Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Elisabeth Pötzelsberger
phone: +43 / 1 / 47654 - 91332
fax: +43 / 1 / 47654 - 91309
Institute of Silviculture (Institut für Waldbau)
Department of Forest- and Soil Sciences
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
A-1190 Wien, Peter Jordanstr. 82
room: 02/126 (Schwackhöferhaus, 2nd floor)
... is a research assistant at the Institute of Silviculture since 2008.
Her research interests are in the ecosystem cycles (carbon, water, nitrogen) and the effect of climate change and forest management on forest functions. An important diagnostic tool is the process-based ecosystem model Biome-BGC. Dr. Pötzelsberger also works with phytosociological vegetation analysis to derive site characteristics.
Current research topics are the silviculture and ecosystem services of Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima) in central Europe. Beside this she is "Action Chair" of the FPS COST Action FP1403 "Non-native Tree Species for European Forests - Experiences, Risks and Opportunities (NNEXT)".
She graduated with distinction in "Organismic Biology/Ecology" (Bakk.biol.) from the University in Salzburg in 2006 and in ‘Natural Resources Management and Life Sciences’ (Dipl.Ing. and M.Sc.) from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and the Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague in 2008 (Assessing the productivity and water regime in the Schmittenbach catchment area). In spring 2015 she finished her doctoral thesis entitled "Management of dynamic forest functions based on carbon, nitrogen and water cycles".
With a Marshall-Plan grant Elisabeth Pötzelsberger went to work at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (supervisor: Dr. Peter E. Thornton) and at the University of Montana, Missoula (Numerical Terradynamic Simulation Group, supervisor: Dr. Steven Running), USA for six months in 2009. During that time she further developed the model Biome-BGC worked on the Oak Ridge Face (Free Air CO2 Enrichment) experiment.