University of Innsbruck

Research Group
Dendroecology and Tree Physiology

We focus on the impact of past and present climate conditions on tree and shrub growth at boundaries of their existence in the Alps, i.e., at the alpine treeline and within dry inner alpine environments. We analyze radial growth increments (tree rings) at the inter-annual and intra-annual scale together with physiological parameters to better understand the ecological relationships between growth, climate and site conditions.

Stem cross section of Norway spruce showing characteristics growth rings and response to wounding

Stem cross section of Norway spruce showing characteristics growth rings and response to wounding

Point dendrometer for recording radial stem growth

Point dendrometer for recording radial stem growth

Stages of cell differentiation in the process of tree ring formation

Stages of cell differentiation in the process of tree ring formation

Main research topics

  • Ecology of the alpine treeline and dry inner alpine forests
  • Impact of climate change on tree and shrub growth at boundaries of their existence
  • Intra-annual dynamics of wood and phloem formation

Projects


Research group leader

Walter Oberhuber

Members

Academic staff

Administrative and technical staff

Emeriti and retired staff

Research Assistants

  • Andreas Gruber
  • Gerhard Wieser

Graduate students

Master and diploma students

  • Hannes Enter
  • Marion Fink
  • Markus Finner
  • Lena Obexer
  • Michaela Schweinschwaller