Rijan Tamrakar




Masters in Sustainable forest and nature management

PhD Title (or subject area)



Prof. Dr. Alexander Knohl (Georg August University) and Dr. Mark Rayment

Describe your research

I am interested in understanding the influence of forest structure on carbon and water fluxes during climate anomalies. I am using fluxnet eddy covariance data along with meteorological data. I will study two German forest sites and then expand the study to more sites. It will be really interesting to see if diverse forests are less affected in their carbon uptake capacity during climate anomalies. 

Research Interests

Climate change, atmosphere and biosphere gas exchange, Modelling.


Herbst, M., Mund, M., Tamrakar, R., & Knohl, A. (2015). Differences in carbon uptake and water use between a managed and an unmanaged beech forest in central Germany. Forest Ecology and Management, 355, 101–108. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2015.05.034
Musavi T, Migliavacca M, Reichstein M, Kattge J, Wirth C, Black A, Janssens I, Knohl A, Loustau D, Roupsard O, Varlagin A, Rambal S, Cescatti A, Gianelle D, Kondo H, Tamrakar R, Mahecha M: Stand age and species richness dampen interannual variation of ecosystem level photosynthetic capacity. Nature Ecology & Evolution, accepted.

Professional Affiliations

PhD candidate: Georg-August University
PhD candidate: Bangor University


I am from Nepal. I did my bachelor in forestry from 2004 to 2008. I worked in a project related to Reduced Emission from forest deforestation and degradation from 2009 to 2011. Afterwards, I pursued my master in sustainable forest and nature management from Bangor University, UK and Georg-August University, Germany in 2011-2013. Soon after masters, I worked in an NGO to work on project entitled 'Private Sector Involvement and Investment in Nepal's Forestry: Status, Prospects and Ways Forward'. It was mainly aimed at understanding the how private sector contributed in development of forestry sector in Nepal and their prospects in future. Then, I went to Asian Institute of Technology as a research associate for ten months where I was involved in supporting Climate change technology and network (CTCN) to develop online resources as well as capacity building in developing countries. In 2015, I came to Germany to pursue my PhD and Bangor is my second university. Mark Rayment is supervising me from Bangor.