Gabriela Schaepman-Strub

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Research Interests

Spatial ecology and remote sensing; Arctic ecosystems; Radiation-vegetation interaction; Spectral and multi-angular signatures of vegetation; Land surface albedo and energy budget; Reflectance and albedo terminology; Animal movement and vegetation


Education and Professional Positions

2019 - present



2009 - 2019

Associate Professor of Earth System Sciences, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland

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 - Editorial board member, Polar Record,
Cambridge University Press
2017 - Swiss vice delegate, Council of International Arctic Science Committee (IASC)
2017 - 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 - 2019 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
2005 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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  • Thomas, H.J.D., Myers-Smith, I.H., Bjorkman, A.D., Elmendorf, S.C., Blok, D., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Forbes, B.C., Hollister, R.D., Normand, S., Prevéy, J.S., Rixen, C., Schaepman-Strub, G., Wilmking, M., Wipf, S., Cornwell, W.K., Kattge, J., Goetz, S.J., Guay, K.C., Alatalo, J.M., Anadon-Rosell, A., Angers-Blondin, S., Berner, L.T., Björk, R.G., Buchwal, A., Buras, A., Carbognani, M., Christie, K., Siegwart Collier, L., Cooper, E.J., Eskelinen, A., Frei, E.R., Grau, O., Grogan, P., Hallinger, M., Heijmans, M.M.P.D., Hermanutz, L., Hudson, J.M.G., Hülber, K., Iturrate-Garcia, M., Iversen, C.M., Jaroszynska, F., Johnstone, J.F., Kaarlejärvi, E., Kulonen, A., Lamarque, L.J., Lévesque, E., Little, C.J., Michelsen, A., Milbau, A., Nabe-Nielsen, J., Nielsen, S.S., Ninot, J.M., Oberbauer, S.F., Olofsson, J., Onipchenko, V.G., Petraglia, A., Rumpf, S.B., Semenchuk, P.R., Soudzilovskaia, N.A., Spasojevic, M.J., Speed, J.D.M., Tape, K.D., te Beest, M., Tomaselli, M., Trant, A., Treier, U.A., Venn, S., Vowles, T., Weijers, S., Zamin, T., Atkin, O.K., Bahn, M., Blonder, B., Campetella, G., Cerabolini, B.E.L., Chapin III, F.S., Dainese, M., de Vries, F.T., Díaz, S., Green, W., Jackson, R.B., Manning, P., Niinemets, Ü., Ozinga, W.A., Peñuelas, J., Reich, P.B., Schamp, B., Sheremetev, S., van Bodegom, P.M. (2019) Traditional plant functional groups explain variation in economic but not size-related traits across the tundra biome. Global Ecology and Biogeography 28, 78-95. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12783

  • Ksenofontov, S., Backhaus, N., Schaepman-Strub, G. (2019). ‘There are new species’: indigenous knowledge of biodiversity change in Arctic Yakutia. Polar Geography 42, 34-57. DOI: 10.1080/1088937X.2018.1547326

  • Bjorkman AD., Myers-Smith IH., Elmendorf SC., Normand S., Rüger N., Beck PSA., Blach-Overgaard A., Blok D., Cornelissen JHC., Forbes BC., Georges D., Goetz SJ., Guay KC., Henry GHR., HilleRisLambers J., Hollister RD., Karger DN., Kattge J., Manning, P., Prevéy JS., Rixen C., Schaepman-Strub G., Iturrate-Garcia M., Little CJ., et al. (2018). Plant functional trait change across a warming tundra biome. Nature. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0563-7
  • Deplazes-Zemp A., Abiven S., Schaber P., Schaepman M., Schaepman-Strub G., Schmid B., Shimizu KK. and Altermatt F. (2018). The Nagoya Protocol could backfire on the Global South. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2, 917-919. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0561-z
  • Jeong SJ., Bloom AA., Schimel D., Sweeney C., Parazoo NC., Medvigy D., Schaepman-Strub G., Zheng CM., Schwalm CR., Huntzinger DN., Michalak AM. and Miller CE. (2018). Accelerating rates of Arctic carbon cycling revealed by long-term atmospheric CO2 measurements. Science Advances 4. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao1167
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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