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Dr. Somidh Saha

Former staff member - Guest scientist at the Chair of Silviculture.

Somidh Saha

 

Now works at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

 

 

Concluded projects:

 

 Teaching:

 

 Instructor and teaching assistant at Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg:

  • Close to Nature Forest Management module (M.Sc. Forest Ecology and Management/Forest Science; Summer Semester) (2011 - 2016)
  • Plantation Forestry module (M.Sc. Forest Ecology and Management/Forest Science; Winter Semester) (2011 - 2015)
  • Oak cluster planting (Module: Valuable Timber Production and Biomass Resource Potential
    in oak cluster afforestations or „Wertholz und Biomassepotentiale, Alternative begrundete Eichenkulturen”, B.Sc. Waldwirtschaft und Umwelt), Summer Semester (2011 - 2012)
  • India and Her Culture module under DAAD Exchange Program (Biodiversity, Forest Ecology and Bioclimatology of India, M.Sc. Forest Science and B.Sc. Environmental Science, Winter Semester) (2012 - 2015)
  • International Forestry module (B.Sc and M.Sc. Forest Science, Summer Semester) (2012 - 2016)

 

Publications:

 

 Theses  

  1. Saha, S (2012). Development of tree quality, productivity and diversity in oak (Quercus robur and Quercus petraea) stands established by cluster plantings. Ph.D. Dissertation. Institute of Silviculture, Faculty of Forest and Environmental Science. Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, Freiburg i. Br., Germany (DOI: 10.13140/2.1.4571.4727) Link.
  2. Saha, S (2005). Traditional utilization of the Himalayan medicinal plants and wildlife articles among the Monpas and Panchenpas in Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalayas. Master thesis. Resource Survey and Management Division, Forest Research Institute (Deemed University), Dehra Dun, India.

 

 Peer reviewed articles (in press/published)

 

  1. Saha, S. (2017) Group planting fosters better growth and superior tree quality compared to conventional row planting: The first study on wild cherry trees (Prunus avium L.) from Germany. Journal of Forestry Research (in press, accepted on 05.04.2017)

  2. Forrester, D. I., Tachauer, I. H. H., Annighoefer, P., Barbeito, I., Pretzsch, H., Ruiz-Peinado, R., Stark, H., Vacchiano, V., Zlatanov, T., Chakraborty, T., Saha, S., Sileshi, G. W. (2017) Generalized biomass and leaf area allometric equations for European tree species incorporating stand structure, tree age and climate. Forest Ecology and Management, 396: 160 - 175. Link

  3. Chakraborty, T., Saha, S., Matzarakis, A., Reif, A. (2017): Influence of multiple biotic and abiotic factors on the crown die-back of European beech trees at their drought limit. Flora, 229: 58 - 70. Link
  4. Chakraborty, T., Saha, S., Bisht, N.S. (2017): First Report on the Ethnopharmacological Uses of Medicinal Plants by Monpa Tribe from the Zemithang Region of Arunachal Pradesh, Eastern Himalayas, India. Plants, 6: 1 - 13. Link
  5. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Bauhus, J. (2017): Lessons learned from oak cluster planting trials in central Europe. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 47: 139 - 148. Link
  6. Skiadaresis, S., Saha, S., Bauhus, J. (2016): Oak group planting produces a higher number of future crop trees, with better spatial distribution, than row planting. Forests, 7: 289 - 304. Link
  7. Sohn, JA., Saha, S., Bauhus, J. (2016): Potential of forest thinning to mitigate drought stress: a meta-analysis. Forest Ecology and Management, 380, 261 - 273. Link
  8. Saha, S., Bauhus, J. (2016) Trade-offs between climate change adaptation and mitigation objectives for forests in south-western Germany. Forstarchiv, 87, 60-61.

  9. Chakraborty, T., Saha, S., Reif, A. (2016): Biomass equations for European beech growing on dry sites. iForest-Biogeosciences and Forestry, 9, 751 - 757.Link

  10. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Bauhus, J. (2014): Growth and stem quality of oaks (Quercus robur and Q. petraea) established in cluster plantings respond differently to intra- and interspecific neighborhood competition. Annals of Forest Science, 71, 381–393.Link
  11. Chakraborty, T., Saha, S., Reif, A. (2013): Decrease in Available Soil Water Storage Capacity Reduces Vitality of Young Understorey European Beeches (Fagus sylvatica L.)—A Case Study from the Black Forest, Germany. Plants, 2(4), 676-698.Link
  12. Saha, S., Kuehne, C., Bauhus, J. (2013): Tree Species Richness and Stand Productivity in Low-Density Cluster Plantings with Oaks (Quercus robur L. and Q. petraea (Mattuschka) Liebl.). Forests, 4 (3), 650-665.Link
  13. Saha, S., Kuehne, C., Kohnle, U., Brang, P., Ehring, A., Geisl, J,. Leder, B., Muth, M., Petersen, R., Peter, J., Ruhm, W., Bauhus, J. (2012): Growth and quality of young oaks (Quercus robur and Quercus petraea) grown in cluster plantings in central Europe: A weighted meta-analysis. Forest Ecology and Management, 283, 106-118.Link
  14. Giuggiola, A., Kuster, T. M., Saha, S. (2010): Drought-induced mortality of Scots Pines at the southern limits of its distribution in Europe: causes and consequences. iForest-Biogeosciences and Forestry, 3,  95-97.Link
  15. Saha, S., Bisht N. S. (2007): Role of traditional ecological knowledge in natural resourcemanagement among Monpas of North-Western Arunachal Pradesh. Indian Forester 133 (2), 155-164. Link
  16. Banerjee, A.K., Saha, S. (2004): Role of women in joint forest management at Arabari forest (East Midnapore forest division) of South-West Bengal. International Journal of Forest Usufruct Management 5 (1 & 2):56-64. Link 

