Nominees ATR Board 2022-2024


Dr. Ernst van der Maaten, TU Dresden, Germany

I wish to stand for election as President and chair of the ATR board. Over the last four years as Treasurer, I could contribute to improving the finances of our Association, for example, by attracting new members and signing sponsorship agreements with various companies that are active in the field of tree-ring research. I considered it a great pleasure to further develop the Association and to sharpen the format of our TRACE meetings, together with a team of motivated colleagues from different countries. In the upcoming years, my aim is to continue these efforts by developing and supporting ideas and initiatives that contribute to building the ATR into a discussion platform where young and experienced researchers can share their passion for tree-ring science!

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 six 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 improving links with the other Societies and introducing new initiatives to widen access and support for members. If re-elected, I aim to continue this work.


Dr. Kerstin Treydte, WSL, Switzerland

As an ATR member since its foundation, and associated board member over the past years I enjoyed collaboration and exchange among the enthusiastic and active board team. As secretary I will thoroughly take care of the Association affairs, formal and informal documentation of Board activities, and communication with members and the public. Besides, together with a well-established team of ATR members I will continue organizing the European Dendroecological Fieldweek as an educational and exchange platform for early career researchers, and foster links between ATR and EGU.


Dr. Jelena Lange, Charles University, Czech Republic

I am a postdoctoral researcher and Humboldt Fellow with research interest in dendroecology, wood anatomy, and tree growth modeling in cold environments. Having participated in many ATR-supported events in the past, I am now keen on actively shaping its future. For my prospective role as treasurer, I gained useful experience as part of the TRACE 2018 organizing team in Greifswald and as financial administrator of an Interreg-EU project (8 international partners; one year part-time in 2019-2020). My goal is to continue the efficient financial management of the ATR and to help develop funding opportunities for early career scientists.

Extended Board Members

Dr. Elisabet Martínez-Sancho, WSL, Switzerland

I am an early-career scientist currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Dendrosciences group of WSL (Switzerland). To answer my research questions, I apply different dendrochronological techniques: from intra-annual patterns of cell formation, wood anatomy, and stable isotopes to large-scale temporal and spatial analyses. I wish to stand for election as a new member of the extended ATR board. Interdisciplinarity and diversity are two keywords that represent me well. Therefore, I would support initiatives seeking to expand the limits of our discipline. Moreover, I would commit to representing the common interests but also the contrasting needs of the members of our community.

Dr. Angela Luisa Prendin, Aarhus University, Denmark

I am a dendroecologist interested in the responses of woody plants to environmental and climatic variability and biotic disturbances from local to landscape scale. I am involved in the organization of events such as the international training school in quantitative wood anatomy and the Q-NET network supported by the Association for Tree Ring Research (ATR). I wish to stand for election as Associate Board Member of the ATR board. I joined the ATR in 2015 and since then I have enjoyed every single event I have attended, from the European Dendroecological Fieldweek to the TRACE conferences. I am very motivated to contribute achieving the goals of ATR by joining the effort of international colleagues.

Junior Research Consultant

Nazimul Islam, University of Lausannne, Switzerland

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Lausannne, Switzerland and a student member of the ATR. Being an enthusiastic dendrochronologist with key interest to work for the ATR, I nominate myself for the Junior Research Consultant position. I believe that given an opportunity, I will make significant contribution towards building strong link between the ATR board and our young members and also by representing their voices at the ATR board meetings. Thank you and I look forward to meeting you all at TRACE 2022.

Dr. Jernej Jevšenak, Slovenian Forestry Institute, Slovenia

As a Junior Research Consultant at ATR, I seek to support and interact more with early career researchers within the tree-ring community. My main contribution will be to assist with technical and analytical questions, either by answering them directly or by finding the right person to do so. Moreover, I strive to further refine the established dendroschool platform by improving existing features and developing new applications where tree-ring scientists can find useful information on available job opportunities or applications for postdoctoral projects.