Inside tree rings — studying tree growth and forest dynamics from the bottom up

Category: Time:
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:00
Room: Speaker:
Georg von Arx
WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Malcolm Hughes

Tree-ring Talk by Candidate for Ltrr Faculty Position

Wood cells are the basic units of tree growth and tree functioning. External biotic and abiotic factors and functional needs leave permanent imprints in their structure, making them both high-resolution and long-term archives for tree life. In this talk I will present how wood cell anatomical properties can be used – in combination with other proxies such as ring-width, dendrometer and isotope data as well as physiological measurements – to address questions related to wood formation processes, tree structure-function relationships, tree growth and mortality in response to environmental variability, water and carbon cycles, climate reconstruction and forest management.