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.


Carbon and oxygen dual-isotopes indicate alternative physiological mechanisms opted by European beech trees to survive drought stress
Chakraborty, T.; Reif, A.; Matzarakis, A.; Helle, G.; Faßnacht, F.; Saha, S.
2022. Scandinavian journal of forest research, 37 (5-8), 295–313. doi:10.1080/02827581.2022.2155236
Assessing Restoration Potential of Fragmented and Degraded Fagaceae Forests in Meghalaya, North-East India
Singh, P. P.; Chakraborty, T.; Dermann, A.; Dermann, F.; Adhikari, D.; Gurung, P. B.; Barik, S. K.; Bauhus, J.; Fassnacht, F. E.; Dey, D. C.; Rösch, C.; Saha, S.
2020. Forests, 11 (9), Art.-Nr.: 1008. doi:10.3390/F11091008
Generalized biomass and leaf area allometric equations for European tree species incorporating stand structure, tree age and climate
Forrester, D. I.; Tachauer, I. H. H.; Annighoefer, P.; Barbeito, I.; Pretzsch, H.; Ruiz-Peinado, R.; Stark, H.; Vacchiano, G.; Zlatanov, T.; Chakraborty, T.; Saha, S.; Sileshi, G. W.
2017. Forest ecology and management, 396, 160–175. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2017.04.011
Assessing restoration potential of fragmented and degraded fagaceae forests in Meghalaya, North-East India
Singh, P. P.; Dermann, A.; Dermann, F.; Adhikari, D.; Chakraborty, T.; Gurung, P. B.; Barik, S. K.; Bauhus, J.; Saha, S.
2018. 4th International Congress of Planted Forests (2018), Peking, China, 23.–27. Oktober 2018
Biomass, annual growth, C and O isotope signatures in tree rings revealed high ecological plasticity in European beech (fagus silvatica l.) trees under multiple drought events
Chakraborty, T.; Saha, S.; Matzarakis, A.; Reif, A.
2018. 11th 11th International Beech Symposium, Viterbo, I, September 18-21, 2018 (2018), Viterbo, Italien, 18.–21. September 2018
Role of multiple stressors on crown dieback and growth sensitivity of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) trees under recurrent droughts
Chakraborty, T.; Saha, S.; Reif, A.
2017. IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress, Freiburg, September 18-22, 2017