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Nadine Ruehr

Dr. Nadine Rühr

Head of Research Group, Senior Scientist
group: Plant Ecophysiology
room: 186
phone: +49 8821 183 230
fax: +49 8821 735 73
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Research Interests

  • Biosphere-atmosphere interactions
  • Carbon-water cycles of forest ecosystems
  • Stress physiology of plants



since 11/2016 Emmy Noether Research Group Leader: Plant Ecophysiology, KIT, IMK-IFU, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
3/2012–10/2016 Senior Scientist, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
5/2010–2/2012 PostDoc, Oregon State University, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society, Corvallis, OR, USA.
4/2009–12/2009 PostDoc, ETH Zurich, Institute of Plant Science, Zurich, Switzerland.
9/2005–3/2009 PhD student, ETH Zurich, Institute of Plant Science, Zurich, Switzerland.


6/2009 Doctor of Sciences, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
03/2005 M.sc. Environmental Sciences, University Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany.

Awards & Fellowships

2016 Emmy-Noether Independent Junior Research Group - DFG.
9/2010–2/2012 Leopoldina postdoctoral fellowship - German Academy of Sciences.
2010 SNF postdoctoral fellowship - Swiss National Science Foundation.
4/2009 Poster award of the Swiss Global Change Day 2009
4/2004–7/2004 Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Professional activities

since 9/2011 Session organizer at the GfÖ conference and AGU Fall conference in 2011
since 8/2010 Reviewer for New Phytologist, Agriculture & Forest Meteorology, Tree Physiology, Biogeosciences, Frontiers in Plant Science, Biogeochemistry, Journal of Arid Environments, Pedosphere.

Peer-reviewed publications

[10] A. G. Duarte, G. Katata, Y. Hoshika, M. Hossain, J. Kreuzwieser, A. Arneth, N. K. Ruehr (2016) Immediate and potential long-term effects of consecutive heat waves on the photosynthetic performance and water balance in Douglas-fir. Journal of Plant Physiology, 205:57 – 66 doi: 10.1016/j.jplph.2016.08.012
[9] N. K. Ruehr, A. Gast, C. Weber, B. Daub, A. Arneth (2016) Water availability as dominant control of heat stress responses in two contrasting tree species. Tree Physiology, 36(2):164–178 doi:10.1093/treephys/tpv102
[8] N.K. Ruehr, B.E. Law, D. Quandt, W., M. Williams (2014) Effects of heat and drought on carbon and water dynamics in a regenerating semi-arid pine forest: a combined experimental and modeling approach. Biogeosciences, 11:4139–4156. doi: 10.5194/bg–11-4139-2014
[7] S. Etzold, R. Zweifel, N. K. Ruehr, N. Buchmann, W. Eugster (2013) Long-term stem CO2 concentration measurements in Norway Spruce in relation to biotic and abiotic factors. New Phytologist 197(4): 1173–1184 doi: 10.1111/nph.12115
[6] N. K. Ruehr, J.G. Martin, B.E. Law (2012) Effects of water availability on carbon and water exchange in a young ponderosa pine forest: Above- and belowground responses. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 164:136–148 doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2012.05.015
[5] S. Etzold, N. K. Ruehr, R. Zweifel, M. Dobbertin, A. Zingg, P. Pluess, R. Häsler, W. Eugster, N. Buchmann (2011) The carbon balance of two contrasting mountain forest ecosystems in Switzerland: similar annual trends, but seasonal differences. Ecosystems 14(8):1289–1309 doi: 10.1007/s10021-011-9481-3
[4] N. K. Ruehr and N. Buchmann (2010), Soil respiration fluxes in a temperate mixed forest: seasonality and temperature sensitivities differ among microbial and root-rhizosphere respiration. Tree Physiology, 30(2):165–176 doi:10.1093/treephys/tpp106
[3] N. K. Ruehr, A. Knohl, and N. Buchmann (2010), Environmental variables controlling soil respiration on diurnal, seasonal and annual time-scales in a mixed mountain forest in Switzerland. Biogeochemistry, 98(1–3):153–170 doi: 10.1007/s10533-009-9383-z
[2] N. K. Ruehr, C. Offerman, A. Gessler, B. Winkler, J. Ferrio, N. Buchmann, and R.L. Barnard (2009), Drought effects on allocation of recent carbon: From beech leaves to soil respiration. New Phytologist, 184(4):950–961 doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.03044.x
[1] A. Cierjacks, N. K. Rühr, K. Wesche, and I. Hensen (2008), Effects of altitude and livestock on the regeneration of two tree line forming Polylepis species in Ecuador. Plant Ecology, 194(2):207–221 doi: 10.1007/s11258-007-9285-x
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