Max Planck Gesellschaft
Norbert Kunert
Postdoc

Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry
Hans Knöll Str. 10, 07745 Jena, Germany

Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia
CPST Caixa Postal 478, Manaus AM 69011-970,Brazil

Phone: +49 3641 57 6107
Email: norbert.kunert(at)waldbau.uni-freiburg.de



Research Interests


Tropical forests play an important economic, ecological and climatic role on local, regional and global scales. Sustainable management and conservation practices are needed to preserve their high functionality for future generations. My research interest lies in the sustainable management of tropical forests, including tropical old-growth, secondary forests and tropical tree plantations, based on ecological and eco-physiological interactions. My past and recent research focuses on forest ecosystems in the neotropics. My primary expertise is in plant eco-physiological measurements to assess gas exchanges on ecosystem and individual plant level, plant water relations, sap flux as well as soil hydrological measurements. In the past I have worked extensively on plant water relations in a multiple species plantation in Sardinilla/Panama. Currently I am working on a manipulative experiment in the Amazonian forest to better understand how forest trees respond to disturbance.


Current Projects and Experiments


Tree Assimilation and Carbon Allocation Physiology Experiment (TACAPE)

The Biodiversity Project Sardinilla/Panama


Teaching


Curso de Manejo Florestal (INPA)
Ecologia Florestal (INPA)
International Course in Forest Carbon Management (INPA)
Tropical Forest Ecology (2017) (2016) (2015) (2014) (2013) (University of Freiburg)


Services


Weather Station ZF2-field site, Brazil




Curriculum Vitae

since 03/2013 Associate lecturer, Faculty of Environmental and Natural Resources, Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany
since 08/2010 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biogeochemical Processes at the MPI for Biogeochemistry
10/2010 - 06/2014 Visiting scientist Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia, Brazil
03/2007 - 08/2008 Visiting scientist Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama

Education

06/2010 Ph.D. in Forest Science and Wood Ecology, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen, Germany
02/2007 M.Sc. in Biology, TU-Munich, Germany
05/2006 M.Sc. in Wood and Forestry Science, TU-Munich, Germany
04/2006 Diploma in Forestry Science, TU-Munich, Germany
02/2005 B.Sc. in Forestry Science, TU-Munich, Germany
06/2000 Abitur, Oberasbach, Germany

Publications

Kunert, N., accepted. Einschlagen oder nicht einschlagen? Hiebsmaßnahmen als waldbauliches Werkzeug zur kurzfristigen Reduzierung von Trockenstress. AFZ –der Wald.

Kunert, N., Aparecido, L.M.T., Wolff, S., Higuchi, N., dos Santos, J., Araujo, A., Trumbore, S., 2017. A revised hydrological model for the Central Amazon:The importance of emergent canopy trees in the forest water budget . Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 239, 47-57.

Kunert, N., 2016. Curios relationship revealed by looking at long term data sets - the geometry and allometric scaling of diel xylem sap flux in tropical trees. Journal of Plant Physiology 205, 80-83. Abstract

Kunert, N., 2016. The rich coast - or the El Dorado of tropical ecology. Biotropica 48(6), 926.

Kunert, N., 2016. Wiederaufforstung in den Tropen mit Mischbeständen. AFZ - Der Wald 3, 43-45.

Kunert, N., Edinger, J., 2015. Xylem sap flux affects conventional stem CO2 efflux measurements in tropical trees. Biotropica. Abstract

Kunert, N., Aparecido, L. M. T., Barros, P., Higuchi, N., 2015. Modeling potential impacts of planting palms or trees in small holder fruit plantations on ecohydrological processes in the Central Amazon. Forests 6(8), 2530-2544. Abstract

Kunert, N., Aparecido, L. M. T., dos Santos, J., Higuchi, N., Trumbore, S, 2015. Higher tree transpiration due to road-associated edge effects in a tropical moist lowland forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 213, 183–192.

