Nominees ATR Board 2020-2022


Dr. Ute Sass-KlaassenWageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

I wish to stand for re-election as President and chair of the ATR board. During the last four years I enjoyed heading the ATR board, a motivated team of colleagues from different countries, and we succeeded in further building the ATR into a discussion platform where experienced and young researchers share their passion for tree-ring sciences.
In the past two years the ATR board together with local organisers further sharpened the format of our TRACE meetings by introducing new elements, like video abstracts or provocative talks. There are many ideas for the future; one will be to stimulate and facilitate topic-related ATR working groups to let ATR members bind forces, share facilities, think about projects and write proposals.
My motivation: I like working in a team, developing new ideas and make things work!

Vice President

Prof. Neil Loader, Prifysgol Abertawe/Swansea University, UK

I am a tree-ring researcher with specific interest in stable-isotopes and their application for archaeological dating and the study of past climatic change. I have been a member of the ATR from its early days and have served on the board for four years, most recently as vice-president. I have enjoyed my time as vice-president and believe that together as a Board, we have significantly advanced the Association. If re-elected, I will continue working to support dendroarchaeology; support the formation of new working groups; help develop sponsorship opportunities; and widen the benefits of membership.


Dr. Giovanna Battipaglia, University of Campania “L. Vanvitelli”, Italy

I wish to stand for election as Secretary of the ATR board. I joined the ATR board in 2014 and since then it has been a great pleasure to collaborate with an active team of colleagues to promote the Association and increase its visibility.
If you will decide to trust in me, it is my intention to be an enthusiastic secretary with plenty energy and willingness to take care of the Association affairs, capable to collect inputs from the scientific and public community to solve potential problems and to catch new opportunities for the further development of the ATR.


Dr. Ernst van der Maaten, TU Dresden, Germany

I wish to stand for re-election as Treasurer of the ATR board. Over the last two years, I could contribute to improving the finances of the Association, for example, by attracting new members and signing a sponsorship agreement with Sercon Ltd. With the increased budget, we supported numerous activities that promote tree-ring research, education and public outreach. Also, the early-career researcher awards for the best M.Sc.- and Ph.D.-theses written in the field of tree-ring research could be re-launched. As a Treasurer, I see my main responsibility in continuing to work along the same lines.

Extended Board Members

Dr. Kerstin Treydte, WSL, Switzerland

Kerstin Treydte is scientist at the Dendrosciences Group/WSL, Birmensdorf/Switzerland and lecturer at the ETH Zürich. She has more than 25 years experience in tree-ring research with a specific interest in applying tree rings as paleo-environmental proxies, and as recorders of the impact of climate on tree growth and physiology. She also enthusiastically contributes to research on an increased mechanistic understanding of tree-ring formation in general and stable isotope fixation in tree rings in particular. She is main organizer of the European Dendroecological Fieldweek, and convenes a session on Interdisciplinary Tree-Ring Research at EGU, both on an annual base.

Dr. Raúl Sanchez-Salguero, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain

Dr. Raúl Sánchez-Salguero (1983) studied Forest Engineering at the Univ. Córdoba, Spain. PhD on Forest decline at southern Europe (2012). He was postdoc in: WSL (2013-2014), Univ. Pablo de Olavide (2015), IPE-CSIC (2016-2017), UPO (2018) and now Assistant Professor-Researcher at UPO. He has experience in dendroecology, GIS, SDMs, modeling, biogeography, forest dynamic, forest decline and climate change. His current research interests are focused on: how forests are responding to global change drivers (climate trends, extremes, land-use changes) and forest dieback on Mediterranean ecosystems at several scales. He has taught Forest Management, Silviculture and Dendroecology, and organized international dendrochronology training schools (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and ATR-TRACE 2015.
I wish to stand for election as a new member of Member of the Extended ATR board. I joined the ATR in 2014 and since then I am highly motivated to help achieving the aims of ATR together with international colleagues around Europe. Based on several initiatives taken within the ATR, we organized the WSL European Dendroecological Fieldweek 2014 in Oviedo (Spain), TRACE conference 2015 in Seville (Spain). I have gained experience linking young scientists in Mediterranean Europe with tree-ring sciences trough two Spanish Dendroecological Fieldweek 2011-2012, International Tree-Ring Summer School (UofA-LTRR, Spain) 2012, and North African Tree-ring sciences course (2013). I am very excited about the development of ATR into such a great platform for southern European and North Africa scientist in all fields of tree-ring sciences, particularly early career scientists in development countries. If I would be Extended ATR board member, I would therefore particularly emphasize on the stimulation of new initiatives from southern Europe and North Africa based on fieldweeks, meetings, short-term missions, workshops trough ATR activities linking education and tree-ring research.

Early Career Scientist Commissioner

Dr. Allan Buras, TU Munich, Germany

I candidate for re-election as the junior researcher consultant of the ATR. For my second legislation period, I seek to extend my initiatives related to dendroschool, video-abstracts, and opinion polls. In particular I will invite further contributions to dendroschool, organize poster video-abstracts for TRACE events as well as related opinion polls. In addition, I want to expand the concept of video-abstracts into full video-contributions within the TRACE plenary sessions (each one per session), providing those who want to mitigate CO2-emissions or simply cannot afford travel costs with an opportunity to remotely participate in TRACE-meetings.