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Benoît Sittler

Diplom-Geograph Dr. Benoît Sittler


University of Freiburg
Chair for Landscape Management
Institute of Earth and Environmental Sciences
79085 Freiburg



Educational Background

1969 - 1974
Studies in Geography at the University of Strasbourg (specialization in Biogeography and Ecology)
1975 - 1978
Holder of a scholarship through French-German university exchanges to complete studies in environment at the Forestry Faculty of Freiburg (Landscape management, Environmental protection, ecology)
Doctorate thesis Forestry Faculty Freiburg


Internships and professional work experiences

since 1983
Involved in various projects in the field of landscape management and nature protection and other monitoring surveys (urban wildlife habitats inventories, Use of GIS for Nature protection purposes, etc.) In charge of the project “Stadtbiotopkartierung Freiburg”
since 1988
Long term research in the Arctic. Founder of the Groupe de Recherche en Ecologie Arctique. Initiation and leadership of a long term research on lemming cycles in the Karupelv Valley Study site in the NE Greenland National Park.
2000 - 2006
In charge of pluridisciplinary project devoted to impacts of flooding on forest stands
since 2000
Research in Landscape history and use of airborne laser scanning to document landscape changes related to one of the greatest ridge and furrow sites in South West Germany, initiation of a interdisciplinary working group.


Research and outreach interests

  • Development of European cultural landscapes
  • Basic research in ecology / ecology of arctic species
  • Use of Airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) to document landscape changes
  • Translation services specialized in environmental management and nature protection (language combinations French - German - English)


BARRAQUAND, F., HøYE, T.T., HENDEN, J.-A., YOCCOZ, N.G., GILG, O.; SCHMIDT, N.M., SITTLER, B. & IMS, R.A. (2014): Demographic responses of a site-faithful and territorial predator to its fluctuating prey: long-tailed skuas and arctic lemmings. - Journal of Animal Ecology, 83: 375-387.

GILG,O., MOE, B., HANSSEN, S.A., SCHMIDT, N.M., SITTLER, B., HANSEN, J., RENEERKENS, J., SABARD, B., CHASTEL, O., MOREAU, J., PHILLIPS, R.A., OUDMAN, T., BIERSMA, E.M., FENSTAD, A.A., LANG, J., BOLLACHE, L. (2013): Trans-Equatorial Migration Routes, Staging Sites and Wintering Areas of a High-Arctic Avian Predator: The Long-tailed Skua (Stercorarius longicaudus). PLOS ONE, 8(5): e6461.

SITTLER, B. & HAUGER, K. (2013): Reconstructing medieval landscapes by using LIDAR Technology. Large scale surveys of relict field systems in Central Europe. In: DJINDJIAN, F. & ROBERT, S. (eds.): Understanding landscapes, from land discovery to their spatial organization. International union of prehistoric sciences, BAR International Series 2541, 107-113

SCHMIDT, N.M., IMS, R.A., HOYE, T.T., GILG, O., HANSEN, L.H., LUND, M., FUGLEI, E., FORCHHAMMER, M. & SITTLER, B. (2012): Response of an arctic predator guild to collapsing lemming cycles. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279: 4417-4422, available online: doi: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1490

SCHELLBERG, S., SITTLER, B., HERING, S., WATTENDORF, P. & KONOLD, W. (2010): Airborne Laser Scanning in der Kulturlandschaftsforschung. Natur und Landschaft 85 (5): 199-205, available online:

BILODEAU, C. , DEROIN, J.-P., SITTLER, B., MESTRE, M., HILDEBRAND, M., TEXIER, P. & CLERC, P. (2009): Le LiDAR. Apports en archéologie. Archéopages 23: 64-77

GILG, O., SITTLER, B.& HANSKI, I. (2009): Climate change and cyclic predator-prey population dynamics in the high-Arctic. Global Change Biology 15: 2634-2652

SITTLER, B., WEINACKER, H. & GÜLTLINGER, M. & KOUPALIANTZ, L. (2007): The potential of Lidar assessing elements of cultural hidden under forests. - In: Bochenek, Z., [ed.]: New Developments in Remote Sensing. Millpress, Rotterdam: 539-548

SITTLER, B., HAUGER, K. & RIEDINGER, R. (2007): Les champs bombés de Rastatt en Pays de Bade. - In: Bourrigaud, R. & Sigaut, F. [ed.]: Nous Labourons. Centre d'histoire du travail, Nantes: 97-105

SITTLER, B., SCHELLBERG, S., SIEPMANN-SCHINKER, D. & WEINACKER, H. (2006): Airborne laser scanning to generate 3D Models of microrelief features for the purposes of forest ecological and archaeological surveys. Beitrag für "Workshop on 3D Remote Sensing in Forestry", am 14.-15. Februar 2006, Wien.

GILG, O., SITTLER, B., SABARD, B., HURSTEL, A. , SANE, R. , DELATTRE, P. & HANSKI, I. (2006): Functional and numerical responses of four lemming predators in high artic Greenland. OIKOS, 113 (2): 193-216

SITTLER, B., SCHULTZ, E. & DIETZE, V. (2006): Long term trends in particle deposition in NE Greenland as asessed by a passive aerosol sampler. Beitrag zur Tagung "The Greenlandic Environment - Pollution and Solutions", International Conference Sisimut Greenland, 21.-23. Februar 2006.

SITTLER, B. & SCHELLBERG, S. (2006): The potential of LIDAR in assessing elements of cultural heritage hidden under forest canopies or overgrown by vegetation: Possibilities and limits in detecting microrelief structures for archaeological surveys. In: From Space to Place – Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop, 2nd International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology, am 4.-7. Dezember 2006, Rom, 117-122

SITTLER, B. & HAUGER, K. (2005): Das Laserscanning im Dienste der Kulturlandschaftsforschung am Beispiel der unter Wald fossilierten Wölbäcker von Rastatt. Fundberichte aus Hessen. Beiheft 4 (2005): 229-235.

SITTLER, B. & O. GILG (2004). L'énigme des cycles chez les lemmings. Universalias. Encyclopédie Universalia Paris. 302-303.

SITTLER, B. (2004): Revealing historical landscapes by using airborne laser scanning. A 3-D model of ridge and furrow in forests near Rastatt (Germany). International Archives of Photogrammetry. ISPRS. Vol. 26. 258-261.

GILG, O.; HANSKI, I.; SITTLER, B. (2003): Cyclic Dynamics in a Simple Vertebrate Predator-Prey Community. Science 3002 (31.10.2003): 866-868.

SCHULTZ, E.; SITTLER, B.: Long term trends in particle deposition in NE Greenland as assessed by a passive aerosol sampling technique (extended abstract). - In: Proceedings to the Second AMAP International Symposium, Rovaniemi, Finland, P-X23.

SITTLER, B.; BERG T. (2002): Lemming Cycles in North East Greenland. - Arctic Birds: Newsletter of International Breeding Conditions Survey, 4, S. 35-37.

SITTLER, B., T. TENNHARDT & E. SHVARTS (2000): Die Schutzgebiete Russlands vor neuen Herausforderungen. - Natur und Landschaft 75 (1), 1-9.

SITTLER, B., O. GILG & T. BERG (2000): Low Abundance of King Eider Nests during Low Leming Years in Northeast Greenland. - Arctic 53(1), 53-60.

LIESER, M., ZAKREWSKI, M. & B. SITTLER (1997): Zur Ökologie von Alpenschneehühnern (Lagopus mutus) im Sommer auf der Insel Traill, NO-Grönland. - Der Ornithol. Beobachter 94: 225-232

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