Sari Palmroth

Sari Palmroth

Associate Research Professor

Dr. Palmroth's research focuses on the effects of resource availability and climatic variability on carbon uptake and allocation of individual shoots, trees and forest ecosystems. She studies ecophysiological processes in trees from leaf to stand scales, with special emphasis on conifers. In particular, Dr. Palmroth is interested in the radiative transfer in forest canopies, how the radiation regime is affected by conifer shoot structure, and what the feedbacks are between availability of solar energy and allocation on carbon and nitrogen within canopies. She is also interested in how the carbon fixed in photosynthesis is allocated between above and belowground pools and what are the possible interaction effects on the allocation of the availabilities of nutrients and water and the level of atmospheric [CO2].


Palmroth, S., L. H. Bach, M. Lindh, P. Kolari, A. Nordin, and K. Palmqvist. “Nitrogen supply and other controls of carbon uptake of understory vegetation in a boreal Picea abies forest.” Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 276–277 (October 15, 2019).
Domec, Jean-Christophe, Henry Berghoff, Danielle Way, Menachem Moshelion, Sari Palmroth, Katre Kets, Cheng-Wei Huang, and Ram Oren. “Mechanisms for minimizing height-related stomatal conductance declines in tall vines..” Plant, Cell & Environment, May 23, 2019.
Wang, Na, Sari Palmroth, Christopher A. Maier, Jean-Christophe Domec, and Ram Oren. “Anatomical changes with needle length are correlated with leaf structural and physiological traits across five Pinus species..” Plant, Cell & Environment 42, no. 5 (May 2019): 1690–1704.
Kurjak, D., A. Konôpková, J. Kmeť, M. Macková, J. Frýdl, M. Živčák, S. Palmroth, Ľ. Ditmarová, and D. Gömöry. “Variation in the performance and thermostability of photosystem II in European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) provenances is influenced more by acclimation than by adaptation.” European Journal of Forest Research 138, no. 1 (February 15, 2019): 79–92.
Yin, Chunying, Sari Palmroth, Xueyong Pang, Bo Tang, Qing Liu, and Ram Oren. “Differential responses of Picea asperata and Betula albosinensis to nitrogen supply imposed by water availability..” Tree Physiology 38, no. 11 (November 2018): 1694–1705.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 806: Duke Forest Practicum (ENVIRON 806: Duke Forest Practicum)
ENVIRON 708: Silviculture Prescription (ENVIRON 708: Silviculture Prescription)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
ENVIRON 505: Functional Ecology of Plants (ENVIRON 505: Functional Ecology of Plants)
ENVIRON 705L: Ecological Management of Forest Systems (Silviculture) (ENVIRON 705L: Ecological Management of Forest Systems (Silviculture))

area(s) of expertise

Ecology Global Change Ecology Forests

Contact Information

A233a Lev Sci Res Ctr
Durham, NC 27708
Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328


Ph.D., University of Helsinki (Finland) (2000)