Kunert, N., Mercado Cardenas, A., 2015. Are diverse tropical tree plantations more resistant to drought than monocultures? Forests 6(6), 2029-2046. Abstract, Full Article

Aparecido, L. M. T., dos Santos, J., Higuchi, N., Kunert, N., 2015. Ecological applications of differences in the hydraulic efficiency of palms and broad leaved trees. Trees - Structure and Function. Abstract

Da Silva, F., Suwa, R., Kajimoto, T., Ishizuka, M., Higuchi, N., Kunert, N., 2015. Allometric equations for estimating biomass including roots for Euterpe precatoria the most abundant palm species in the Amazon. Forests 6(2), 450-463. Abstract, Full Article

Jardine, K., Yañez-Serrano, A.M., Williams, J., Kunert, N., Jardine, A., Taylor, T., Abrell, L., Artaxo, P., Guenther, A., Hewitt, C.N., House, E., Florentino, A. P., Manzi, A., Higuchi, N., Kesselmeier, J., Behrendt, T., Veres, P. R., Derstroff, B., Fuentes, J. D., Martin, S., Andreae M. O. 2015. Dimethyl Sulfide in the Amazon Rainforest. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 29(1), 19-32. Abstract, Full Article

Schwendenmann, L., Pendall, E., Sanchez-Bragado, R., Kunert, N., Hölscher, D., 2015. Tree water uptake in a tropical plantation varying in tree diversity: interspecific differences, seasonal shifts and complementarity. Ecohydrology 8 (1), 1-12. Abstract

Kunert, N., 2014. Evaluating the future of our forests. Biotropica 46 (6), 773. Full Article

Sapijanskas, J., Paquette, A., Potvin, P., Kunert, N., Loreau, M., 2014. Tropical tree diversity enhances light capture through crown plasticity and spatial and temporal niche differences. Ecology 95, 2479–2492. Abstract

Kunert, N., Barros, P., Higuchi, N., 2013. Do palm water use characteristics explain the spatial distribution of palms in the Central Amazon? Acta Horticulturae 991, 197-204. Abstract, Full Article

Trumbore, S., Angert, A., Kunert, N., Muhr, J., Chambers, J.Q., 2013. What’s the flux? Unraveling how CO2 fluxes from trees reflect underlying physiological processes. New Phytologist 197 (2), 353-355. Full Article

Kunert, N., Mercado Cardenas, A., 2012. Effects of xylem water transport on CO2 efflux of woody tissue in a tropical tree, Amazonas State, Brazil. Hoehnea 39(1), 139-144. Full Article

Kunert, N., Schwendenmann, L., Potvin, C., Hölscher, D., 2012. Tree diversity enhances tree transpiration in a Panamanian forest plantation. Journal of Applied Ecology 49, 135-144. Abstract

Schneebeli,M., Wolf, S., Kunert, N., Eugster, W. & Mätzler, C., 2011. Relating the X-band opacity of a tropical tree canopy to sap flow, rain interception and dew formation. Remote Sensing of Environment 115, 2116-2125. Abstract

Dierick, D., Kunert, N., Köhler, M., Schwendenmann, L. & Hölscher, D., 2010. Comparison of tree water use characteristics in reforestation and agroforestry stands across the tropics. In: T. Tscharntke, Ch. Leuschner, E. Veldkamp, H. Faust, E. Guhardja, A. Bidin (eds.) Tropical Rainforests and Agroforests under Global Change. Springer, Berlin, pp 293-308. Abstract

Kunert, N., Schwendenmann, L. & Hölscher, D., 2010. Seasonal dynamics of tree sap flux and water use in nine species in Panamanian forest plantations. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 150, 411-419. Abstract

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Peer reviews

I am reviewing manuscripts for a wide range of international journals including: Forests (7), Ecohydrology (4), Biotropica (2), Ecology (1), Urban Ecology (1), Journal of Applied Ecology (1), Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (1), Trees -Structure and Function (1), International Journal for Biodiversity and Conservation (1), American Journal of Plant Sciences (1), Plant Ecology and Diversity (1), Ecosystems (1), Allgemeine Forst- und Jagdzeitung (1), Revista de Biología Tropical (1)

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Theses

Kunert, N., to be submitted. Ecohydrology and Carbon Physiology of Amazonian Terra Firme Forests. Habilitation thesis, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg (in English).

