Our research group aims at understanding impacts of soil management, soil compaction and natural processes on soil structure and associated soil functions.
Soil structure refers to the spatial arrangement of solids and pores. Soil structure governs a wide range of soil functions and processes and constitutes the living space for biological activity, which in turn are related to key soil ecosystem functions and services. In contrast to soil texture, which is determined by primary soil particles, soil structure is highly dynamic. Knowledge on how soil structure and its dynamics are affected by biophysical processes and human activities allows to develop strategies for sustainable soil use and management.
From soil pore to the field
We are dedicated to an interdisciplinary research approach that integrates soil physics and mechanics, soil biological processes, plant science and agronomy. Our research involves spatial scales from soil pore to the field, and temporal scales from seconds to decades. We carry out work under controlled conditions at the model scale as well as in the field, and use both experimental approaches and modelling.
Listen to Professor Thomas Keller’s installation lecture “Soil structure - the functional architecture of soils".
Read more about our current research activities in the blue boxes below.
Read about our previous research projects here.
The research group
- Thomas Keller, Professor
- Ararso Etana, Associate Professor
- Mats Larsbo, Associate Professor
- Tino Colombi, Postdoc
- Maria Sandin, Postdoc
- Katharina Meurer, postdoc
- Reza Hosseinpour, PhD student
- Elsa María Arrázola Vásquez, PhD student
- Daniel Iseskog, Research Engineer
- Susanne Alexandersson, MSc student
See a list of former group members here.