Dr. Christian S. Zang

bayklif Junior Research Group

Hysteresis Effects in Bavarian Beech Forest Ecosystems through Climate Extremes (HyBBEx)

Professorship for Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions

Academic Career and Research Areas

Dr. Christian Zang studied Geoecology at the University of Karlsruhe (TH) and the University of Bayreuth. He conducted his PhD from 2006 to 2010 at the Chair of Forest Growth and Yield Science at TUM. From 2011 to 2015 he was a postdoc at the Professorship for Ecoclimatology at TUM, and from 2014 to 2015 he was an associated scientist at the School of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Stirling. He was a project team leader for IGSSE from 2013 to 2018. 2016 he transferred to an assistant position at the Professorship for Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions at TUM, where he leads a junior research group of the Bavarian Network for Climate Research bayklif since 2018.


Dr. Zang (*1979) studies climate extremes and the associated vegetation responses. He integrates various data streams with statistical and dynamic modelling. One focus of his research is extracting and interpreting climate signals from the annual growth rings of trees. A major aim of his research is to provide improved understanding of climate change impacts on forest ecosystems.


  • Camillo-Schneider-Award of the German Dendrological Society (2011)
  • Poster award of the AK Biogeographie im Verband der Geographen an Deutschen Hochschulen (2006)

Bhuyan U, Zang C, Vicente-Serrano SM, Menzel A: “Exploring relationships between tree-ring growth, climate variability and seasonal leaf activity on varying time-scales and spatial resolutions”. Remote Sensing. 2017; 9: 526.


Zang C, Biondi F: “treeclim: an R package for the numerical calibration of proxy-climate relationships”. Ecography. 2015; 38: 431-436.


Zang C: “Dendrobox – an interactive exploration tool for the International Tree Ring Data Bank”. Dendrochronologia. 2015; 33: 31-33.


Zang C, Hartl-Meier C, Dittmar C, Rothe A, Menzel A: “Patterns of drought tolerance in major European temperate forest trees: climatic drivers and levels of variability”. Global Change Biology. 2014; 20: 3767-3779.


Zang C, Pretzsch H, Rothe A: “Size-dependent responses to summer drought in Scots pine, Norway spruce and common oak”. Trees - Structure and Function 2012; 26: 557-569.