Tobias Gerken

Tobias Gerken

  • Assistant Research Professor
412 A Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802


  1. PhD, University of Bayreuth, Germany (2013).
  2. Diplom (Environmental Science), University of Bayreuth, Germany (2009)


Research experience

2018 - present Affiliate Assistant Research Professor, Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences, Montana State University
2016 - 2018 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences, Montana State University
2014 - 2015 Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University



[28] Gerken, T; Ruddell, BL; Yu, R; Stoy, PC; Drewry, DT: Robust observations of land-to-atmosphere feedbacks using the information flows of FLUXNET, npj Climate & Atmospheric Science 2, 37, open access (2019)

[27] Bromley, GT; Gerken, T; Prein, A; Stoy, PC: Recent trends in near-surface climatology in the northern North-American Great Plains, Journal of Climate, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0106.1 (2019)

[26] Stoy, PC; El-Madany, T; Fisher, JB; Gentine, P; Gerken, T; Good, SP; Kloserhalfen, A; Liu, S; Miralles, DG; Perez-Priego, O; Rigden, A; Skaggs, TH; Wohlfahrt, G; Anderson, RG; Coenders-Gerrits, M; Jung, M; Maes, WH; Mammarella, I; Mauder, M; Migliavacca, M; Nelson, JA; Poyatos, R; Reichstein, M; Scott, RL; Wolf, S: Reviews and syntheses: Turning the challenges of partitioning ecosystem evaporation and transpiration into opportunities, Biogeosciences, 16, 3747–3775, open access (2019)

[25] Fu, Z; Stoy, PC; Poulter, B; Gerken, T; Zhang, Z; Wakbulcho, G; Niu, S: Maximum carbon uptake rate dominates the interannual variability of global net ecosystem exchange, Global Change Biology 25, 3381-3394, publisher link/ postprint file link (2019)

[24] Wei, D; Fuentes, JD; Gerken, T; Trowbridge, AM; Stoy, PC; Chamecki, M: Influences of nitrogen oxides and isoprene on ozone-temperature relationships in the Amazon rain forest, Atmospheric Environment 206, 280-292, publisher link (2019)

[23] Fu, Z; Gerken, T; Bromley, GT et al.: Net ecosystem carbon dioxide exchange in tropical rainforests – sensitivity to environmental drivers and flux measurement methodology, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 263, 292–30, publisher link/ file link (2018)

[22] Miehe, G. & 35 coauthors (incl. Gerken, T): The Kobresia pygmaea ecosystem of the Tibetan highlands – origin, functioning and degradation of the world’s largest pastoral alpine ecosystem, Science of The Total Environment 648, 754–771, open access (2018) 

[21] Gerken, T; Bromley, GT; Ruddell, BL; Williams, S; Stoy, PC: Convective suppression during and before the Northern Great Plains Flash Drought of 2017, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 22, 4155-4163, open access (2018) 

[20] Wei, D; Fuentes, JD; Gerken, T; Chamecki, M; Trowbridge, AM; Stoy, PC, Katul, GG; Fisch, G; Acevedo, O; Manzi, A; von Randow, C; Nascimento dos Santos, R: Vegetation phenology contributes to seasonal patterns of isoprene above a rainforest in central Amazonia, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 256-257,391-406, publisher link (2018)

[19] Long, JA, Stoy, PC, Gerken T: Tornado seasonality in the southeastern United States, Weather and Climate Extremes, 20, 81-91, open access (2018)

[18] Ghannam, K; Katul, GG; Bou-Zeid, E; Gerken, T; Chamecki, M: Scaling and similarity of the anisotropic coherent eddies in near-surface atmospheric turbulence, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 75, 943-964, file link (2018)

[17] Gerken, T; Bromley, GT; Stoy, PC: Surface moistening trends in the northern North American Great Plains increase the likelihood of convective initiation, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19, 227-244, publisher link (2018)

[16] Sun, F; Ma, Y; Hu, Z; Li, M; Serlano, F; Tartari, G; Gerken, T; Bonasoni, P; Cristofanelli, P; Vuillermoz, E: Observation and simulation of daytime strong winds on northern slopes of the Himalayas, near Mount Everest, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 57, 255-272, free access link (2018)

[15] Gerken, T; Ruddel, BL; Fuentes, JD; Arujo, A; Brunsell, NA; Maia, J; Manzi, AO; Mercer, J; Nascimento dos Santos, R; von Randow, C; Stoy, PC: Investigating the mechanisms responsible for the lack of surface energy balance closure in a central Amazonian tropical rainforest, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 255, 92-103, publisher link (2018; online publication date: 2017-04)

