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The research team carries out specific activities regarding the study of the typology, structure, biological diversity and dynamics of forest ecosystems in order to improve their conservation and sustainable management.


Dincă Lucian Constantin

Senior researcher I, Director SCDEP Brașov

Research Team Manager (E2)

Areas of interest: forest ecology, climate change


The main objective of the research team is to carry out inter- and multi-disciplinary research on forest ecosystems, covering a wide spectrum of fields, from soil sciences and forest sites to ecology, typology, physiology, biology and biodiversity.

Objectives – Research directions

  • research on the typology of forest ecosystems;
  • research on the ecology of forest species and their distribution;
  • research on the biodiversity of forest ecosystems;
  • research on the dynamics and structure of forest ecosystems;
  • meteorology and forest climatology research and the influence of climate factors on forest ecosystems;
  • research on high conservation value forests (HVRC), virgin and semi-virgin forests;
  • conservation of forest ecosystems and ecological reconstruction of degraded ecosystems;
  • preservation and management of monumental trees in urban forests, parks, green spaces.

În cadrul echipei de cercetare E2 își desfășoară activitatea 2 Senior researchers I, 3 Senior researchers II, 5 Junior researchers, 3 Researchers.

Research infrastructure and services

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Research infrastructure


  • Laboratory for determining the quality of forest soils and the nutritional status of trees, internationally intercalibrated, which ensures the performance of chemical and physical analyzes of soil and leaf material samples, collected from the field, by atomic absorption spectrophotometry, plasma emission spectrophotometry inductively coupled-ICP OES, in order to monitor their critical levels regarding the content of total C and N and other micro and macro elements;
  • The “Alexandru Beldie” herbarium is a collection indexed in INDEX HERBARIORUM (, having the BUCF code along with 17 other herbaria (11th place as number of plates out of the 18 indexed), which belong to institutions of education, research, museums and botanical gardens in Romania.

Research services


  • Carrying out evaluation studies on the state of biological resources of medicinal and aromatic plants, forest fruits and edible mushrooms including truffles, from the wild (spontaneous) flora of the forest stock;
  • Providing technical assistance regarding the analysis of the phytosanitary status of potentially dangerous trees in parks and green areas using the Arbotom tomograph;
  • Carrying out pediatric studies.

Relevant projects

  • Contract 162. MMAP: Study for the development of the 2019-2030 National Strategy on the prevention and combating of desertification and land degradation;


  • PN 23090301 “Assessment of the structural, functional and specific diversity of natural and quasi-natural forests for the protection of biodiversity in the context of climate change” within the FORCLIMSOC program;


  • PN 19070505 “Health and conservation of monumental trees in Romania under climate change conditions”, within the BIOSERV program.

Recent publications



  • Vasile D., Enescu R., Scărlătescu V. 2022. Catalogul arborilor monumentali din România și ghidul pentru managementul arborilor monumentali. Ed. Silvică, pp. 314, ISBN 978-606-8020-89-1.


  • Davidescu Ș., Zup M., Enescu R., Vasile D., Mărțoiu N., Miriță M., 2023. Pădurile municipiului Brașov: patrimoniu natural, cultural și istoric. Ed. Silvică, pp. 104, ISBN 978-606-8020-96-9.

Chapters from books


  • Eleni M. Abraham, Paschalina Chatzopoulou, Agnes Geirdal, Apostolos P. Kyriazopoulos, Juozas Labokas, Lilja Magnúsdóttir, Marčeta Milica, Keča Ljiljana, Jolita Radusiene, Maria Stoyanova, Nickola Stoyanov, Vasile D. 2020. The NWFPs from Understory Plants in Europe. In Harald Vacik, Mike Hale, Heinrich Spiecker, Davide Pettenella &Margarida Tomé (Eds.) 2020: Non-Wood Forest Products in Europe, Ecologyand management of mushrooms, tree products, understory plants and animal products, Outcomes of the COST Action FP1203 on European NWFPs, BoD, Norderstedt, ISBN: 978-3-7494-7546-9, 414p.

