About me – Dr. Dagmar Schröter

With my husband, on a family hike in autumn 2019.

Welcome! Willkommen!  Here is more about me, my background and my work.

My curiosity for relationships is driven by my joy of connecting with others.  I love it like I love jumping in a lake or listening to the wind in the trees. My passion is to help you find love’s gifts of meaning and fulfillment.

I have trained with Terry Real, Jayson Gaddis, and others. With my colleague Jolandé Heppell I run the Relationship Training Community. I am a Founding Student of the The Relationship School®. 

Years ago my husband of nearly 16 years (together for 18) and I found Jayson’s work in time to revive our dying marriage. My eyes were opened to how much energy it took me to hang on to a feeble connection. Vitality and creativity came flooding back when we got better. With it came gratitude. Today we live in the Zürich Highlands, Switzerland, in a 302-year-old farmhouse with our two kids (born in Cambridge, MA, and in Vienna, Austria) and two cats.

I used to be an environmental scientist. During that time I studied relationships between a bigger diversity of species (including bacteria, testate amoebae and mites)… My passion for the environment had me learn about conflicts of interest, values, and our quest for meaning. Slowly, more and more people found their way into my ecosystems! I worked at various institutions, such as Harvard University and ETH Zürich, before choosing to be self-employed. Besides my PhD in Environmental Science and Modeling, I have training in group facilitation, conflict moderation, public speaking, NIA dance, and literary writing.

I have lived in many cultures. I love family time, the outdoors, yoga, archery, dance, music and crafting.

Get a glimpse of my world on instagram.

Biographical Milestones

  • since 2020 Co-Founder and Leader of The Relationship Training Community.
  • 2019 – January 2020 Senior Coach and Educational Leadership Team member at The Relationship School®.
  • 2018 The Europe Conflict Workshop, The Relationship School Europe. Organizer and leader. Winterthur, Switzerland, October 2018.
  • 2017/2018 Level 2 Relationship Coach, Founding Student, Mentor and Assistant Course Leader at The Relationship School®.
  • 2016/2017 Level 1 Relationship Coach, Founding Student, and Mentor at The Relationship School®. 
  • 2013-2016 Senior Scientist in the Transdisciplinary Lab of the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich, Zürich, Switzerland.
  • 2011-2013 Senior Researcher, Risk, Policy and Vulnerability programme at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 2007 – 2009 Science Advisor, Department of Environmental Impact Assessment and Climate Change of the Federal Environment Agency in Vienna, Austria.
  • 2005 – 2008 Research Fellow at Clark University’s George Perkins Marsh Institute (Worcester, Massachusetts).
  • 2004 – 2005 Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard University, Science, Environment, and Development Group, Center for International Development (Cambridge, Massachusetts).
  • 2001 – 2004 Researcher, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Department of Global Change & Natural Systems (Germany).
  • 2001 PhD (summa cum laude) in ecosystems’ research at Giessen University, Department of Animal Ecology (Germany), combining field research and numerical modelling.
  • Prior to this I studied biology (completed diploma research thesis, awarded diploma 1996) at the North Rhine-Westfalia Technical University (Aachen, Germany).

Selected Publications

Schröter D. & Hansmann, R. 2017. Mittelbaustudie 2015–2016 – An Analysis of the situation of mid-career scientists at D-USYS. ETH Zürich, pp 188.

Schröter D. since July 2016: Café international – A monthly 1-page column in our community magazine äxgüsi, about our work with local refugees.

Scolobig A., Prior T., Schröter D., Jörin J., Patt A. 2015. Towards people-centred approaches for effective disaster risk management: balancing rhetoric with reality. International Journal for Disaster Risk Reduction 12: 202-212.

Malek Ž., A. Scolobig and D. Schröter 2014. Understanding land cover changes in the Italian Alps and Romanian Carpathians combining remote sensing and stakeholder interviews. Land, 3(1), 52-73.

Scolobig A., R. Mechler, N. Komendantova, W. Liu, D. Schröter, A. Patt 2014. The co-production of scientific advice and decision making under uncertainty: lessons from the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake, Italy. Planet@Risk, 2 (2), 71-76.

Embleton-Hamann, C., C. Samimi, D. Schröter 2014. Dienstleistungen der Reliefsphärensysteme. In: Formayer, H., Prettenthaler, F. & H. Stötter (eds.), Austrian Assessement Report, Volume 2 – Impacts of Climate Change in Austria and Key Vulnerabilities – Austrian Panel on Climate Change. Klima- und Energiefonds Österreich.

Acosta L.A., R.J. Klein, P. Reidsma, M.J. Metzger, M.D. Rounsevell, R. Leemans, D. Schröter 2013. A Spatially Explicit Scenario-Driven Model of Adaptive Capacity to Global Change in Europe. Global Environmental Change, 23, 1211-1224.

