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Zsofia Réka Stangl

Zsofia Réka Stangl
Postdoc in plant physiology and ecophysiology


I'm a plant physiologist and ecophysiologist. My main research interest is in the interaction and responses of plants to their abiotic environment, with special interest in changes and regulation of the carbon-water homeostasis under the combination of variable environmental conditions and seasonal phenology.

My work has been focused on tree species, that are of high importance in the boreal region and I mostly focus on leaf/needle to individual tree scale processes. Recently, thanks to collaborators, I extended my viewpoint to consider stand scale implications of the individual physiology.


In my current position I focus on characterising the diurnal and seasonal dynamics of mesophyll conductance, and on exploring the relationship between stomatal and mesophyll conductance. I'm working with three nordic species: scots pine, norway spruce and silver birch. In my work I take advantage of recent advances in the measurement technology as well as our deepening understanding of stable isotopes in plant tissues and during leaf gas-exchange.

During my PhD I worked on plant response to thermal stress and acclimation to different growth temperatures, in combination with nitrogen limitation or elevated CO2.


PhD in Plant Physiology, Umeå University, Sweden (2017)

MSc in Environmental Engineering, Szent Istvan University, Hungary

Selected publications

Zsofia R. Stangl, Lasse Tarvainen, Göran Wallin, Nerea Ubierna, Mats Räntfors, John D. Marshall. Diurnal variation in mesophyll conductance and its influence on modelled water-use efficiency in a mature boreal Pinus sylvestris stand, Photosynth Res. (2019).

Leonid V. Kurepin*, Zsofia R. Stangl*, Alexander G. Ivanov, Vi Bui, Marin Mema, Norman P.A. Hüner, Gunnar Öquist, Danielle Way, Vaughan Hurry. Contrasting acclimation abilities of two dominant boreal conifers to elevated CO2 and temperature, Plant Cell Env. 2018;1–15.

Heskel, M.A., O’Sullivan, O.S., Reich, P.B., Tjoelker, M.G., Weerasinghe, L.K., Penillard, A., Egerton, J.J.G., Creek, D., Bloomfield, K.J., Xiang, X., Sinca, F., Stangl, Zs. R., Martinez-del la Torre, A., Griffin, K.L., Huntingford, C., Hurry, V., Meir, P., Turnbull, M.H., Atkin, O. (2016) Convergence in the temperature responses of leaf respiration across biomes and plant functional types. Proceedings of the National Academy USA. 113:3832-3837.

Hasselquist, N. J., Metcalfe, D. B., Inselsbacher, E., Stangl, Zs., Oren, R., Näsholm, T. and Högberg, P., Greater carbon allocation to mycorrhizal fungi reduces tree nitrogen uptake in a boreal forest, 2016, Ecology DOI: 10.1890/15-1222



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