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Myroslava Khomik

room: C1.006 (tower)
phone: +49 3641 576291
email: kmyros(at)

Current Project:

I am currently working on a FLUXNET synthesis project titled: “Analysis of across-site variability of carbon-flux and -pool relations (e.g. turnover times) derived from chamber and eddy covariance based measurements, as affected by climate, vegetation, and other factors.” This is part of the QUASOM project in our group.

The goal of the study is to derive, as an overall ecosystem diagnostic, the relationships between carbon fluxes and pools across a number of ecosystems and possibly within different ecosystem compartments (e.g. litter, mineral soil). The results of the study would benefit those trying to create and improve models on soil carbon dynamics, by providing empirical constraints on the models. This synthesis would also add to our understanding of spatial variability of SOC dynamics and controls, helping to improve and/or direct future studies on soil carbon cycling.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact me. We are always looking for research sites where soil fluxes and carbon pools have been measured.

Research Interests:

  • soil carbon dynamics
  • temperature response of soil respiration
  • terrestrial C cycling
  • chamber CO2-gas-exchange measurements
  • temperate and boreal ecosystems


McKay S, Arain MA, Khomik M, Brodeur J, Schumacher J, Hartmann H, Peichl M (2011). The impact of induced drought on transpiration and growth in a temperate pine plantation forest (in review: Hydrological Processes).

Khomik M, Arain MA, Brodeur JJ, Peichl M, Restrepo-Coupé N, McLaren JD (2010) Relative contributions of soil, foliar and woody tissue respiration to total ecosystem respiration in four pine forests of different ages. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, Vol. 115, G03024, doi:10.1029/2009JG001089.

Peichl M, Brodeur JJ, Khomik M, Arain MA (2010) Biometric and eddy-covariance based estimates of ecosystem carbon exchange in an age-sequence of temperate pine forests. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 150: 952-965.

Khomik M, Arain MA, Liaw K-L, McCaughey JH (2009) The debut of a flexible model for soil respiration: the Gamma model. JGR Biogeosciences, 114, G03004, doi:10.1029/2008JG000851.

McLaren JD, Arain MA, Khomik M, Peichl M, Brodeur J (2008) Water flux components and soil water-atmospheric controls in a temperate pine forest growing in a well drained sandy soil. JGR Biogeosciences, 113, G04031, doi:10.1029/2007JG000653.

Khomik M, Arain MA, McCaughey JH. (2006) Temporal and spatial variability of soil respiration in a boreal mixed-wood forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 140, 244-256.

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