Institute of

Wood Research


Michaela Höner

Institut für Holzforschung


Leuschnerstraße 91

21031 Hamburg-Bergedorf

Phone: +49 40 73962 601



Office Barsbüttel


Haidkrugsweg 1

22885 Barsbüttel

Phone: +49 40 822459 101

Fax: +49 40 822459 199

Dr. Nele Schmitz

Dr. Nele  Schmitz
Leuschnerstraße 91
21031 Hamburg-Bergedorf

Professional Development

  • Since 2021: Evaluator of the Charter for Wood 2.0
  • 2016-2020: Scientific coordinator of the Global Timber Tracking Network (GTTN)
  • 2014-2015 EURIAS fellow at Collegium de Lyon, Université de Lyon, FR A systematic mapping of the literature on interactions between socio-economic traits, forest traits and human well-being [link to report] [In collaboration with the Institut Michel Serres]
  • 2013-2014 Scientific assistant at BOKU, Vienna, AT Pilot study on living tissues in wood and lab assistance at the Institute of Botany and the Institute of Wood science
  • 2012-2013 Freelance consultant at shiftN, Leuven, BE Analysis of global megatrends & environmental impact in Flanders
  • 2008-2011 Post-doctoral researcher at VUB and Australian National University (ANU), Brussels/Canberra, BE/AUS working on water transport in mangrove trees, the plasticity of the hydraulic architecture, its ecological and functional significance
  • 2004-2008 PhD in biology at VUB in collaboration with the Royal Museum for Central Africa¬-Tervuren. Thesis title : Hydraulic architecture of mangroves. Ecological plasticity and functional significance of water conducting tissue in Rhizophora mucronata and Avicennia marina. [link to thesis]
  • 2000-2004 MSc in environmental biology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, BE

Fields of activity

  • Functional wood anatomy
  • System analyses environment-economy-wellbeing
  • Global timber trade and timber identifications
  • Sustainable forestry und timber industry

Research Projects