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Torsten W. Berger

Institute of Forest Ecology
Department of Forest- and Soil Sciences
BOKU-University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences
Peter Jordan-Strasse 82
1190 Vienna, Austria
Telephone: +43-1-47654-4107
FAX: +43-1-47654-4129


Habilitation (Docent), BOKU-University, Vienna, 2000
Ph.D., BOKU-University, Vienna, 1991
Postgraduate Study of "Technical Environmental Protection", specialized in air pollution, BOKU-University and Technical University, Vienna, graduation as Diploma Engineer for Technical Environmental Protection, 1991
Study at the Faculty of Forestry, BOKU-University, Vienna, graduation as academic Diploma Engineer for Forestry, 1988

Professional Positions:
  • Associate Professor for Biogoechemistry and Forest Nutrition, Institute of Forest Ecology, BOKU-University, Vienna (2000-present)
  • University Assistant (similar to Assistant Professor) at the Institute of Forest Ecology, BOKU-University, Vienna (1992-2000)
  • Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York, USA (Prof. Dr. Gene E. Likens). This leave of absence (Institute of Forest Ecology, Vienna) was funded by an Austrian fellowship (Erwin Schrodinger Scholarship, Fonds zur Foerderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung) (1994-1996)
  • Research Assistant at the Institute of Forest Ecology, BOKU-University, Vienna (1989-1992)
  • Austrian Federal Forests, Department of Forest Inventory and Silviculture (summers 1985-1988)

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    Deposition of atmospheric constituents and its impact on nutrient budgets of forest ecosystems, biogeochemistry, forest nutrition, chemical manipulations of forest ecosystems for evaluating human environmental impacts (e.g. calcium, nitrogen, acids, TFA), plant-soil feedback

    Distinguished Awards and Memberships:
    2000: Klaus Fischer Innovation Award for Technology and Environmental Sciences; 1998: 120 Years Boku-University Endowment Award; 1994-1996: Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship, FWF Austria (Fonds zur Foerderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung); 1987: Prof. Anton Kurir Award (for students)

    Selected Publications:

    Berger, T.W., Untersteiner, H., Toplitzer, M., Neubauer, J. (2009): Nutrient fluxes in pure and mixed stands of spruce (Picea abies) and beech (Fagus sylvatica). Plant and Soil 322, 317-342.

    Berger, T.W., Untersteiner, H., Schume, H., Jost, G. (2008): Throughfall fluxes in a secondary spruce (Picea abies), a beech (Fagus sylvatica) and a mixed spruce-beech stand. Forest Ecology and Management 255, 605-618.

    Pärtl, K., S. Zechmeister-Boltenstern, W. Wanek, P. Ambus and T.W. Berger (2007): Natural 15N abundance of soil N pools and N2O reflect the nitrogen dynamics of forest soils. Plant and Soil 295, 79-94.

    Berger, T.W., S. Swoboda, T. Prohaska and G. Glatzel. 2006. The role of calcium uptake from deep soils for spruce (Picea abies) and beech (Fagus sylvatica). Forest Ecology and Management 229, 234-246.

    Berger, T.W., G. K„llensperger and R. Wimmer. 2004. Plant-soil feedback in spruce (Picea abies) and mixed spruce-beech (Fagus sylvatica) stands as indicated by dendrochemistry. Plant and Soil 264, 69-83.

    Berger, T.W., B. Sun and G. Glatzel. 2004. Soil seed banks of pure spruce (Picea abies) and adjacent mixed species stands. Plant and Soil 264, 53-67.

    Berger, T.W., C. Neubauer and G. Glatzel. 2002. Factors controlling soil carbon and nitrogen stores in pure stands of Norway spruce (Picea abies) and mixed species stands in Austria. Forest Ecology and Management 159, 3-14.

    Berger, T.W. 2001. Impact of species composition on forest soil properties of secondary spruce and mixed spruce-beech stands. Centralblatt für das gesamte Forstwesen 118, 193-216.

    Berger, T. W. and G. Glatzel. 2001. Response of Quercus petraea seedlings to nitrogen fertilization. Forest Ecology and Management 149, 1-14.

    Berger, T. W., C. Eagar, G. E. Likens and G. Stingeder. 2001. Effects of calcium and aluminum chloride additions on foliar and throughfall chemistry in sugar maples. Forest Ecology and Management 149, 75-90.

    Berger, T. W. and H. Hager. 2000. Physical top soil properties in pure stands of Norway spruce (Picea abies) and mixed species stands in Austria. Forest Ecology and Management 136, 159-172.

    Berger, T. W. and G. E. Likens. 1999. Effects of acid anion additions (trifluoroacetate and bromide) on soil solution chemistry of a northern hardwood forest soil. Water, Air and Soil Pollution 116, 479-499.

    Berger, T.W. and G. Glatzel. 1998. Canopy leaching, dry deposition and cycling of calcium in Austrian oak stands as a function of calcium availability and distance from a lime quarry. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 28, 1388-1397.

    Berger, T.W., S.L. Tartowski and G.E. Likens. 1997. Trifluoroacetate (TFA) retention in a northern hardwood forest soil. Environmental Science & Technology 31, 1916-1921.

    Likens, G.E., S.L. Tartowski, T.W. Berger, D.G. Richey, C.T. Driscoll, H.C. Frank and A. Klein. 1997. Transport and fate of trifluoroacetate in upland forest and wetland ecosystems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 94, 4499-4503.

    Berger, T.W. and K. Katzensteiner. 1996. Deposition of atmospheric pollutants and its impact on forest ecosystems of the northern Tyrolean limestone alps. Phyton 36, 131-144.

    Berger, T.W., G. Glatzel and A. Kasper. 1996. The influence of basic aerosols on throughfall fluxes of sulfate, ammonium and nitrate in three oak stands along a distance gradient from a lime quarry. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution 90, 521-530. 

    Berger, T.W. and G. Glatzel. 1994. Deposition of atmospheric constituents and its impact on nutrient budgets of oak forests (Quercus petraea & Quercus robur) in Lower Austria. Forest Ecology and Management 70, 183-193.

    Co-Authors and Collaborators:
    Ambus, P.; Bing, S.; Driscoll, C.T.; Eagar, C.; Frank, H.C.; Gerzabek, M.H.; Glatzel, G.; Haberhauer, G.; Hager, H.; Hertenberger, G.; Hietz, J.; Hruska, J.; Inselsbacher, E.; Jakusch, M.; Kasper, A.; Katzensteiner, K.; Kazda, M.; Klein, A.; Källensperger, G.; Likens, G.E.; Mutsch, F.; Neubauer, C., Offenthaler, I.; Pfeffer, M.; Popp, M.; Pärtl, K., Prohaska, T., Richey, D.G.; Schmid, I.; Schume, H.; Stingeder, G.; Swoboda, S., Tartowski, S.; Toplitzer, M.; Untersteiner, H.; Wanek, W.; Wimmer, R.; Zechmeister-Boltenstern, S.; Zehetner, F.

    Graduate Students:
    Bliharova, M.; Grissemann, N.; Inselsbacher, E.; Kitzler B.; Netherer, S.; Neubauer, C.; PÄrtl, K.; Untersteiner, H.

    Graduate Advisor:
    G. Glatzel; G. E. Likens

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator