Dr. Tobias Scharnweber

Dr. Tobias Scharnweber

Soldmannstr. 15, Room 2.29

Phone: +49 (0) 38 34 - 420 41 88


Focus of research
  • Dendroecology
  • Vegetation ecology
  • Forests
Curriculum Vitae
Personal data
Name: Tobias Scharnweber
Date of Birth: 20st of december 1974, in Demmin, Germany
Citizenship: German
Family Status: married to Andrea Scharnweber
Children: Khira Tere Johanna Scharnweber
Olga Anouk Scharnweber
Milan Widukind Scharnweber
Wanja Joliot Scharnweber
Education and work experience
since 2017 Postdoc project “Wetscapes”
2015 Ph.D.-defense (Dendroecology of beech and oak in northern Central-Europe
2012-2016 Project researcher “ICLEA” (Reconstruction of landscape development in northern Central Europe since the last glaciation), University of Greifswald
2011-2012 Research assistent DUENE e.V., Greifswald (Project on development of forest carbon certificates in protected areas)
2009-2014 Ph.D.student group Landscape ecology and ecosystem dynamics, topic: Dendroecology of beech and oak
2009 Diplom Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation, Grade: 1,3
2006, 2007 Project work in Azerbaijan concerning degradation of the Hyrcanian Forests, supported by the DAAD
2003-2009 Study at the University Greifswald, Landscape Ecology and Nature conservation
1999-2009 Work at different Restaurants in Germany and Spain
1999 Final examine of the apprenticeship
1996-1999 Apprenticeship cook at the Restaurant Borchardt, Berlin
1994 Abitur at Gymnasium Boizenburg, Grade 1,6
Peer reviewed

Arun K. Bose, Daniel Scherrer, J. Julio Camarero, Daniel Ziche, Flurin Babst, Christof Bigler, Andreas Bolte, Isabel Dorado-Liñán, Sophia Etzold, Patrick Fonti, David I. Forrester, Jordane Gavinet, Antonio Gazol, Ester González de Andrés, Dirk Nikolaus Karger, Francois Lebourgeois, Mathieu Lévesque, Elisabet Martínez-Sancho, Annette Menzel, Burkhard Neuwirth, Manuel Nicolas, Tanja G.M. Sanders, Tobias Scharnweber, Jens Schröder, Roman Zweifel, Arthur Gessler, and Andreas Rigling
Climate sensitivity and drought seasonality determine post-drought growth recovery of Quercus petraea and Quercus robur in Europe
Science of The Total Environment 784: 147222. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147222

E. Fleur Nicklen, Carl A. Roland, Roger W. Ruess, Tobias Scharnweber, and Martin Wilmking
Divergent responses to permafrost and precipitation reveal mechanisms for the spatial variation of two sympatric spruce
Ecosphere 12(7): e03622. DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.3622


Allan Buras, Florian Hirsch, Anna Schneider, Tobias Scharnweber, Ernst van der Maaten, Roberto Cruz García, Thomas Raab and Martin Wilmking
Reduced above-ground growth and wood density but increased wood chemical concentrations of Scots pine on relict charcoal hearths
Science of The Total Environment 717: 137189. DOI:  10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137189

Jill E. Harvey, Marko Smiljanić, Tobias Scharnweber, Allan Buras, Anna Cedro, Roberto Cruz‐García, Igor Drobyshev, Karolina Janecka, Āris Jansons, Ryszard Kaczka, Marcin Klisz, Alar Läänelaid, Roberts Matisons, Lena Muffler, Kristina Sohar, Barbara Spyt, Juliane Stolz, Ernst van der Maaten, Marieke van der Maaten‐Theunissen, Adomas Vitas, Robert Weigel, Jürgen Kreyling and Martin Wilmking
Tree growth influenced by warming winter climate and summer moisture availability in northern temperate forests
Global Change Biology 26(4): 2505–2518. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14966

Tobias Scharnweber, Marko Smiljanic, Roberto Cruz García, Michael Manthey and Martin Wilmking
Tree growth at the end of the 21st century the extreme years 2018/19 as template for future growth conditions
Environmental Research Letters (in press). DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab865d

Mario Trouillier, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen, Tobias Scharnweber and Martin Wilmking
A Unifying Concept for Growth Trends of Trees and Forests – The “Potential Natural Forest”
Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 3: 581334. DOI: 10.3389/ffgc.2020.581334

Martin Wilmking, Marieke van der Maaten‐Theunissen, Ernst van der Maaten, Tobias Scharnweber, Allan Buras, Christine Biermann, Marina Gurskaya, Martin Hallinger, Jelena Lange, Rohan Shetti, Marko Smiljanic and Mario Trouillier
Global assessment of relationships between climate and tree growth
Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.15057


J. Björklund, G. von Arx, D. Nievergelt, R. Wilson, J. Van den Bulcke, B. Günther, N.J. Loader, M. Rydval, P. Fonti, Tobias Scharnweber, L. Andreu‐Hayles, U. Büntgen, R. D'Arrigo, N. Davi, T. De Mil, J. Esper, H. Gärtner, J. Geary, B.E. Gunnarson, C. Hartl, Andrea Hevia, H. Song, Karolina Janecka, Ryszard J. Kaczka, A.V. Kirdyanov, M. Kochbeck, Y. Liu, M. Meko, I. Mundo, K. Nicolussi, R. Oelkers, T. Pichler, R. Sánchez‐Salguero, L. Schneider, F. Schweingruber, M. Timonen, V. Trouet, J. Van Acker, A. Verstege, R. Villalba, Martin Wilmking and D. Frank
Scientific merits and analytical challenges of tree‐ring densitometry
Reviews of Geophysics 57(4):1224–1264. DOI: 10.1029/2019RG000642

Roberto Cruz-García, Angela Balzano, Katarina Čufar, Tobias Scharnweber, Marko Smiljanić, and Martin Wilmking
Combining Dendrometer Series and Xylogenesis Imagery—DevX, a Simple Visualization Tool to Explore Plant Secondary Growth Phenology
Frontiers in Forests and Global Change 2: 60. DOI: 10.3389/ffgc.2019.00060

Tobias Scharnweber, Lisa Heinze, Roberto Cruz-García, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen and Martin Wilmking
Confessions of solitary oaks: We grow fast but we fear the drought
Dendrochronologia 55: 43–49. DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2019.04.001

Tobias Scharnweber, Karl-Uwe Heußner, Marko Smiljanic, Ingo Heinrich, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen, Ernst van der Maaten, Thomas Struwe, Allan Buras and Martin Wilmking
Removing the no-analogue bias in modern accelerated tree growth leads to stronger medieval drought
Scientific Reports (2019) 9: 2509. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-39040-5

Martin Theuerkauf, Eike Engelbrecht, Nadine Dräger, Michael Hupfer, Almut Mrotzek, Anja Prager and Tobias Scharnweber
Using Annual Resolution Pollen Analysis to Synchronize Varve and Tree-Ring Records
Quaternary 2(3): 23. DOI: 10.3390/quat2030023

Mario Trouillier, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen, Tobias Scharnweber, David Würth, Andreas Burger, Martin Schnittler and Martin Wilmking
Size matters – a comparison of three methods to assess age- and size-dependent climate sensitivity of trees
Trees 33(1): 183–192. DOI: 10.1007/s00468-018-1767-z


Daniel Balanzategui, Antje Knorr, Karl-Uwe Heussner, Tomasz Wazny, Wolfgang Beck, Michał Słowiński, Gerhard Helle, Allan Buras, Martin Wilmking, Ernst van der Maaten, Tobias Scharnweber, Isabel Dorado-Liñán and Ingo Heinrich
An 810-year history of cold season temperature variability for northern Poland
Boreas 47(2): 443–453. DOI: 10.1111/bor.12274

Andrew J. Hacket-Pain, Davide Ascoli, Giorgio Vacchiano, Franco Biondi, Liam Cavin, Marco Conedera, Igor Drobyshev, Isabel Dorado Linan, Andrew D. Friend, Michael Grabner, Claudia Hartl, Juergen Kreyling, Francois Lebourgeois, Tom Levanic, Annette Menzel, Ernst van der Maaten, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen, Lena Muffler, Renzo Motta, Catalin-Constantin Roibu, Ionel Popa, Tobias Scharnweber, Robert Weigel, Martin Wilmking and Christian S. Zang
Climatically controlled reproduction drives interannual growth variability in a temperate tree species
Ecology Letters 21(12): 1833–1844. DOI: 10.1111/ele.13158

