Melissa Dawes

Dr. Melissa Dawes
Research scientist
Forest Soils and Biogeochemistry
Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)
Zuercherstrasse 111
CH-8903 Birmensdorf

E-mail: mdawes44(at)
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Key Publications of Melissa Dawes (up to ten) :
Dawes, M.A., Philipson, C.D., Fonti, P., Bebi, P., Hättenschwiler, S., Hagedorn, F. and Rixen, C. 2015. Soil warming and CO2 enrichment induce biomass shifts in alpine treeline vegetation. Global Change Biology. In press. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12819.

Dawes, M.A., Zweifel, R., Dawes, N., Rixen, C. and Hagedorn, F. 2014. CO2 enrichment alters diurnal stem radius fluctuations of 36-year-old Larix decidua growing at the alpine treeline. New Phytologist (202:4) 1237-1248.

Dawes, M.A., Hagedorn, F., Handa, I.T., Streit, K., Ekblad, A., Rixen, C., Körner, C. and Hättenschwiler, S. 2013. An alpine treeline in a CO2-rich world: synthesis of a nine year CO2 enrichment study. Oecologia (171:3) 623-637.

Dawes, M.A., Hagedorn, F., Zumbrunn, T., Handa, I.T., Hättenschwiler, S., Wipf, S. and Rixen, C. 2011. Growth and community responses of alpine dwarf shrubs to in situ CO2 enrichment and soil warming. New Phytologist (191:3) 806-818.

Dawes, M.A., Hättenschwiler, S., Bebi, P., Hagedorn, F., Handa, I.T., Körner, C. and Rixen, C. 2011. Species-specific tree growth responses to nine years of CO2 enrichment at the alpine treeline. Journal of Ecology (99) 383-394.

Martin, M.A., Gavazov, K., Hättenschwiler, S., Körner, C. and Rixen, C. 2010. Reduced early growing season freezing resistance in alpine treeline plants under elevated atmospheric CO2. Global Change Biology (16:3) 1057-1070.

Hagedorn, F., Martin, M.A., Rixen, C., Rusch, S., Zürcher, A., Siegwolf, R., Wipf, S., Escape, C., Roy, J. and Hättenschwiler, S. 2010. Short-term responses of ecosystem carbon fluxes to experimental soil warming at the Swiss alpine treeline. Biogeochemistry (97:1) 7-19.

Expertise of Melissa Dawes:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
ScopeImpact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Topic AtmosphereGlobal Warming
Topic BiospherePlants
Topic Integrated SystemsCarbon Cycle
Nutrient Cycle / Food Chain
Topic EcosystemsTerrestrial Ecosystems
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
MethodsData Collection - Measurement
Data Analysis
Literature Study
PolarHigh Altitude

Last update: 11/8/19
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