International tree mortality network



Henrik Hartmann

Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena

Tree mortality has always been the running theme in Henrik’s research. He used a dendroecological approach to infer tree decline during his PhD and then switched to ecophysiology for his postdoc. He is leader of the Max-Planck research group “Plant Allocation” and has been active in organizing two international mortality workshops in Jena (2014) and Hanover (2017).

Nadine Ruehr

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Campus Alpin

Nadine is an ecophysiologist and focuses on understanding plant and ecosystem functioning in a changing world. She is head of the Plant Ecophysiology group at KIT and applies experiments and process models to study the impacts of extreme climate events on carbon and water cycling of trees and forests.   

Bernhard Schuldt

University of Würzburg - Ecophysiology and Vegetation Ecology

As a plant ecologist specialized in ecophysiology and plant water relations, Bernhard’s research is focused on the carbon and water balance of trees, the influence of drought stress on woody plants, and their adaptability to changing environmental conditions. He works on identifying general patterns in trees’ hydraulic architecture, causes and consequences of drought-induced tree mortality as well as biodiversity effects on the water balance of trees.

Esquivel Muelbert

University of Birmingham - School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Adriane is a global change ecologist documenting and mechanistically understanding the effects of current environmental changes on biological systems. She investigates how forests respond to different forces and what the implications of these responses are on biodiversity and global biogeochemical cycles. Her work uses field-based data and explores forest dynamics at a macroecological scale. She is passionate about tropical forests and their complexity, particularly the Amazon, and seeks to translate her research into conservation efforts.

Cornelius Senf

Technical University of Munich, Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management Group

Cornelius has a background in geography with a specialisation in remote sensing, but his research has strong ties to landscape and macrosystem ecology. His particular interest is in understanding the dynamics of forests at the landscape- and macro-scale, that is how and why forests change through space and time. As trees are long-living organisms, he mostly works with long satellite time series, such as from the Landsat archive, delivering a complementing perspective to field-based research.

Rupert Seidl

Technical University of Munich, Ecosystem Dynamics and Forest Management Group

Rupert is a forester by training and his research focuses on understanding forest ecosystem dynamics in a changing world. A main focus of Ruperts work is to quantify the causes and consequences of changing forest disturbance regimes. He develops forest landscape simulation models in order to study the past and future interactions between vegetation, climate, and disturbances. He harnesses novel insights on ecosystem dynamics for improving the robustness of forest management strategies.

Thomas Pugh

Lund University - Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science

Tom works on understanding interactions between vegetation, environmental change and the carbon cycle at regional and global scales. He has a background in computational modelling, particularly using global vegetation models, and his group at the University of Birmingham applies a variety of model and data-based approaches.


Selina Schwarz

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Campus Alpin

Focus groups

Data management and access

William Hammond

Oklahoma State University, Department of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Evolution

William (Bill) aims to understand both the external drivers (e.g., climate, biotic agents) and internal mechanisms (e.g., plant physiological processes) that determine when trees stop living, and start dying—to answer the question, “What kills trees?”. His dissertation research crosses the scales of single xylem conduits to globally distributed forests, and involves anatomical, physiological, and climatological approaches. He is particularly passionate about the fates of big, old trees—and their disproportionate contributions to healthy forest ecosystems.

Scientific Advisory Board

Craig D Allen (USGS Fort Collins Science Center)

Barbara Bentz (US Forest Service)

Andreas Bolte (Thünen Institute)

Harald Bugmann (ETH Zurich)

Matthew Hansen (University of Maryland)

Alistair Jump (University of Stirling)

Nate McDowell (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Belinda Medlyn (Western Sydney University)

Helene Muller-Landau (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute)

Doug Morton (NASA)

Yude Pan (US Forest Service)