Ciurean, R., D. Schröter, T. Glade 2013. Conceptual Frameworks of Vulnerability Assessments for Natural Disaster Reduction. In: Approaches to Disaster Management – Examining the Implications of Hazards, Emergencies and Disasters, ISBN 980-953-307-513-1 (http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/conceptual-frameworks-of-vulnerability-assessments-for-natural-disasters-reduction).

Taylor A.R., A. Pflug, D. Schröter, V. Wolters. 2010. Impact of microarthropod biomass on the composition of the soil fauna community and ecosystem processes. European Journal of Soil Biology, 46 (2), 80-86.

Schröter D. 2009. Socioecological Transitions and Global Change – Trajectories of Social Metabolism and Land Use (Fischer-Kowalski & Haberl, eds.). A book Review. Regional Environmental Change 9, 59-60.

Patt A.G., D. Schröter, A.C. De la Vega-Leinert, R.J.T. Klein 2009. An Introduction to the Diversity of Approaches to Vulnerability Research and Assessment: Common Features and Lessons Learned. In: Assessing Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change – Making Research Useful for Adaptation Decision Making and Policy, Patt, Schröter, Klein, and De la Vega-Leinert (eds.), chapter 1, p. 1-25.

Schröter D. 2009. Vulnerability to changes in ecosystem services. In: Assessing Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change – Making Research Useful for Adaptation Decision Making and Policy, Patt, Schröter, Klein, and De la Vega-Leinert (eds.), chapter 6, p. 97-114.

De la Vega-Leinert A.C. and D. Schröter 2009. Evaluation of a Stakeholder Dialogue on European Vulnerability to Global Change. In: Assessing Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change – Making Research Useful for Adaptation Decision Making and Policy, Patt, Schröter, Klein, and De la Vega-Leinert (eds.), chapter 11, p. 195-214.

Patt A.G. and D.Schröter 2008. Climate risk perception and challenges for policy implementation: evidence from stakeholders in Mozambique. Global Environmental Change, 18, 458-467.

Metzger M.J., D. Schröter, R. Leemans , W. Cramer 2008. A spatially explicit and quantitative vulnerability assessment of ecosystem service change in Europe. Regional Environmental Change, 8 (3 – Special Issue on Advanced Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis and Modelling), 91-107.

De la Vega-Leinert A.C., D. Schröter, R. Leemans, U. Fritsch, J. Pluimers 2008. A stakeholder dialogue on European vulnerability. Regional Environmental Change, 8 (3 – Special Issue on Advanced Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis and Modelling), 109-124.

Cramer, W., U. Fritsch, R. Leemans, S. Lütkemeier, D. Schröter, A. Watts 2008. Training future experts in “biodiversity and ecosystem services”: a progress report. Regional Environmental Change, 8 (3 – Special Issue on Advanced Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis and Modelling), 125-134.

Metzger M. and D. Schröter 2006. Towards a spatially explicit and quantitative vulnerability assessment of environmental change in Europe. Regional Environmental Change 6, 201-216.

Schröter D., M. Zebisch and T. Grothmann 2006. Climate Change in Germany—Vulnerability and Adaptation of Climate-Sensitive Sectors. Contribution to the Klimastatusbericht 2005 (Report on the State of the Climate 2005), Deutscher Wetterdienst (German Meteorological Service), Offenbach, Germany, http://www.ksb.dwd.de, p. 44-56.

Metzger M. J., M. D. A. Rounsevell, L. Acosta-Michlik, R. Leemans, and D. Schröter 2006. The vulnerability of ecosystem services to land use change. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 114, 69-85.

Schröter D., W. Cramer, R. Leemans, I.C. Prentice, M.B. Araújo, N.W. Arnell, A. Bondeau, H. Bugmann, T.R. Carter, C.A. Gracia, A.C. de la Vega-Leinert, M. Erhard, F. Ewert, M. Glendining, J.I. House, S. Kankaanpää, R.J.T. Klein, S. Lavorel, M. Lindner, M.J. Metzger, J. Meyer, T.D. Mitchell, I. Reginster, M. Rounsevell, S. Sabaté, S. Sitch, B. Smith, J. Smith, P. Smith, M.T. Sykes, K. Thonicke, W. Thuiller, G. Tuck, S. Zaehle, B. Zierl 2005. Ecosystem Service Supply and Vulnerability to Global Change in Europe. Science 310 (5752), 1333-1337.
(Published online first 27 Oct. 2005; 10.1126/science.1115233 Science Express).

Schröter D. and S. Dekker 2005. Stability and interaction strength within soil food webs of a European forest transect: the impact of N deposition. In: Dynamic Food Webs: Multispecies assemblages, ecosystem development, and environmental change, edited by Peter C. De Ruiter, Volkmar Wolters, John Moore, Academic Press, p. 223-234.

