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01.01.2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Our tree-ring lab moved to the University of Geneva.

During their recent conference in Mendoza (Argentina), the International Tree-Ring Society has dedicated their José A. Boninsegna Award to Markus Stoffel. The Boninsegna Award recognizes researchers for ground-breaking research and work beyond common frontiers in tree-ring research.

Markus Stoffel was nominated co-editor-in-chief of Geomorphology

Have a look at the many new research projects being realized at!

Radek Tichavský from the University of Ostrava (Czech Republic) is joining the team for a six-month research stay. Welcome to Switzerland Radek!

Olga Churakova (Sidorova) joins the team for a PostDoc. Dobro pojalovat Olga!

Large volcanic eruptions inject considerable amounts of sulphur in the stratosphere which, once converted into aerosols, block sun rays and tend to cool the surface of the Earth down for several years. An international team of researchers has just developed a method, published in Nature Geoscience, to accurately measure and simulate the induced drop in temperature.

Markus Stoffel was awarded with the Denali Recent Accomplishment Award at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Chicago. He received the award for his outstanding work on climate change impacts on mass movements in the Swiss Alps. Markus is the first researcher outside North America to receive this award.

Christine Moos joins the for her PhD thesis. Willkommen Christine!

Ignacio Mundo and Carina Gonzalez join the as guest researchers to escape the austral winter. Un cordial bienvenido a nuestros amigos argentinos!

Clara Rodriguez joins the for her PhD thesis. Un cordial bienvenido, Clara!

The team visits the Cailler chocolate factory in Broc. Pictures of our excursion are available here.

Dr. James H. Speer from Indiana State University (USA) visits Thank you for the nice talk you provided, Jim!

Dr. Yong Zhang from the Chinese Academy of Sciences is joining the for a six-month research stay. Welcome to Switzerland Yong Zhang!

An international team of researchers, including two members of, have discovered the volcano responsible for the great AD 1257 mystery eruption. Read the paper here.

07.08.2013 is on TV: Markus Stoffel talks about climate change and its impacts on rockfalls and debris flows in the Swiss French television (RTS).

The receives substantial funding for the analysis of rockfall and and snow avalanches processes in the Valais Alps.

Johannes Edvarsson is joining the for a PostDoc. Hjärtligt välkommen!

Markus Stoffel has been promoted to Assistant Professor at the University of Geneva.

Juan Antonio Ballesteros Canovas is joining the for a PostDoc. Un cordial bienvenido, Juan!

It's time to say goodbye! Michelle Schneuwly-Bollschweiler and Estelle Arbellay have left the lab. Thank you for all you have done to make the lab what it is today.

Sébastien Guillet is joining the for a PhD. Ave Sébastien laboraturi tecum te salutant!

Members of the have published contributions dealing with snow and ice in the Himalayas and Tien Shan in Science and Nature Climate Change.

End-of-the-year excursion to the Jungfraujoch. Members of visit the highest research station of Europe (3571 m asl.).

The has published a Springer book dedicated to Tree Rings and Natural Hazards. The book can be ordered here.