GFZ German research centre for geo sciences

Priv. Doz. Dr. Ingo Heinrich

Priv. Doz. Dr. Ingo Heinrich
Building C, Room 323 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

Scientific interests
  • Palaeoclimatology and palaeoecology of the Holocene
  • Ecophysiology of trees
  • Multiple tree-ring parameters as palaeo-archives
  • Quantitative and qualitative wood anatomy of trees
  • Stable carbon and oxygen isotopes in tree rings


  Completed Projects   Career
  • 2017 Habilitation in Geography, Humboldt-University Berlin, "The usefulness of stable isotopes and wood anatomy in dendrochronology", Chair: Christoph Schneider
  • 2005 PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Science, School of Resources, Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra, Doctoral-thesis: "Dendroclimatology of Toona ciliata", Chair: John C.G. Banks
  • 1998 Diploma (MSc) in Geography, Department of Geography, University of Bonn Diploma-thesis: "Biogeographical studies within the ecotone between rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest in tropical NE-Queensland, Australia", Chair: Winfried Golte
  • 1990-1998 Study of Geography, with minor subjects Biology, Geodesy, Cartography and Photogrammetry at the University of Bonn, Germany


  • Since 2009 research scientist/postdoc at GFZ Potsdam
  • 2006-2008 research scientist/postdoc, Institute of Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, Research Centre Jülich, Germany, (EU-project MILLENNIUM)
  • 2003-2006 research scientist/postdoc, Department of Geography, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (SNSF project “Geomorphology and Wood Anatomy”)
  • 2000-2003 PhD Student, School of Resources, Environment & Society, Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, Australia; Coordinator of the ANU Forestry Graduate Seminar and Discussion Series
  • 1998-1999 DAAD postgraduate research, School of Tropical Environment Studies and Geography, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia; Project on dendropyro-chronological analysis of Eucalypts in Queensland, Australia - Reconstruction of fire history using nutrient signals in tree-rings, funded by the DAAD
  • 1996-1998 part-time employee with ecoTech Bonn, Germany
  • 1996 student research assistant, Department of Geohydrology, University of Bonn, Germany;
  • 1995 student research assistant, CSIRO Tropical Forest Research Centre, Atherton, Australia; Biogeographical survey within the wet sclerophyll forest of Queensland
  • 1994 student research assistant, School of Tropical Environment Studies and Geography, James Cook University & CRC TREM, Cairns, Australia; development of a high-resolution digital elevation model for a forested area of the Australian Wet Tropics


Selected publications
  • Balanzategui, D., Knorr, A., Heußner, K.-U., Wazny, T., Beck, W., Słowiński, M., Helle, G., Buras, A., Wilmking, M., van der Maaten, E., Scharnweber, T., Dorado Liñán, I., Heinrich, I. (2017): An 810-year history of cold season temperature variability for northern Poland. BOREAS. ISSN 0300-9483.
  • Pritzkow, C., Wazny, T., Heußner, K.U., Słowiński, M., Bieber, A.,Dorado Liñán, I., Helle, G., Heinrich, I. (2016): Minimum winter temperature reconstruction from average earlywood vessel area of European oak (Quercus robur) in N-Poland. Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology 449, 520-530.
  • Heinrich, I., Allen, K. (2013): Current Issues and Recent Advances in Australian Dendrochronology: Where to Next? - Geographical Research, 51, 2, 180-191.
  • Creutzfeldt, B., Heinrich, I., Merz, B. (2015): Total water storage dynamics derived from tree-ring records and terrestrial gravity observations. Journal of Hydrology 529, 640-649.
  • Liang, W., Heinrich, I., Helle, G., Dorado Liñán, I., Heinken, T. (2013): Applying CLSM to increment core surfaces for histometric analyses: a novel advance in quantitative wood anatomy. Dendrochronologia 31, 140-145.
  • Dorado Liñán I, Büntgen U, González-Rouco F, Zorita E, Montavez, J.P., Gomez-Navarro, J.J., Brunet, M., Heinrich, I., Helle, G., Gutierrez, E. (2012): Estimating 750 years of temperature variations and uncertainties in the Pyrenees by tree-ring reconstructions and climate simulations. Climate of the Past 8: 919-933.
  • Heinrich, I., Weidner, K., Helle, G., Vos, H., Lindesay, J. and J.C.G. Banks (2009): Interdecadal modulation of the relationship between ENSO, IPO and precipitation: insights from tree rings in Australia. Climate Dynamics 33, 63-73.
  • Heinrich, I., Gärtner, H. (2008): Variations in tension wood of two broadleaved tree species in response to different mechanical treatments. International Journal of Plant Science 169, 928-936.


Professional Affiliations
  • 2006-2012 Board Member of the Association for Tree-Ring Research (ATR)
  • Since 2005 Member of the International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA)
  • Since 2004 Member of the Association for Tree-Ring Research (ATR)
  • 2002-2006 Member of the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Accounting, Canberra, Australia (CRC GA)
  • 1994-2006 Member of the CRC for Tropical Rainforest Ecology & Management, Cairns, Australia (CRC TREM)


Research grants and awards
  • 2014       Climate dynamics of the last Millennium derived from cell structures, DFG
  • 2005       EU SYNTHESYS Project Research Grant
  • 2003       Swiss National Research Grant, SNSF
  • 2002       Postgraduate Research Grant, CRC for Greenhouse Accounting
  • 2000       International PhD Scholarship, Australian National University
  • 2000       International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Australia
  • 2000       Postgraduate Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service DAAD
  • 1998       Postgraduate Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service DAAD

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