Dr. Sebastian Wolf

Sebastian Wolf

Marie Curie Research Fellow
ETH Zurich (Switzerland) &
University of California, Berkeley (USA)
Zurich, Switzerland

Phone: +41 44 632 8196
E-Mail: sewolf@berkeley.edu
& sewolf@ethz.ch

Research Interest

My research is focused on the biosphere-atmosphere exchange of carbon dioxide, water vapor and energy in terrestrial ecosystems, and the interactions with climate, land use and ecophysiology. I am specifically interested in the effects of drought and climate change on carbon sequestration, and on ecosystem processes such as photosynthesis and transpiration. Further interests include the partitioning of ecosystem fluxes, carbon-water interactions, and the up-scaling of ecosystem fluxes to regional and global scales.

In order to answer these questions, I use the eddy covariance technique, chamber based measurements, remote sensing, and modelling approaches across various climates and spatial scales. Current and past projects include ecosystem flux studies in tropical (Sardinilla, Panama), subtropical (Tonzi Ranch, California) and temperate climates (Switzerland), as well as synthesis studies at regional (Swiss FluxNet), continental (US) and global scale (FLUXNET).

Apart from the biosphere-atmosphere exchange in terrestrial ecosystems, I have worked on the effects of land-use change on soil erosion and landscape fragmentation using modelling techniques and GIS, the detection of Mountain Pine Beetle infestations using remote sensing, and mapping expeditions to remote areas.

Information on current and past projects can be found on my personal web page.

Curriculum Vitae

since 2015 Postdoc - Marie Curie Fellow, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich
Projects: ECOWAX, 2012 US Drought, FLUXNET, Global Energy Fluxes, Subcanopy Synthesis (1,2)
2011 - 2015 Postdoc - SNF & Marie Curie Fellow, Biometeorology Lab, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
Projects: Flux Partitioning, ECOWAX, 2012 US Drought, FLUXNET, Global Energy Fluxes, Subcanopy Synthesis
2010 - 2011 Postdoc, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich
Projects: GHG-Europe and Swiss FluxNet (1,2)
2006 - 2010 PhD Student, Institute of Plant, Animal and Agroecosystem Sciences, ETH Zurich
Thesis title: Carbon dioxide and water vapour fluxes of tropical pasture and afforestation: seasonal variations of net ecosystem exchange and carbon sequestration potentials (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
  Visiting Scientist, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), Panama
2003 - 2006 Graduate studies in Geography, Dresden University of Technology & Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development
Thesis title: Effects of changing land-use patterns on soil erosion in the Saxon Switzerland National Park Region. (1,2,3,4)
2004 - 2005 Research Project in Landscape Ecology, Leibniz Institute of Ecological and Regional Development
Assignment title: Development and impacts of landscape fragmentation in Saxon-Bohemian Switzerland. (1,2,3,4)
2003 - 2005 Teaching & Research Assistant, Institute of Geography & Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Dresden University of Technology
2002 - 2003 Research Assistant, Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada)
Project: Early detection of Mountain Pine Beetle infestation using airborne remote sensing (1,2)
2002 Leading of Scientifc Mapping Expedition to Tien Shan Mountains (Kyrgyzstan), Institute of Cartography, Dresden University of Technology (1,2,3,4,5,6)
  Scientifc Mapping Expedition to Ojos del Salado (Atacama Desert, Chile), Institute of Cartography, Dresden University of Technology (1,2,3,4,5,6)
2001 Leading of Scientifc Surveying Expedition to Dachstein South Face Cave (Austrian Alps), Institute of Cartography, Dresden University of Technology (1,2,3)
2000 - 2002 Teaching Assistant, Institute for Software and Multimedia Technology, Dresden University of Technology
1999 - 2002 Undergraduate studies in Geography, Dresden University of Technology

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Detailed CV as PDF

Peer reviewed Publications

Parazoo NC, Barnes E, Worden J, Harper AB, Bowman KW, Frankenberg C, Wolf S, Litvak ME, Keenan TF (2015) Influence of ENSO and the NAO on terrestrial carbon uptake in the Texas-northern. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, doi:10.1002/2015GB005125 (Web,PDF)

Wolf S, Eugster W, Ammann C, Häni M, Zielis M, Hiller R, Stieger J, Imer D, Merbold L, Buchmann N (2013) Contrasting response of grassland forest carbon and water fluxes to spring drought in Switzerland. Environmental Research Letters 8(3): 035007 (Web,PDF)

Sprenger M, Oelmann Y, Weihermüller L, Wolf S, Wilcke W, Potvin C (2013) Tree species and diversity effects on soil water seepage in a tropical plantation. Forest Ecology and Management 309(0): 76-86 (Web,PDF)

Wolf S, Eugster W, Majorek S, Buchmann N (2011) Afforestation of tropical pasture only marginally affects ecosystem-scale evapotranspiration. Ecosystems 14(8): 1264-1275 (Web,PDF)

Wolf S, Eugster W, Potvin C, Turner BL, Buchmann N (2011) Carbon sequestration potential of tropical pasture compared with afforestation in Panama. Global Change Biology 17(9): 2763-2780 (Web,PDF)

Schneebeli M, Wolf S, Kunert N, Eugster W, Mätzler C (2011) Relating the X-Band opacity of a tropical tree canopy to sapflow, rain interception and dew formation. Remote Sensing of Environment 115(8): 2116-2125 (Web,PDF)

