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Alberto Arzac, Ph.D.

Head of laboratory

I am a plant ecologist focused on the effect of the environmental factors controlling tree growth. I use a multi-proxy approach combining dendrochronology, quantitative wood anatomy, tree-growth modeling and remote sensing to get a better understanding of plants’ response to the environment over long spatial gradients.

Alberto Arzac, Ph.D.: Lab Members

Published work in the last five years


3 (21). Churakova (Sidorova) OV, Fonti MV, Barinov VV, Zharkov MS, Taynik AV, Trushkina TV, Kirdyanov AV, Arzac A, Saurer M. Towards the third millennium changes in Siberian triple tree-ring
stable isotopes. Forests. accepted

2 (20). Lembrechts et al. (2022) Global maps of soil temperature. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.16060

1 (19). Arzac A, Diaz de Quijano D, Khotcinskaia KI, Tychkov II, Voronin VI, Kirdyanov AV (2022) The buffering effect of the Lake Baikal on climate impact on Pinus sylvestris L. radial growth. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2021.108764


6 (18). Arzac A, Tychkov I, Rubtsov A, Tabakova MA, Brezhnev R, Koshurnikova N, Knorre A, Büntgend U (2021) Phenological shifts compensate warming-induced drought stress in southern Siberian Scots pines. European Journal of Forest Research. doi: 10.1007%2Fs10342-021-01412-w

5 (17). Zhu L, Liu S, Arzac A, Cooper DJ, Jing J, Yuan D, Zhu Y, Zhang X, Li Z,  Zhang Y, Liang H, Wang X (2021) Different response of earlywood vessel features of Fraxinus mandshurica to rapid warming in warm-dry and cold-wet areas. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2021.108523

4 (16). Arzac A, Tabakova MA, Khotcinskaia K, Koteneva A,  Kirdyanov AV, Olano JM (2021) Linking tree growth and intra-annual density fluctuations to climate in suppressed and dominant Pinus sylvestris L. trees in the forest-steppe of southern Siberia. Dendrochronologia. doi: 10.1016/j.dendro.2021.125842

3 (15). Shishov VV, Arzac A, Popkova MI, Yang B, He M, Vaganov EA (2021) Experimental and theoretical analysis of tree-ring growth in cold climates. in: Boreal Forests in the Face of Climate Change - Sustainable Management. Advances in Global Change Research. Eds. Girona M, Gauthier S, Morin S, Bergeron Y. Springer International Publishing. accepted

2 (14). Tabakova MA,  Tabakova KA, Khotcinskaia KI, Sergeeva OV, Arzac A (2021) Exploration of the climate sensitivity of xylem parenchyma in Pinus sylvestris L. in the forest-steppe of southern Siberia. Russian Journal of Ecology. doi: 10.1134%2FS106741362105012X

1 (13). Arzac A, Fonti M, Vaganov E (2021) An overview on dendrochronology and quantitative wood anatomy studies of conifers in southern Siberia (Russia). Progress in Botany Vol. 83. Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/124_2021_52


3 (12). Rubtsov A, Arzac A, Knorre A, Shashkin A, Benkova V, Vaganov EA (2020) Stem growth and stem sap flow measurements of three conifer tree species in Siberia. IOP Conf. Series. doi: 10.1088/1755-1315/611/1/012028

2 (11). Tabakova MA, Arzac A, Martínez E, Kirdyanov AV (2020) Climatic factors controlling Pinus sylvestris radial growth along a transect of increasing continentality in southern Siberia. Dendrochronologia. doi: 10.1016/j.dendro.2020.125709

1 (10). Dyachuk P, Arzac A, Assaulianov R, Peresunko P, Belokopytova L, Videnin S, Vaganov E, Shishov V (2020) AutoCellRow (ACR) – A new tool for the automatic quantification of cell radial files in conifer images. Dendrochronologia. doi: 10.1016/j.dendro.2020.125687


2 (9). Arzac A, Popkova M, Anarbekova A, Olano JM, Gutiérrez E, Nikolaev A, Shishov V (2019) Increasing radial and latewood growth rates of Larix cajanderi Mayr. and Pinus sylvestris L. in the continuous permafrost zone in Central Yakutia (Russia). Annals of Forest Science. doi: 10.1007/s13595-019-0881-4

1 (8). Arzac A, Llambí L, Dulhoste R, Olano JM, Chacón-Moreno E (2019) Modelling the effect of temperature changes on plant life- form distribution along a tree line ecotone in the tropical Andes. Plant Ecology and Diversity. doi: 10.1080/17550874.2019.1655108


4 (7). Arzac A,  López-Cepero, JM, Babushkina EA, Gomez S (2018) Applying methods of hard tissues preparation for wood anatomy: Imaging polished samples embedded in polymethylmethacrylate. Dendrochronologia. doi: 10.1016/j.dendro.2018.08.005

3 (6). Arzac A, Babushkina E, Fonti P, Slobodchikova V, Sviderskaya I, Vaganov E (2018) Evidences of wider latewood in Pinus sylvestris from a forest-steppe of Southern Siberia. Dendrochronologia. doi: 10.1016/j.dendro.2018.02.007

2 (5). Sánchez-Salguero R, Camarero JJ, Rozas V, Génova M, Olano JM, Arzac A, Gazol A, Caminero L, Tejedor W, de Luis M, Linares JC (2018) Resist, recover or both? Growth plasticity in response to drought is geographically structured and linked to intra-specific variability in Pinus pinaster. Journal of Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/jbi.13202

1 (4). Arzac A, Rozas V, Rozenberg P, Olano JM (2018) Combining multiple anatomical traits to identify cambial climatic constraints along Pinus pinaster climatic range. Agricultural and Forest Metereology. doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.12.257


2 (3). Olano JM, González-Muñoz N, Arzac A, Rozas V, von Arx G, Delzon S, García-Cervigón A (2017) Sex determines xylem anatomy in a dioecious conifer: hydraulic consequences in a drier world. Tree Physiology. doi: 10.1093/treephys/tpx066

1 (2). von Arx G, Arzac A, Fonti P, Frank D, Zweifel R, Rigling A, Galiano L, Gessler A, Olano JM (2017) Responses of sapwood ray parenchyma and non-structural carbohydrates of Pinus sylvestris to drought and long-term irrigation. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12860


1 (1). Arzac A, García-Cervigón AI, Vicente-Serrano SM, Loidi J, Olano JM (2016) Phenological shifts in climate response of secondary growth allow Juniperus sabina L. to cope with altitudinal and temporal climate variability. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2015.11.011

Alberto Arzac, Ph.D.: Publications
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