 

Non-peer reviewed articles 

  1. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Kohnle, U., Bauhus, J. (2013): In Klumpen pflanzen. BaurenZeitung. 25(1), 32-33. Link
  2. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Kohnle, U., Bauhus, J. (2013): Wie kommt die Mischung in den Wald? Landwirtschaftliches Wochenblatt 30, 21-23.Link
  3. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Kohnle, U., Bauhus, J. (2013) Eignung von Nester- und Trupppflanzungen für die Begründung von Eichenbeständen. AFZ/Der Wald 2: 39-41.Link

 

Conference presentations

  1. Saha, S. (2017) Results of oak cluster planting experiments in Germany and scope of this silvicultural technique in restoration of Himalayan oak forests. In Commonwealth Forestry Conference, 03.04.2017 to 07.04.2017, Dehradun, India. Oral
  2. Saha, S., Bauhus, J. (2017) Trade-offs between climate change adaptation and mitigation objectives vary with forest types and harvesting intensity in Germany. In Commonwealth Forestry Conference, 03.04.2017 to 07.04.2017, Dehradun, India. Oral
  3. Saha, S. (2016) Final results of oak cluster planting experiments and scope for oak forest restoration in Asia. In IUFRO Regional Congress of Asia and Oceania, 24.10.2016 to 27.10.2016, Beijing, China. Oral.
  4. Saha, S., Bauhus, J. (2015) Trade-offs between climate change adaptation and mitigation objectives for forests in Germany. In German Forestry Congress (Forstwissenschaftlichen Tagung) , 26.09.2016 to 29.09.2016, Freiburg, Germany. Oral
  5. Saha, S., Bauhus, J. (2015) Trade-offs between climate change adaptation and mitigation objectives for forests in Germany. In Annual Meeting of the British Ecological Society, 13.12.2015 to 16.12.2015, Edinburgh, UK. Oral
  6. Saha, S., Bauhus, J. (2015) Trade-offs between climate change adaptation and mitigation objectives for forests in south-western Germany. In German Silvicultural Conference, 14.09.2015 to 15.09.2015, Eberswalde, Germany. Oral
  7. Saha, S., Bauhus, J. (2015) Trade-offs between climate change adaptation and mitigation objectives for forests in south-western Germany. In 45th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GFÖ), 31.08.2015 to 04.09.2015, Göttingen, Germany. Oral
  8. Saha, S., Skiadaresis, G. (2015) Structural diversity alters species diversity-productivity relationship in mixed and single species dominated forests. In 45th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GFÖ), 31.08.2015 to 04.09.2015, Göttingen, Germany.Poster
  9. Saha, S. (2014) Managing forests in India under changing climate: importance of ecological complexity and role of adaptive silviculture. “Tropical Ecosystems in a Changing World, Tropical Ecology Congress 2014”, 10.12.2014 to 12.12.2014, New Delhi, India. Oral
  10. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Kohnle, U., Bauhus, J. (2014) Oak (Quercus robur and Q. petraea) cluster planting increases tree species richness, stand productivity and fosters oak growth and quality. “Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role Of Research”, XXIV IUFRO World Congress”, 05.10.2014 to 11.10.2014, Salt Lake City, USA. Oral
  11. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Bauhus, J. (2014) Practical Lessons Learned from Oak Cluster Planting Trial in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. “Society of American Foresters National Convention 2014”, 08.10.2014 to 11.10.2014, Salt Lake City, USA. Poster
  12. Sohn, S., Saha, S., Bauhus, J. (2014) Potential of thinning to mitigate drought stress in trees – a meta-analysis. “Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role Of Research”, XXIV IUFRO World Congress”, 05.10.2014 to 11.10.2014, Salt Lake City, USA. Oral
  13. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Bauhus, J. (2014) Growth and stem quality of oak trees established in cluster plantings respond differently to intra- and interspecific neighbourhood competition. “Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role Of Research”, XXIV IUFRO World Congress”, 05.10.2014 to 11.10.2014, Salt Lake City, USA. Poster
  14. Chakraborty, T., Saha, S., Reif, A. (2014) Ecological complexity, stand basal area and rooting intensity respond differently under edaphic drought in ecotones at abandoned coppice forests. “Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role Of Research”, XXIV IUFRO World Congress”, 05.10.2014 to 11.10.2014, Salt Lake City, USA. Poster
  15. Chakraborty, T., Saha, S., Reif, A. (2014) European beech trees have developed an adaptive strategy of survival through crown die-back under stress of drought and plant competition. "Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role Of Research”, XXIV IUFRO World Congress”, 05.10.2014 to 11.10.2014, Salt Lake City, USA. Poster
