Research Interests

  • Ecophysiology
  • Tree Ecology
  • Forest Dynamics


Forest canopies show heterogenous microclimatic conditions, with strong gradients along the height of tree crowns. In this project, I aim to describe the variability of key biological processes within the three-dimensional forest canopy and over time, focusing on their dependence on the microclimates. In a mixed temperate forest, I assess growth, phenology, carbon- and water relations at different heights in the crowns of a variety of tree species, along with important microclimatic measures. The goal is to ultimately create a model of spatial and temporal variability of biological processes in the heterogenous space that is a mixed forest canopy.


2019 – ongoing PhD student in the Physiological Plant Ecology group, University of Basel, Switzerland
2017 – 2018 Master of Research in Tropical Forest Ecology at Imperial College London, UK. Thesis: «Long-term change of liana infestation in a Bornean rainforest»
2014 – 2017 B.Sc. in Biology with specialization in plant ecology at the University of Bern, Switzerland


Cedric Zahnd

University of Basel
Schönbeinstrasse 6
4056 Basel

Office No.: 01.015
Phone: +41 (0)61 207 35 06