Carola Pritzkow

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Carola Pritzkow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Room 372d , Life Science Building

Carola is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Natural Sciences. She works on understanding the impact of drought on native Australian forest trees.

Career summary


DegreeThesis titleUniversityCountryDate of award
BScFloodplains as carbon storage Freie Universitaet, BerlinGermany2010
MSc, GeoecologyRelationship between cell features, tree-ring widths and wood density of Pinus sylvestris L. and climate at high latitudes in northern SwedenUniversity of PotsdamGermany2013

Drivers of drought-related physiological, morphological, and anatomical trait expression in a temperate eucalypt

The University of MelbourneAustralia2019

View more on Ms Carola Pritzkow in WARP


  • Plant drought response
  • Drought survival of Australia’s native forest trees

Research Themes

My research aligns with the University’s research theme of Environment. My research focuses on understanding the importance of hydraulics for plants under drought. I explore natural drought stress development, potential hydraulic limitations under drought and

their resulting impact on growth, recovery, and plant survival under natural conditions.


2019 - 2015 Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS; AU$ 33.500 p.a.)

2019 - Faculty of Science Postgraduate Writing-Up Award (AU$ 5,000)

2018 - 2016 The Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment & The Ecological Society of Australia (total: AU$ 17,800)

2018 - 2016 Madeleine Selwyn-Smith Memorial Fund Scholarship (total: AU$ 9,000)

2016 - SEFS RHD Student Research Accelerator Fund (AU$ 3,800)

2016 - Science Abroad Travelling Scholarship (AU$ 1,500)

2013 - Association for Tree-Ring Research (ATR) travel grant (EUR 400)

2012 - ERASMUS Scholarship for Internships abroad (EUR 1.200)

Current projects

Quantifying the future of forest mortality in Australia

Fields of Research

  • Plant physiology (310806)
  • Zoology (310999)
  • Palaeoclimatology (370904)
  • Ecological physiology (310303)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)
  • Management of water consumption by plant production (260104)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)


Total publications


Journal Article

(4 outputs)
2021Bourbia I, Pritzkow C, Brodribb TJ, 'Herb and conifer roots show similar high sensitivity to water deficit', Plant Physiology, 186, (4) pp. 1908-1918. ISSN 0032-0889 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/plphys/kiab207 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Bourbia I; Brodribb TJ


2019Pritzkow C, Williamson V, Szota C, Trouve R, Arndt SK, 'Phenotypic plasticity and genetic adaptation of functional traits influences intra-specific variation in hydraulic efficiency and safety', Tree Physiology Article tpz121. ISSN 0829-318X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpz121 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 14


2016Pritzkow C, Wazny T, Heussner KU, Slowinski M, Bieber A, et al., 'Minimum winter temperature reconstruction from average earlywood vessel area of European oak (Quercus robur) in N-Poland', Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 449 pp. 520-530. ISSN 0031-0182 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2016.02.046 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 28


2014Pritzkow C, Heinrich I, Grudd H, Helle G, 'Relationship between wood anatomy, tree-ring widths and wood density of Pinus sylvestris L. and climate at high latitudes in northern Sweden', Dendrochronologia, 32, (4) pp. 295-302. ISSN 1125-7865 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dendro.2014.07.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 35