Didzis Elferts is a professor in the field of biometry at the University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology. Since July 1, 2018, he has also been dean of the Faculty of Biology (University of Latvia). Scientific activities relate to statistical analysis and visualization of data in different projects and publications, in cooperation with scientists in different areas.

A doctor degee 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




University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology

Feb 2021 – Present


University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology

Jul 2018 – Present


LVMI “Silava”

Aug 2017 – Present

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 – Present

Senior researcher

University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology

Jan 2011 – Present

Recent publications

Ecological traps: evidence of a fitness cost in a cavity-nesting bird

Habitat quality has direct effects on the evolutionary fitness of breeding organisms, which is why it is believed that animals tend to …

Nonlinear Weather–Growth Relationships Suggest Disproportional Growth Changes of Norway Spruce in the Eastern Baltic Region

Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) H. Karst.) is predicted to decrease its abundance in the Eastern Baltic region as a result of climatic …

Tree- and stand-scale factors shape the probability of wind damage to birch in hemiboreal forests

Strong wind is the major natural disturbance in European forests, that periodically causes tremendous damages to forestry. Yet, factors …

Serotoninergic Modulation of Phototactic Variability Underpins a Bet-Hedging Strategy in Drosophila melanogaster

When organisms’ environmental conditions vary unpredictably in time, it can be advantageous for individuals to hedge their phenotypic …

Socioeconomic position, immune function, and its physiological markers

The development of costly traits such as immune function and secondary sexual traits is constrained by resource availability. The …