Gabriela Schaepman-Strub

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Research Interests

Spatial ecology and remote sensing; Animal movement and vegetation; Radiation-vegetation interaction; Spectral and multi-angular signatures of vegetation; Land surface albedo and energy budget; Reflectance and albedo terminology; Validation of satellite-inferred land products; Longterm satellite records of vegetation; Arctic ecosystems; Peatlands


Education and Professional Positions

2009 - present Research scientist, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Head of Remote Sensing and Spatial Ecology Research Group
2018 - Member of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) working group, Arctic Council (Swiss representative)
2018 - 2020 Editorial board member, Polar Record,
Cambridge University Press
2017 - Swiss vice delegate, Council of International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
2017 - 2019 Member of Science and Technology Advisory Board (representing Swiss science community through the SKPH),
Swiss Polar Institute
2016 - Swiss representative in the Terrestrial Working Group, International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
2016 - Vice-chair of Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research (SKPH)
2013 - 2016 Chair of Land Product Validation Subgroup of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS/WGCV/LPV)
03 - 08/2014 Visiting scientist at NASA JPL, Pasadena, USA
2007 - 2009 Postdoc and research scientist at Wageningen University, NL
2005 - 2007 External postdoctoral fellowship of the European Space Agency, EU
2005 Fellowship for prospective researchers of the Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland
2004 Ph.D. in Natural Sciences, Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2001 Research scholar at the Department of Geography, Boston University, USA
1999 M.Sc. in Geography (minors in Biology and European Ethnology), University of Zurich, Switzerland

Selected Publications

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  • Gerber, F., de Jong, R., Schaepman, M.E., Schaepman-Strub, G., Furrer, R. (2018). Predicting missing values in spatio-temporal remote sensing data. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. DOI:10.1109/TGRS.2017.2785240
  • Falcon, W., Baxter, RPH, Furrer, S., Bauert, M., Hatt, JM., Schaepman-Strub, G., Ozgul, A., Bunbury, N., Clauss, M., Hansen, D. (2018). Patterns of activity and body temperature of Aldabra giant tortoises in relation to environmental temperature. Ecology and Evolution. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3766
  • Yamasaki E., Altermatt F., Cavender-Bares J., Schuman MC., Zuppinger-Dingley D., Garonna I., Schneider FD., Guillén-Escribà C., van Moorsel SJ., Hahl T., Schmid B., Schaepman-Strub G., Schaepman ME., Shimizu KK. (2017). Genomics meets remote sensing in global change studies: monitoring and predicting phenology, evolution and biodiversity. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 29, 177-186. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.03.005
  • Oehri J., Schmid B., Schaepman-Strub G., Niklaus P. (2017). Biodiversity promotes primary productivity and growing season lengthening at the landscape scale. PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1703928114
  • Iturrate-Garcia M., Heijmans MMMP., Schweingruber F., Simeon R., Niklaus PA., Schaepman-Strub G. (2017). Shrub growth rate and bark responses to soil warming and nutrient addition ‒ an experimental dendroecological approach, Dendrochronlogia, 45, 12-22. DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2017.07.001
  • Loew A., Bell W., Brocca L., Bulgin C., Burdanowitz J., Calbet X., Donner R.V., Ghent D., Gruber A., Kaminski T., Kinzel J., Klepp C., Lambert J-C., Schaepman-Strub G., Schröder M., Verhoelst T. (2017). Validation of earth observation data products - a review, Review of Geophysics. DOI: 10.1002/2017RG000562
  • Haverkamp P., Shekeine J., de Jong R., Schaepman ME., Turnbull LA., Baxter R., Hansen D., Bunbury N., Fleischer-Dogley F., Schaepman-Strub G. (2017). Giant tortoise habitats under increasing drought conditions on Aldabra Atoll - ecological indicators to monitor rainfall anomalies and related vegetation activity, Ecological Indicators, 80, 354-362. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2017.05.029
  • Ksenofontov S., Backhaus N., Schaepman-Strub G. (2017). ‘To fish or not to fish?’: fishing communities of Arctic Yakutia in the face of environmental change and political transformations. Polar Record, 1-15. DOI: 10.1017/S0032247417000134
  • Juszak I., Iturrate-Garcia M., Gastellu-Etchegorry JP., Schaepman ME., Maximov TC., Schaepman-Strub G. (2017). Drivers of shortwave radiation fluxes in Arctic tundra across scales. Remote Sensing of Environment, 193, 86-102. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2017.02.017
  • Wang P., Limpens J., Mommer L., van Ruijven J., Nauta AL., Berendse F., Schaepman-Strub G., Blok D., Maximov TC., Heijmans MMPD. (2017). Above and belowground responses of four tundra plant functional types to deep soil heating and surface soil fertilization. Journal of Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12718
  • Iturrate-Garcia M., O'Brien MJ., Khitun O., Abiven S., Niklaus PA., Schaepman-Strub G. (2016). Interactive effects between plant functional types and soil factors on tundra species diversity and community composition. Ecology and Evolution, 6(22):8126-8137. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2548
  • Juszak I., Eugster W., Heijmans MMPD., Schaepman-Strub G. (2016). Contrasting radiation and soil heat fluxes in Arctic shrub and wet sedge tundra. Biogeosciences, 13, 4049-4064. DOI: 10.5194/bg-13-4049-2016