I joined the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment as a research fellow in the Soil Biology and Genomics theme in May 2016 and am working with Prof. Elise Pendall on biosphere-atmosphere exchange of carbon dioxide, water and methane. I am broadly interested in understanding the underlying processes that determine ecosystem properties and functioning, but also in assessing how ecosystems are affected by disturbances, management practices and changes in our climate. My previous research focussed on the fluxes of greenhouse gases and water across a range of ecosystems - from highly manipulated urban grasslands in Denver, Colorado to complex natural temperate forests in Victoria, south-eastern Australia.
Areas of research/teaching expertise
I gained my first research experience at the Water and Resources Division at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and obtained my Master's degree at the University of Bonn, Germany. I moved to Australia for my PhD research at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Prof. Stefan Arndt, Dr. Lauren Bennett and A/Prof. Patrick Lane. In the past four years my research focussed on seasonal growth dynamics of a mixed-species eucalypt forest, and I utilized an eddy covariance flux tower to examine ecosystem carbon sequestration dynamics and monitored stem and canopy growth dynamics to assess carbon allocation to the above ground biomass pools. Meanwhile, I explored the advantages of a novel terrestrial lidar for continuous monitoring of canopy dynamics as well as the effects of heterogeneous flux characteristics on estimates of seasonal and annual carbon exchange. In 2014 I obtained the Specialist Certificate in Teaching for Graduate Researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Awards and recognition
- Outstanding Student Presenters Award (AGU 2015)
- Faculty of Science Travelling Scholarship ($2.400)
- SF Ponds Travelling Scholarship ($1.500)
- MSLE research grant ($4.500)
- International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS), Australian Postgraduate Award (APA Int.; $75.000)
- RHD Studentship (DELWP; $30.000)
Griebel A, Bennett LT, Arndt SK, (2017) 'Evergreen and ever growing – Stem and canopy growth dynamics of a temperate eucalypt forest', Forest Ecology and Management, vol.389, pp 417-426
Beringer J, Hutley LB, McHugh I, Arndt SK, Campbell D, Cleugh HA, Cleverly J, De Dios VR, Eamus D, Evans B, Ewenz C, Grace P, Griebel A, Haverd V, Hinko-Najera N, Huete A, Isaac P, Kanniah K, Leuning R, Liddell MJ, MacFarlane C, Meyer W, Moore C, Pendall E, Phillips A, Phillips RL, Prober SM, Restrepo-Coupe N, Rutledge S, Schroder I, Silberstein R, Southall P, Sun Yee M, Tapper NJ, Van Gorsel E, Vote C, Walker J, Wardlaw T, (2016) 'An introduction to the Australian and New Zealand flux tower network - OzFlux', Biogeosciences, vol.13, no.21, pp 5895-5916
Griebel A, Bennett LT, Metzen D, Cleverly J, Burba G, Arndt SK, (2016) 'Effects of inhomogeneities within the flux footprint on the interpretation of seasonal, annual, and interannual ecosystem carbon exchange', Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, vol.221, pp 50-60
van Gorsel E, Wolf S, Cleverly J, Isaac P, Haverd V, Ewenz C, Arndt S, Beringer J, de Dios VR, Evans BJ, Griebel A, Hutley LB, Keenan T, Kljun N, Macfarlane C, Meyer WS, McHugh I, Pendall E, Prober SM, Silberstein R, (2016) 'Carbon uptake and water use in woodlands and forests in southern Australia during an extreme heat wave event in the "Angry Summer" of 2012/2013', Biogeosciences, vol.13, no.21, pp 5947-5964
Griebel A, Bennett LT, Culvenor DS, Newnham GJ, Arndt SK, (2015) 'Reliability and limitations of a novel terrestrial laser scanner for daily monitoring of forest canopy dynamics', Remote Sensing of Environment, vol.166, pp 205-213