ISI articles


  • Lucian DINCĂ, Gabriel MURARIU, Cristian Mihai ENESCU, Florin ACHIM, Lucian GEORGESCU, Adrian MURARIU, Voichița TIMIȘ GÂNSAC, Liviu Holonec, 2020: Productivity differences between southern and northern slopes of Southern Carpathians (Romania) for Norway spruce, silver fir, birch and black alder. Notulae Botanicae Horti Agrobotanici Cluj-Napoca, 48(2):1070-1084. ISI magazine, IF=1.168.


  • Dinca L., Onet A., Samuel A.D., Tognetti R., Uhl E., Bosela M., Gomoryova E., Bielak K., Skrzyszewski J., Hukic E., Zlatanov T., de-Dios-Garcia J., Tonon G., Giammarchi F., Svoboda M., Dobor L., Rolando L., Rauseo J., Pescatore T., Garbini G.L., Visca A., Patrolecco L., Caracciolo A.B., Grenni P., 2021. Microbial soil biodiversity in beech forests of European mountains. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 51(12): 1833–1845. ISI magazine, IF 1.991. Zona galbena, Forestry, top 25.


  • Dincă L.C., Grenni P., Onet C, Onet A, 2022. Fertilization and Soil Microbial Community: A Review. Applied Sciences 12, 1198. Revista ISI, factor de impact 2.679, Zona galbena, Engineering, Multidisciplinary (38).


  • Dinca, L.; Marin, M.; Vlad, R.; Murariu, G.; Drasovean, R.; Cretu, R.; Georgescu, L.; Timiș‐Gânsac, V. Which are the Best Site and Stand Conditions for Silver Fir (Abies alba Mill.) Located in the Carpathian Mountains? Diversity 2022, 14, 547. Revista ISI, factor de impact 3.029. Zona galbena.


  • Aurelia Onet, Lucian C. Dincă, Paola Grenni, Vasile Laslo, Alin C. Teusdea, Diana L. Vasile, Raluca E. Enescu, Vlad E. Crisan, 2019: Biological indicators for evaluating soil quality improvement in a soil degraded by erosion processes. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 19(5), 2393-2404. ISI magazine, IF2.627. Zona galbena, Soil Science, top 11.


  • Radu Vlad, Cristinel Constandache, Lucian Dincă, Nicu Constantin Tudose, Cristian Gheorghe Sidor, Laurenţiu Popovici, Alexandra Ispravnic, 2019: Influence of climatic, site and stand characteristics on some structural parameters of scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) forests situated on degraded lands from east Romania. Range Management and Agroforestry, 40 (1): 40-48. ISI magazine, IF 0.103.


  • Buciumeanu E.C., Murariu G., Dincă L., Vizitiu D.E., Georgescu L. P., 2019: The influence of climatic factors on the main phenological phases of grapevines from Stefanesti Viticultural Center, Romania. Romanian Biotechnological Letters, Volume 24, No. 6, pag. 1055-1060. ISI magazine, IF 0.59.


  • Oneț Aurelia, Dincă Lucian*, Teușdea Alin, Crișan Vlad, Bragă Cosmin, Raluca Enescu*, Oneț Cristian, 2019: The influence of fires on the biological activity of forest soils in Vrancea, Romania. Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, Vol. 18, No. 12, pag. 2643-2654. ISI magazine, IF 1.186.


  • Petritan, I.C., Mihăilă, V.V., Yuste, J.C., Bouriaud, O. and Petritan, A.M., 2023. Deadwood density, C stocks and their controlling factors in a beech-silver fir mixed virgin European forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 539, p.121007. (Q1)


  • Leuschner, C., Hohnwald, S., Petriţan, A.M. and Walentowski, H., 2023. Vertical temperature and air humidity gradients in beech and oak forests, and the forest interior climate created by beech. Flora, p.152317. (Q2)


  • Braga, C.I., Crisan, V.E., Petritan, I.C., Scarlatescu, V., Vasile, D., Lazar, G. and Petritan, A.M., 2023. Short-Term Effects of Anthropogenic Disturbances on Stand Structure, Soil Properties, and Vegetation Diversity in a Former Virgin Mixed Forest. Forests, 14(4), p.742.


