Rūtilė Pukienė

Doctor of Natural Sciences
Senior researcher at the State Scientific Research Institute Nature Research Centre, Institute of Geology and Geography, Vilnius, Lithuania and dendrochronologist at the National Museum the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Scientific Research Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania.


Rūtilė received the degree of Doctor of Natural Sciences (biology, botany) in 1997 at the Lithuanian Institute of Botany and Vilnius University. Thesis: “Pinewood growth dynamics in Uzpelkiu Tyrelis oligotrophic bog during the Subatlantic period”. Her research interests include tree bioproductivity as an indicator of changes in environment, tree ring and anatomical research of living and historical trees, construction of long-term tree ring chronologies, application to reconstruct different environmental parameters and to date wooden objects, investigation into succession processes in plant communities and history of human-nature interactions. 

She has taken part in several international collaborations including the Lithuanian-Swiss project ”Climate change in peatlands: Holocene record, recent trends and related impacts on biodiversity and sequestered carbon (CLIMPEAT)” (2013-2016), a project supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) ‘Towards a European research and data network for cultural tree-ring studies’, (2010-2013), an EC 5FP project “400 Years of Annual Reconstructions of European Climate Variability Using a High Resolution Isotopic Network –ISONET” (2003 – 200) and an EC INTAS project Nr. 2001-0550 ‘The Solar – Terrestrial Climate Link in the Past Millennia and its Influence on Future Climate’ (2002 – 2006).

 The most relevant publications: 

  1. Tamkevičiūtė M.; Edvardsson J.; Pukiene R.; Taminskas J.; Stoffel M.; Corona Ch.; Kibirkštis G. (2018) Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) based reconstruction of 130 years of water table fluctuations in a peatland and its relevance for moisture variability assessments. Journal of Hydrology 558:509-519 DOI10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.01.067
  2. Barisevičiūtė, R., Skipitytė, R., Pukienė, R., Lapeikaitė, I., Kakaras, I., Remeikis, V. (2017). Climatic sensitivity of δ13C in tree rings of Quercus robur L., Populus tremula L. and Pinus sylvestris L. in Vilnius region (eastern Lithuania). Dendrobiology 78: 1-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.12657/denbio.078.001.
  3. Pukienė R. (2017). Dendrochronological method and its use to date the polychromed wooden saddle from the Vilnius Lower Castle archaeological site, in: (Chief ed. V. G. Cherniec) Proceedings of the International Scientific and Practical Conference „Museums and Restoration as Instruments of Cultural Heritage Preservation: Present Day Challenges”, June 06-07, 2017, Kyev: p. 243-246. ISBN 978-966-452-223-3.
  4. Edvardsson, J.; Corona, C.; Mazeika, J.; Pukiene, R.; Stoffel, M. (2016). Recent advances in long-term climate and moisture reconstructions from the Baltic region: Exploring the potential for a new multi-millennial tree-ring chronology. Quaternary Science Reviews 131: 118-126
  5. Frank, DC; Poulter, B; Saurer, M; Esper, J; Huntingford, C; Helle, G; Treydte, K; Zimmermann, NE; Schleser, GH; Ahlstrom, A; Ciais, P; Friedlingstein, P; Levis, S; Lomas, M; Sitch, S; Viovy, N; Andreu-Hayles, L; Bednarz, Z; Berninger, F; Boettger, T; D'Alessandro, CM; Daux, V; Filot, M; Grabner, M; Gutierrez, E; Haupt, M; Hilasvuori, E; Jungner, H; Kalela-Brundin, M; Krapiec, M; Leuenberger, M; Loader, NJ; Marah, H; Masson-Delmotte, V; Pazdur, A; Pawelczyk, S; Pierre, M; Planells, O; Pukiene, R; Reynolds-Henne, CE; Rinne, KT; Saracino, A; Sonninen, E; Stievenard, M; Switsur, VR; Szczepanek, M; Szychowska-Krapiec, E; Todaro, L; Waterhouse, JS; Weigl, M. (2015). Water-use efficiency and transpiration across European forests during the Anthropocene. Nature Climate Change  5 (6): 579-583+; doi:10.1038/nclimate2614
  6. Pukienė R., Ožalas E. (2015): Vandentiekis Vilniaus Žemutinės pilies teritorijoje XVI-XVII a. [Water supply system in the territory of the Vilnius Lower Castle] In: (Comparavit G. Striška) Chronicon Palatii Magnorum Ducum Lithuaniae, vol. III. Vilnius: 303 – 331 (in Lithuanian). ISSN 2029-8943
  7. Vitas, A; Mazeika, J; Petrosius, R; Pukiene, R. (2014). Radiocarbon and dendrochronological dating of sub-fossil oaks from Smarhon riverine sediments. Geochronometria 41 (2): 121-128

Pukienė R. (2014): Archeologinės medienos sandara ir tyrimo metodai [Structure and research methods of archaeological wood]. In: (Eds. J. Senvaitienė, A. Luchtanas, L. Vedrickienė, J. Lukšėnienė) Muziejinių eksponatų priežiūra, IV dalis; Archeologinių radinių konservavimas [Care