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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Cornelia Krug

Research interests

Global change ecology, science-policy interfaces, biodiversity, ecosystems, scenario development

I have worked extensively on the impacts of environmental change on ecological communities in Europe and Southern Africa, in particular the role of land use management, land use change and habitat fragmentation.

At the science policy interface, I facilitate the synthesis and catalysis of policy-relevant biodiversity and ecosystem research, create linkages between science, policy and society and contribute to science communication activities.


Education and professional positions

2017 - present Science Liaison URPP Global Change and Biodiversity, University of Zurich.
Director, bioDISCOVERY Global Research Programme of Future Earth
2010 - 2016 Science Officer, bioDISCOVERY core project of Future Earth / DIVERSITAS, France. Researcher, University Paris-Sud & CNRS, France
2007 - 2010 Research Associate, Department of Zoology, University of Cape Town, South Africa
2003 - 2006 Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
2003 Dr. rer. nat. Zoology/Ethology. Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn, Germany
1995 Diplom Biology Philips-Universität Marburg, Germany

Other roles

I serve as a Resource Person on the IPBES Task Force Data & Knowledge, am the Co-Lead of the GEO BON Policy Task Force, and Steering Committee Member of the Future Earth Natural Assets KAN and the Future Earth Pathways to Sustainability Initiative.

Selected publications

  • Kim H., Navarro L., Balvanera P., Campbell J., Chaplin-Kramer R., Child M., Ferrier S., Geller G., Gill M., Krug CB., Millette K., Muller-Karger F., Pereira H. (2023). Essential Biodiversity Variables and Essential Ecosystem Services Variables for the Implementation of Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development Goals. EcoEvoRxiv Preprints. DOI: 10.32942/X2130Z
  • Deutsch S., Keller R., Krug CB., Michel AH. (2023). Transdisciplinary transformative change: An analysis of some best practices and barriers, and the potential of critical social science in getting us there. Biodiversity and Conservation. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-023-02576-0
  • Leadley P., Archer E., Bendandi B., Cavender-Bares J., Davalos L., DeClerck, F., Gann GD., Gonzales EK., Krug CB., Metzger JP., Nicholson E., Niinemets Ü., Obura D., Strassburg B., Tansey B., Verburg PH., Vidal A., Watson JEM., Woodley S., Yasuhara M. (2022). Setting ambitious international restoration objectives for terrestrial ecosystems for 2030 and beyond. PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, 1(12), e0000039. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pstr.0000039
  • Leadley P., Gonzalez A., Krug CB., Londoño-Murcia MC., Millette K., Obura D., Radulovici A., Rankovic A., Shannon L., Archer E., Armah FA., Bax N., Chaudhari K., Costello MJ., Davalos LM., de Oliveira Roque F., DeClerck F., Dee LE., Essl F., et al., Xu J. (2022). Achieving global biodiversity goals by 2050 requires urgent and integrated actions. EcoEvoRxiv Preprints. DOI: 10.32942/
  • Schneider F., Tribaldos T., Adler C., Biggs R., de Bremond A., Buser T., Krug C., Loutre M-F., Moore S., Norström AV., Paulavets K., Urbach D., Spehn E., Wülser G., Zondervan R. (2021). Co-production of knowledge and sustainability transformations. a strategic compass for global research networks. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 49:127-142. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2021.04.007
  • Díaz S., Zafra-Calvo N., Purvis A., [... ...]., Krug CB., [... ...]., et al. (2020). Set ambitious goals for biodiversity and sustainability. Science 370: 411-413. DOI: 10.1126/science.abe1530
  • Krug CB., Sterling E., Cadman T., Geschke J., Drummond de Castro PF., Schliep R., Osemwegie I., Muller-Karger FE., Maraseni T. (2020). Stakeholder participation in IPBES: connecting local environmental work with global decision making, Ecosystems and People 16 197-211 . DOI: 10.1080/26395916.2020.1788643
  • Martinez-Harms MJ., Gelcich S., Krug RM., Maseyk FJF., Moersberger H., Rastogi A., Wambugu G., Krug CB., Spehn EM., Pascual U. (2018). Framing natural assets for advancing sustainability research: translating different perspectives into actions. Sustainability Science, 13(6):1519-1531. DOI: 10.5167/uzh-160248
  • Krug CB., Schaepman ME., Shannon LJ., Cavender-Bares J., Cheung W., McIntyre PB., Metzger JP., Niinemets Ü., Obura DO., Schmid B., Strassburg BBN., Van Teeffelen AJA., Weyl OLF., Yasuhara M., Leadley PW. (2017). Observations, indicators and scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services change — a framework to support policy and decision-making. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 29 198–206 . DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.04.001
  • Emmenegger R., Rowan R., Zuppinger-Dingley D., Krug CB., Parreño MA., Korf B. (2017). Ontology and integrative research on Global Environmental Change: towards a critical GEC science. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 29 131–137. DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.02.001
  • Urban MC., Bocedi G., Hendry AP., Mihoub J-B., Pe'er G., Singer A., Bridle JR., Crozier LG., De Meester L., Godsoe W., Gonzalez A., Hellmann JJ., Holt RD., Huth A., ohst K., Krug CB., Leadley PW., Palmer SCF., Pantel JH., Schmitz A., Zollner PA., Travis JMJ. (2016). Improving the forecast for biodiversity under climate change. Science 353. DOI: 10.1126/science.aad8466

Weiterführende Informationen

Cornelia Krug

Cornelia Krug

Research associate

Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
University of Zurich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zurich

Office: Y38-L-16
Phone: +41 44 635 6623