  • Tudose, N.C., Petritan, I.C., Toiu, F.L., Petritan, A.M. and Marin, M., 2023. Relation between Topography and Gap Characteristics in a Mixed Sessile Oak–Beech Old-Growth Forest. Forests, 14(2), p.188. (Q1)


  • Kasper, J., Weigel, R., Walentowski, H., Gröning, A., Petritan, A.M. and Leuschner, C., 2021. Climate warming-induced replacement of mesic beech by thermophilic oak forests will reduce the carbon storage potential in aboveground biomass and soil. Annals of Forest Science, 78, pp.1-34. (Q1)


  • Hereş, A.M., Polanco-Martínez, J.M., Petritan, I.C., Petritan, A.M. and Yuste, J.C., 2022. The stationary and non-stationary character of the silver fir, black pine and Scots pine tree-growth-climate relationships. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 325, p.109146. (Q1)
  • Dorado-Liñán, I., Ayarzagüena, B., Babst, F., Xu, G., Gil, L., Battipaglia, G., Buras, A., Čada, V., Camarero, J.J., Cavin, L, …Petritan AM., … and Claessens, H., 2022. Jet stream position explains regional anomalies in European beech forest productivity and tree growth. Nature communications, 13(1), pp.1-10. (Q1)


  • 16. Martinez del Castillo, E., Zang, C.S., Buras, A., Hacket-Pain, A., Esper, J., Serrano-Notivoli, R., Hartl, C., Weigel, R., Klesse, S., …Petritan AM, …, Resco de Dios, V. and Scharnweber, T., 2022. Climate-change-driven growth decline of European beech forests. Communications biology, 5(1), pp.1-9. (Q1)


  • Kasper, J., Leuschner, C., Walentowski, H., Petritan, A.M. and Weigel, R., 2022. Winners and losers of climate warming: Declining growth in Fagus and Tilia vs. stable growth in three Quercus species in the natural beech–oak forest ecotone (western Romania). Forest Ecology and Management, 506, p.119892. (Q1)


  • Annighöfer, P., Mund, M., Seidel, D., Ammer, C., Ameztegui, A., Balandier, P., Bebre, I., Coll, L., Collet, C., Hamm, T. and Huth, F., …Petritan AM, 2022. Examination of aboveground attributes to predict belowground biomass of young trees. Forest Ecology and Management, 505, p.119942. (Q1)


  • Kasper, J., Weigel, R., Walentowski, H., Gröning, A., Petritan, A.M. and Leuschner, C., 2021. Climate warming-induced replacement of mesic beech by thermophilic oak forests will reduce the carbon storage potential in aboveground biomass and soil. Annals of Forest Science, 78(4), pp.1-34. (Q1)


  • Budeanu, M., Apostol, E.N., Besliu, E., Crișan, V.E. and Petritan, A.M., 2021. Phenotypic Variability and Differences in the Drought Response of Norway Spruce Pendula and Pyramidalis Half-Sib Families. Forests, 12(7), p.947. (Q1)


  • Hereș, A.M., Bragă, C., Petritan, A.M., Petritan, I.C. and Curiel Yuste, J., 2021. Spatial variability of soil respiration (Rs) and its controls are subjected to strong seasonality in an even‐aged European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) stand. European Journal of Soil Science, 72(5), pp.1988-2005. (Q2)


  • Petritan, A.M., Petritan, I.C., Hevia, A., Walentowski, H., Bouriaud, O. and Sánchez-Salguero, R., 2021. Climate warming predispose sessile oak forests to drought-induced tree mortality regardless of management legacies. Forest Ecology and Management, 491, p.119097. (Q1)


  • Hai, N.H., Erfanifard, Y., Bui, V.B., Mai, T.H., Petritan, A.M. and Petritan, I.C., 2021. Topographic effects on the spatial species associations in diverse heterogeneous tropical evergreen forests. Sustainability, 13(5), p.2468. (Q2)


