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Hyungwoo Lim

Hyungwoo Lim
I study how differences in structure and function among species interact with atmospheric and soil properties to produce the diversity of carbon balances observed among forest types.


Forest ecophysiology covers a broad spectrum of topics. My specific area of interest within ecophysiology is to integrate three essential phases onto a single framework: mechanisms, observations, and consequences. This involves elucidating how observations occur by examining the underlying mechanisms responsible for these phenomena; upscaling observations to predict their consequences; informing models with the quantified and characterized processes to understand their broader consequences. 

In light of these considerations, my research focuses on investigating complex interactions and feedbacks between forest carbon dynamics and changes of climate and forest management practices. Specifically, I analyze the patterns and mechanisms governing how carbon is distributed and allocated within forest ecosystems in response to environmental factors.

Throughout this process, I put a strong emphasis on identifying and constraining the scope of inference based on the statistical population and the foundational theories of forest ecophysiology.


Postdoc. in Silviculture, Jan. 2018-Dec. 2020 SLU Umeå 
Supervisor: Prof. Tomas Lundmark (SLU)

PhD in Ecophysiology, Dec. 2017 SLU Umeå 
Supervisors: Prof. Torgny Näsholm (SLU); Prof. Ram Oren (Duke Univ.)

Selected publications

*G Baek, *H Lim, NJ Noh, C Kim. 2023. No impact of nitrogen fertilization on carbon sequestration in a temperate Pinus densiflora forest. Scientific Reports *Equal contribution

H Lim, S Jämtgård, R Oren et al. 2022. Organic nitrogen enhances nitrogen nutrition and early growth of Pinus sylvestris seedlings. Tree Physiol

Henriksson N, Lim H, Marshall J et al. 2021. Tree water uptake enhances nitrogen acquisition in a fertilized boreal forest – but not under nitrogen‐poor conditions. New Phytol 

H Lim, CA Alvares, MG Ryan, D Binkley. 2020. Assessing the cross-site and within-site response of potential production to atmospheric demand for water in Eucalyptus plantations. For Ecol Manag

H Lim, R Oren, T Näsholm et al. 2019. Boreal forest biomass accumulation is not increased by two decades of soil warming. Nature Climate Change


Researcher at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management; Department of Forest Ecology and Management, joint staff
Telephone: +46907868415
Postal address:
Skogens ekologi och skötsel
901 83 Umeå
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgränd 17, Umeå