Process-oriented models are developed to study relationships between management, vegetation, soil, climate and hydrology in terrestrial ecosystems. Photo: Cajsa Lithell.
My work to date fits within the triangle of:
- sustainable land use and management
- climate and climate change
- other anthropogenic drivers. Examples of other anthropogenic drivers are policy, economy, as well as long-distance contamination by nitrogen and radioactive deposition.
I use process-oriented models and develop models to handle complex relationships between management, vegetation, soil, climate and hydrology. Using data from the Swedish national soil inventory and long-term experiments has enabled me to test and validate models.
Some ongoing studies:
- Responses in nitrogen leaching to climate change, forest management and nitrogen deposition (PhD-student Martin Rappe George)
- Impact of forestry operations on soil physical properties in regeneration areas – (PhD-student Linnea Hansson)
- Effects of Site Preparation and Stump Harvest on Carbon Dynamics in Forest Soils with Dr. Kristina Mjöfors
- Tracey, a dynamic model of trace element cycling in terrestrial ecosystems. We developed and used it to assess risks of possible accumulation of radionuclides in ecosystems following a groundwater or atmospheric contamination.
- Organic beef and other ecosystem services produced at semi-natural pasture and forest mosaics
- Research consortia IMPRESS (Intregating Microorganisms into Predictive Models of Carbon sequestration) and CLEO - Climate change and Environmental Objectives
- Teaching undergraduates Biogeophysics (BSc) and
Biogeochemistry – element cycles and climate change (MSc)
- Principal supervisor of PhD-students:
Kristina Mjöfors (completed 2015),
Martin Rappe George (planned PhD-defence Feb 2016), Linnea Hansson (ongoing).
Co-supervisor of PhD-students: Anna Lindahl (2009),
Carina Ortiz (2012),
Solomon Gebreyohannis (2012),
Stefan Bengtsson (2013),
Preetisri Baskaran (ongoing),
Petr Capek (ongoing).
- Director of studies of research school ‘Focus on Soils & Water’ 2008-2012
Director of studies of graduate school ‘Focus on Soils’ 2002-2007
- Member of post-graduate studies board of the Forest Sciences faculty 2014-
- Organizer of PhD-Courses for example:
Modelling Soil Organic Matter (2010) and Modelling fluxes of water, heat, C and N in terrestrial ecosystems (1993, 1998, 2001, 2004), Climate impacts on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (co-organizer 2009)
- Organizer of BSc-course Biogeophysics 2002-2010
- Organizer of Diamond Cutters - a course to encourage research career of female PhDs at SLU 2014-2015