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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

Dr. Ulf Büntgen, Ph.D.


Position: Vědecký pracovník

Branch: Department of Climate Change Impacts on Agroecosystems

Workplace: MendelGlobeZemědělská 1665/1Brno613 00



Research Focus

Head of the Dendroecology Group at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, conducts fieldwork all over the globe to provide answers to his main research questions: How did and does climate change? How did and do ecosystems respond to such changes?

Alpine ibexes horn growth: Disentangling biotoc and abiotic drivers of annual Caprinae horn growth rates

Arctic driftwood: Wood anatomy, Ocean Circulation Patterns, Provenancing, DNA sequencing

Climate variability: MWP, LIA, Recent Warming, Color-preservation, Forcing agents

Dendrochronology:De-trending, Composite chronologies, Maximum Latewood Density

Early instrumental measurements: Homogenization, Urban-Heat-Island, High-elevation observations

Mountain systems: EuropeanAlps, Carpathian arc, Pyrenees, Caucasus, Scandinavia and Tien Shan

Mushroom phenology: Intra- and inter-annual extremes and trends in fungi fruiting, Switzerland and Europe

Landscape dynamics: Change and persistence in Alpine environment, settlement and building history

Palaeoclimatology: Long-term reconstructions, regional- to large-scale networks, frequency domains

Plague dynamics: Climatic and environmental triggers of plague outbreaks in Central Asia and Europe

Population ecology: Long-term insect outbreak dispersal and dynamics, fungi fruiting and phenology

Settlement activity:Construction timber, felling dates, dendroarchaeology, human history, population migration

Truffle ecology: Fruit body formation, daily growth rings, climatic drivers, ectomycorrhizal ecology, host plant

Vegetation dynamics: Intra- to inter-annual growth responses to climate, tree-line dynamics  



Brief scientometrics

156 articles published (102 are ISI listed), h-index is 25 / 29 (Web of Science / Google Scholar)

134(87) Büntgen U, Wacker L, Nicolussi K, Sigl M, Güttler D, Tegel W, Krusic PJ, Esper J (2014) Extraterrestrial confirmation of tree-ring dating. Nature Climate Change 4: 404-405

121(78)Bunde A, Büntgen U,Ludescher J, Luterbacher J, von Storch H (2013) Is there memory in precipitation? Nature Climate Change 3: 174-175

Büntgen U, Egli S, Camarero JJ, Fischer EM, Stobbe U, Kauserud H, Tegel W, Sproll L, Stenseth NC (2012) Drought-induced decline in Mediterranean truffle harvest. Nature Climate Change 2: 827-829

Schmid BV, Büntgen U, Easterday WR, Ginzler C, Walløe L, Bramanti B, Stenseth NC (2015) Climate-driven introduction of the Black Death and successive plague reintroductions into Europe. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA doi: 10.1073/pnas.1412887112

Schmid BV, Büntgen U, Easterday WR, Ginzler C, Walløe L, Bramanti B, Stenseth NC (in press) The climatic pulse of Asia: the Black Death and successive plague epidemics in Europe. PNAS (in press)

Büntgen U, Hellmann L, Tegel W, Normand S, Myer-Smith I, Kirdyanov A, Nievergelt D, Schweingruber FH (2015) Temperature driven germination pulse of Arctic dwarf shrub communities. Journal of Ecology doi: 10.1111/1365-2745.12361

Büntgen U, Egli S, Schneider L, von Arx G, Rigling A, Camarero JJ, Sangüesa-Barreda G, Fischer CR, Oliach D, Bonet JA, Colinas C, Tegel W, Ruiz Barbarin JI, Martínez-Peña F (2015) Long-term irrigation effects on Spanish holm oak growth and its black truffle symbiont. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 202: 148-159

Büntgen U, Jenny H, Liebhold, A, Mysterud A, Egli S, Nievergelt D, Stenseth NC, Bollmann K (2014) European springtime temperature synchronizes ibex horn growth across the eastern Swiss Alps. Ecology Letters 17: 303-313

Büntgen U, Kirdyanov AV, Hellmann L, Nikolayev A, Tegel W (2014) Cruising the archive: on the palaeoclimatic value of the Lena Delta. The Holocene 24: 627-630

Büntgen U, Psomas A, Schweingruber FH (2014) Introducing wood anatomical and dendrochronological aspects of herbaceous plants: applications of the Xylem Database to vegetation science. Journal of Vegetation Science 25: 967-977

Büntgen U, Tegel W, Kaplan JO, Schaub M, Hagedorn F, Bürgi M, Brázdil R, Helle G, Career M, Heussner KU, Hofmann J, Kontic R, Kyncl T, Kyncl J, Camarero JJ, Tinner W, Esper J, Liebhold A (2014) Placing unprecedented recent fir growth in a European-wide and Holocene-long context. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12: 100-106

Büntgen U, Kyncl T, Ginzler C, Jacks DS, Esper J, Tegel W, Heussner KU, Kyncl J (2013) Filling the Eastern European gap in millennium-long temperature reconstructions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA 110: 1773-1778

Büntgen U, Martinez-Peña F, Aldea J, Rigling A, Fischer EM, Camarero JJ, Hayes MJ, Fatton V, Egli S (2013) Declining pine growth in Central Spain coincides with increasing diurnal temperature range since the 1970s. Global and Planetary Change 107: 177-185

Büntgen U, Peter M, Kauserud H, Egli S (2013) Unraveling environmental drivers of a recent increase in Swiss fungi fruiting. Global Change Biology 19: 2785-2794