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research fellow

phone: +361 309 2600 / ext 1106

fax: +361 319 3137


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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:

2010 Youth Award, Hungarian Academy of Sciences


as PI or co-PI:

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., 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: 18 November 2016