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​FORESTeR – Functioning & Resilience of Ecosystem Services in Tropical Rainforests

Published on: 12-Jul-2019

​Event Type: Seminar
Event Date: 12 July 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue: ASE 3D Viz Laboratory Room (N2-B1c-16c)
Speaker: Nadine Keller

About the speaker:

Nadine Keller (

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Geography of University of Zurich with minor in Forest and Landscape Management of ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Master’s of Science in Physical Geography (with focus on hydrology and soil science) of University of Zurich with minor in Forest and Landscape Management of ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Msc Thesis: “Influence of biomass and Biodiversity on Throughfall Losses and Infiltration Capacity in Secondary Tropical Rainforests of Sabah, Borneo”.

  • PhD student (1st year) of Ecosystem Management Group, Department of Environmental System Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ)

About the event:

Tropical rainforests are under threat from conversion to palm oil plantation an timber production. While primary forests in Sabah are now fairly well protected, secondary forests are still under threat.

My PhD project aims to gain an understanding about the functioning of secondary forests in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo, in order to highlight the importance of the non-monetary services provided by the forests. In particular I ask the question, how many tree species are needed to maximize the functioning of ecosystem functions, with the aim to help planning conservation actions.

In my talk, I will discuss the circumstances and context around when more species leads to increases in ecosystem functioning.  I will also give an overview about of my first year of experiments looking at hydrological functions in rainforest soils. Finally, I hope to transfer a feeling for what it is like to work in the tropical rainforests of Sabah.

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