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Dr. Patrick Fonti


senior scientist


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HL C 32


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 (in press)

  1. Peters, R., Balanzategui, D., Prendin, AL., von Arx, G., Cuny, H.E.,Björklund, J., Frank, D., Hurley, AG., Fonti, P. (in press). Raptor: Row and position tracheid organizer in R. Dendrochronologia.
  2. Prendin, AL., Petit G., Fonti, P., Rixen, C., Dawes, MA., von Arx, G. (in press). Axial xylem architecture of Larix decidua exposed to CO2 enrichment and soil warming at the treeline. Functional Ecology, doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12986

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
  • 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

Editorial tasks