Hungarian Academy of Science (HAS)

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research fellow

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Name: Zoltán Kern

Place and date of birth: Budapest, 14.07.1977

Education and degrees:

2001 - Certified teacher of geography and mathematics, MSc (Eötvös University); Title of the Thesis: Carpathian caves hiding perennial ice

2010 – PhD degree, Earth Sciences-Physical Geography (Eötvös University); Title of the Dissertation: Climate and environmental changes reconstructed from tree rings and cave ice.

Research interest:

Environmental and climate change, biogeochemistry, dendroclimatology, environmental isotopes, Quaternary research

Main professional activities:

Hungarian Friends of Minerals (member, 1997-2004)

European Geosciences Union, (student member 2006, regular member 2007-)

Hungarian Geological Society (member, 2007-)

International Glaciological Society (member, 2008- )

Association for Tree-Ring Research (member, 2008- )

Review editor for Frontiers in Quaternary Science, Geomorphology and Paleoenvironment (2013- ,

Hungarian National Committee of INQUA(member: 2014- , secretary: 2014-)


English: advanced (Oxford, First Certificate in English, 2001)

Russian: elementary (State Accredited Languange Examination, 2008)

Honours and Awards:

Elsevier Reviewer Recognition: Outstanding Reviewer at Dendrorochronologia, Journal of Hydrology, Earth and Planetary Science Letters - 2017

Youth Award, Hungarian Academy of Sciences - 2010


as PI or co-PI:

SNN 118205 (2016-2019) Spatial distribution of water isotopes in precipitation in Europe – with special focus on the transect from the Adriatic Coast to the Pannonian Plain.

RO-2013-0014 (2013-2014) (Hungarian Romanian bilateral cooperation) Oxygen isotope signal transferred from precipitation to tree ring studied along a moisture gradient from Hungary to Romania.

LP2012-27/2012 (2012-2017) (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) MTA CsFK Lendület 2ka Palćoclimate Research Group

as participate:

ISO-TREE project (Scientific Exchange Programe NMS-CH 10.255) (2011-2012) Long-term signals in tree ring isotope records

OTKA K67583 (Hungarian National Science Foundation) (2007-2011) Environmental history with annual resolution.

CN-48/2007 (Hungarian Science and Technological Foundation, bilateral cooperation) (2009-2010) Rates of soil development and erosion – an annual resolution study

CRO-04/2006 (Hungarian Science and Technological Foundation, bilateral cooperation) (2007-2009) Investigation of environmental change on karstic sites – with special attention to recent processes.

RO-37/05 (Hungarian Science and Technological Foundation, bilateral cooperation) (2006-2007) Investigation of spatial and temporal variability of environmental change of the Carpathian Region during the past five centuries.

SLO-13/05 (Hungarian Science and Technological Foundation, bilateral cooperation), (2006-2007) Quaternary events in the western part of Pannonian Basin (Slovenia, Hungary).

OTKA T43666 (Hungarian National Science Foundation) (2003-2006), Geological and paleoclimatological applications of dendrochronology.


Selected publications


(full list of publications)


Kern, Z. (2018) Dating cave ice deposits. In: Persoiu, A. and Lauritzen, SE (eds) Ice Caves, Elsevier pp.109-122.

Kern Z., Németh A., Horoszné Gulyás M., Popa, I., Levanic, T., Hatvani I.G. (2016) Natural proxy records of annual temperature- and hydroclimate variability from the Carpathian-Balkan Region for the past millennium: review & recalibration. Quaternary International 415: 109-125, doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2016.01.012

Kern, Z., Harmon, R.S., Fórizs, I. (2016) Stable isotope signatures of seasonal precipitation on the Pacific coast of central Panama. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 52: 128-140. doi: 10.1080/10256016.2015.1016021

Kern, Z., Kohán, B., Leuenberger, M. (2014) Precipitation isoscape of high reliefs: interpolation scheme designed and tested for monthly resolved precipitation oxygen isotope records of an Alpine domain. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 14: 1897-1907. doi:10.5194/acp-14-1897-2014

Kern, Z., Persoiu, A. (2013) Cave ice – the imminent loss of untapped mid-latitude cryospheric palaeoenvironmental archives. Quaternary Science Reviews 67: 1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2013.01.008

Kern Z., Patkó, M., Kázmér, M., Fekete, J., Kele, S., Pályi, Z. (2013) Multiple tree-ring proxies (earlywood width, latewood width and δ13C) from pedunculate oak (Quercus robur L.), Hungary. Quaternary International 239: 257-267. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2012.05.037

Kern, Z.; László, P. (2010) Size specific steady-state accumulation-area ratio: an improvement for equilibrium-line estimation of small palaeoglaciers. Quaternary Science Reviews 29: 2782-2788 doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2010.06.033


Last update: 10 April 2018