We are a group of researchers with different backgrounds and expertise with a common interest on tree functional ecology, ecophysiology and modelling.

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Prof. Dr. Uta Berger, project leader

Full time professor for Forest Biometry and Systems Analysis, TU Dresden: Dynamics of complex ecological systems, risk assessment of management scenarios, disturbances, and long-term changes of environmental factors on the functioning of ecological systems, development of ecological theories and modelling concepts, evaluation of ecological parameters, statistical data analysis.

Prof. Dr. Uta Berger

Dr. Alejandra Vovides

Research associate at the school of Geographical and Earth Sciences of the University of Glasgow: Plant morphological plasticity along environmental stress gradient, restoration ecology and community dynamics.

Dr. Alejandra Vovides

Dr. Jorge Lopez-Portillo

Full time researcher at the Institute of Ecology (INECOL, AC) Mexico: Ecophysiology, salt stress, long-term ecological research, functional ecology, geomorphology of mangroves and restoration ecology.

Dr. Jorge López-Portillo

Prof. Dr. Nadezhda Nadezhdina

Professor at the Mendel University in Brno: Plant physiology, water relations in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum, three hydraulic architecture and hydraulic redistribution within trees and by tree roots

Dr. Nadezhda Nadezhdina

Dr. Thorsten Balke

Full time lecturer at the School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow: Biogeomorphology, Bio-physical interactions and temporal matching in ecosystems, disturbance ecology and coastal environmental change

Dr. Thorsten Balke

Dr. Guillermo Angeles

Institute of Ecology: Wood anatomy, Functional anatomy and hydraulic architecture.

Guillermo Angeles

Jürgen Groeneveld

Guest researcher at TD Dresden, with a research background on ecological and socio-ecological modelling, using mainly agent-based simulation models. His current research is based on species interaction in the Southern-Ocean and emergence of mono-dominant stands in tropical forests, combining social network analysis and agent-based models that include the emergence of pastoral property regimes.

Jürgen Groeneveld

More allies

Dr. Ing. Roman Plichta (Mendel University in Brno)

Roman Plichta is Assistant professor at the Department of Botany of the Mendel University in Brno, where he develops research on functional anatomy and ecophysiology of trees

Roman Plichta

Martin Zwanzig (TU Dresden)

Research associate at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at TU Dresden: ecological modelling, statistics, microbial ecology and evolution, ecological networks and plant-soil systems.

Martin Zwanzig

Alec Downey (ICT International, Australia)

Alec is head of Plant Science Applications and Research at ICT International Pty Ltd, and expert on measurement and data interpretation of sap flow.

Alec Downey

Cyril Piou, CIRAD (France)

Ecology, Individual-based modeling, Population dynamics and Point pattern analysis.

Cyril Piou

Etienne Delay (CIRAD, France)

CIRAD-GEEN Researcher in social geography and spatial modeling. He 
developed a research methodology based on field work and companion mod-
eling combined with the formalization of the observed processes and 
agent-based models. He tackles the scientific challenges proposed by 
landscape dynamics and cooperation processes.

Etienne Delay


PhD students

Marie Wimmler, Technische Universität Dresden

Thesis Title: Exploring natural grafted root systems in mangroves by modelling interaction networks

Marie Wimmler

Master Students

Hanna Bowen, INECOL, Mexico

Thesis title: “Sap flow in root-graft networks of the black mangrove (Avicennia germinans): Cooperation mechanisms”

Hannah Bowen

Project collaboration student

Kangyong Zhang, University of Glasgow, UK

Geographic information systems

Kangyong Zahng, Mexico 2022

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