[14] Sun F; Ma, Y; Hu, Z; Li, M; Gerken, T; Zhang, L; Han, C; Sun, G: Observation of strong winds on northern slopes of Mount Everest in monsoon season, Artic, Antarctic & Alpine Research, 49(4), 687-697, open access (2017)

[13] Gerken, T; Chamecki, M; Fuentes, JD: Air parcel residence times in forest canopies, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 165, 29-54, free access/ publisher link (2017)

[12] Freire, LS; Gerken, T; Ruiz-Plancarte, J; Wei, D; Fuentes, JD; Katul, GG; Dias, NL; Acevedo, OC; Chamecki, M: Turbulent mixing and removal of ozone within an Amazon rainforest canopy, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 122, 2791-2811, publisher link (2017)

[11] Thomas, CK; Serafimovich, A; Siebicke, L; Gerken, T; Foken, T: Coherent structures and flux coupling; in: T. Foken (ed.), Energy and Matter Fluxes of a Spruce Forest Ecosystem, Ecological Studies 229, 113-135, Springer, doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-49389-3_6 (2017)

[10] Vick, ESK; Stoy, PC; Tang, ACI; Gerken, T: The surface-atmosphere exchange of carbon dioxide, water, and sensible heat across a dryland wheat-fallow rotation, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 232, 129-140, publisher link (2016)

[9] Gerken, T; Wei, D; Chase*, RJ; Fuentes, JD; Schumacher, C; Machado, LAT; Chamecki, M; Andreoli, RA; Ferreira de Souza, RA; Freire*, LS; Jardine, A; Manzi, AO; Nacimento dos Santos, RM; dos Santos Costa, P; von Randow, C; Stoy, PC; Tóta, J; Trowbridge, A: Downward transport of ozone rich air and implications for atmospheric chemistry in the Amazon rainforest, Atmospheric Environment, 124, 64-76, free access/ publisher link (2016)  

[8] Fuentes, JD; Chamecki, M; Nacimento dos Santos, RM; Von Randow, C; Stoy, PC; Katul, GG; Fitzjarrald, D; Manzi, AO; Gerken, T; Trowbridge, A; Freire, LS; Ruiz-Plancarte, J; Fortunato Maia, JA; Tóta, J; Diaz, NL; Fisch, G; Schmuacher, C; Acevedo, OC; Mercer, JA: Linking meteorology, turbulence, and air chemistry in the Amazon rainforest during the GoAmazon project, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97, 2329-2342, open access (2016)

[7] Santos, D; Acevedo, OC; Chamecki, M; Fuentes, JD; Gerken, T; Stoy, PC: Temporal scales of the nocturnal flow within and above a forest canopy in Amazonia, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 161, 73-98, free access/ publisher link (2016)

[6] Gerken, T; Babel, W; Herzog, M; Fuchs, K; Sun, F; Ma, Y; Foken, T; Graf, HF: High-resolution modelling of interactions between soil moisture and convection development in mountain enclosed Tibetan basin, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19, 4023-4040, open access (2015)

[5] Babel, W; Biermann, T; Coners, H; Falge, E; Seeber, E; Ingrisch, J; Schleuß, PM; Gerken, T.; Leonbacher, J; Leipold, T; Willinghöfer, S; et al.: Pasture degradation modifies the water and carbon cycles of the Tibetan highlands, Biogeosciences, 11, 6633-6656, open access (2014)

[4] Gerken, T; Biermann, T; Babel, W; Herzog, M; Ma, Y; Foken, T; Graf, HF: A modelling investigation into lake-breeze development and convection triggering in the Nam Co Lake basin, Tibetan Plateau, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 117, 149-167, publisher link/ free access (2014)

[3] Gerken, T; Babel, W; Sun, F; Herzog, M; Ma, Y; Foken, T; Graf, HF: Uncertainty in atmospheric profiles and its impact on modeled convection development at Nam Co Lake, Tibetan Plateau, Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 118, 12317-12331, free access (2013)

[2] Gerken, T; Babel, W; Hoffmann, A; Biermann, T; Herzog, M; Friend, AD; Li, M; Ma, Y; Foken, T; Graf, HF: Turbulent flux modelling with a simple 2-layer soil model and extrapolated surface temperature applied at Nam Co Lake basin on the Tibetan Plateau, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16, 1095-1110, open access (2012)

[1] Foken, T; Meixner, FX; Falge, E; Zetzsch, C; Serafimovich, A; Bargsten, A; Behrendt, T; Biermann, T; Breuninger, C; Dix, S; Gerken, T; et al.: Coupling processes and exchange of energy and reactive and non-reactive trace gases at a forest site – results of the EGER experiment, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 12, 1923-1950, open access (2012)