Conradin A. Burga

portrait Prof. em. Conradin A. Burga
Senior Researcher

Geographisches Institut - Physical Geography
Universität Zürich
Irchel, Building Y 25, Room Y25 K 74
Winterthurerstr. 190
CH-8057 Zürich

Mailing Address:

Viktoriastrasse 50
CH-8050 Zürich

Phone: +41 (0)43 288 51 50
Phone2: +41 (0) 44 635 51 21
Fax: +41 (0) 44 635 68 48
E-mail: conradin.burga(at)
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link
Phone: +41 (0)43 288 51 50
Phone2: +41 (0) 44 635 51 21
Fax: +41 (0) 44 635 68 48
E-mail: conradin.burga(at)
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link

Additional functions:
Vice president of Reinhold Tüxen-Gesellschaft Hannover e.V.(since 1996), member of the supervisory board of the Natural Sciences Museum of South Tyrol, Bozen/ Bolzano (Italy) (since 2014).

Key Publications of Conradin A. Burga (up to ten) :
Burga C.A. (1987): Gletscher- und Vegetationsgeschichte der Südrätischen Alpen seit der Späteiszeit (Puschlav, Livigno, Bormiese). Denkschr. Schweiz. Naturf. Ges. 101. Birkhäuser, Basel. 162 pp. Burga C.A. (1988): Swiss vegetation history during the last 18'000 years. New Phytologist 110(4): 581- 602.
  • Burga C.A. & Perret R. (1998): Vegetation und Klima der Schweiz seit dem jüngeren Eiszeitalter. Ott, Thun. 805 pp.
  • Burga C.A. (1999): Vegetation development on the glacier forefield Morteratsch (Switzerland). Applied Vegetation Science 2: 17-24.
  • Burga C.A. & Kratochwil A. (eds.) (2001): Biomonitoring. General and applied aspects in regional and global scales. Tasks for Vegetation Science, 35. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Boston, London. 248 pp. Burga C.A. & Hussendörfer E. (2001): Vegetation history of Abies alba Mill. (silver fir) in Switzerland - pollen analytical and genetic surveys related to aspects of vegetation history of Picea abies (L.)H. Karsten (Norway spruce). Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 10 (3): 151-159.
  • Burga C.A, Frauenfelder R., Ruffet J., Hoelzle M. & Kääb A. (2004): Vegetation on Alpine rock glacier surfaces: a contribution to abundance and dynamics on extreme plant habitats. Flora, 199,6: 505-515.
  • Walther G.-R., Beißner S. & Burga C.A. (2005): Trends in the upward shift of alpine plants. Journal of Veget. Sci. 16: 541-548. Burga C.A., Reinalter R. & Lange B. (2007): Piz Alv (2974 m) -hot spot der Biodiversität am Berninapass. Jber. Naturf. Ges. Graubünden 114, 5-20. Vittoz P., Bodin J., Ungricht S., Burga C.A. & Walther G.-R. (2008): One century of vegetation change on the Isla Persa, a nunatak in the Bernina massif in the Swiss Alps. Journal of Vegetation Science 19, 671-680. Burga C.A., Krüsi B., Egli M., Wernli M., Elsener S., Ziefle, M., Fischer, T. & Mavris, C. (2010):Plant succession and soil development on the foreland of the Morteratsch glacier (Pontresina, Switzerland): Straight forward or chaotic ? Flora, 205, 561-576. Burga C.A. et al. (2010): Vegetation map of the Upper Engadine. Orell Füssli Kartographie Zurich. Burga C.A. & Chédel M. (2016): Spät- und nacheiszeitliche Floren- und Vegetationsgeschichte der Region Feldkirch - St. Galler Rheintal am Beispiel des Pollenprofils von Mariagrün (544 m ü.M., Vorarlberg, Österreich). Bauhinia 26: 25-46. Fehr V. & Burga C.A. (2016): Aspects and Causes of Earlier and Current Spread of Trachycarpus fortunei in the Forests of Southern Ticino and Northern Lago Maggiore (Switzerland/ Italy). PALMS 60 (3): 125-136. Burga C.A. & Achermann C. (2017): Vegetationskarte Schatzinsel Alp Flix. Orell Füssli Kartographie Zürich.

    Expertise of Conradin A. Burga:
    Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
    Expert TypeExpert Type
    Scientific / Fundamental Research
    Process Studies
    Causes of Change
    Impact of Change
    Vulnerability to Change
    Adaptation Measures to Change
    Topic AtmosphereAtmosphere
    Global Warming
    Topic BiosphereBiosphere
    Topic EcosystemsEcosystems
    Spatial ZonesSpatial Zones
    Mountain / Highland
    Spatial ScaleSpatial Scale
    Local / Community
    Time FrameTime Frame
    Recent / Today
    Statistical FocusStatistical Focus
    MethodsData Collection - Measurement
    Data Analysis
    Integrated Assessment
    High Altitude

    Specialties of Conradin A. Burga:
    Response to glacier recession in a warmer atmosphere: Plant succession and soil development on the foreland of the Morteratsch glacier (Pontresina, Switzerland): Straight forward or chaotic?
    As study area we selected the glacier foreland of Morteratsch (approx. 1900 - 2100 m a.s.l.) near Pontresina northwest of the Bernina pass, Upper Engadine, Grisons (Switzerland). The aim of this study is a multimethodological approach using floristic inventories, vegetation an soil mapping of the pro-glacial area, also the detection of crucial parameters of plant resettlement in recently deglaciated areas related to time, local microtopography and soil development.

    Last update: 9/11/20
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