)
  • Fleischmann, K., Edwards, P.J., Héritier, P., Meuwly, C., Küffer, C.  (2003)  Virtual gallery of the vegetation and flora of the Seychelles.  Bulletin of the Geobotanical Institute ETH 69, 57-64. (PDF, 72 kB)
  • Küffer, C.  (2003)  Data_No.: MS_15_7/Mimusops sechellarum/DBH:23.6 cm. Stamm morsch, Blätter rostig kartondick, mit Adlerfarn  In: Michel M (ed). Fact&Fiction 7.0. Wissenschaft und Welterzählung: Die narrative Ordnung der Dinge. Zürich, Chronos. pp. 100-103.
  • Küffer, C.  (2003)  Habitat Restoration of Mid-altitude Secondary Cinnamon Forests in the Seychelles.  In: Mauremootoo, J. R (ed.). Proceedings of the Regional Workshop on Invasive Alien Species and Terrestrial Ecosystem Rehabilitation in Western Indian Ocean Island States. Sharing Experience, Identifying Priorities and Defining Joint Action. Indian Ocean Commission, Quatre Bornes, Mauritius. (PDF, 508 kB)
  • Küffer, C., Edwards, P.J., Fleischmann, K., Schumacher, E., Dietz, H.  (2003)  Invasion of woody plants into the Seychelles tropical forests: habitat invasibility and propagule pressure.  Bulletin of the Geobotanical Institute ETH 69, 65-75. (PDF, 140 kB)
  • Schumacher, E., Dietz, H., Fleischmann, K., Küffer, C., Edwards, P.J.  (2003)  Invasion of woody plants into the Seychelles tropical forests: species traits in the establishment phase  Bulletin of the Geobotanical Institute ETH 69, 77-86. (PDF, 108 kB)




Lecture / Name




Research Project in Plant Ecology
J. Alexander, C. Küffer

Zeit und Ort nach Vereinbarung



Energie und Klima: Risiken und Zukunftsperspektiven
C. Küffer, mit a. Doz.



Functional plant ecology
P.J. Edwards, C. Küffer



Topics in Ecosystem Ecology
C. Küffer, A. Fischlin, A. Kahmen


Topics in Ecosystem Ecology
A. Fischlin, P. D'Odorico, C. Küffer



Integriertes Praktikum Neuartige Ökosysteme in der Stadt
C. Küffer

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