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Maja Sundqvist

My research focuses largely on how plants and soils interact and affect ecosystem functions under abiotic and biotic disturbances and changing environmental conditions. It explores these topics in a wide range of ecosystems while maintaining a strong focus on the northern latitudes. By combining multiple of approaches (natural gradients, field manipulations, common garden and laboratory experiments), I aim to generate new knowledge on how plants respond to a rapidly changing environment and help develop better predictions on major drivers of plant productivity, biodiversity and ecosystem functions under global change.

Background

Ph.D. in Biology. 2012. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden.

Degree in M.Sc. in Biology. 2006. University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Supervision

PhD students

Current: 

Magdalena Fassl. Co-advisor. Main advisor: Hjalmar Laudon.

Vincent Buness. Co-adivosr. Main advisor: Michael Gundale

Gustav Stål. Co-advisor. Main advisor Matthias Peichl.

Barryette Oberholzer. Co-advisor. Main advisor Paul Kardol

Arvid Lindh. Co-advisor. Main advisor Ulrik Ilstedt.

Graduated: 

Elin Lindén. Co-advisor. Main advisor Johan Olofsson.

Clydecia Spitzer. Co-advisor. Main advisor Paul Kardol

 

Post docs

Jerzy Szejgis. Main advisor.

Eliska Kutakova. Main advisor. 

Max Mallen-Cooper. Co-advisor. Main advisor Paul Kardol.

Selected publications

Google scholar profile

Gundale MJ, Axelsson PE, Buness C, Callebaut T, DeLuca TH, Hupperts SF, Ibáñez, Metcalfe DB, Nilsson M-C, Peichl M, Spitzer CM, Stangl ZR, Strengbom J, Sundqvist MK, Wardle DA, Lindahl BD (2024) The biological controls of soil carbon accumulation following wildfire and harvest in boreal forests: A review. Global Change Biology 30, 5: e17276

Lindh A, Sundqvist MK, Axelsson PE, Hasselquist NJ, Aguilar FX, Alloysius D, Ilstedt U (2024) Functional traits to predict financial value of enrichment planting in degraded tropical forests. New Forests https://doi.org/10.1007/s11056-024-10030-4

Hupperts SF, Islam KS, Gundale MJ, Kardol P, Sundqvist MK (2023) Warming influences carbon and nitrogen assimilation between a widespread Ericaceous shrub and root-associated fungi. New Phytologist 241 (3), 1062-1073

Spitzer CM, Sundqvist MK, Wardle DA, Gundale MJ, Kardol P (2023) Root trait variation along a sub-arctic tundra elevational gradient. Oikos 1, e08903

Prager CM, Classen AT, Sundqvist MK, Barrios-Garcia MN, Cameron EK, Chen L, Chisholm C, Crowther TW, Deslippe JR, Grigulis K, He J-S, Henning JA, Hovenden M, Thomas Høye TT, Jing X, Lavorel S, McLaren JR, Metcalfe DB, Newman GS, Nielsen ML, Rixen C, Read QD, Rewcastle KE, Rodriquez-Cabal M, Wardle DA, Wipf S, Sanders NJ (2022) Integrating natural gradients, experiments, and statistical modeling in a distributed network experiment: An example from the WaRM network. Ecology and Evolution, 12 (10) e9396

Lindén E, te Beest M, Abreu I, Moritz T, Sundqvist MK, Barrio IC, Boike J, Bryant J, Bråthen KA, Buchwal A, Bueno G, Cuerrier A, Egelkraut D, Forbes B, Hallinger M, Heijmans M, Hermanutz L, Hik DS, Hofgaard A, Holmgren M, Huebner DC, Hoye T, Jónsdóttir I, Kaarlejärvi E, Kissler E, Kumpula T, Limpens J, Myers-Smith I, Normand S, Post P, Rocha A, Schmidt NM, Skarin A, Sokolov A, Sokolova N, Soininen E, Speed J, Street L, Tananaev N, Tremblay J-P, Urbanowicz C, Watts D, Zimmermann H, Olofsson O. (2022) Circum-Arctic distribution of chemical anti-herbivore compounds suggest biome-wide trade-off in defence strategies in Arctic shrubs. Ecography, 2022: e06166

Scharn R, Negri IS, Sundqvist MK, Løkken JO, Bacon CD, Antonelli A, Hofgaard A, Nilsson RH, Björk RG (2022) Limited decadal growth of mountain birch saplings has minor impact on surrounding tundra vegetation. Ecology and Evolution 12(6) e9028

Gavazov, K, Canarini A, Jassey VEJ, Mills R, Richter A, Sundqvist MK, Väisänen M, Walker TWN, Wardle DA, Dorrepaal E. (2022) Plant-microbial linkages underpin carbon sequestration in contrasting mountain tundra vegetation types. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 165, 108530

