Interdisciplinary Master's thesis topics

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The effect of woodland expansion on ticks and associated Lyme disease risk in the Scottish Highlands

Two interdisciplinary MSc projects are available as part of a PhD project at the Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETZ Zurich.

Project 1: Relationship between tick hazard (where ticks are the most abundant) and tick exposure (where people hang out the most)

Project 2: What is the role of birds as tick hosts?

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Supervision from the GIUZ: to be determined.

Paired masters theses: Understanding coupled social-ecological systems

Understanding coupled social-ecological systems requires an in-depth analysis of both the social and the ecological systems, and their interactions and feedbacks. Despite this recognized need, in practice this means that to answer questions related to social-ecological feedbacks requires double the amount of information, data and makes it harder for individual students to conduct it to a satisfactory level. Here we propose a coupled approach to a Masters' thesis. More... (PDF, 59 KB)

Maria J. SantosNorman Backhaus
Earth System Science; Space, Nature & Society

​​​​​​​Water landscapes: Attention and preferences

Landscapes containing water bodies are often considered as especially attractive. This master thesis will in a first step analyse literature discussing this fact. Based on this knowledge examples of different kinds of landscapes with and without water bodies shall be identified and and in a third step tested with test persons in the Eye Moving Lab. The detailed setup of this research will be established with the Master student at the beginning of the thesis.

Norman BackhausArzu CöltekinIlja van Meerveld
Space, Nature & Society, Geographic Information Visualization and Analysis, Hydrology and Climate

The WGMS Glacier App as Teaching Tool  

Michael ZempSara Landolt
Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics, Geography Teacher Training

Seeing the world through social media: bottom-up qualitative descriptions of biodiversity test sites

Ross PurvesNorman Backhaus
Geocomputation, Space, Nature & Society

Wie der Klimawandel globale Warenketten beeinflusst: Das Beispiel der Coldwater Shrimp Industry in Grönland

Christian BerndtAndreas Vieli
Economic Geography, Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics

Rogier de JongChristian Berndt
Remote Sensing Laboratories, Economic Geography

Investigating karst water flow dynamics with thermal and fluorescent tracers

The Ybrig mountains are drained by a complex network of underground streams that flow to partly known cave passages. Continuing prior water tracing experiments, a systematic study of flow paths and sink-source relations will be established with artificial (fluorescent) and natural (temperature, isotopes) tracers. This thesis includes field work where some mountaineering experience is an advantage.

Martin LüthiIlja van Meerveld
Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics, Hydrology and Climate

Spatial variability in marginal ice sheet thinning: airborne LiDAR vs. other observational approaches

Felix MorsdorfAndreas Vieli
Remote Sensing Laboratories, Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics

Frank PaulRogier de Jong
Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics, Remote Sensing Laboratories

Hydrological implications of tree cover changes in selected Swiss catchments

Ilja van MeerveldRogier de Jong
Hydrology and Climate, Remote Sensing Laboratories

Opportunities for geomorphological and glaciological research from the Arctic-wide high resolution ArcticDEM

Andreas VieliRoss Purves
Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics, Geocomputation

What can oxygen isotopes tells us about the origin and genesis of rock glacier ice?

Andreas VieliIlja van Meerveld
Glaciology and Geomorphodynamics, Hydrology and Climate