Antoine Guisan

portrait Prof. Antoine Guisan

Spatial Ecology Group
Département d'Ecologie et d'Evolution
Université de Lausanne
Bâtiment de Biophore
CH-1015 Lausanne

Phone: +41 (0) 21 692 42 54
Phone2: +41 (0) 21 692 41 60
Fax: +41 (0) 21 692 42 65
E-mail: antoine.guisan(at)
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Phone: +41 (0) 21 692 42 54
Phone2: +41 (0) 21 692 41 60
Fax: +41 (0) 21 692 42 65
E-mail: antoine.guisan(at)
URL Institution:
Personal URL: link

Programs in which Antoine Guisan holds an official function:
Swiss-Biodiversity-Forumscientific steering committee

Key Publications of Antoine Guisan (up to ten) :
Guisan, A., Mod, H. K., Scherrer, D., Munkemuller, T., Pottier, J., Alexander, J. M., & D'Amen, M. (2019). Scaling the linkage between environmental niches and functional traits for improved spatial predictions of biological communities. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 28(10), 1384-1392. doi:10.1111/geb.12967
Guisan, A., Broennimann, O., Buri, A., Cianfrani, C., D'Amen, M., Di Cola, V., . . . Vittoz, P. (2019). Climate change impact on mountain biodiversity. In Y. U. Press & T. E. Scientific Editors : Lovejoy, Hannah, L. (Eds.), Biodiversity and Climate Change (2nd ed.).
Guisan, A., Thuiller, W., & Zimmermann, N. E. (2017). Habitat suitability and distribution models, with applications in R. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Guisan, A., Petitpierre, B., Broennimann, O., Daehler, C., & Kueffer, C. (2014). Unifying niche shift studies: insights from biological invasions. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 29(5), 260-269. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2014.02.009
Guisan, A. (2014). Biodiversity: predictive traits to the rescue. Nature Climate Change, 4(3), 175-176.
Guisan, A., Tingley, R., Baumgartner, J. B., Naujokaitis-Lewis, I., Sutcliffe, P. R., Tulloch, A. I. T., . . . Buckley, Y. M. (2013). Predicting species distributions for conservation decisions. Ecology Letters, 16(12), 1424-1435. doi:Doi 10.1111/Ele.12189
Guisan, A., & Rahbek, C. (2011). SESAM - a new framework integrating macroecological and species distribution models for predicting spatio-temporal patterns of species assemblages. Journal of Biogeography, 38(8), 1433-1444. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02550.x
Guisan, A., Zimmermann, N. E., Elith, J., Graham, C. H., Phillips, S., & Peterson, A. T. (2007). What matters for predicting the occurrences of trees: Techniques, data, or species' characteristics? Ecological Monographs, 77(4), 615-630. doi:Doi 10.1890/06-1060.1
Guisan, A., Graham, C. H., Elith, J., & Huettmann, F. (2007). Sensitivity of predictive species distribution models to change in grain size. Diversity and Distributions, 13(3), 332-340. doi:DOI 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2007.00342.x
Guisan, A., Lehmann, A., Ferrier, S., Austin, M., Overton, J. M. C., Aspinall, R., & Hastie, T. (2006). Making better biogeographical predictions of species' distributions. Journal of Applied Ecology, 43(3), 386-392. doi:DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2006.01164.x
Guisan, A., Broennimann, O., Engler, R., Vust, M., Yoccoz, N. G., Lehmann, A., & Zimmermann, N. E. (2006). Using niche-based models to improve the sampling of rare species. Conservation Biology, 20(2), 501-511. doi:DOI 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2006.00354.x
Guisan, A., & Thuiller, W. (2005). Predicting species distribution: offering more than simple habitat models. Ecology Letters, 8(9), 993-1009. doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2005.00792.x
Guisan, A. and Theurillat, J.-P. 2005. Appropriate Monitoring Networks are required for testing Model-based Scenarios of Climate Change Impact on Mountain Plant Distribution. In: Global Change and Mountain Regions, Bugmann, H. et al. (Eds), Kluwer Acad. Publ., Advances in Global Change Research series.
Guisan, A., & Hofer, U. (2003). Predicting reptile distributions at the mesoscale: relation to climate and topography. Journal of Biogeography, 30(8), 1233-1243.
Guisan, A. & Theurillat, J.-P. 2001. Assessing alpine plant vulnerability to climate change: A modeling perspective. Integrated Assessment 1: 307-320.
Theurillat, J.-P. & Guisan, A. 2001. Impact of climate change on vegetation in the European Alps: A review. Climatic Change 50: 77-109.
Guisan, A. & Theurillat, J.-P. 2000. Equilibrium modeling of alpine plant distribution and climate change : how far can we go ? Phytocoenologia 30(3-4): 353-384.
Guisan, A. & Zimmermann, N.E. 2000. Predictive habitat distribution models in ecology. Ecol. Modelling 135(2-3): 147-186.

Expertise of Antoine Guisan:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
Research Interface / Management
ScopeCauses of Change
Impact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Mitigation of Change
Topic BiosphereBiosphere
Topic EcosystemsEcosystems
Terrestrial Ecosystems
Topic SustainabilityEcological Sustainability
Topic Risk & Disaster ManagementRisk Assessment / Forecasting
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleSpatial Scale
Global / Hemispheric
National / Cultural
Local / Community
Time FrameRecent / Today
Statistical FocusExtreme Events
Mean Change / Trends
MethodsData Collection - Measurement
Data Collection - Documents, Archives
Data Analysis
Literature Study
Applied Research / Technology

Specialties of Antoine Guisan:
Niche-based distribution models, predictive habitat distribution models, spatial ecology, climate change impact, invasive species, endangered species, mountain areas, conservation biology
  • Utilisation de modèles de distribution d'espèces pour évaluer l'impact des changements climatiques sur la biodiversité

  • Evaluation de l'utilisation de ces modèles pour la gestion des espèces envahissantes

  • Evaluation de l'utilisation de ces modèles pour la gestion adaprive de la biodiversité

    Evaluation de l'utilisation de ces modèles pour la planification de plans de conservation dans le contexte des changements climatiques

    Last update: 11/28/23
    Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2024)

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