Ryszard Kaczka, Barbara Spyt, Karolina Janecka, Ilka Beil, Ulf Buentgen, Tobias Scharnweber, Daniel Nievergelt and Martin Wilmking
Different Maximum Latewood Density and Blue Intensity techniques reveal similar results
Dendrochronologia 49: 94–101. DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2018.03.005

Knut Kaiser, Silke Oldorff, Carsten Breitbach, Christoph Kappler, Martin Theuerkauf, Tobias Scharnweber, Manuela Schult, Mathias Küster, Christof Engelhardt, Ingo Heinrich, Michael Hupfer, Grit Schwalbe, Tom Kirschey und Oliver Bens
A submerged pine forest from the early Holocene in the Mecklenburg Lake District, northern Germany
Boreas 47(3): 910–925. DOI: 10.1111/bor.12314

Ernst van der Maaten, Jonas Pape, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen, Tobias Scharnweber, Marko Smiljanić, Roberto Cruz-García and Martin Wilmking
Distinct growth phenology but similar daily stem dynamics in three co-occurring broadleaved tree species
Tree Physiology 38(12): 1820–1828. DOI:  10.1093/treephys/tpy042


Uwe Buczko, Stefan Köhler, Fredericke Bahr, Tobias Scharnweber, Martin Wilmking and Gerald Jurasinski
Variability of soil carbon stocks in a mixed deciduous forest on hydromorphic soils
Geoderma 307: 8–18. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.07.015

Martin Wilmking, Tobias Scharnweber, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen and Ernst van der Maaten 
Reconciling the community with a concept – The Uniformitarian principle in the dendro-sciences
Dendrochronologia 44: 211–214. DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2017.06.005


Tobias Scharnweber, Andrea Hevia, Allan Buras, Ernst van der Maaten and Martin Wilmking
Common trends in elements? Within- and between-tree variations of wood-chemistry measured by X-ray fluorescence – a dendrochemical study
Science of the Total Environment 566–567: 1245–1253.DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.05.182

Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen, Hanna Bümmerstede, Janette Iwanowski, Tobias Scharnweber, Martin Wilmking and Ernst van der Maaten
Drought sensitivity of beech on a shallow chalk soil in northeastern Germany a comparative study
Forest Ecosystems 3(1): 1–10. DOI: 10.1186/s40663-016-0083-6


Andreas Bauwe, Gerald Jurasinski, Tobias Scharnweber, Christian Schröder and Bernd Lennartz
Impact of climate change on tree-ring growth of Scots pine, common beech and pedunculate oak in northeastern Germany
iForest 9: 1–11. DOI: 10.3832/ifor1421-008

Ernst van der Maaten, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen, Allan Buras, Tobias Scharnweber, Sonia Simard, Knut Kaiser, Sebastian Lorenz and Martin Wilmking
Can we use tree rings of black alder to reconstruct lake levels? A case study for the Mecklenburg Lake District, northeastern Germany
PLoS ONE 10(8): e0137054. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0137054

Tobias Scharnweber, John Couwenberg, Ingo Heinrich and Martin Wilmking
New insights for the interpretation of ancient bog oak chronologies? Reactions of oak (Quercus robur L.) to a sudden peatland rewetting
Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 417: 534–543. DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2014.10.017


Tobias Scharnweber, Michael Manthey and Martin Wilmking
Differential radial growth patterns between beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) and oak (Quercus robur L.) on periodically waterlogged soils
Tree Physiology 33(4): 425–437. DOI: 


Tobias Scharnweber, Michael Manthey, Christian Criegee, Andreas Bauwe, Christian Schröder and Martin Wilmking
Drought matters – declining precipitation influences growth of Fagus sylvatica L. and Quercus robur L. in north-eastern Germany
Forest Ecology and Management 262(6): 947–961. DOI: 


Tobias Scharnweber, Michael Rietschel and Michael Manthey
Degradation stages of the Hyrcanian forests in southern Azerbaijan
Archiv für Naturschutz und Landschaftsforschung 46(2): 133–156. 