Kunert, N., 2010. Tree transpiration in forest plantations: effects of species, seasonality and diversity (Panama). Ph.D. thesis, Georg-August Universität, Göttingen (in English).

Kunert, N., 2007. Population management of white- (Ceratotherium simum; BURCHELL, 1817) and black rhinos (Diceros bicornis; LINNÉ, 1758) in the southern African countries. Master thesis, TU-Munich (in German).

Kunert, N., 2006. The insect fauna in the tree canopy of beech and spruce under the influence of ozone and light. Diploma and Master thesis, TU-Munich (in German).

Kunert, N., 2005. Phenotype of Pterostichus oblongopunctatus (Coleoptera) in different forest ecosystems. Bachelor thesis, TU-Munich (in German).

Research presentations (selected)

Kunert, N., Aparecido, L.M.T., Higuchi, N., Trumbore, T., 2015. How old is the storage carbon used for resprouting? Annual meeting, ATBC, Honululu, Hawaii, USA.

Kunert, N., Aparecido, L.M.T., Wolff, S., 2015. Partitioning the contribution to stand transpiration by different tree size classes. GTOE, Zurich, Switzerland. Abstract

Kunert, N., Edinger, J., 2014. Low xylem sap flux reduces daytime CO2 efflux in mango trees. Annual meeting, ATBC, Cairns, Australia.

Kunert, N., Aparecido, L.M.T., Higuchi, N., dos Santos, J., Trumbore, T., 2014. Road associated edge effects increase tree transpiration in a tropical moist lowland forest. Annual meeting, ATBC, Cairns, Australia.

Kunert, N., Teixeira, L.M., Marra, D., Chambers, J.Q., dos Santos, J., Higuchi, N., Trumbore, S., 2013. Forest disturbance reduces stem CO2 efflux from trees in the central Amazon. Annual meeting, ATBC, San Jose, Costa Rica. Abstract

Kunert, N., Barros, P., Higuchi, N., 2012. Palms versus trees: water use characteristics of native fruit-bearing plant species in the Central Amazon. Annual meeting, AGU, San Franzisco, USA.

Sapijanskas, J., Paquette, A. , Potvin, C., Kunert, N., Loreau, M., 2012. Tropical tree diversity enhances light capture through overyielding, plastic architectural changes, and temporal niche differences. ESA Annual Meeting, Portland, USA.

Kunert, N., Schwendenmann, L., Potvin, C., Hölscher, D., 2012. Tree transpiration in forest plantations: effects of species, seasonality and diversity. Annual Meeting, ATBC, Bonito, Brazil.

Kunert, N., Mercado Cardenas, A., 2012. Effects of xylem water transport on CO2 efflux of woody tissue in a tropical tree. Annual Meeting, ATBC, Bonito, Brazil.

Kunert, N., 2012. Effects of xylem water transport on CO2 efflux of woody tissue in a tropical tree. SAB, Jena, Germany.

Schwendenmann, L., Sánchez Bragado, R., Kunert, N., Hölscher, D., 2010. Complementary soil water use is indicated in mixed native tree plantations, Panama. Annual meeting, AGU, San Franzisco, USA.

Kunert, N., Schwendenmann, L., Hölscher, D., 2009. Tree water use in relation to tree diversity in a Panamanian forest plantation. Joint Annual Meeting, ATBC/gtö, Marburg, Germany.

Kunert, N., Schwendenmann, L., Hölscher, D., 2008. Seasonal changes in foliage and xylem flux rates of young native trees, Central Panama. Annual Meeting, ATBC, Paramaribo, Suriname.



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