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Nadine Rühr

group: Plant Ecophysiology
room: Campus Alpin
phone: +49 8821 183-230
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Research Interests

  • Terrestrial carbon and water cycling
  • Plant ecophysiology
  • Global change and extreme events



since 11/2016 Emmy Noether Research Group Leader: Plant Ecophysiology, KIT, IMK-IFU, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
3/2012–10/2016 Senior Scientist, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU), Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
2010–2012 PostDoc, Oregon State University, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society, Corvallis, OR, USA.
2009 PostDoc, ETH Zurich, Institute of Plant Science, Zurich, Switzerland.
2005–2009 PhD student, ETH Zurich, Institute of Plant Science, Zurich, Switzerland.


06/2009 Doctor of Sciences, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
03/2005 M.sc. Environmental Sciences, University Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany.

Awards & Fellowships

2016 Emmy-Noether Independent Junior Research Group - DFG.
2010–2012 Leopoldina postdoctoral fellowship - German Academy of Sciences.
2010 SNF postdoctoral fellowship - Swiss National Science Foundation.
2009 Poster award of the Swiss Global Change Day.
2004 Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 

Peer-reviewed publications


Schuldt, B.; Buras, A.; Arend, M.; Vitasse, Y.; Beierkuhnlein, C.; Damm, A.; Gharun, M.; Grams, T. E. E.; Hauck, M.; Hajek, P.; Hartmann, H.; Hiltbrunner, E.; Hoch, G.; Holloway-Phillips, M.; Körner, C.; Larysch, E.; Lübbe, T.; Nelson, D. B.; Rammig, A.; Rigling, A.; Rose, L.; Ruehr, N. K.; Schumann, K.; Weiser, F.; Werner, C.; Wohlgemuth, T.; Zang, C. S.; Kahmen, A.
A first assessment of the impact of the extreme 2018 summer drought on Central European forests.
2020. Basic and applied ecology, 45, 86–103. doi:10.1016/j.baae.2020.04.003
Töchterle, P.; Yang, F.; Rehschuh, S.; Rehschuh, R.; Ruehr, N. K.; Rennenberg, H.; Dannenmann, M.
Hydraulic Water Redistribution by Silver Fir (Abies alba Mill.) Occurring under Severe Soil Drought.
2020. Forests, 11 (2), Article: 162. doi:10.3390/f11020162Full text Full text of the publication as PDF document
Birami, B.; Nägele, T.; Gattmann, M.; Preisler, Y.; Gast, A.; Arneth, A.; Ruehr, N. K.
Hot drought reduces the effects of elevated CO₂ on tree water use efficiency and carbon metabolism.
2020. The new phytologist, 226 (6), 1607–1621. doi:10.1111/nph.16471Full text Full text of the publication as PDF document
Trugman, A. T.; Anderegg, L. D. L.; Wolfe, B. T.; Birami, B.; Ruehr, N. K.; Detto, M.; Bartlett, M. K.; Anderegg, W. R. L.
Climate and plant trait strategies determine tree carbon allocation to leaves and mediate future forest productivity.
2019. Global change biology, 25 (10), 3395–3405. doi:10.1111/gcb.14680
Etzold, S.; Ziemińska, K.; Rohner, B.; Bottero, A.; Bose, A. K.; Ruehr, N. K.; Zingg, A.; Rigling, A.
One Century of Forest Monitoring Data in Switzerland Reveals Species- and Site-Specific Trends of Climate-Induced Tree Mortality.
2019. Frontiers in plant science, 10, Art.Nr. 307. doi:10.3389/fpls.2019.00307Full text Full text of the publication as PDF document
