Christian Kuehne

Picture of Christian KuehneResearch Associate in Forest Biometrics

  • Dr. forest. Göttingen University, Germany (2004)
  • M.S. Göttingen University, Germany (2002)
  • B.S. Göttingen University, Germany (2000)

Prior to the University of Maine I worked as Postdoctoral Research Associate at Oregon State University (2005-2006) and Göttingen University, Germany (2007) and as Lecturer at Freiburg University, Germany (2007-2013). My research activities have covered the silvicultural manipulation of regeneration and growth dynamics of mixed species forests, limitations of the close-to-nature forest management paradigm in Central Europe and the ecology and silviculture of oak forests.

My current research activities focus on 1) quantifying forest structural heterogeneity and analyzing its effect on stand- and tree-level growth, 2) modeling the influence of alternative forest management practices such as partial harvesting and target diameter cutting on stand dynamics and forest regeneration patterns, and 3) development and advancement of variants of the Forest Vegetation Simulator (FVS) for the Acadian Forest as well as Adirondack Mountains regions of North America.


Selected publications

Kuehne C, Pyttel P, Modrow T, Kohnle U, Bauhus J. 2020. Seedling development and regeneration success after ten years following group selection harvesting in a sessile oak (Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl.) stand. Ann For Sci. In press.

Modrow T, Kuehne C, Saha S, Bauhus J, Pyttel PL. 2020. Photosynthetic performance, height growth, and dominance of naturally regenerated sessile oak (Quercus petraea [Mattuschka] Liebl.) seedlings in small-scale canopy openings of varying sizes. Eur J For Res 139: 41–52.

Kuehne C, Russell MB, Weiskittel AR, Kershaw Jr. JA. 2020. Comparing strategies for representing individual-tree secondary growth in mixed-species stands in the Acadian Forest region. For Ecol Manage 459: 117823.

Weiskittel AR, Kuehne C. 2019. Evaluating and modeling variation in site-level maximum carrying capacity of mixed-species forest stands in the Acadian Region of northeastern North America. For Chron 95(03): 171-182.

Kuehne C, Weiskittel AR, Legaard KR, Simons-Legaard EM. 2019. Development and comparison of various stand- and tree-level modeling approaches to predict harvest occurrence and intensity across the mixed forests in Maine, northeastern US. Scan J For Res. 34(8): 739-750.

Puhlick JJ, Kuehne C, Kenefic LS. 2019. Crop tree growth response and quality after silvicultural rehabilitation of cutover stands. Can J For Res 49(6): 670-679.

Kuehne C, Weiskittel AR, Waskiewicz J. 2019. Comparing performance of contrasting distance-independent and distance-dependent competition metrics in predicting individual tree diameter increment and survival within structurally-heterogeneous, mixed-species forests of Northeastern United States. For Ecol Manage 433: 205–216.

Kuehne C, Puhlick J, Weiskittel A, Cutko A, Cameron D, Sferra N, Schlawin J. 2018. Metrics for comparing stand structure and dynamics between Ecological Reserves and managed forest of Maine, USA. Ecology 99: 2876.

Kuehne C, Weiskittel AR, Pommerening A, Wagner RG. 2018. Evaluation of 10-year temporal and spatial variability in structure and growth across contrasting commercial thinning treatments in spruce-fir forests of northern Maine, USA. Ann For Sci 75: 20.

Bose AK, Weiskittel AR, Kuehne C, Wagner RG, Turnblom E, Burkhart HE. 2018. Tree-level growth and survival following commercial thinning of four major softwood species in North America. For Ecol Manage 427: 355-364.

Bose AK Weiskittel AR, Kuehne C, Wagner RG, Turnblom E, Burkhart HE. 2018. Does commercial thinning improve stand-level growth of the three most commercially important softwood forest types of North America? For Ecol Manage 409: 683-693.

Drössler L, Fahlvik N,  Wysocka NK, Hjelm K, Kuehne C. 2017. Natural regeneration in a multi-layered Pinus sylvestris-Picea abies forest after target diameter harvest and soil scarification. Forests 8: 35.

Saha S, Kuehne C, Bauhus J. 2017. Lessons learned from oak cluster planting trials in central Europe. Can J For Res 47: 139-148.

Bose A, Weiskittel AR, Wagner RG, Kuehne C. 2016. Assessing the factors influencing natural regeneration patterns in the diverse, multi-cohort, and managed forests of Maine, USA. J Veg Sci 27: 1040-1050.

Weiskittel A, Kuehne C, McTague JP, Oppenheimer M. 2016. Development and evaluation of an individual tree growth and yield model for the mixed species forest of the Adirondacks Region of New York, USA. For Ecosyst 3: 26.

Kuehne C, Weiskittel AR, Wagner RG, Roth BE. 2016. Development and evaluation of individual tree- and stand-level approaches for predicting spruce-fir response to commercial thinning in Maine, USA. For Ecol Manage 376: 84-95.

