Dr. Christoph Schwörer

Group leader


+41 31 631 49 85
204, Birrlihus, 2nd floor
Postal Address
University of Bern
Institute of Plant Sciences
Altenbergrain 21
3013 Bern

Research Interests

I'm a paleoecologist interested in long term vegetation dynamics of mountain regions. I use pollen, macrofossil and charcoal analyses to study the effect of past climatic changes and human land-use on mountain forests. I combine these paleoecological methods with spatially-explicit dynamic vegetation models to identify drivers of forest dynamics, test relevant ecological hypotheses and make projections about future vegetation changes in response to Climate Change. Currently, I'm analyzing ancient DNA (aDNA) from subfossil plant remains to quantify changes in the genetic variability of tree species since the last Ice Age and test hypotheses regarding past range expansion.
My research goal is to assess the impact of future global change on mountain forests, from the genetic to the landscape scale, to protect multi-level biodiversity and maintain fragile alpine ecosystems and their services for future generations.

Number of items: 26.

Journal Article

Rey, Fabian; Gobet, Erika; Schwörer, Christoph; Hafner, Albert; Szidat, Sönke; Tinner, Willy (2020). Climate impacts on vegetation and fire dynamics since the last deglaciation at Moossee (Switzerland). Climate of the past, 16(4), pp. 1347-1367. Copernicus Publications 10.5194/cp-16-1347-2020

Osmont, Dimitri; Brügger, Sandra; Gilgen, Anina; Weber, Helga; Sigl, Michael; Modini, Robin L.; Schwörer, Christoph; Tinner, Willy; Wunderle, Stefan; Schwikowski, Margit (2020). Tracing devastating fires in Portugal to a snow archive in the Swiss Alps: a case study (In Press). The Cryosphere Copernicus Publications 10.5194/tc-2020-58

Gassner, Sylvia Kristina; Gobet, Erika; Schwörer, Christoph; van Leeuwen, Jacqueline; Vogel, Hendrik; Giagkoulis, Tryfon; Makri, Stamatina; Grosjean, Martin; Panajiotidis, Sampson; Hafner, Albert; Tinner, Willy (2020). 20,000 years of interactions between climate, vegetation and land use in Northern Greece. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 29(1), pp. 75-90. Springer 10.1007/s00334-019-00734-5

Brügger, Sandra O.; Gobet, Erika; Schanz, Federica R.; Heiri, Oliver; Schwörer, Christoph; Sigl, Michael; Schwikowski, Margit; Tinner, Willy (2019). Why loss matters: Reply to the comments of Festi and others on ‘A quantitative comparison of microfossil extraction methods from ice cores’ by Brugger and others (2018). Journal of glaciology, 65(253), pp. 867-868. International Glaciological Society 10.1017/jog.2019.61

Finsinger, Walter; Schwörer, Christoph; Heiri, Oliver; Morales-Molino, César; Ribolini, Adriano; Giesecke, Thomas; Haas, Jean Nicolas; Boltshauser-Kaltenrieder, Petra; Magyari, Enikő K.; Ravazzi, Cesare; Rubiales, Juan Manuel; Tinner, Willy (2019). Fire on ice and frozen trees? Inappropriate radiocarbon dating leads to unrealistic reconstructions. New Phytologist, 222(2), pp. 657-662. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/nph.15354

Leunda, Maria; González-Sampériz, Penélope; Gil-Romera, Graciela; Bartolomé, Miguel; Belmonte-Ribas, Ánchel; Gómez-García, Daniel; Kaltenrieder, Petra; Rubiales, Juan Manuel; Schwörer, Christoph; Tinner, Willy; Morales-Molino, César; Sancho, Carlos (2019). Ice cave reveals environmental forcing of long-term Pyrenean tree line dynamics. Journal of Ecology, 107(2), pp. 814-828. Blackwell 10.1111/1365-2745.13077