Wolf S, Eugster W, Potvin C, Buchmann N (2011) Strong seasonal variations in net ecosystem CO2 exchange of a tropical pasture and afforestation in Panama. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 151(8): 1139-1151 (Web,PDF)

Potvin C, Manzilla L, Buchmann N, Monteza J, Moore T, Murphy M, Oelmann Y, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Turner, B.L., Wilcke W, Zeugin F, Wolf S (2011) An ecosystem approach to biodiversity effects: carbon pools in a tropical tree plantation. Forest Ecology and Management 261(10): 1614-1624 (Web,PDF)

Wolf S, Walz U, Kleber A (2009) Effects of land-cover change on soil erosion in the Saxon Switzerland National Park Region. Die ERDE 140(2): 155-174 (PDF)

Schneebeli M, Matzler C, Wolf S, Eugster W (2008) X-band opacity of a tropical tree canopy and its relation to intercepted rain, eddy fluxes and other meteorological variables. Microwave Radiometry and Remote Sensing of the Environment, MICRORAD 2008. doi: 10.1109/MICRAD.2008.4579514 (Web,PDF)

Book chapters, Monographs and Reports

Wolf S (2010) Carbon dioxide and water vapour fluxes of tropical pasture and afforestation: seasonal variations of net ecosystem exchange and carbon sequestration potentials. DISS. ETH NO. 19415, ETH Zurich, 163 p (PDF)

Wolf S, Eugster W, Buchmann N (2009) Effects of Land Use on Carbon Cycling of Tropical Ecosystems in Panama. In: Tielkes E (ed.): Tropentag 2009, Biophysical and Socio-economic Frame Conditions for the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, Hamburg (PDF)

Walz U, Wolf S, Neubert M (2008) Impact of Landscape Change on Landscape Functions in the Saxon Switzerland. In: Csaplovics E, Wagenknecht S, Seiler U (eds.): Spatial Information Systems for Transnational Environmental Management of Protected Areas and Regions in the Central European Space. Rhombus, Berlin. pp 105-117 (PDF)

Wolf S, Walz U (2007) Auswirkungen einer veränderten Landnutzungsstruktur auf die Bodenerosion. In: Strobl J, Blaschke TH, Griesebner G (Hrsg.): Angewandte Geoinformatik 2007. Beiträge zum 19. AGIT-Symposium Salzburg. Wichmann, Heidelberg, pp 867-872 (PDF)

Wolf S (2006) Bodenerosion als Funktion veränderter Landnutzungsstruktur - Modellierung der Entwicklung am Beispiel der Nationalparkregion Sächsische Schweiz.
Diploma / Masters Thesis, Dresden University of Technology, Institute of Geography, 177 p (PDF)

Wolf S (2004) Landschaftszerschneidung - Grenzüberschreitende Untersuchung der Entwicklung und ihrer Auswirkungen für das Gebiet der Sächsisch-Böhmischen Schweiz. Studienarbeit (Research Assignment), Dresden University of Technology, Institute of Geography, 40 p (PDF)

Roberts A, Dragicevic S, Northrup J, Wolf S, Li Y, Coburn C (2003) Mountain Pine Beetle Detection and Monitoring - Remote Sensing Evaluations. Forestry Innovation Investment Operational Report, 45 p (PDF)

Roberts A, Northrup J, Wolf S, Li Y (2003) Mountain Pine Beetle Detection and Monitoring - Interpretation and Evaluation of Airborne Imagery. West Fraser Sawmills Report, 22 p (PDF)

Miscellaneous Publications

Wolf S (2013) Insight: forests use water more efficiently during spring drought. EnvironmentalResearchWeb (Web,PDF)

Wolf S, Koteen L, Tomelleri E (2012) Networking among Young Scientists. iLEAPS Newsletter: Future land-atmosphere observation platforms 12: 27-29 (PDF)

Wolf S, Koteen L, Zeeman MJ (2011) Growing the FLUXNET Community: The Young Scientists Network. FluxLetter 4(1): 4-5 (PDF)

Wolf S, Eugster W, Buchmann N (2009) What happens with the carbon? STRI News - Newsletter of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, 13.11.2009: 4 (Web,PDF)

Wolf S, Eugster W, Buchmann N (2009) CO2 fluxes of tropical ecosystems with different land-use in Panama. FluxLetter 2(3): 14-16 (PDF)

Vargas R, Wolf S, Zeeman M (2009) FLUXNET Young Scientists Network. FluxLetter 2(3): 9 (PDF)

Wolf S, Walz U (2005) Grenzüberschreitende Untersuchung der Landschaftszerschneidung in der Sächsisch-Böhmischen Schweiz. Mitteilungen des Landesvereins Sächsischer Heimatschutz e.V. 14(3): 33-39 (PDF)

Wolf S (2003) Tien Shan Mountains, mapping expedition. American Alpine Journal 77: 346-347 (PDF)

Wolf S (2002) Kartieren in Eis, Geröll und hohen Bergen. Dresdner Universitätsjournal 13(16): 3 (PDF)

Wolf S (2002) Topographische Kartierung am höchsten Vulkan der Erde. Der neue Sächsische Bergsteiger 13(2): 48-49 (PDF)

Wolf S (2001) Expedition Dachstein-Südwandhöhle 2001. Der neue Sächsische Bergsteiger 12(4): 47-48 (PDF)



 
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