Annighöfer P, Ameztegui A, Ammer C, Balandier P, Bartsch N, Bolte A, Coll L, Collet C, Ewald J, Frischbier N, Gebereyesus T, Haase J, Hamm T, Hirschfelder B, Huth F, Kändler G, Kahl A, Kawaletz H, Kuehne C, Lacointe A, Lin N, Löf M, Malagoli P, Marquier A, Müller S., Promberger S, Provendier D, Röhle H, Sathornkich J, Schall P, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Schröder J, Seele C, Weidig J, Wirth C, Wolf H, Wollmerstädt J, Mund M. 2016. Species-specific and generic biomass equations for seedlings and saplings of European tree species. Eur J For Res 135: 313-329.

Kuehne C, Karrie C, Forrester DI, Kohnle U, Bauhus J. 2015. Root system development in naturally regenerated Douglas-fir saplings as influenced by canopy closure and crowding. J For Sci 61: 406-415.

Kuehne C, Weiskittel AR, Fraver S, Puettman KJ. 2015. Effects of thinning induced changes in structural heterogeneity on growth, ingrowth, and mortality in secondary coastal Douglas-fir forests. Can J For Res 45: 1448-1461.

Kühne C, Jacob A, Gräf M. 2014. The practice of establishing and tending oak (Qercus petraea [Matt.] Liebl., Q. robur L.) stands – An interview-based study in the eastern Upper Rhine Plain, Germany. Forstarchiv 85: 179-187. In German

Saha S, Kuehne C, Bauhus J. 2014. Intra- and interspecific competition differently influence growth and stem quality of young oaks (Quercus robur L. and Q. petraea (Mattuschka) Liebl.). Ann For Sci 71: 381-393

Kuehne C, Nosko P, Horwath T, Bauhus J. 2014. A comparative study of physiological and morphological seedling traits associated with shade tolerance in introduced red oak (Quercus rubra L.) and native hardwood tree species in southwestern Germany. Tree Physiol 34: 184-193

Saha S, Kuehne C, Bauhus J. 2013. Tree species richness and stand productivity in low-density cluster plantings with oaks (Quercus robur and Q. petraea). Forests 4: 650-655

Kuehne C, Kublin E, Pyttel P, Bauhus J. 2013. Growth and form of Quercus robur and Fraxinus excelsior respond distinctly different to initial growing space: results from 24-year-old Nelder experiments. J For Res 24: 1-14

Major KC, Nosko P, Kuehne C, Campbell D, Bauhus J. 2013. Regeneration dynamics of non-native northern red oak (Quercus rubra L.) populations as influenced by environmental factors: a case study in managed hardwood forests of south-western Germany. For Ecol Manage 291: 144-153

Bauhus J, Puettmann KJ, Kühne C. 2013. Is close-to-nature forest management in Europe compatible with managing forests as complex ecosystems? In Messier C., Puettmann K., and Coates K.D. (eds.) Managing forests as complex adaptive systems. Building resilience to the challenge of global change. Routledge Abingdon, pp. 187-213

Briggs N, Kuehne C, Kohnle U, Bauhus J. 2012. Root system response of naturally regenerated Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) after complete overstory removal. Can J For Res 42: 1858-1864

Saha S, Kuehne C, Kohnle U, Brang P, Ehring A, Geisel J, Leder B, Muth M, Petersen R, Peter J, Ruhm W, Bauhus J. 2012. Growth and quality of young oaks (Quercus robur and Q. petraea) grown in cluster plantings in Central Europe: a weighted meta-analysis. For Ecol Manage 283: 106-118

Kühne C, Bauhus J, Hörnig T, Oh S. 2011. Effects of canopy closure, crowding and plant size on root system development in Douglas-fir saplings. Forstarchiv 82: 184-194. In German

Kuehne C, Donath C, Müller-Using SI, Bartsch N. 2008. Nutrient fluxes via leaching from coarse woody debris in a Fagus sylvatica forest in the Solling Mts., Germany. Can J For Res 38: 2405-2413

Kuehne C, Puettmann KJ. 2008. Natural regeneration in thinned Douglas-fir stands in western Oregon. J Sust For 27: 246-274

Kühne C, Bartsch N. 2007. Germination of acorns and development of oak seedlings (Quercus robur L.) following flooding. J For Sci 53: 391-399

Kühne C, Puettmann KJ. 2006. Large scale management experiments – new approaches to silvicultural research. Forstarchiv 77: 102-109. In German

Kühne C, Bartsch N, Röhrig E. 2005. Silvicultural management of floodplain forests of the Upper Rhine Valley in special consideration of Quercus robur L. Schriften aus der Forstlichen Fakultät der Universität Göttingen und der Niedersächsichen Forstlichen Versuchsanstalt 140. J.D. Sauerländer’s Verlag Frankfurt am Main. 139 p. In German

Kühne C, Bartsch N. 2005. Fructification and seedling development of pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) in floodplain forests of the Upper Rhine Valley. Forstarchiv 76: 16-23. In German

Kühne C, Bartsch N. 2004. On the natural regeneration of mixed stands of European beech (Fagus sylvatica) and Norway spruce (Picea abies) in the Solling Mts., Germany. Forst u. Holz 58: 3-7. In German