Didzis Elferts

Didzis Elferts

Data scientist, senior researcher

LSFRI "Silava"


Didzis Elferts is a data scientist, senior researcher at the LSFRI “Silava”. Scientific activities relate to statistical analysis and visualization of data in different projects and publications, in cooperation with scientists in different areas.

A doctor degree in biology is obtained about the study on the effects of climate on radial growth of pines (dendrochronology, dendroclimatology).


  • Statistics (Biometry)
  • Dendrochronology and Dendroclimatology


  • Doctor degree in biology, 2008

    University of Latvia

  • Master of Natural Sciences in Biology, 2003

    University of Latvia

  • Bachelaur of Natural Sciences in Biology, 2002

    University of Latvia



Senior researcher

LVMI “Silava”

Oct 2023 – Present

Data scientist

LVMI “Silava”

Sep 2023 – Present

Head of Academic Policy Division

University of Latvia, Academic department

Apr 2023 – Jun 2023


University of Latvia, Academic Department

Jan 2022 – Mar 2023


University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology

Feb 2021 – Jun 2023

Data scientist

LVMI “Silava”

Feb 2021 – Jun 2022


University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology

Jul 2018 – Dec 2021


LVMI “Silava”

Aug 2017 – Jan 2021

Associate professor

University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology

Jan 2015 – Jan 2021

Head of department

University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology, Department of Botany and Ecology

Jul 2014 – Dec 2021

Senior researcher

University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology

Jan 2011 – Jun 2023

Recent publications

Development under predation risk increases serotonin-signaling, variability of turning behavior and survival in adult fruit flies Drosophila melanogaster

The development of high-throughput behavioral assays, where numerous individual animals can be analyzed in various experimental …

Selective selfishness in alarm calling behaviour by some members of wintering mixed-species groups of crested tits and willow tits

Animals adjust their use of alarm calls depending on social environments. We tested whether dominant (adult) and subordinate (juvenile …

Sustaining Carbon Storage: Lessons from Hemiboreal Old-Growth Coniferous and Deciduous Forest Stands

For the last three decades, the area of old-growth forest stands in Europe has continued to increase as has their importance in …

Tree biomass – a fragile carbon storage in old-growth birch and aspen stands in hemiboreal Latvia

Physiological stress and higher reproductive success in bumblebees are both associated with intensive agriculture

Free-living organisms face multiple stressors in their habitats, and habitat quality often affects development and life history traits. …