Spitzer CM, Wardle DA, Lindahl BD, Sundqvist MK, Gundale MJ, Fanin N, Kardol P. (2022) Root traits and soil micro-organisms as drivers of plant-soil feedbacks within the subarctic tundra meadow. Journal of Ecology 110 (2), 466-478

Prager CM, Jing X, Henning JA, Read QD, Meidl P, Lavorel S, Sanders NJ, Sundqvis, MK, Wardle DA, Classen AT. (2021) Climate and multiple dimensions of plant diversity regulate ecosystem carbon exchange along an elevational gradient. Ecosphere 12(4) e03427

Spitzer CM, Lindahl B, Wardle DA, Sundqvist MK, Gundale MJ, Fanin N, Kardol P. (2021) Root trait-microbial relationships across tundra plant species. New Phytologist, 229:1508-1520.

He J-S, Dong S, Shang Z, Sundqvist MK, Wu G, Yang Y. (2021) Above-belowground interactions in alpine ecosystems on the roof of the world. Plant and Soil, 458:1-6.

Blume-Werry G, Krab EJ, Olofsson J, Sundqvist MK, Väisänen M, Klaminder J. (2020) Invasive earthworms unlock arctic plant nitrogen limitation. Nature Communications, 11:1-10.

Sundqvist MK, Sanders NJ, Dorrepaal E, Lindén E, Metcalfe DB, Newman GS, Olofsson J, Wardle DA, Classen AT. (2020) Responses of tundra plant community carbon flux to experimental warming, dominant species removal and elevation. Functional Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13567.

Sarneel JM, Sundqvist MK, Molau U, Björkman MP, Alatalo JM. (2020) Decomposition rate and stabilization across six tundra vegetation types exposed to > 20 years of warming. Science of the Total Environment, 138304.

Sundqvist MK, Moen J, Björk RG, Vowles T, Kytöviita M-M, Parsons MA, Olofsson J (2019) Experimental evidence of the long-term effects of reindeer on Arctic vegetation greenness and species richness at a larger landscape scale. Journal of Ecology 107:2724-2736.

Cameron EK, Sundqvist MK, Keith SA, CaraDonna PJ, Mousing EA, Nilsson KA, Metcalfe DB, Classen AT (2019) Uneven global distribution of food web studies under climate change. Ecosphere 10(3):e02645. 

Metcalfe DB, Hermans TDG, Ahlstrand J, Becker M, Berggren M, Björk RG, Björkman M, Blok D, Chaudhary N, Chisholm C, Classen AT, Hasselquist NJ, Jonsson M, Kristensen JA, Kumordzi B, Lee H, Mayor J, Prevéy J, Pantazatou K, Rousk J, Sponsellor RA, Sundqvist MK, Tang J, Uddling J, Wallin G, Wenxin Z, Ahlström A, Tenenbaum DE, Abdi AM (2018) Patchy field sampling biases understanding of climate change impacts across the Arctic. Nature Ecology and Evolution 2:1443-1448. 

Zhao Q, Sundqvist MK, Newman GS, Classen AT (2018) Soils beneath different arctic shrubs have contrasting responses to a natural gradient in temperature. Ecosphere, 9(6): e02290. 

Bokhorst S, Veen GF, Sundqvist MK, De Long JR, Kardol P, Wardle DA. (2018) Contrasting responses of springtails and mites to elevation and vegetation type in the sub-Arctic. Pedobiologia - Journal of Soil Ecology 67:57-64. 

Blüme-Werry G, Lindén E, Andresen L, Classen AT, Sanders NJ, von Oppen J, Sundqvist MK (2018) Proportion of fine roots, but not plant biomass allocation belowground, increases with elevation in arctic tundra. Journal of Vegetation Science 29:226-235. 

Barrio IC, Lindén E, Te Beest M, Olofsson J, Rocha A, Soininen EM, Alatalo JM, Andersson T, Asmus A, Boike J, Bråthen KA, Bryant JP, Buchwal A, Bueno G, Christie KS, Denisova YV, Egelkraut D, Ehrich D, Fishback L, Forbes BC, Gartzia M, Grogan P, Hallinger M, Heijmans MMPD, Hik DS, Hofgaard A, Holmgren M, Høye TT, Huebner DC, Jónsdóttir IS, Kaarlejärvi E, Kumpula T, Lange C, Lange J, Lévesque E, Limpens J, Marcias-Fauria M, Myers-Smith I, van Nieukerken E, Normand S, Post ES, Schmidt NM, Sitters J, Skoracka A, Sokolov A, Sokolova N, Speed JDM, Street LE, Sundqvist MK, Suominen O, Tananaev N, Tremblay J-P, Uvarov SA, Urbanowicz C, Watts D, Wilmking M, Wookey PA, Zimmermann HH, Zverev V, Kozlov MV (2017) Background invertebrate herbivory on dwarf birch (Betula glandulosa-nana complex) increases with temperature and precipitation across the tundra biome. Polar Biology 40: 2265-2278. 

Veen GF, De Long JR, Kardol P, Sundqvist MK, Snoek B, Wardle DA (2017) Coordinated responses of soil communities to elevation in three subarctic vegetation types. Oikos 126:1586-1599. 

Mayor JR, Sanders NJ, Classen AT, Bardgett RD, Clement J-C, Fajardo A, Lavorel S, Sundqvist MK, Bahn M, Chisholm C, Cieraad E, Gedelof Z, Griguilis K, Kudo G, Oberski D, Wardle DA (2017) Elevation alters ecosystem properties across temperate treelines globally. Nature 542:91-95.

De Long JR, Sundqvist MK, Gundale MJ, Giesler R, Wardle DA (2016) Effects of elevation and nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization on plant defence compounds in subarctic tundra heath vegetation. Functional Ecology 30:314-325. 

Siefert A, Violle C, Chalmandrier L, Albert CH, Taudiere A, Fajardo A, Aarssen LW, Baraloto C, Carlucci MB, Cianciaruso MV, Dantas VL, de Bello F, Duarte LDS, Fonseca CR, Freschet GT, Gaucherand S, Gross N, Hikosaka K, Jackson B, Jung V, Kamiyama C, Katabuchi M, Kembel SW, Kichenin E, Kraft NJB, Lagerström A, Bagousse-Pinguet YL, Li Y, Mason N, Messier J, Nakashizuka T, Overton J McC, Peltzer D, Perez-Ramos I M, Pillar VD, Prentice HC, Richardson S, Sasaki T, Schamp BS, Schob C, Shipley B, Sundqvist MK, Sykes MT, Vandewalle M, Wardle DA (2015) A global meta-analysis of the relative extent of intraspecific trait variation in plant communities. Ecology Letters 18:1406-1419. 

*Veen GF, *Sundqvist MK, Metcalfe DB, Wilson SD (2015) Above-ground and below-ground plant responses to fertilization in two subarctic ecosystem types. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 47:693-702. (*Equal contribution.)

Classen AT, Sundqvist MK, Henning JA, Newman GS, Moore JAM, Cregger MA, Moorhead LC, Patterson CM (2015) Direct and indirect effects of climate change on soil microbial and soil microbial-plant interactions: What lies ahead? Ecosphere 6(8):130. 

Veen GF, Sundqvist MK, Wardle DA (2015) Environmental factors and traits that drive plant litter decomposition do not determine home-field advantage effects. Functional Ecology 29:981-991. 

Sundqvist MK, Liu Z, Giesler R, Wardle DA (2014) Plant and microbial responses to nitrogen and phosphorus addition across an elevational gradient in subarctic tundra. Ecology 97(7):1819-1835. 

De Long JR, Kardol P, Sundqvist MK, Veen GF, Wardle DA (2014) Plant growth response to direct and indirect temperature effects varies by vegetation type and elevation in a subarctic tundra. Oikos 124:772-783. 

Vincent AG, Sundqvist MK, Wardle DA, Giesler R (2014) Bioavailable soil phosphorus decreases with increasing elevation in a subarctic tundra landscape. PLoS ONE 9(3): e92942. 

Sundqvist MK, Wardle DA, Vincent A, Giesler R (2014) Contrasting nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics across an elevational gradient for subarctic tundra heath and meadow vegetation. Plant and Soil 383(1):387-399. 

Sundqvist MK, Sanders NJ, Wardle DA (2013) Community and ecosystem responses to elevational gradients: processes, mechanisms, and insights for global change. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 44:261-280. 

Kardol P, De Long JR, Sundqvist MK (2012) Crossing the threshold: the power of multi-level experiments in identifying global change responses. New Phytologist 196:323-326. 

Sundqvist MK, Wardle DA, Olofsson E, Giesler R, Gundale MJ (2012) Chemical properties of plant litter in response to elevation: subarctic vegetation challenges phenolic allocation theories. Functional Ecology 26:1090-1099. 

Sundqvist MK, Giesler R, Wardle DA (2011) Within- and across-species responses of plant traits and litter decomposition to elevation across contrasting vegetation types in subarctic tundra. PLoS ONE 6(10):e27056. 

Sundqvist MK, Giesler R, Graae BJ, Wallander H, Fogelberg E, Wardle DA (2011) Interactive effects of vegetation type and elevation on aboveground and belowground properties in a subarctic tundra. Oikos 120:128-142. 

Sundqvist MK, Björk R., Molau U. (2008) Establishment of boreal forest species in alpine dwarf-shrub heath in subarctic Sweden. Plant Ecology and Diversity 1:67-75. 

 

 


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