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PD Dr. Georg von Arx





Istituto federale di Ricerca per la Foresta, la neve e il Paesaggio (WSL)
Zürcherstrasse 111
8903 Birmensdorf


Birmensdorf Bi HL C 29


Research interests

I am interested in the intra- and inter-annual growth of trees, shrubs and non-woody plants, and the intrinsic and extrinsic processes and factors influencing it. Form fits function – with this basic concept in mind, I investigate anatomical properties of cells in the xylem and other tissues and combine them with physiological measurements to learn about how tree and plant function, particularly regarding water and carbon relations. Using dated tree rings, I gain detailed insight into how trees have grown over centuries and how this has been influenced by the environment (dendroecology), and conversely, I infer past climate from past tree growth (dendroclimatology). Furthermore, I am interested in linking tree and plant responses to climate and other environmental changes to better understand forest ecosystems and plant communities in the past, present and future.



  • “Wood Structure & Function” (101-0637-10L), Civil Engineering Master & Environmental Sciences Master, ETH Zurich
  • “Dendroecology” (701-1682-00L), Environmental Sciences Master, ETH Zurich
  • International training school "Quantitative Wood Anatomy using ROXAS – from samples to data" (further information)