  • Öder, V., Petritan, A.M., Schellenberg, J., Bergmeier, E. and Walentowski, H., 2021. Patterns and drivers of deadwood quantity and variation in mid-latitude deciduous forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 487, p.118977. (Q1)


  • Hereş, A.M., Petritan, I.C., Bigler, C., Curtu, A.L., Petrea, Ş., Petritan, A.M., Polanco-Martínez, J.M., Rigling, A. and Yuste, J.C., 2021. Legacies of past forest management determine current responses to severe drought events of conifer species in the Romanian Carpathians. Science of The Total Environment, 751, p.141851. (Q1)


  • Hai, N.H., Tan, N.T., Bao, T.Q., Petritan, A.M., Mai, T.H., Hien, C.T.T., Anh, P.T., Hung, V.T. and Petritan, I.C., 2020. Changes in community composition of tropical evergreen forests during succession in Ta Dung National Park, Central Highlands of Vietnam. Forests,

BDI articles


  • Vasile D., Scărlătescu V., Enescu R., Crișan V., Vechiu E. 2019. The monumental trees from the forest habitats and non forest habitats from the central part of Romania. 19th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference SGEM 2019. Conference proceedings, Volume 19, Water resources. Forest, Marine and Ocean ecosystems, Issue 3.2. Soils, Forest Ecosystems. pag. 775-782. ISBN: 978-619-7408-82-9, ISSN: 1314-2704.


  • Vasile D., Enescu R., Vechiu E., Crișan V., Scărlătescu V. 2020.The monumental yew trees from Romania country. 20th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference SGEM 2020. Conference proceedings. Water Resources. Forest, Marine and Ocean Ecosystems, Issue 3.1. Forest Ecosystem. pag. 749-756. ISBN: 978-619-7603-08-8, ISSN: 1314-2704


  • Vasile D., Enescu R., Vechiu E., Coman S., Scărlătescu V.2020. The inventory of the monumental trees from Brașov county. Revista de Silvicultură și Cinegetică nr.46, pp.70-76.


  • Vasile D., Enescu R., Scărlătescu V., Vechiu E., Crișan V. 2020. Specimens of Sequoiadenderom giganteum from Romania. Revista de Silvicultură și Cinegetică nr.47, pp72-76.


  • Diana Vasile, Raluca Enescu, Emilia Vechiu, Gruiță Ienășoiu, Cristian Cătălin, Șerban Davidescu, Mihai Zup, Dan Olteanu.2021. Evaluarea și monitorizarea biodiversității la nivelul păturii erbacee în pădurile administrate de RPLP Kronstadt. Revista de Silvicultură și Cinegetică nr.48, pp-.


  • Virgil Scărlătescu, Diana Vasile.2021. Răspândirea aninului alb Alnus incana L. în bazinul hidrografic al râului Argeș. Revista de Silvicultură și Cinegetică nr.48, pp-.


  • Enescu R. , Vasile D., Dincă L. 2021. Species of Alnus Genus from the curvature Carpathians. International Journal of Advance and Innovative Research. Volume 8, Issue 4 (V): 288-292.ISSN: 2394 – 7780.



  • Enescu R., Vasile D., Dincă L., 2021. Old forests from Apuseni Mountains. Analele Universității din Craiova, seria Biologie, Horticultură, Tehnologia Prelucrării Produselor Agricole, Ingineria Mediului, 26(62): 233-238.


  • Vasile D., Enescu R., Dincă M., 2021. Crataegus genus: preserved plants. Analele Universităţii din Craiova, seria Agricultură – Montanologie – Cadastru, Vol. 51(2), pag. 120-127.




  • Vasile D., Enescu R., Scărlătescu V., Dumitru-Dobre C. 2021. Inventory of the monumental sweetchestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) din România. Revista de Silvicultură și Cinegetică nr.49, pp.85.





  • Vasile D., Simona Coman, Aurora Coca, Raluca Enescu, Virgil Scărlătescu.2022. Exemplare monumentale de Ginkgo biloba de pe teritoriul României. Revista de Silvicultură și Cinegetică nr.50, pp. 97-102.