  16. Saha, S., Chakraborty, T. (2014) Traditional knowledge is trivial for managing mountain natural resources: a case study from the Eastern Himalaya. “Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role Of Research”, XXIV IUFRO World Congress”, 05.10.2014 to 11.10.2014, Salt Lake City, USA. Poster
  17. Chakraborty, T., Saha, S. (2014) Impact of anthropogenic disturbances on high value NTFPs in temperate moist oak forest: a case study from the Eastern Himalayas, India. Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role Of Research”, XXIV IUFRO World Congress”, 05.10.2014 to 11.10.2014, Salt Lake City, USA. Poster
  18. Saha, S., Chakraborty, T. (2014) Use of medicinal plants among Panchen-Monpa tribe in remote region in the Eastern Himalayas, India. Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role Of Research”, XXIV IUFRO World Congress”, 05.10.2014 to 11.10.2014, Salt Lake City, USA. Poster
  19. Dai, C., Saha, S., Gärtner, S., Huss, J., Reif, A. (2014) Stand structure and vegetation of the deciduous mixed oak forests in the montane zone of the Western Qinling Mountains, China. “Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role Of Research”, XXIV IUFRO World Congress”, 05.10.2014 to 11.10.2014, Salt Lake City, USA. Oral
  20. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Bauhus, J. (2012) Oak (Quercus robur and Q. petraea) cluster planting: a regeneration technique to establish mixed oak stand and increase ecosystem functions. In “IUFRO Landscape Ecology Conference, Sustaining Human and  Forest  in Changing Landscape:  Forest, Society and Global Change” ,05.11.2012 to 12.11.2012, Concepción, Chile. Oral
  21. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Bauhus, J. (2012) Oak cluster planting promotes tree growth and quality, increases tree species diversity and enhances productivity. In German Forestry Congress: “Forest-Climate-Energy” (Forstwissenschaftlichen Tagung, „Wald-Umwelt-Energie“), in Weihenstephan from 19.09.2012 to 22.09.2012, Technical University of Munich, Weihenstephan, Germany. Oral
  22. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Bauhus J. (2012) Influence of intraspecific and interspecific competition on tree growth and quality in young oak clusters. In German Forestry Congress: “Forest-Climate-Energy” (Forstwissenschaftlichen Tagung, „Wald-Umwelt-Energie“), in Weihenstephan from 19.09.2012 to 22.09.2012, Technical University of Munich, Weihenstephan, Germany. Poster
  23. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Bauhus, J. (2012) Suitability of cluster planting for mixed oak stand development. In German Silvicultural Conference (Sektion Waldbau, Deutscher Verband Forstlicher Forschungsanstalten, Themenschwerpunkt: “Eichenwälder - Potenziale, Ansprüche und waldbauliche Steuerungsmöglichkeiten”), 17.04.2012, Wermsdorf, Germany. Oral
  24. Saha, S., Kühne, C., Bauhus, J. (2011) Oak cluster planting increases tree species diversity and enhances productivity. In 41st Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (GFÖ) in Oldenburg, Germany. Oral
  25. Saha, S., Bauhus, J., Kohnle, U., Kühne, C. (2010) Can oak bio-groups produce high quality trees? In Forests for the Future: Sustaining Society and the Environment, XXIII IUFRO World Congress”, 23.08.2010 to 28.10.2010, The International Forestry Review, Commonwealth Forestry Association, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Oral
  26. Saha, S. and Bauhus, J. (2011) Oak cluster planting increases tree species diversity and enhances productivity compared to traditional row planting. In the Annual Graduate School Day of the Graduate School ‘Environment Society and Global Change’, Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, 08.06.2011,  Freiburg i. Br., Germany (Won best poster prize). Poster
  27.  Saha, S. and Bauhus, J. (2009) Establishing oak stands by cluster planting (presentation of Ph.D. concept). In the Annual Graduate School Day of the Graduate School ‘Environment Society and Global Change’, Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg, 13.10.2009, Freiburg i. Br., Germany. Oral

 

 Affiliations

  1. Deputy Coordinator of Working group: "Ecology and Silviculture of Oaks", Silviculture division, IUFRO.
  2. Task Force Member: IUFRO's Task Force on "Forest Adaptation and Restoration Under Global Change".
  3. Member, Royal Forestry Society, UK
  4. Member, International Oak Society, USA
  5. Member, Council For Tropical and Subtropical Agricultural Research, Germany

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