Former SAB Members

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Allen, Craig D.United States Geological SurveyUSAMechanisms
Anderegg, William R. L.University of UtahUSAMechanisms
Anderson-Teixeira, KristinaSmithsonian Tropical Research InstituteUSAForest inventory
Arias Aguilar, DagobertoCosta Rica Institute of TechnologyCosta RicaForest inventory
Ashtamoorthy, SreejithKerala Forest Research InstituteIndiaForest inventory
Bastrup-Birk, AnnemarieEuropean Environment AgencyDenmarkForest inventory
Battipaglia, GiovannaUniversity of Campania Luigi VanvitelliItalyMechanisms
Bauhus, JürgenUniversity of FreiburgGermanyMechanisms
Bauman, DavidUniversity of OxfordGreat BritainForest inventory
Beierkuhnlein, CarlUniversity of BayreuthGermanyRemote sensing
Bentz, BarbaraUS Forest ServiceUSAMechanisms
Boehmer, Hans JürgenUniversity of the South PacificFiji IslandsForest inventory
Bolte, AndreasThünen Institute of Forest EcosystemsGermanyForest inventory
Branquinho, CristinaUniversity of LisbonPortugalForest inventory
Breda, NathalieNational Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA)FranceMechanisms
Bugmann, HaraldSwiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerlandForest inventory
Buras, AllanTechnical University of MunichGermanyRemote sensing
Burger, BrigitteIUFRO head quartersAustriaForest inventory
Bussotti, FilippoUniversity of FirenzeItalyForest inventory
Cardoso, AmandaFederal University of AlfenasBrazilOther
Cayetano, DenverUniversity of GoettingenGermanyForest inventory
Coomes, DavidUniversity of CambridgeGreat BritainRemote sensing
Cousins, StellaUniversity of MichiganUSAForest inventory
Crowther, TomSwiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerlandForest inventory
Delzon, SylvainNational Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA)FranceMechanisms
Dexter, KyleUniversity of EdinburghGreat BritainMechanisms
Dorfstetter, YasminUniversity of Natural Resources and Life SciencesAustriaRemote sensing
Dubois, ClémenceFriedrich-Schiller University JenaGermanyRemote sensing
Ernstsons, AndrisUniversity of FloridaUSAMechanisms
Esperon, ManuelWestern Sydney UniversityAustraliaForest inventory
Etzold, SophiaSwiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape ResearchSwitzerlandForest inventory
Falster, DanielUniversity of New South WalesAustraliaMechanisms
Farfan-Rios, WilliamWashington UniversityUSAMechanisms
Fatehi, ParvizUniversity of TehranIranRemote sensing
Forkel, MatthiasTechnical University of DresdenGermanyRemote sensing
Forzieri, GiovanniEuropean CommissionItalyRemote sensing
Gadermaier, JosefUniversity of Natural Resources and Life SciencesAustriaMechanisms
Galvin, StephenUniversity of the South PacificFiji IslandsForest inventory
Gebrekirstos, AsterWorld Agroforestry CentreKenyaForest inventory
Gourlet-Fleury, SylvieAgricultural Research for DevelopmentFranceForest inventory
Grams, TorstenTechnical University MunichGermanyMechanisms
Grote, RüdigerKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermanyMechanisms
Hansen, MatthewUniversity of MarylandUSARemote sensing
Hardy, GilesMurdoch UniversityAustraliaForest inventory
Hartl, ClaudiaJohannes Gutenberg University of MainzGermanyMechanisms
Hember, RobertMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural DevelopmentCanadaForest inventory
Hengeveld, Geerten M.Wageningen UniversityNetherlandsModeling
Hickler, ThomasSenckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research CentreGermanyModeling
Huang, Cho-yingNational Taiwan UniversityChinaRemote sensing
Hülsmann, LisaUniversity of RegensburgGermanyModeling
Jansen, StevenUniversity of UlmGermanyMechanisms
Jentsch, AnkeUniversity BayreuthGermanyMechanisms
Jordan, JenniferSmithsonian ForestGEOUSAForest inventory
Jump, AlistairUniversity of StirlingGreat BritainForest inventory
Junttila, SamuliUniversity of HelsinkiFinnlandRemote sensing
Kachaev, AlexanderSiberian Federal UniversityRussiaModelling
Kahmen, AnsgarUniversity of BaselSwitzerlandMechanisms
Kannenberg, SteveUniversity of UtahUSAMechanisms
Kattenborn, TejaRemote Sensing Centre for Earth Observation ResearchGermanyRemote sensing
Keppel, GunnarUniversity of South AustraliaAustraliaMechanisms
Klein, TamirWeizmann Institute of ScienceIsraelMechanisms
Kotowska, MartynaUniversity of GöttingenGermanyForest inventory
Kramer, KoenWageningen UniversityNetherlandsModeling
Langan, LiamSenckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research CentreGermanyMechanisms