Rey, Fabian; Gobet, Erika; Schwörer, Christoph; Wey, Othmar; Hafner, Albert; Tinner, Willy (2019). Causes and mechanisms of synchronous succession trajectories in primeval Central European mixed Fagus sylvatica forests. Journal of Ecology, 107(3), pp. 1392-1408. Blackwell 10.1111/1365-2745.13121

Schwörer, Christoph; Ammann, Brigitta; Conedera, Marco; Tinner, Willy (2019). Wälder in der Zeitmaschine − Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Paläoökologie. Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Forstwesen, 170(3), pp. 117-124. Schweizerischer Forstverein 10.3188/szf.2019.0117

Gubler, Moritz Raffael; Henne, Paul D.; Schwörer, Christoph; Boltshauser-Kaltenrieder, Petra; Lotter, André Franz; Brönnimann, Stefan; Tinner, Willy (2018). Microclimatic gradients provide evidence for a glacial refugium for temperate trees in a sheltered hilly landscape of Northern Italy. Journal of biogeography, 45(11), pp. 2564-2575. Blackwell Scientific Publications 10.1111/jbi.13426

Eggenberger, Sebastian; Gobet, Erika; van Leeuwen, Jacqueline F. N.; Schwörer, Christoph; van der Knaap, Pim; van Dobben, Han F.; Vogel, Hendrik; Tinner, Willy; Rambeau, Claire M. C. (2018). Millennial multi-proxy reconstruction of oasis dynamics in Jordan, by the Dead Sea. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 27(5), pp. 649-664. Springer 10.1007/s00334-017-0663-6

Brügger, Sandra O.; Gobet, Erika; Schanz, Federica R.; Heiri, Oliver; Schwörer, Christoph; Sigl, Michael; Schwikowski, Margit; Tinner, Willy (2018). A quantitative comparison of microfossil extraction methods from ice cores. Journal of glaciology, 64(245), pp. 432-442. International Glaciological Society 10.1017/jog.2018.31

Hafner, Albert; Schwörer, Christoph (2018). Vertical mobility around the high-alpine Schnidejoch Pass. Indications of Neolithic and Bronze Age pastoralism in the Swiss Alps from paleoecological and archaeological sources. Quaternary International, 484, pp. 3-18. Elsevier 10.1016/j.quaint.2016.12.049

Schwörer, Christoph; Gavin, Daniel G.; Walker, Ian R.; Hu, Feng Sheng (2017). Holocene tree line changes in the Canadian Cordillera are controlled by climate and topography. Journal of Biogeography, 44(5), pp. 1148-1159. Wiley 10.1111/jbi.12904

Schwörer, Christoph; Gobet, Erika (2016). Das lange Gedächtnis der Moore. aqua viva. Die Zeitschrift für Gewässerschutz, 2016(3), pp. 38-40. Aqua viva Rheinaubund

Schwörer, Christoph; Fisher, David M.; Gavin, Daniel G.; Temperli, Christian; Bartlein, Patrick J. (2016). Modeling postglacial vegetation dynamics of temperate forests on the Olympic Peninsula (WA, USA) with special regard to snowpack. Climatic change, 137(3-4), pp. 379-394. Springer 10.1007/s10584-016-1696-z

Thöle, Lena; Schwörer, Christoph; Colombaroli, Daniele; Gobet, Erika; Boltshauser-Kaltenrieder, Petra; van Leeuwen, Jacqueline; Tinner, Willy (2016). Reconstruction of Holocene vegetation dynamics at Lac de Bretaye, a high-mountain lake in the Swiss Alps. Holocene, 26(3), pp. 380-396. Sage 10.1177/0959683615609746

Schwörer, Christoph; Colombaroli, Daniele; Boltshauser-Kaltenrieder, Petra; Rey, Fabian; Tinner, Willy (2015). Early human impact (5000-3000 BC) affects mountain forest dynamics in the Alps. Journal of Ecology, 103(2), pp. 281-295. Blackwell 10.1111/1365-2745.12354

