Tobias Roth | Research interests

My research is centered on using data from large-scale field surveys such as the Biodiversity Monitoring Switzerland, to better understand how biodiversity responds to nitrogen deposition, land-use, or climate-change. I focus on the human-dominated landscapes in Switzerland and aim to provide information that can be used in biodiversity conservation.

Education and professional experience

Research associate at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Zoology
Co-owner and researcher at Hintermann & Weber AG, Reinach
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Zoology
PhD Student at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Zoology
Post-diploma studies in statistics at the ETH Zurich
Student in zoology, University of Basel, Switzerland and University of Bergen, Norway

Recent key publications

Roth T, Kohli L, Rihm B, Meier R, Amrhein V (2021) Negative effects of nitrogen deposition on Swiss butterflies. Conservation Biology 35: 1766-1776. PDF

Roth T, Kohli L, Bühler C, Rihm B, Meuli RG, Meier R, Amrhein V (2019) Species turnover reveals hidden effects of decreasing nitrogen deposition in mountain hay meadows. PeerJ 7: e6347.

Roth T, Allan E, Pearman PB, Amrhein V (2018) Functional ecology and imperfect detection of species. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9: 917-928.

Amrhein V, Korner-Nievergelt F, Roth T (2017) The earth is flat (p>0.05): Significance thresholds and the crisis of unreplicable research. PeerJ 5: e3544.

Roth T, Bader E, Frara P, Heer L, Flück H, Lüthi T, Schlup B, Schwaller T (2017) Timing and body condition of dichromatic Black Redstarts during autumn migration. Ecology and Evolution 7: 3567-3573.

Roth T, Kohli L, Rihm B, Meier R, Achermann B (2017) Using change-point models to estimate empirical critical loads for nitrogen in mountain ecosystems. Environmental Pollution 220: 1480-1487. PDF

Roth T, Bühler C, Amrhein V (2016) Estimating effects of species interactions on populations of endangered species. American Naturalist 187: 457-467. PDF

Roth T, Kohli L, Rihm B, Amrhein V, Achermann B (2015) Nitrogen deposition and multi-dimensional plant diversity at the landscape scale. Royal Society Open Science 2: 150017.

Korner-Nievergelt F, Roth T, von Felten S, Guélat J, Almasi B, Korner-Nievergelt P (2015) Bayesian data analysis in ecology using linear models with R, BUGS and Stan. Elsevier.


Dr. Tobias Roth

Department of Environmental Sciences, Zoology
University of Basel
Vesalgasse 1
4051 Basel

Hintermann & Weber AG
Austrasse 2a
4153 Reinach