Leuschner, ChristophUniversity of GöttingenGermanyMechanisms
Link, RomanUniversity of WürzburgGermanyMechanisms
Macinnis-Ng, CateUniversity of AucklandNew ZealandMechanisms
Manzi, OlivierRwanda PolytechnicRwandaMechanisms
Marano, GinaSwiss Federal Institute of Technology ZurichSwitzerlandModelling
Marechaux, IsabelleMontpellier UniversityFranceMechanisms
Martinez-Vilalta, JordiAutonomous University of BarcelonaSpainMechanisms
Maslov, AlexanderRussian Academy of SciencesRussiaMechanisms
McDowell, NatePacific Northwest National LaboratoryUSAMechanisms
Medlyn, BelindaWestern Sydney UniversityAustraliaModelling
Mori, AkiraYokohama National UniversityJapanMechanisms
Morton, DougNational Aeronautics and Space AdministrationUSARemote sensing
Muda, Mohd AfzanizamForest Research InstituteMalaysiaForest inventory
Muller-Landau, HeleneSmithsonian Tropical Research InstituteUSAForest inventory
Nolet, PhilippeUniversité du Québec en OutaouaisCanadaForest inventory
Oksanen, ElinaUniversity of Eastern FinlandFinlandMechanisms
Oliva, JonasUniversity of LleidaSpainMechanisms
Oliveras, ImmaUniversity of OxfordGreat BritainMechanisms
Opgenoorth, LarsPhilipps-Universität MarburgGermanyRemote sensing
Pan, YudeUS Forest ServiceUSAForest inventory
Penuelas, JosepCentre for Research on Ecology and Forestry ApplicationsSpainForest inventory
Perks, MikeForest Research UKUnited KingdomForest inventory
Pesquer Mayos, LluísCentre for Research on Ecology and Forestry ApplicationsSpainRemote sensing
Petritan, Any MaryNational Institute for Research-Development in Forestry “Marin Dracea”RomaniaForest inventory
Pollastrini, MartinaUniversity of FirenzeItalyMechanisms
Portier, JeanneSwiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape ResearchSwitzerlandForest inventory
Potterf, MariaUniversity of JyvaskylaFinlandRemote sensing
Rammig, AnjaTechnical University of MunichGermanyModeling
Reyer, ChristopherPotsdam Institute of Climate Impact ResearchGermanyModeling
Rohner, BrigitteSwiss Federal Institute for ForestSwitzerlandForest inventory
Rüger, NadjaGerman Centre for Integrative Biodiversity ResearchGermanyModeling
Ruiz Benito, PalomaUniversity of AlcalaSpainForest inventory
Salas-Eljatib, ChristianMajor UniversityChileForest inventory
Salmon, YannUniversity of HelsinkiFinlandMechanisms
Sanchez-Azofeifa, ArturoUniversity of AlbertaCanadaMechanisms
Sarmento Cabral, JulianoUniversity of WürzburgGermanyModelling
Sass-Klaassen, UteWageningen UniversityNetherlandsMechanisms
Schmidtlein, SebastianKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermanyRemote sensing
Schroeder, ToddUSDA Forest ServiceUSAForest inventory
Schwarz, SelinaKarlsruhe Institute of TechnologyGermanyRemote sensing
Skiadaresis, GeorgiosUniversity of FreiburgGermanyMechanisms
Stereńczak, KrzysztofForest Research InstitutePolandForest inventory
Stokes, AlexiaFrench National Institute for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (INRAE)FranceMechanisms
Suvanto, SusanneUniversity of BirminghamGreat BritainMechanisms
Sviderskaya, IrinaSiberian Federal UniversityRussiaModeling
Svoboda, MiroslavCzech University of Life SciencesCzech RepublicForest inventory
Tatsuhara, SatoshiUniversity of TokyoJapanForest inventory
Thurner, MartinSenckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research CentreGermanyRemote sensing
Tomelleri, EnricoFree University of Bozen/BolzanoItalyForest inventory
Torres, Gabriel ArellanoSmithsonian Tropical Research InstituteUSAModeling
Trotsiuk, VolodymyrSwiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape ResearchSwitzerlandForest inventory
Vaganov, EugeneSiberian Federal UniversityRussiaModeling
Vaglio Laurin, GaiaUniversity of TusciaItalyRemote sensing
van der Maaten, ErnstTechnical University DresdenGermanyMechanisms
van der Maaten-Theunissen, MariekeTechnical University DresdenGermanyForest inventory
Veloso de Freitas, JobertoBrazilian Forest ServiceBrazilForest inventory
Vennetier, MichelNational Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and AgricultureFranceForest inventory
Vostarek, OndřejCzech University of Life SciencesCzech RepublicForest inventory
Wårlind, DavidLund UniversitySwedenModeling
Xenakis, GeorgiosForest Research UKUnited KingdomMechanisms
Xu, XiangtaoCornell UniversityUSAMechanisms
Yan, YuchaoPeking UniversityChinaMechanisms
Yi, ChuixiangQueens CollegeUSAMechanisms
Zang, ChristianTechnical University of MunichGermanyModeling