Guests and collaborators

Debora Coelho Da Silva
PhD student (São Paulo State University, Brazil)
Master in Forest and Environmental Sciences (2020, Federal University of Amazonas, Brazil)
My research interest is related to xylem anatomy, tree physiology, and plant hydraulics. I work with Amazonian forest species, investigating how the anatomy and physiology of trees vary in response to a light gradient.
My aim is to assess how microclimatic variation influences the xylem anatomy, resistance to embolism and whether there is coordination between the functional characteristics of species from different ecological groups.

Talita Angélico
PhD student in Forest Resources (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Master in Biological Sciences – Botanic (2010, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil)
Experience in ecological wood anatomy, environmental education; planning and management of urban forestry. My current research focuses on the influence of electric power companies’ initiatives on tree structure and composition in cities of the Sao Paulo State

Rafaella Dutra
Master student (São Paulo State University, Brazil)
B.Sc. Biology – Environmental Sciences Emphasis (2018, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil)
Research interests: anatomical and functional wood traits. My study focuses the identification and biological interpretation of structural and functional (sapwood density and sugar storage) wood patterns in roots and stem of Brazilian neotropical savanna plants (Cerrado)

Samuel Robin
Master student (Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue)
B.Sc Agronomy (Université Laval)
My research interests are in forestry, ecophysiology, and agronomy. I evaluate the impact of different temperature scenarios representing climate change over the next century on the germination and establishment of boreal species. The results will define the limits of species in the context of climate change. My project improves the strategies of forest management and seedling production for seedlings better adapted to future climate scenarios.

Jiani Gao
PhD student
Master in Physical Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Research Interests: Assessing the influences of climate variations and natural disturbances on the dynamics of temperate forests along climatic gradients. I focus on intra-annual dynamic of wood formation, dendrometers, microcoring and the variability in xylem anatomy response to climate change in water-deficit areas. My current research focuses on the kinetic of tracheid development and false ring formation under drought events in the semi-arid China.

Lei Chen
Researcher at the Sichuan University, China
PhD (2018, Hokkaido University, Japan)
Experience: plant phenology, dendroecology, xylem formation.
My research focuses on the effect of global climate change on tree growth based on phenology and tree-ring width. Researchgate

Xiali Guo
PhD student
Master in Forest Ecology,  Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.
Research Interests: xylem formation and bud phenology. My research concerns the study of the effect of nitrogen deposition on xylem formation of broad leaf species and the role of auxin evolved during xylem formation of conifer species in subtropical forests. My current research focuses on the bud phenological adaptation mechanism within and among different populations of sugar maple and boreal black spruce.

Valentina Mogavero
PhD student in forest ecology, 2017, University of Naples Federico II, Italy.
Experience: dendrochronology and dendroecology, quantitative wood anatomy with deciduous species. Main research topic: high-altitude forests and adaptation to climate change along gradients, anthropogenic disturbances in the European beech forest treelines. Current research: quantitative wood anatomy along altitudinal gradients in the Pollino national park (Italy).

Marcin Klisz
Research associate, Forest Research Institute, Poland
PhD, 2011, Forest Research Institute
Experience: wood properties, dendrochronology, population genetics, common garden experiments, quantitative wood anatomy. Main research topic: Genetic variation in adaptation of forest trees to climate change. Current research: “Provenance-specific drought adaptation of Norway spruce in Poland”. 0000-0001-9486-6988

Peter Prislan
Research associate, Slovenian Forestry Institute
PhD, 2012, University of Ljubljana
Experience: wood biology, xylem and phloem anatomy, tissue preparation for light microscopy, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, UV-microspectrophotometry, dendrochronology. Main research topic: Seasonal changes in cambium cell ultrastructure, phloem function and dysfunction, xylo- and phloemo-genesis in European beech and Norway spruce in Slovenia, weather-growth relationships. Current research: project entitled “Influence of climate change on cambial activity, xylogenesis, wood structure and productivity of European beech and Norway spruce in Slovenia”.

Shaokang Zhang
Postdoctoral fellow, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences
PhD, 2018, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Experience: wood anatomy, bud phenology and dendrochronology. Main research topics: impacts of N deposition on cambium and xylem formation dynamics. Relationships between wood formation dynamics and environmental factors in temperate and subtropical forests in Central China. Responses of bud phenology in boreal trees under global warming scenarios. Current research: near-surface remote-sensing (phenocam) and canopy phenology along gradients in the boreal forest of Canada.

Minhui He
Postdoctoral fellow, Humboldt fellowships
PhD 2012, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Research Interests: dendroclimatology and dendroecology on the Tibetan Plateau and northwestern China. I am also interested in monitoring (micro-coring and dendrometer data) and modeling stem radial growth process and their relationships with climate

Margarita Popkova
PhD student, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
My research interests lie in the area of dendrochronology and dendroecology. Having a mathematical background, I have focused on modeling tree-ring formation of conifers species using the process-based Vaganov-Shashkin model of tree growth. Now I am developing a complex approach to reconstruct the seasonal dynamics of cell production by the influence of climatic factors

Rayees Ahmad Malik
PhD, 2019, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India
Research interests: Dendroclimatology and cambial phenology in temperate forests of the northwestern Himalaya. Currently, I study the growth-climate relationships in pindrow fir along its elevation range, using tree rings, in the Hirpora wildlife sanctuary, Jammu and Kashmir, India. I focus on the process of wood formation and dynamics of various cambial phenological stages in pindrow fir along the elevation range of the species. Cambial phenology studies along with measurements of tree-ring width provide useful tools to understand the species ecology and the response of radial growth and cambial dynamics under climate change

Anam Usmani

PhD in Forest Ecology 2020, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Experience: I did my research on tree phenology in the Canadian boreal forest. I obtained a CAS-TWAS scholarship during my PhD. I completed my Master and Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Plant Protection and have two-years long experience as a research assistant in plant pathology. My area of interest is climate change, forest ecology, molecular biology, plant pathology and applied agriculture.

Qiqi Du
PhD student in ecology
Bachelor in forestry, 2016, Northeast Forestry University, China
Master in ecology, 2018, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Research interests: dendroclimatology and cambium phenology in southeastern Tibetan Plateau, China. My current research focuses on exploring the starting and ending time of cambium growth on different elevation gradients and their respective environmental factors

Liu Shushan
PhD student in forest ecology, 2016, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
My research interests involve xylem phenology and dendroclimatology. My current research focus on the dynamics of xylem phenology and tree-ring growth in trees belonging to different social status, and their response to climate.

Nita Dyola
MSc 2016 in environmental science, Nepal
MSc student in forest ecology, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Research in forest ecology: ecological stoichiometry of trees, scaling up of responses for nutrient acquisition from tissue to biome level, modelling functional traits to investigate the physiological responses and adaptation to changes in biotic and abiotic factors along altitudinal gradients, identifying complex ecological processes and interactions. She is a pioneer to conduct a landscape level study focusing on stoichiometric traits in the Nepal Himalayas. Her study sites include a great altitudinal gradient in eastern, central and western Himalayan ranges of Nepal, representing a complete vegetation belt from tropical to alpine ecosystems. She was awarded with the University Scholarship (i.e, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, UCAS)