Norbert Kunert is a forest ecophysiologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Conservation Ecology Center and at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute’s Center for Tropical Forest Science. Kunert’s research focuses on water and carbon use physiology of trees under a changing climate. In his current work, he aims is to identify key hydraulic, physiological, anatomical and functional traits, and to parameterize those for the use of tree growth models in response to climate change.
N. Kunert, L.M.T. Aparecido, S. Wolff , N. Higuchi, J. dos Santos, A. Araujo, and S. Trumbore. 2017. A revised hydrological model for the Central Amazon: The importance of emergent canopy trees in the forest water budget. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 239, 47-57.
N. Kunert and J. Edinger. 2015. Xylem sap flux affects conventional stem CO2 efflux measurements in tropical trees. Biotropica, 47 (6), 650-653.
N. Kunert, L. M. T. Aparecido, J. dos Santos, N. Higuchi, and S. Trumbore. 2015. Higher tree transpiration due to road-associated edge effects in a tropical moist lowland forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 213, 183–192.