Dr. Tamalika Chakraborty

  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
    Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie
    Kaiserstr. 12
    76131 Karlsruhe

Tamalika Chakraborty


  • Drought driven tree mortality
  • Stress physiology and functional ecology
  • Dendrochronology and Stable isotope ecology
  • Eco-physiology and plant interactions

Curriculum vitae

Professional experience

Since 2024-     Postdoctoral Researcher in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Since 2022-     Postdoctoral Researcher in Free University of Berlin, Department of Earth Sciences, Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics

2018-2019:      Postdoctoral Researcher, Forest Ecology and Biodiversity, Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems

2017-2018:      Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Working Group 'Plant Interactions Ecophysiology', Department of Biology, University of Konstanz

2008-2008:      Project Coordinator, Tagore Society for Rural Development, Kolkata, India

2007-2008:      Senior Project Associate, Regional Centre for Development Cooperation, Orissa, India


2011-2017:      Doctor rerum naturalium (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Freiburg, Chair of Site Classification and Vegetation Science, Thesis: "Impact of drought on European beech (Fagus sylvatica) trees at the dry temperate forest"

2008-2010:      M.Sc. in Forest Ecology and Management, University of Freiburg, Thesis: "Effect of soil drought on vitality and growth on juvenile and understorey beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) trees. Case study from a rocky gneiss outcrop near Freiburg, Black Forest, Germany"

2005-2007:      M.Sc. in Medicinal Plants and Herbal Resource Management, Jiwaji University, India, Thesis: "Study on availability, utilization, and marketing of Non-Wood Forest Products (NWFPs) at the Western Arunachal Pradesh of the Eastern Himalayas, India"

2002-2005:      B.Sc. in Botany (Honours), Zoology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, English, and Bengali Literature, Victoria Institution (College), University of Calcutta, India

Award and scholarship/ fellowship

  • 2011: "Best master thesis award of 2011", Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Gesellschaft für Ökologie) (https://www.waldbau.uni-freiburg.de/news_events/GFOE_preis_tamalika)
  • 2017: Postdoctoral scholarship, Bridge Fellowship, University of Konstanz
  • 2015-2016: Doctoral scholarship from the Landeckh-Stiftung and White-Stiftung through the Stiftungsverwaltung, University of Freiburg          
  • 2012-2015: Doctoral scholarship from the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V.
  • 2012: Doctoral scholarship from Landesgraduiertenförderungsgesetz Baden-Württemberg (declined)
  • 2009-2010: Master’s scholarship from the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V.