Paolo Cherubini, Switzerland

Paolo Cherubini, SwitzerlandPaolo Cherubini's research interests lie within physiology, ecology, and evolution, with relevance to the knowledge and sustainable management of natural resources and nature conservation. He strives to understand the key processes behind tree growth, to gain a thorough understanding of the influence of environmental stress on tree physiological processes, with particular focus on intra- and inter-annual cambial activity. Dr. Paolo Cherubini is Italian, grew up in Pisa, Italy, and was educated in forest sciences at the Università di Firenze (Italy), and in botany at the Universität Basel (Switzerland) where he obtained his PhD in 1996. In 1992 he moved from Italy to the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and since 1993 he is with the WSL Swiss Federal Research Institute at Birmensdorf (Zurich, Switzerland).

Dr. Paolo Cherubini is currently Senior Research Scientist at the WSL, where he is Head a.i. of the Research Unit "Dendrosciences" and Head of the Group "Tree Physiology". He is Adjunct Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, New York City (U.S.A.), Adjunct Faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (U.S.A.), and Lecturer at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich (Switzerland). He is editorially very active: he serves currently as Editor in Chief of the journal Dendrochronologia, Associate Editor of Tree-Ring Research, Editor of iForest@, Member of the Editorial Board of Geochronometria and of Journal of Vegetation Science.


Title of talk to be presented

Tree rings and water: how and where can dendroecological methods help hydrological research.



CHERUBINI P., GARTNER B.L., TOGNETTI R., BRÄKER O.U., SCHOCH W., INNES J.L. , (2003) Identification, measurement and interpretation of tree rings in woody species from mediterranean climates. Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 78, 1, 119-148.

DE MICCO V., SAURER M., ARONNE G., TOGNETTI R., CHERUBINI P. , (2007). Variations of wood anatomy and ¥13C within tree rings of coastal Pinus pinaster showing intra-annual density fluctuations. IAWA Journal, 28, 1, 61-74.

TOGNETTI R., CHERUBINI P., MARCHI S., RASCHI A. , (2007). Leaf traits and tree rings suggest different water-use and carbon assimilation strategies by two co-occurring Quercus species in a Mediterranean mixed-forest stand in Tuscany, Italy. Tree Physiology, 27, 1741-1751.

MARTIN-BENITO D., CHERUBINI P., DEL RIO M., CANELLAS I. , (2008). Growth response to climate and drought in Pinus nigra Arn. trees of different crown classes. Trees, 22, 363-373.

BATTIPAGLIA G., SAURER M., CHERUBINI P., SIEGWOLF R.T.W., COTRUFO M.F. , (2009). Tree rings indicate different drought resistance of a native (Abies alba Mill.) and a nonnative (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) species co-occurring at a dry site in Southern Italy. Forest Ecology and Management, 257, 820-828.