Our team

Prof. Markus Stoffel

Full Professor

The Climate Change Impacts and Risks in the Anthropocene (C-CIA) Chair is headed by Prof. Markus Stoffel and consists of a multidisciplinary team of more than 20 senior researchers, PostDocs, and PhD students, specializing in climatology, paleoclimatology, geomorphology, hydrology, (forest) ecology, social impacts of climate change, natural hazards and risk assessment as well as in UAV-based remote sensing and GIS.

The C-CIA chair is located at the Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva, and affiliated with the University’s Departments of Earth Sciences and F.-A. Forel for Aquatic Sciences.

Dr. Simon Allen

Scientific collaborator

Dr. Juan Ballesteros-Canovas

Scientific Guest

Prof. Martin Beniston

Honorary Professor

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Dr. François Blondel


Dr. Victorine Castex

Scientific Guest

Dr. Bruno Colavitto


Dr. Christophe Corona

Scientific Collaborator

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Dr. Manon Farvacque


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Dr. Adrien Favillier


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Dr. Loic Francon


Dr. Sébastien Guillet

Scientific Collaborator

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Dr. Melaine Le Roy

Scientific collaborator

Dr. Jérome Lopez-Saez

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Silvia Piccinelli


Dr. Adolfo Quesada-Román

Scientific Guest

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Lenka Slámová

Lab Manager

Dr. Mario Rohrer

scientific collaborator

Dr. Elnur Safarov


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Dr. Anna Scolobig

Scientific collaborator

Ongoing PhD students

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Sandra Belin-Gorsic

PhD student

Neema Kitasho

PhD student

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Gary Lynam

PhD student

Peter Mani

PhD student

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Alberto Muñoz

PhD student

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Jiazhi Qie

PhD student

Guoxiong Zheng

PhD student

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Yihua Zhong

PhD student

Ongoing MSc students

  • Julia Josselyn Aguilera  Rodriguez — Bridges and barriers to building adaptive capacities in mountain regions
  • Aleksandar Atanasov — Dynamics of debris flow based on tree rings analysis: A case study from the Garabashi cone in the Russian Caucasus
  • Mattias Ian Coullie — Regional rockfall risk assessment in the Zermatt valley
  • Yenny Alejandra Jimenez Donato — Using botanical evidence to reconstructing extreme flood in the Sierra de las Minas, Guatemala
  • Arnaud Keller — Utilisation de méthodes de détection proximale (drone) pour établir les liens entre topographie et productivité des landes arbustives alpines
  • Julius Malin — Protestant Views on the Anthropocene: An Explorative Study
  • Tomoko Muranaka — Dendrogeomorphic reconstruction of massive snow avalanches on the slope affected by the 1720 CE Obergesteln disaster
  • Tania Perreira — Intra-individual climate signals and allometric relationships in alpine shrubs: the case of Rhododendron ferrugineum
  • Linda Rivera Macedo — Drivers behind international adaptation aid for mountain regions – to what extent recipient needs, recipient merit or donor interest influence aid allocation? — Msc defended in 2021

Former collaborators

  • Dr. Olga Churakova — Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Dr. Michael Fellmann — Swiss Re, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Dr. Florie Giacona — INRAE, Grenoble, France
  • Lianne Gouma
  • Prof. Jaime Madrigal-Gonzalez — University of Salamanca, Spain
  • Dr. Moe Myint — Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Dr. Marjorie Perraud — ALPIQ, Switzerland
  • Dr. Adolfo Quesada-Román — University of Costa-Rica, Costa-Rica
  • Dr. Clara Rodriguez-Morata —Lamon-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, USA
  • Prof. Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva — Université de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Dr. Simone SchauweckerUniversidad de La Serena, Chile
  • Dr. Daniel Trappmann — Bayerishe Landesansalt für Wald und Forstwirtschaft, Germany
  • Dr. Georg von Arx — WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland