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Juan Almeida

I am a post doc researcher working on soil ecology, soil microbial interactions and nutrient cycling in perennial cropping systems.


I have experience in the fields of plant and fungal physiology, plant-soil-microbial interactions, soil ecology, biogeochemical cycles and nutrient limitation in forested and agricultural ecosystems.  In agricultural systems I have studied the capability of perennial and mixed crops to desorb phosphorus tingly bound on mineral surfaces.

Currently, I am working on a project aiming to understand the effect of the perennial intermediate wheatgrass (Kernza®) on soil fertility and microbial activity. Our objective is to elucidate the soil ecosystem services of sustainable agricultural practices and cropping systems diversification


  • B.A, Biological Sciences. Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito,  Ecuador, 2011
  • Thesis: Colonization mechanisms in Lasiocephalus ovatus Schltdl. (Asteraceae) in the Antisana Superpáramo. Phenotipic Plasticity, Genetic structure and interspecific interactions. 
  • M.Sc. (June 2014). Biology. Specialization in Molecular Ecology. Lund University.
  • Thesis: Global analysis of the fungal communities in the introduced pine species Pinus contorta.
  • PhD. (February 2019). Biology. Specialization in Microbial Ecology. Lund University.
  • Thesis: Biomass, community structure and phosphorus uptake of ectomycorrhizal fungi in response to phosphorus limitation and nitrogen deposition.
  • Post-doc researcher in the Microbial Ecology group at the Biology Department. Lund University. July 2019 – November 2021.

Selected publications

Almeida, J. P., Rosenstock, N. P., Woche, S. K., Guggenberger, G., & Wallander, H. (2022). Nitrophobic ectomycorrhizal fungi are associated with enhanced hydrophobicity of soil organic matter in a Norway spruce forest. Biogeosciences19(15), 3713-3726.

Almeida, J. P., Rosenstock, N. P., Forsmark, B., Bergh, J., & Wallander, H. (2019). Ectomycorrhizal community composition and function in a spruce forest transitioning between nitrogen and phosphorus limitation. Fungal ecology40, 20-31.

Almeida, J.P., Montufar, R. & Anthelme, F. 2013. Patterns and origin of intraspecific functional variability in a tropical alpine species along an altitudinal gradient. Plant Ecology and Diversity, 6: 423-433.