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Patrick Fonti
Organisational unit Landscape Dynamics
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf

Room Bi HL C 24
Contact Phone: +41 44 739 2285
Fax: +41 44 7392 215
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ResearcherID B-7400-2011,

Scopus AuthorID 6602360450



  • 2002: Dr. Phil. Nat. (PhD). ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • 1997: Degree in Forestry. ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Research Interests 

  • Dendrochronology
  • Dendroecology, tree response to changing environment, tree competition dynamic and forest succession
  • Wood anatomy, wood formation
  • Plant hydraulic, water transport in xylem
  • Ecophysiology, environmental signal in tree rings

Recent publications (2016-2017)

  1. Björklund, J., Seftigen, K., Schweingruber, F., Fonti, P., von Arx, G., Bryukhanova, M.V., Cuny, H.E., Carrer, M., Castagneri, D., Frank, D.C (in press). Cell size and wall dimensions drive distinct variability of earlywood and latewood density in Northern Hemisphere conifers. New Phytologist doi 10.1111/nph.14639
  2. Prendin, AL., Petit G., Carrer M., Fonti, P., von Arx, G. (2017). New research perspectives from a novel approach to quantify tracheid wall thickness. Tree Physiology doi: 10.1093/treephys/tpx037 (pdf)
  3. von Arx, G., Arzac, A., Fonti, P., Frank, D., Zweifel, R., Rigling, A., Galiano, L., Gessler A., Olano, JM. (2017). Responses of sapwood ray parenchyma and non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) of Pinus sylvestris to drought and long-term irrigation. Functional Ecology doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12860 (pdf) (supInfo) (lay summary)
  4. Castagneri, D., Fonti, P., von Arx, G., Carrer, M. (2017). How does climate influence xylem morphogenesis over the growing season? Insights from long-term intra-ring anatomy in Picea abies. Annals of Botany 19:1011-1020. doi:10.1093/aob/mcw274 (pdf)
  5. Linden, J., Fonti, P., Esper, J. (2016) Temporal variations in microclimate cooling induced by urban trees in Mainz, Germany. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 20: 198-209 (pdf)
  6. Sass-Klaassen, U., Fonti, P., Cherubini, P., Gričar, J., Robert, MRE., Steppe, K., Bräuning, A. (2016).  A tree-centered approach to assess impacts of extreme climatic events on forests. Frontiers in Plant Sciences doi:10.3389/fpls.2016.01069 (pdf)
  7. van der Maaten, E., van der Maaten-Theunissen, M., Smiljanic, M., Rossi, S., Simard, S., Wilmking, M., Deslauriers, A., Fonti, P., von Arx, G., Bouriaud, O. (2016). dendrometeR: analyzing the pulse of trees in R. Dendrochronologia 40:12-16. doi:10.1016/j.dendro.2016.06.001 (pdf)
  8. Rossi, S., Anfodillo, T., Čufar, K., Cuny, H., Deslauriers, A., Fonti, P., Frank, D., Gričar, J., Gruber, A., Huang, JG., Jyske, T., Kašpar, J., King, G., Krause, C., Liang, E., Mäkinen, H., Morin, H., Nöjd, P., Oberhuber, W., Prislan, P., Rathgeber, C., Saracino, A., Swidrak, I., Treml, V. (2016). Pattern of xylem phenology in conifers of cold ecosystems at the Northern hemisphere. Global Change Biology 22: 3804–3813. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13317 (pdf)
  9. Rathgeber, C., Cuny, H., Fonti, P. (2016). Biological basis of wood formation: a crash course. Frontiers in Plant Sciences, 7:734; doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.0073 (pdf)
  10. Fonti, P., Babushkina, E. (2016). Tracheid anatomical responses to climate in a forest-steppe in Southern Siberia. Dendrochronologia, 39, 32-41 (pdf)

Current research projects 

  • Exploration of environmental signal in cell anatomical features (XCELL)
  • COST Action STReESS (FP 1106) and leader of topic group on DendroGlobe (see map, Password: FP1106)
  • Monitoring intra-annual growth of Spruce and Larch along an elevation transect in Loetschental
  • Drought STress REsponse of Scots pineS: linking Carbon allocation and Hydraulic pathways - D-STRESS-CH
  • Coupling stem water flow and structural carbon allocation in a warming climate: the Lötschental study case (LOTFOR)
  • DendroGlobal: Exploiting dendrometer data at a global-scale in order to identify large-scale growth and drought stress tolerances

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