Dr. Urs Weber

Nachhaltige Landnutzung

Totengässlein 3
CH - 4051 Basel

+41 (0)61 207 35 09

Interests and Projects

Teaching - Lecturer for dendroecology, University of Basel.
Photography - My digital, key word-aided photo archive currently contains roughly 100,000 images. Major topics are ecosystems, forests, trees, mountains, deserts, plants, animals, global change and traditional human settlements (see examples).

For more information and high resolution images contact urs.weber-at-unibas.ch.

Authored Books

• brennpunkt ortskern, ISBN 978-3-85673-679-8, download excerpt and summary
Illustrated book on the historical village/town centers of the Canton of Basel-Landschaft and persistent urban sprawl.
• Heimatkunde Oltingen (as a co-author), ISBN 978-3-85673-548-7
Portrait and history of the village of Oltingen.

For both books I did the image processing for pre-press production myself.

Nonprofit Activities

• Active member of Amnesty International (urgent actions).
• President of the Stiftung Sagi Oltingen, a foundation that takes care of an almost 200-year-old water-powered sawmill (waterwheel).

Link Amnesty International: http://www.amnesty.ch

Link Stiftung Sagi Oltingen: http://www.oltingen.ch/index.php?id=23

Education and Professional Experience

08/2014 - ongoing Lab and field manager, University of Basel, Switzerland.
02/2006 - ongoing Lecturer in dendroecology, University of Basel, Switzerland.
01/1996 - 07/2014 Scientific secretary, University of Basel, Switzerland.
01/2009 - 10/2010 Book project on landscape change, Oltingen, Switzerland.
06/2008 - 09/2008 Sabbatical (expedition) in Northern and Western Australia.
01/1997 - 12/2006 Lecturer and tour guide in biology, geography and environmental change, Open Universities of Basel, Bern and Zürich, Switzerland.
04/1995 - 12/2002 Own consulting office for dendroecology and environment, Basel, Switzerland.
07/1992 - 07/1992 U.S.-Tajik national park project, Hissar Range, Tajikistan.
07/1991 - 03/1995 Ph.D. student, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Birmensdorf and University of Basel, Switzerland.
04/1988 - 03/1995 Scientific project leader (conservation), Swiss National Museum, Zürich, Switzerland.
06/1986 - 11/1986 Visiting Master student, INSTAAR Mountain Research Station, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.
10/1981 - 03/1988 Student in botany, zoology and geography. University of Basel, Switzerland.

Key publications

Weber UM (2010) Brennpunkt Ortskern. Reihe "bild.geschichten.bl", Band 2. Verlag des Kantons Basel-Landschaft, Liestal, ISBN 978-3-85673-679-8, Flyer

Baltensweiler W, Weber UM, Cherubini P (2008) Tracing the influence of larch-bud-moth insect outbreaks and weather conditions on larch tree-ring growth in Engadine (Switzerland). Oikos 117:161-172

Paulsen J, Weber UM, Körner Ch (2000) Tree growth near treeline: Abrupt or gradual reduction with altitude? Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 32(1):14-20

Weber UM (1997) Hochstamm-Obstbäume (HSO) in öffentlichen Anlagen. In: Schriftenreihe Umwelt, Natur und Landschaft, Einzelideen für Natur und Landschaft, 1. Serie Vollversionen, Bundesamt für Umwelt, Wald und Landschaft BUWAL 281, 16 p

Weber UM (1997) Dendroecological reconstruction and interpretation of larch budmoth (Zeiraphera diniana) outbreaks in two central alpine valleys of Switzerland from 1470 to 1990. Trees 11:277-290

Weber UM, Rosenthaler KJ (1994) Wet archaeological wood treated with sucrose. Preliminary test series. Zeitschrift für Schweizerische Archäologie und Kunstgeschichte 51(1):1-8