Dekker S.C., S. Scheu, D. Schröter, H. Setälä, M. Szanser and T.P. Traas 2005. Towards a new generation of dynamic soil decomposer food web models. In: Dynamic Food Webs: Multispecies assemblages, ecosystem development, and environmental change, edited by Peter C. De Ruiter, Volkmar Wolters, John Moore, Academic Press, p. 258-266 .

Schröter D., C. Polsky, and A.G. Patt 2005. Assessing vulnerabilities to the effects of global change: an eight step approach. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 10 (4) 573-595.

Metzger M., R. Leemans and D. Schröter 2005. A multidisciplinary multi-scale framework for assessing vulnerabilities to global change. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 7, 253-267.

Schröter D. 2005. Vulnerability to changes in ecosystem services. CID Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Working Paper No. 10, July 2005. Center for International Development (CID), Harvard University, Cambridge, USA. Available at www.cid.harvard.edu/cidwp/grad/010.htm.

Schröter D., L. Brussaard, G. De Deyn, K. Poveda, V.K. Brown, M.P. Berg, D.A. Wardle, J. Moore, D.H. Wall 2004. Trophic interactions in a changing world: modelling aboveground-belowground interactions. Special issue on Above and Belowground Interactions, edited by W. Van Der Putten, P.C. De Ruiter, M. Bezemer and J. Harvey. Basic and Applied Ecology, 5 (6), 515-528.

Schröter D., M.J. Metzger, W. Cramer, R. Leemans 2004. Vulnerability assessment – analysing the human-environment system in the face of global environmental change. Environmental Science Section Bulletin, Kalmar University, Sweden, 2, 11-17.

Taylor A.R., D. Schröter, A. Pflug and V. Wolters 2004. Responses of different decomposer communities to the manipulation of moisture availability: potential effects of changing precipitation patterns. Global Change Biology, 10, 1313-1324.

Schröter D., V. Wolters, P.C. De Ruiter 2003. C and N mineralisation in the decomposer food webs of a European forest transect. Oikos, 102, 294-308.

Polsky C., D. Schröter, A. Patt, S. Gaffin, M. L. Martello, R. Neff, A. Pulsipher, and H. Selin 2003. Assessing Vulnerabilities to the Effects of Global Change: An Eight-Step Approach. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Working Paper 2003-05, Environment and Natural Resources Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. pp. 17.

Dauber J., D. Schröter and V. Wolters 2001. Species specific effects of ants on microbial activity and N-availability in the soil of an old-field. European Journal of Soil Biology, 37, 259-261.

Schröter D. 2001. Structure and function of the decomposer food webs of forests along a European North-South-transect with special focus on Testate Amoebae (Protozoa). Shaker Verlag, Aachen, Germany, 138 pp.

Wolters V., A. Pflug, A.R. Taylor and D. Schröter 2000. Diversity and role of the decomposer food web. In E.-D. Schulze (ed.), Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in Forest Ecosystems. Ecological Studies, Springer, Heidelberg, 142, 366-381.

Ekschmitt K., R. Baxter, C.D. Campbell, R. Ceulemans, K.P. Günther, W.O. Heal, A. Hector, F. Henning, A. Kjøller, S. Matouch, U. Molau, P.I. Nagy, A. Otte, J.G. Pausas, A. Pflug, D. Schröter, G. Sillence, N.C. Steiner, S. Struwe, V. Wolters and P.A. Wookey 2000. Ecosystem functioning and management under multiple stresses and extreme events. In M.A. Sutton, J.M. Moreno, W.H. Van der Putten, and S. Struwe (ed.), Terrestrial Ecosystem Research in Europe: Successes, Challenges and Policy. European Commission, Luxembourg, 28-34.

Schröter D., A. Hülsmann, A. Pflug and V. Wolters 1998. Climate effects on soil biota of coniferous forests: a transect approach. The Earth’s Changing Land – GCTE-LUCC Open Science Conference on Global Change, March 14-18, Barcelona, Spain, pp. 208-209.

Pflug A., A. Hülsmann, D. Schröter and V. Wolters 1998. Microarthropoden als Steuergröße im Lebensraum Boden. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft, 89: 119-121.

Schröter D., A. Hülsmann, A. Pflug and V. Wolters 1997. Die Bodenfauna in der organischen Auflage entlang eines europäischen Transekts. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft, 85, 599-602.

Hülsmann A., D. Schröter, A. Pflug and V. Wolters 1997. Response of the decomposer community to experimental alterations in spruce litter humidity. In S.C. van de Geijn and P.J. Kuikman (eds.) Prospects for Co-ordinated Activities in Core Projects of GCTE, BAHC and LUCC. CCB-Wageningen, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 152-153.

Hülsmann A., D. Schröter, A. Pflug and V. Wolters 1997. Struktur und Leistung von Zersetzergemeinschaften in Fichtenforstböden unter Feuchtestress. Verhandlungen der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft, 90, 1, 362.