Other publications

Ulrich Mergner, Michael Manthey, Tobias Scharnweber and Daniel Kraus
Kronenverlichtung und Absterbevorgänge bei der Buche
AFZ-DerWald 07/2020: 16–19.


Moritz Brunkau, Roberto Cruz-García, Denie Gerold, Johannes Kalbe, Tobias Scharnweber and Jan Wilkens
Waldinventur und Klimawandel
AFZ-DerWald 17/2019: 40–41.


Johann Friedrich Tolkdorf and Tobias Scharnweber
Kapitel 4: Holzfunde als mehrdimensionale Quelle zur Rekonstruktion von Wirtschaft und Landschaft
In: Johann Friedrich Tolkdorf
Veröffentlichungen des Landesamtes für Archäologie Sachsen, Band 67. ArchaeoMontan 4. Mittelalterlicher Bergbau und Umwelt im Erzgebierge – eine interdisziplinäre Untersuchung: 37–56.


Allan Buras, Ernst van der Maaten, Tobias Scharnweber, Sonia Simard, Ingo Heinrich, Gerd Helle, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen, Pascal Eusemann, Martin Schnittler and Martin Wilmking
Tuning the voices of a choir: Introducing a new tool to enhance the signals that are stored in tree-ring archives
Geophysical Research Abstracts 17: EGU2015-3303-1

Allan Buras, Tobias Scharnweber, Sonia Simard, Ernst van der Maaten, Anne Tober, Ingo Heinrich, Knut Kaiser and Martin Wilmking
Aktuelle dendroökologische Fragestellungen im Teilgebiet Serrahn des Müritz-Nationalparks

In: Nationalparkamt Müritz (editor)
Neue Beiträge zum Naturraum und zur Landschaftsgeschichte im Teilgebiet Serrahn des Müritz-Nationalparks
volume 4
page: 53-60
publisher: GEOZON

Tobias Scharnweber, Andrea Hevia Cabal, Ernst van der Maaten, Allan Buras and Martin Wilmking
One sample is not enough: Differences and similarities in element concentrations of tree rings in dependence of sampling direction and height along the stem

Geophysical Research Abstracts 17

Tobias Scharnweber, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen, Ernst van der Maaten and Martin Wilmking
Ein Naturwald erzählt – Dendroökologische Forschung auf der Insel Vilm

BfN-Skripten 390: 147–151


Allan Buras, Barnim Thees, Markus Czymzik, Nadine Dräger, Ulrike Kienel, Ina Neugebauer, Florian Ott, Tobias Scharnweber, Sonia Simard, Michal Slowinski, Sandra Slowinski, Christina Tecklenburg, Izabela Zawiska and Martin Wilmking
SINOMA – a better tool for proxy based reconstructions?

Geophysical Research Abstracts 16: (EGU2014-1708-1)

Ernst van der Maaten, Allan Buras, Tobias Scharnweber, Sonia Simard, Knut Kaiser, Sebastian Lorenz, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen and Martin Wilmking
Dendrochronology and lakes: using tree-rings of alder to reconstruct lake levels

Geophysical Research Abstracts
16: (EGU2014-2549)

Tobias Scharnweber, Ernst van der Maaten, Ingo Heinrich, Allan Buras, Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen and Martin Wilmking
Long-term growth trends and time series of elemental wood composition from two old-growth forests – natural versus anthropogenic influences

Geophysical Research Abstracts 16: (EGU2014-6210)

Sonia Simard, Ingo Heinrich, Silvio Pohlmann, Allan Buras, Tobias Scharnweber, Ernst van der Maaten, Martin Wilmking and Gerhard Helle
Similarities and discrepancies of sessile oak performance along a topographic gradient
Geophysical Research Abstracts 16: (EGU2014-14180)

Martin Wilmking, Allan Buras, Ingo Heinrich, Tobias Scharnweber, Sonia Simard, Marko Smiljanic, Ernst van der Maaten and Marieke van der Maaten-Theunissen
From process to proxy: Ecological challenges and opportunities of tree-ring based environmental reconstructions

Geophysical Research Abstracts 16: (EGU2014-2871)