e-mail: elisabeth.poetzelsberger(at)boku.ac.at

phone: +43 / 1 / 47654 - 91332

Institute of Silviculture (Institut für Waldbau)
Department of Forest- and Soil Sciences
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
A-1190 Wien, Peter-Jordan-Straße 82

room: 02/139 (Schwackhöferhaus, 2nd floor)

Elisabeth Pötzelsberger

Dipl.-Ing. MSc. Dr. Elisabeth Pötzelsberger is senior scientist at the Institute of Silviculture, where she began to work for her PhD study in 2008. Her PhD "Management of dynamic forest functions based on carbon, nitrogen and water cycles" was supervised by Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. DDr.h.c. Hubert Hasenauer.

Her research interests are the effects of climate change and forest management on forest functions and the main forest ecosystem cycles (carbon, water, nitrogen). An important diagnostic tool in her work is the process-based ecosystem model Biome-BGC.
Her special interest is in non-native tree species, their provision of various ecosystem-services and the role non-natives may play in climate adaptation of forests. Currently, she gives special focus to Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), a very promising and already quite well established tree species in forestry, and tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima), a controversial and invasive species. From 2016 to 2018 she was "Action Chair" of the FPS COST Action FP1403 "Non-native Tree Species for European Forests - Experiences, Risks and Opportunities (NNEXT)", coordinating the networking and research exchange of over 200 researchers and organising an international conference in September 2018 in Vienna.
Furthermore, Elisabeth Pötzelsberger is involved in research projects on the composition, carbon sequestration function and restoration of native species forests in Ethiopia. Previously, she had already worked on the reforestation of natural forests in the Caucasus, Georgia.

Elisabeth Pötzelsberger obtained her Bachelor in ‘Organismic Biology/Ecology’ from the University in Salzburg in 2006 and a double-degree Master in ‘Natural Resources Management and Life Sciences’ at BOKU and the Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague (CULS) in 2008 (Assessing the productivity and water regime in the Schmittenbach catchment area).

In 2009, a Marshall-Plan grant allowed Elisabeth Pötzelsberger to experience a six month research visit at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (supervisor: Dr. Peter E. Thornton) and at the University of Montana, Missoula (Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, supervisor: Dr. Steven Running), USA. During that time she further developed the model Biome-BGC and was involved in the Oak Ridge Face (Free Air CO2 Enrichment) experiment.
In 2015 she visited the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL in Switzerland for three weeks (contact: Dr. Thomas Wohlgemuth) in order to work on distribution maps of non-native tree species in Europe.


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