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.


Published work in the last five years


1. 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

2. 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


1. 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

2. 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


1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

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


1. 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

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. 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


Siberian Federal University

Akademgorodok 50A-K2, room 503, Krasnoyarsk-Russia

©2020 by Laboratory for Complex Studies of Forest Dynamics in Eurasia. Siberian Federal University.

The laboratory is supported by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation (project FSRZ-2020-0014).