Zuosinan Chen

Academy Research Fellow, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow
Forest (Eco)hydrology

Water, Energy and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Technology

Oulanka forests, 2023 autumn

My ecohydrology research focuses on forest ecosystems covering various forest types, e.g., semi-arid, temperate, boreal, urban, and managed. I am interested in process-based mechanisms spanning different spatio-temporal scales under climate change: (1) biophysical controls of daytime and also nighttime leaf transpiration, stem water capacitance recharge, and whole tree water use, (2) sub-daily responses of tree sap flow to weather extremes and precipitation seasonality, (3) long-term (over decades) effects of forest management on forest transpiration. Based on my multidisciplinary knowledge, especially the research experience in ecohydrology and isotope hydrology, I am currently combining sap flow techniques and isotope hydrology to elucidate tree water use strategies and boreal forest (eco)hydrology under the changing snow-rain seasonality.

Research interests

  • Forest (eco)hydrology
  • Tree water use strategy
  • Water movement in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum
  • Nighttime sap flow
  • Isotope hydrology
  • Cold climate hydrology
  • Extreme weather events (intense precipitation, hot days, drought stress)
  • Tree physiology
  • Forest management
  • Forest ecology

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