Niklaus Zimmermann

portrait Prof. Niklaus Zimmermann
Senior Scientist

Zürcherstrasse 111
CH-8903 Birmensdorf

Phone: +41 (0) 44 739 23 37
Phone2: +41 (0) 44 739 21 11
Fax: +41 (0) 44 739 22 15
E-mail: niklaus.zimmermann(at)
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link
Phone: +41 (0) 44 739 23 37
Phone2: +41 (0) 44 739 21 11
Fax: +41 (0) 44 739 22 15
E-mail: niklaus.zimmermann(at)
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link

Additional functions:
Reviewer for EU FP5, FP6, FP7
Subject Editor for "Global Ecology and Biogeography" and for "Ecography"
Chapter Lead Author for IPBES Regional Assessment for Europe and Central Asia
Scientific Committee of InfoFlora
C2SM Steering Board

Key Publications of Niklaus Zimmermann (up to ten) :
Frank DC, Poulter B, Saurer M, Esper J, Huntigford C, Helle G, Treydte KS, Zimmermann NE, Schleser GH, Ahlström A, Ciais P, Friedlingstein P, Levis S, Lomas M, Sitch S, Viovy N, Andreu-Hayles L, Bednarz Z, Berninger F, Boettger T, D'Alessandro CM, Daux V, Filot M, Grabner M, Gutierrez E, Haupt M, Hilasvuori E, Jungner H, Kalela-Brundin M, Krapiec M, Leuenberger M, Loader NJ, Marah H, Masson-Delmotte V, Pazdur A, Pawelczyk S, Pierre M, Planells O, Pukiene R, Reynolds-Henne CE, Rinne KT, Saracino A, Sonninen E, Stievenard M, Switsur VR, Szczepanek M, Szychowska-Krapiec E, Todaro L, Waterhouse JS & Weigl M 2015. Water use efficiency and transpiration across European forests during the Anthropocene. NATURE Climate Change 5: 579-583.

Thuiller W, Pironon S, Psomas A, Barbet-Massin M, Jiguet F, Lavergne S, Pearman PB, Renaud J, Zupan L & Zimmermann NE, 2014. The functional tree of life of European avifauna in face of global change. NATURE Communications 5:3118.

Hanewinkel M, Cullmann DA, Schelhaas M-J, Nabuurs G-J & Zimmermann NE, 2013. Climate change may cause severe losses in economic value of European forestland. NATURE Climate Change 3: 203-207.

Dullinger S, Gattringer A, Thuiller W, Moser D, Zimmermann NE, Guisan A, Willner W, Plutzar C, Leitner M, Mang T, Caccianiga M, Dirnböck T, Ertl S, Fischer A, Lenoir J, Svenning J-C, Psomas P, Schmatz DR, Silc U, Vittoz P & Hülber K, 2012. Extinction debt of high-mountain plants under twenty-first-century climate change. NATURE Climate Change 2(8): 619-622.

Zimmermann NE, Edwards TC, Graham CG, Pearman PB & Svenning J-C, 2010. New trends in species distribution modelling. Ecography 33: 985-989.

Zimmermann NE, Yoccoz NG, Edwards TC, Jr, Meier ES, Thuiller W, Guisan A, Schmatz DR & Pearman PB, 2009. Climatic extremes improve predictions of spatial patterns of tree species. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 106: 19723-19728.

Zimmermann NE, Moisen GG, Edwards TC, Jr, Frescino TS & Blackard JA, 2007. Remote sensing-based predictors improve distribution models of rare, early successional and broadleaf tree species in Utah. Journal of Applied Ecology, 44: 1057-1067.

Elith J, Graham CH, Anderson RP, Dudik M, Ferrier S, Guisan A, Hijmans RJ, Huettmann F, Leathwick J, Lehmann A, Li J, Lohmann LG, Loiselle BA, Manion G, Moritz C, Nakamura M, Nakazawa Y, Overton JM, Peterson AT, Phillips SJ, Richardson K, Scachetti-Pereira R, Schapire R, Soberón J, Williams S, Wisz MS & Zimmermann NE, 2006. Novel methods improve prediction of speciesí distributions from occurrence data. Ecography, 29: 129-151.

Guisan, A. & Zimmermann, N.E., 2000. Predictive habitat distribution models in ecology. Ecological Modelling 135(2-3):147-186.

Expertise of Niklaus Zimmermann:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
Applied Sciences / Technologies / Engineering
ScopeCauses of Change
Impact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Adaptation Measures to Change
Topic AtmosphereClimate
Global Warming
Topic HydrospherePrecipitation / Runoff
Topic BiosphereBiosphere
Topic Integrated SystemsCarbon Cycle
Biogeochemical Cycles except Carbon
Topic EcosystemsTerrestrial Ecosystems
Marine Ecosystems
Topic Economy/ResourceUseLand Cover / Land Use / Landscape
Topic SustainabilityEcological Sustainability
Topic Risk & Disaster ManagementRisk Assessment / Forecasting
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleGlobal / Hemispheric
Local / Community
Time FrameRecent / Today
Statistical FocusExtreme Events
Mean Change / Trends
MethodsData Collection - Measurement
Data Analysis
Applied Research / Technology
Program Coordination / Management

Specialties of Niklaus Zimmermann:
Predictive habitat distribution modelling; ecological theory; GIS and Remote Sensing in ecology; ecological modelling (ecosystems and populations).

Last update: 5/23/18
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2020)

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