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Priv. Doz. Dr. Ingo Heinrich

Priv. Doz. Dr. Ingo Heinrich
Haus C, Raum 323 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Funktion und Aufgaben:

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


Projects   Completed Projects   Career
  • 2018 PD in Geographie, Humboldt-Universität Berlin
  • 2017 Habilitation in Geographie, Humboldt-Universität 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
  • KAISER, K., HRUBÝ, P., TOLKSDORF, J.F., ALPER, G., HERBIG, C., KOCÁR, P., PETR, L., SCHULZ, L., HEINRICH, I. (2020): Cut and covered: Subfossil trees in buried soils reflect medieval forest composition and exploitation of the central European uplands. Geoarchaeology 35, 42-62. https://doi.org/10.1002/gea.21756.
  • SCHARNWEBER, T., HEUßNER, K.-U., SMILJANIC, M., HEINRICH, I., VAN DER MAATEN-THEUNISSEN, M., VAN DER MAATEN, E., STRUWE, T., BURAS, A., WILMKING, M. (2019): Removing the no-analogue bias in modern accelerated tree growth leads to stronger medieval drought. - Nature Scientific Reports 9, 2509. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-39040-5.
  • HEINRICH, I., BALANZATEGUI, D., BENS, O., BLASCH, G., BLUME, T., BÖTTCHER, F., BORG, E., BRADEMANN, B., BRAUER, A., CONRAD, C., DIETZE, E., DRÄGER, N., FIENER, P., GERKE, H.H., GÜNTNER, A., HEINE, I., HELLE, G., HERBRICH, M., HARFENMEISTER, K., HEUßNER, K.-U., HOHMANN, C., ITZEROTT, S., JURASINSKI, G., KAISER, K., KAPPLER, C., KOEBSCH, F., LIEBNER, S., LISCHEID, G., MERZ, B., MISSLING, K.D., MORGNER, M., PINKERNEIL, S., PLESSEN, B., RAAB, T., RUHTZ, T., SACHS, T., SOMMER, M., SPENGLER, D., STENDER, V., STÜVE, P., WILKEN, F. (2018): Interdisciplinary geo-ecological research across time scales in the Northeast German Lowland Observatory (TERENO-NE). Vadose Zone Journal 17, 180116.
  • PAULY, M., HELLE, G., MIRAMONT, C., BÜNTGEN, U., TREYDTE, K., REINIG, F., GUIBAL, F., SIVAN, O., HEINRICH, I., RIEDEL, F., KROMER, B., BALANZATEGUI, D., WACKER, L., SOOKDEO, A., BRAUER, A. (2018): Subfossil trees suggest enhanced Mediterranean hydroclimate variability at the onset of the Younger Dryas. – Nature Scientific Reports 8, 13980. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-32251-2.
  • KAISER, K., OLDORFF, S., BREITBACH, C., KAPPLER, C., THEUERKAUF, M., SCHARNWEBER, T., SCHULT, M., KÜSTER, M., ENGELHARDT, C., HEINRICH, I., HUPFER, M., SCHWALBE, G., KIRSCHEY, T., BENS, O. (2018): A submerged pine forest from the early Holocene in the Mecklenburg Lake District, northern Germany. Boreas 47, 910-925.
  • PETERS, R.L., FONTI, P., FRANK, D.C., POYATOS, R., PAPPAS, C., KAHMEN, A., CARRARO, V., PRENDIN, A.L., SCHNEIDER, L., BALTZER, J.L., BARON-GAFFORD, G.A., DIETRICH, L., HEINRICH, I., MINOR, R.L., SONNENTAG, O., MATHENY, A.M., WIGHTMAN, M.G., STEPPE, K. (2018): Quantification of uncertainties in conifer sap flow measured with the thermal dissipation method. - New Phytologist 219, 4, 1283-1299. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/nph.15241.
  • MARTÍNEZ-SANCHO, E., DORADO LIÑÁN, I., GUTIERREZ, E., MATIU, M., HELLE, G., HEINRICH, I., MENZEL, A. (2018): Increased water-use efficiency translates into contrasting growth patterns of Scots pine and sessile oak at their southern distribution limits. Global Change Biology 24, 1012-1028. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13937.
  • 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. (2018): 810-year palaeohistory of cold-season temperature variability for northern Poland. Boreas 47. https://doi.org/10.1111/bor.12274. 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
  • Since 2015 Member of the national scientific TERENO steering committee
  • 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 
  • 2019       Climate dynamics during the late Holocene derived from cell structure measurements of juniper trees in the eastern Mediterranean, DFG
  • 2019       Urban Dendroecology, Helmholtz-Initiative Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
  • 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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