Dr. Alexander Hurley

Building C, Room 122
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

In general, my aim is to involve myself in innovative, collaborative and inter-disciplinary research in environmental sciences and applied ecology, enabling evidence-based decision-making. My research foci lie in  boreal ecohydrology (wetland-forest interactions), (urban) tree-growth dynamics and plant ecophysiology. I continuously dedicate myself to the generation of data, (software) tools and rigorous analyses in a transparent, accessible and reproducible manner.

In my current position, I am assessing tree growth dynamics and long-term ecophysiological adaptations in urban(izing) settings across Berlin and the wider North-East of Germany. This work is done in collaboration with the UFZ Leipzig under the umbrella of HI-CAM (Helmholtz Initiative for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation) in the Project Cluster Urban Systems.

Research Interests:

My research interests include ecohydrology, dendroecology and (research) software development.


  • 2019 - Present: Post-doc in Dendroecology and Urban Systems (HI-CAM Project)
        GFZ Potsdam


  • 2015 - 2019: PhD Physical Geography, Ecohydrology
        U Birmingham
  • 2013 - 2015: MSc International Master in Applied Ecology
         U Poitiers, U San Francisco de Qutio, U Coimbria, U East Anglia

  • 2010 - 2013: BSc Geo√∂kologie
         U Bayreuth


  • 2017: Training and Travel Grant
        British Ecological Society

  • 2014: Merit Grant for Outstanding Academic Achievement
        Portuguese Government

  • 2013: Erasmus Mundus scholarship for Master's of Excellence
        European Commission

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