Christoph Küffer

Prof. Christoph Küffer
Institut für Landschaft und Freiraum
Ostschweizer Fachhochschule OST
Oberseestrasse 10
CH-5640 Rapperswil

Phone: +41 55 222 47 89
Phone2: +41 (0) 55 222 47 22
Fax: +41 (0) 55 222 44 00
E-mail: christoph.kueffer(at)
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Additional functions:
Steering committee, Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology (SAGUF)
Co-chair, Environmental Humanities Switzerland
Scientific steering committee, Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)
Coordinator, Mountain Invasion Research Network (MIREN,
Associate Editor, Diversity and Distributions

Key Publications of Christoph Küffer (up to ten) :
KUEFFER, 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.
KUEFFER, C., FORET, 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.
BUGMANN, H:, KUEFFER, C., CONEDERA, M. (eds.). 2014. Invasive Arten: die neuen Sorgenkinder im Wald / Espèces envahissantes: nouveaux défis en forêt. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen / Journal forestier Suisse 165/ 6
HUMAIR,F, SIEGRIST, M., KUEFFER, C. 2014. Working with the horticulture industry to limit invasion risks: the Swiss experience. EPPO Bulletin 4(2), 1-7.
KUEFFER, C. 2014. “Mountain Biomes.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press,
KUEFFER, C. & KAISER-BUNBURY, C. 2014. Reconciling conflicting perspectives for biodiversity conservation in the Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(2): 131-137
KUEFFER, C & LARSON, BMH 2014. Responsible use of language in scientific writing and science communication. BioScience 64, 719-724.
KUEFFER, C, et al. 2013. Plant invasions into mountain protected areas: assessment, prevention and control at multiple spatial scales. In: Foxcroft LC, Py?ek, P, Richardson, DM, and Genovesi, P, editors. Plant invasions in protected areas. Patterns, problems and challenges. Dordrecht: Springer, pp. 89-113.
KUEFFER, C. et al. 2012. Enabling effective problem-oriented research for sustainable development Ecology and Society 17 (4): 8. [online] URL:
KUEFFER, C. & G. HIRSCH HADORN 2008. How to achieve effectiveness in problem-oriented landscape research – The example of research on biotic invasions. Living Reviews in Landscape Research, 2: 2.

Expertise of Christoph Küffer:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
Applied Sciences / Technologies / Engineering
Research Interface / Management
Impact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Adaptation Measures to Change
Topic BiosphereBiosphere
Topic EcosystemsEcosystems
Terrestrial Ecosystems
Topic SocietyEducation / Communication / Participation
Topic Culture/HistoryEthics / Cultural Values
Topic SustainabilitySustainability
Ecological Sustainability
Topic Risk & Disaster ManagementRisk Assessment / Forecasting
Spatial ZonesSpatial Zones
Mountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleSpatial Scale
Global / Hemispheric
Local / Community
Time FrameTime Frame
Recent / Today
Data Collection - Measurement
Data Collection - Documents, Archives
Collaboration with developing and transition countries ; Capacity Building
Program Coordination / Management

Specialties of Christoph Küffer:
I am interested in ecological change in the Anthropocene, with a focus on urban systems and mountains, and expertise in transdiscplinary research.

My main research areas are:
  • novel ecosystems on oceanic islands, and in particular functional ecology of native and non-native plants

  • Expansion of plants along elevation gradients in mountains in response to climate change with a particular focus on niche dynamics (niche conservatism / shift)

  • Transdisciplinary research on the understanding and management of biotic invasions.

  • Transdisciplinary research on emerging ecological challenges of the Anthropocene ('ecological novelty') in collaboration with philosophers, psychologists, social scientists and artists.

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    Last update: 10/22/20
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