Schwörer, Christoph; Kaltenrieder, Petra; Glur, Lukas; Berlinger, Matthias; Elbert, Julie; Frei, Stephanie; Gilli, Adrian; Hafner, Albert; Anselmetti, Flavio S.; Grosjean, Martin; Tinner, Willy (2014). Holocene climate, fire and vegetation dynamics at the treeline in the Northwestern Swiss Alps. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 23(5), pp. 479-496. Springer 10.1007/s00334-013-0411-5

Schwörer, Christoph; Henne, Paul Daniel; Tinner, Willy (2014). A model-data comparison of Holocene timberline changes in the Swiss Alps reveals past and future drivers of mountain forest dynamics. Global Change Biology, 20(5), pp. 1512-1526. Blackwell Science 10.1111/gcb.12456

Heiri, Oliver; Koinig, Karin A.; Spötl, Christoph; Barrett, Sam; Brauer, Achim; Drescher-Schneider, Ruth; Gaar, Dorian; Ivy-Ochs, Susan; Kerschner, Hanns; Luetscher, Marc; Moran, Andrew; Nicolussi, Kurt; Preusser, Frank; Schmidt, Roland; Schoeneich, Philippe; Schwörer, Christoph; Sprafke, Tobias; Terhorst, Birgit; Tinner, Willy (2014). Palaeoclimate records 60–8 ka in the Austrian and Swiss Alps and their forelands. Quaternary Science Reviews, 106, pp. 186-205. Pergamon 10.1016/j.quascirev.2014.05.021

Rey, Fabian; Schwörer, Christoph; Gobet, Erika; Colombaroli, Daniele; van Leeuwen, Jacqueline F. N.; Schleiss, Silke; Tinner, Willy (2013). Climatic and human impacts on mountain vegetation at Lauenensee (Bernese Alps, Switzerland) during the last 14,000 years. Holocene, 23(10), pp. 1415-1427. Los Angeles, Calif.: Sage 10.1177/0959683613489585

Zweifel, Noëmi; Schwörer, Christoph; Heiri, Oliver (2013). 14 000 Jahre Klimageschichte am Lauenensee. Mitteilungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Bern, 70, pp. 107-116. Bern: Naturforschende Gesellschaft Bern

Rey, Fabian; Schwörer, Christoph; Gobet, Erika; Colombaroli, Daniele; van Leeuwen, Jacqueline F. N.; Tinner, Willy; Schleiss, Silke (2013). Die Vegetationsgeschichte der letzten 14 000 Jahre am Lauenensee. Mitteilungen der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Bern, 70, pp. 95-105. Bern: Naturforschende Gesellschaft Bern

Berthel, Nadine; Schwörer, Christoph; Tinner, Willy (2012). Impact of Holocene climate changes on alpine and treeline vegetation at Sanetsch Pass, Bernese Alps, Switzerland. Review of palaeobotany and palynology, 174, pp. 91-100. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.revpalbo.2011.12.007

Book Section

Makhortykh, Sergej; de Capitani, Annick; Gobet, Erika; Schwörer, Christoph; van Leeuwen, Jacqueline; Nielsen, Ebbe Holm; Kotova, Nadezhda; Makhortykh, Sergey; Kiosak, Dmytro; Tinner, Willy (2017). Vegetation shifts at the monumental Ukrainian site of Kamyana Mohyla during the Neolithisation period. In: Archaeology and Palaeoecology of the Ukrainian Steppe (pp. 51-60). Kyiv: IA NAS of Ukraine

Conference or Workshop Item

Hafner, Albert; Schwörer, Christoph (4 September 2015). Vertical mobility in the Swiss Alps. The alpine pass Schnidejoch and indications of early pastoralism. (Unpublished). In: EAA Annual meeting, Glasgow, Friday, Session AM6: Casting a glance over the mountains: Archaeological and biogeochemical approaches to the understanding of vertical mobility. Glasgow. 03.-05.09.2015.

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