European young scientist awards for German researchers


Markus Reichstein, Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research, Potsdam/Germany and University of Tuscia, Viterbo/Italy, and Mona Vetter, Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, have received this year´s young scientists awards for the best publications in the field of carbon cycle research.

165 scientists from 20 countries met in Finland from 14 to 18 November 2005 in the frame of the European research project CarboEurope ( to discuss recent advances in the understanding of interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle in ecosystems. During this event this year´s best European publication by a young scientist in the field of carbon cycle science was awarded. The jury, composed of high profile scientists from Australia and the US, acknowledged the breadth and quality of European science and publications. "In this field Europe is two years ahead of the other continents", emphasized jury member Scott Denning from Colordado State University in Boulder/CO (USA). Selection criteria for the award were the applicability of the results across multiple parts of carbon cycle science, innovation, and insightful analysis. This year, the jury awarded two first prizes to German scientists: Dr. Markus Reichstein from Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam/Germany and University of Tuscia, Viterbo/Italy, was awarded for his review of methods to determine the relation between photosynthesis and respiration in ecosystems (Reichstein et al., 2005, link to paper and abstract) . Dr. Mona Vetter from Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena/Germany was awarded for her detailed analysis of the reasons for accelerated growth of Thuringian forests (Vetter et al., 2005, link to paper and abstract) . The jury highlighted the innovative use of very different sources of information such as forest inventories and models in this analysis.

The project CarboEurope is co-ordinated by the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena/Germany.

Reichstein M, Falge E, Baldocchi D, et al. (2005) On the separation of net ecosystem exchange into assimilation and ecosystem respiration: review and improved algorithm. Global Change Biology,11, 1424-1439. (abstract)

Vetter M, Wirth C, Böttcher H, Churkina G, Schulze E-D, Wutzler T, Weber G (2005) Partitioning direct and indirect human-induced effects on carbon sequestration of managed coniferous forests using model simulations and forest inventories. Global Change Biology,11, 810-827. (abstract)




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