Temperate Eucalypt forests

Most of my research takes place in temperate eucalypt forests, which are among the most beautiful ecosystems in the southern hemisphere.

However, monitoring growth dynamics in evergreen forests comes with its own challenges, as the leaves remain in the canopy year-round, the forest structure is typically comprises multiple strata, and the majority of forests are located in non-flat, complex terrain. This required developing alternative approaches to decipher the impact of climate variability and climate extremes on carbon allocation dynamics in forests, for which I incorporated novel terrestrial remote sensing techniques in my field setups and established robust quality control approaches that are on the forefront of automated monitoring systems. Furthermore, the heterogeneous nature of natural ecosystems in complex terrain required quantifying the effect of surface heterogeneity and climate variability on ecosystem carbon budgets.