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Nina Buchmann was born in 1965 in Heidelberg (Germany) and studied Geoecology at the University of Bayreuth, Germany (1984-1989). She received her Ph.D. degree in Plant Ecology (Prof. Dr. E.-D. Schulze) in 1993. During three years as an Alexander-von-Humboldt fellow at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA, she worked on stable isotopes with Prof. Jim Ehleringer. In 1996, she returned to Germany, and finished her Habilitation in botany at the University of Bayreuth in 1999. During her time at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany (1999-2003), she headed an own research group, and was assigned C3 professor in 2001. Since April 2003, Nina Buchmann is Full Professor of Grassland Sciences in the Institute of Agricultural Sciences at ETH Zurich.
The main research topics of Nina Buchmann include (1) plant and ecosystem physiology, (2) biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems, i.e., forest, grassland and cropland, particularly the response of soil and ecosystem carbon, nitrogen and water dynamics to climatic conditions and management regimes, and (3) interactions among biodiversity, ecosystem functions/services, and sustainable resource use. Among classical ecological methods, she uses stable isotopes to investigate terrestrial processes. She has contributed as PI and workpackage leader to various international projects on carbon and nitrogen fluxes in ecosystems, including Forcast and CarboEuroflux (FP5), CarboEurope IP and NitroEurope IP (FP6), COST Action E38 (Woody root dynamics), Greenhouse Gas-Europe (FP7) as well as on drought effects addressed in Carbo-Extreme (FP7). She is the national contact point for the ESFRI project ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System), was chairing the ESF program SIBAE (Stable Isotope in Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange) and initiated and now chairs the COST Action ES0806 (Stable Isotopes in Biosphere-Atmosphere-Earth System Research).
Nina Buchmann published more than 140 refereed ISI journal papers and 20 books and book chapters (for further details). She is founding member of the "Junge Akademie" (Young Academy of Sciences; 2000-2005) und member of several Scientific Steering Committees and Advisory Boards. Since 2001, she is handling editor of the international journal Oecologia; between 2003 and 2008 she served as Subject and Associate Editor for Global Change Biology and Global Biogeochemical Cycles. Between 2004 and 2008, she was member of the German Advisory Council for the Government on Global Change (WBGU). In 2007, she was elected into the German Academy of Natural Sciences Leopoldina (Deutsche Akademie für Naturforscher Leopoldina; now National Academy of Sciences in Germany). Furthermore, she received the ETH Zurich award "Das Goldene Dreirad" (The Golden Tricycle) for the most family and staff friendly leader at ETH Zurich. Since 2008, Nina Buchmann is member of the Agricultural Research Council of Switzerland as well as of the National Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). Between 2004 and 2012 she served in the Scientific Steering Committee of the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center; between 2009 and 2011, she was member of the Zentrenkomitee (Steering Committee) of the Minerva Foundation (Max-Planck-Society). Since 2009, she is member of the Board of Trustees (Kuratorium) of the Öko-Institut e.V. Since 2011, Nina Buchmann is member of the Specialised Committee "Careers" of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and chair of the World Food System Center (WFSC) at ETH Zurich.
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