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Department of Geography

Michael W.I. Schmidt
Michael W.I. Schmidt, Prof. Dr.

Soil Science and Biogeochemistry

Tel.: 044 63 55140
Room number: Y25 K 64
Presence times: book contact hours (link below)


Professional Activities

Teacher of the Hour 2020 (student election) 

Advisory Board of the National Hub of European Joint Program Soil (2020-  )

Program Director for five Bachelor and Master programs at the of the Department of Geography UZH (2018-2020)

Member of the Swiss National Research Council, Division II Mathematics, Natural and Engineering Sciences (2011-2015)

Chair Switzerland in the European Science Foundation MOLTER program (2008-2013)


Deep C: Deep soil carbon cycling in a warming world – the molecular perspective. (Swiss National Science Foundation 2017-2023)

link to project page


Signatory of the Climate Action Plan Switzerland (January 2021)
Soil as player in climate mitigation (blog / podcast) (January 2021) 
Interview about soil health in agriculture (May 2021, Watson)
Signatory of the "Statement by scientists on the protests for more climate protection, Scientist for Future (early 2019)

CV / Education


Univ. Bochum, Germany: MSc Geography (1985-1991), MSc Geology (1988-1993), PhD Geosciences, Dr. rer. nat. (1994-1997).

Univ. Cologne, Germany: Tenure track eligibility, venia legendi for Geography, Habilitation (2001)



1992–1993         Environmental Consultant

1994–1996         Research Assistant  (Univ. Bochum, Soil Science, Germany)

1996–1998        Research Assistant (Technical Univ. Munich, Soil Science, Germany)

1998–2000         Postdoc (Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena, Germany)

2000–2002         Research Assistant (Univ. Cologne, Geography, Germany)

2002–               Professor for Physical Geography at the University of ZurichAssistant Prof. (2002), Associate Prof. (2006), Full Professor (2014)