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Stable Isotopes in Tree Rings

Inferring Physiological, Climatic and Environmental Responses

  • There are no books to date on tree ring isotopes, with this broad scope

  • Tree rings represent a unique matrix for retrospective studies on environment plant interactions

  • Record tree physiological responses over decades to centuries

  • Hold insights to past climate (Climate reconstruction)

Part of the book series: Tree Physiology (TREE, volume 8)

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Table of contents (26 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Isotope Dendrochronology: Historical Perspective

      • Steven W. Leavitt, John Roden
      Pages 3-20Open Access
    3. Dendrochronology: Fundamentals and Innovations

      • David Frank, Keyan Fang, Patrick Fonti
      Pages 21-59Open Access
    4. Anatomical, Developmental and Physiological Bases of Tree-Ring Formation in Relation to Environmental Factors

      • Cyrille B. K. Rathgeber, Gonzalo Pérez-de-Lis, Laura Fernández-de-Uña, Patrick Fonti, Sergio Rossi, Kerstin Treydte et al.
      Pages 61-99Open Access
  3. Methods

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 101-101
    2. Sample Collection and Preparation for Annual and Intra-annual Tree-Ring Isotope Chronologies

      • Soumaya Belmecheri, William E. Wright, Paul Szejner
      Pages 103-134Open Access
    3. Stable Isotope Signatures of Wood, its Constituents and Methods of Cellulose Extraction

      • Gerhard Helle, Maren Pauly, Ingo Heinrich, Karina Schollän, Daniel Balanzategui, Lucas Schürheck
      Pages 135-190Open Access
    4. Tree-Ring Stable Isotope Measurements: The Role of Quality Assurance and Quality Control to Ensure High Quality Data

      • J. Renée Brooks, William D. Rugh, Roland A. Werner
      Pages 191-213Open Access
    5. Newer Developments in Tree-Ring Stable Isotope Methods

      • Katja T. Rinne-Garmston, Gerhard Helle, Marco M. Lehmann, Elina Sahlstedt, Jürgen Schleucher, John S. Waterhouse
      Pages 215-249Open Access
  4. Isotopic Fractionations from Source to Wood

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 251-251
    2. Isotopes—Terminology, Definitions and Properties

      • Roland A. Werner, Marc-André Cormier
      Pages 253-289Open Access
    3. Carbon Isotope Effects in Relation to CO2 Assimilation by Tree Canopies

      • Lucas A. Cernusak, Nerea Ubierna
      Pages 291-310Open Access
    4. The Stable Hydrogen Isotopic Signature: From Source Water to Tree Rings

      • Marco M. Lehmann, Philipp Schuler, Marc-André Cormier, Scott T. Allen, Markus Leuenberger, Steve Voelker
      Pages 331-359Open Access
    5. Nitrogen Isotopes in Tree Rings—Challenges and Prospects

      • Martine M. Savard, Rolf T. W. Siegwolf
      Pages 361-380Open Access
    6. Postphotosynthetic Fractionation in Leaves, Phloem and Stem

      • Arthur Gessler, Juan Pedro Ferrio
      Pages 381-396Open Access
  5. Physiological Interpretations

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 397-397
    2. Limits and Strengths of Tree-Ring Stable Isotopes

      • Laia Andreu-Hayles, Mathieu Lévesque, Rossella Guerrieri, Rolf T. W. Siegwolf, Christian Körner
      Pages 399-428Open Access

About this book

This Open Access volume highlights how tree ring stable isotopes have been used to address a range of environmental issues from paleoclimatology to forest management, and anthropogenic impacts on forest growth. It will further evaluate weaknesses and strengths of isotope applications in tree rings. In contrast to older tree ring studies, which predominantly applied a pure statistical approach this book will focus on physiological mechanisms that influence isotopic signals and reflect environmental impacts. Focusing on connections between physiological responses and drivers of isotope variation will also clarify why environmental impacts are not linearly reflected in isotope ratios and tree ring widths. This volume will be of interest to any researcher and educator who uses tree rings (and other organic matter proxies) to reconstruct paleoclimate as well as to understand contemporary functional processes and anthropogenic influences on native ecosystems. The use of stable isotopes in biogeochemical studies has expanded greatly in recent years, making this volume a valuable resource to a growing and vibrant community of researchers.


  • paleoclimatology
  • forest management
  • anthropogenic impacts
  • biogeochemical studies
  • Ecology and Environment
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • Research Unit Forest Dynamics, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland

    Rolf T. W. Siegwolf, Matthias Saurer

  • Pacific Ecological Systems Division, Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment, Office of Research and Development, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Corvallis, USA

    J. Renée Brooks

  • Department of Biology, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, USA

    John Roden

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Stable Isotopes in Tree Rings

  • Book Subtitle: Inferring Physiological, Climatic and Environmental Responses

  • Editors: Rolf T. W. Siegwolf, J. Renée Brooks, John Roden, Matthias Saurer

  • Series Title: Tree Physiology

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-92697-7Published: 07 June 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-92700-4Published: 07 June 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-92698-4Published: 06 June 2022

  • Series ISSN: 1568-2544

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXI, 773

  • Number of Illustrations: 30 b/w illustrations, 76 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Plant Physiology, Forestry, Environmental Sciences, Paleontology

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)