Birami, B.; Gattmann, M.; Heyer, A. G.; Grote, R.; Arneth, A.; Ruehr, N. K.
Heat Waves Alter Carbon Allocation and Increase Mortality of Aleppo Pine Under Dry Conditions.
2018. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 1, 17 S. doi:10.3389/ffgc.2018.00008Full text Full text of the publication as PDF document
Klein, T.; Zeppel, M. J. B.; Anderegg, W. R. L.; Bloemen, J.; Kauwe, M. G. de; Hudson, P.; Ruehr, N. K.; Powell, T. L.; Arx, G. von; Nardini, A.
Xylem embolism refilling and resilience against drought-induced mortality in woody plants: processes and trade-offs.
2018. Ecological research. doi:10.1007/s11284-018-1588-y
Hartmann, H.; Moura, C. F.; Anderegg, W. R. L.; Ruehr, N. K.; Salmon, Y.; Allen, C. D.; Arndt, S. K.; Breshears, D. D.; Davi, H.; Galbraith, D.; Ruthrof, K. X.; Wunder, J.; Adams, H. D.; Bloemen, J.; Cailleret, M.; Cobb, R.; Gessler, A.; Grams, T. E. E.; Jansen, S.; Kautz, M.; Lloret, F.; O’Brien, M.
Research frontiers for improving our understanding of drought-induced tree and forest mortality.
2018. The new phytologist, 218 (1), 15–28. doi:10.1111/nph.15048
Hartmann, H.; Schuldt, B.; Sanders, T. G. M.; Bolte, A.; Macinnis-Ng, C.; Böhmer, H. J.; Allen, C. D.; Crowther, T. W.; Hansen, M. C.; Medlyn, B. E.; Ruehr, N. K.; Anderegg, W. R. L.
Monitoring global tree mortality patterns and trends : Report from the VW symposium ’Crossing scales and disciplines to identify global trends of tree mortality as indicators of forest health’.
2018. The new phytologist, 217 (3), 984–987. doi:10.1111/nph.14988
Bamberger, I.; Ruehr, N. K.; Schmitt, M.; Gast, A.; Wohlfahrt, G.; Arneth, A.
Isoprene emission and photosynthesis during heat waves and drought in black locust.
2017. Biogeosciences discussions, 14, 3649–3667. doi:10.5194/bg-2017-32Full text Full text of the publication as PDF document
Wolf, B.; Chwala, C.; Fersch, B.; Garvelmann, J.; Junkermann, W.; Zeeman, M. J.; Angerer, A.; Adler, B.; Beck, C.; Brosy, C.; Brugger, P.; Emeis, S.; Dannenmann, M.; De Roo, F.; Diaz-Pines, E.; Haas, E.; agen, M.; Hajnsek, I.; Jacobeit, J.; Jagdhuber, T.; Kalthoff, N.; Kiese, R.; Kunstmann, H.; Kosak, O.; Krieg, R.; Malchow, C.; Mauder, M.; Merz, R.; Notarnicola, C.; Philipp, A.; Reif, W.; Reineke, S.; Rödiger, S.; Ruehr, N.; Schäfer, K.; Schrön, M.; Senatore, A.; Shupe, H.; Völksch, I.; Wanninger, C.; Zacharias, S.; Schmid, H. P.
The ScaleX campaign: scale-crossing land-surface and boundary layer processes in the TERENO-preAlpine observatory.
2017. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 98 (6), 1217–1234. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00277.1Full text Full text of the publication as PDF document
Duarte, A. G.; Katata, G.; Hoshika, Y.; Hossain, M.; Kreuzwieser, J.; Arneth, A.; Ruehr, N. K.
Immediate and potential long-term effects of consecutive heat waves on the photosynthetic performance and water balance in Douglas-fir.
2016. Journal of plant physiology, 205, 57–66. doi:10.1016/j.jplph.2016.08.012
Etzold, S.; Zweifel, R.; Ruehr, N. K.; Eugster, W.; Buchmann, N.
Long-term stem CO₂ concentration measurements in Norway spruce in relation to biotic and abiotic factors.
2013. The new phytologist, 197 (4), 1173–1184. doi:10.1111/nph.12115