2022-present The neglected importance of plant-soil feedback in urban ecology: potential to promote sustainable cities.
In collaboration with Lena Neunkamp (Uni. Alicante, ES)
2021-2023 Belowground biodiversity of grasslands – conservation needs and potential to promote sustainable agriculture. FORMAS (co-PI)
(PI: Karina Clemmensen, SLU)
2019-2023 Land-use intensification alters ecosystem functions in grasslands: insights from the soil fungal community. FORMAS (PI)
2019-2022 Impact of global change on phyllosphere microbiomes in grasslands. SNF (PI)
2017- 2019 The effect of ecosystem engineers on soil functioning in agricultural and forest habitats
-Guest Lecturer 'Ecosystem services in grassland ecosystems in the context of global change' within 'The importance of biodiversity for sustainability course', for PhD students of the EJP soil, SLU, Uppsala (2021)
-Guest Lecturer 'Soil biodiversity and ecosystem services' within 'The importance of biodiversity for sustainability course', for bachelor students, IPS, Bern (2021)
-Lecturer within the 'Advanced course in Community Ecology', responsible for the Soil Ecology lectures, for bachelor students, IPS, Bern (2020-2021)
-Lecturer within the 'Soil Biology course' for master students SLU, Uppsala (2017-2019)
-Course leader for the 'Mini nematode identification course' for PhD student at the dept. of Ecology (2018)
-Lecturer within the 'Ecology course' for bachelor students, dept. of Forest Ecology and Management, SLU, Umeå (2013-2017)
-Lecturer for the 'Ecology course' for bachelor students, field excursion, dept. of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University (2013-2017)
-Teaching assistant for the 'Botanical course' for bachelor students, field excursion, dept. of Forest Ecology and Management, SLU, Umeå (2014)
2021-2025 Potential of organic inputs from native agroforestry tree biomass to improve soil nutrient content in two contrasting regions of Rwanda
collaboration with Aida Bargues Tobella (SLU & ICRAF)
2016 Ph.D. in Biology defended the 21st of October 2016. Department of Forest Ecology and Management. SLU, Umeå.
2011 M.Sc. in Biology, Ecology for Forest, Agronomy and Environment. Specializing in ecosystems functioning & management University of Lorraine, FR.
2009 B.Sc. in Biology. Specializing in Biology of Organisms and Ecosystems University of Lorraine, FR.
Bachelor student Alice Lavarenne. Inst. of Plant Science. Bern University, CH.
Project: Legacy effects of ley diversity on germination rate and growth of cereal crops.
Master student Joseph Volery, Inst. of Plant Science. Bern University, CH.
Project: Direct and indirect effects of nitrogen addition on keystone species in grasslands.
Bachelor student Lisa Gurtner, Research practical. Inst. of Plant Science. Bern University, CH.
Project: Effects of nitrogen addition on soil nematodes in grasslands.
Bachelor student Sina Aregger, Research practical. Inst. of Plant Science. Bern University, CH.
Project: Project: Impacts of plant diversity loss on soil nematodes in grasslands.
Bachelor student Vanessa Fricker, Research practical. Inst. of Plant Science. Bern University, CH.
Project: Impacts of nitrogen addition and plant diversity on soil fauna in grassland ecosystems.
PhD student Kaisa Torppa, Dept. of Ecology. SLU, Uppsala
project: Interactions between earthworms, nematodes and AM fungi and their role in the functioning of agricultural soils.
Main supervisor: Astrid Taylor
PhD student Thu Zar Nwe, Inst. of Plant Science. Bern University, CH.
project: Direct and indirect effects of nitrogen addition on soil fauna and soil functioning in grasslands.
Main supervisor: Eric Allan
Maaroufi N.I., Taylor A., Ehnes R., Andrén H., Kjellander P., Björkman C., Kätterer T., Klapwijk M. J. (2022) Northward range expansion of rooting ungulates decreases soil decomposer abundances in boreal forests. Royal Society of Open Science
Nwe T.Z., Maaroufi N.I., Allan E., Soliveres S., Kempel A. Plant attributes interact with fungal pathogens and nitrogen addition to drive soil enzymatic activities and their temporal variation. In review in Functional Ecology
Pingree M., Kardol P., Nilsson, M.-C., Wardle, D., Maaroufi N.I., Gundale, M.J. (2022) No evidence that boreal biochar impacts soil functioning by serving as microbial refugia. Global Change Biology Bioenergy
Forsmark B., Nordin A.N., Maaroufi N.I., Lundmark T., Gundale M.J. (2020) Low and High nitrogen deposition rates in northern coniferous forests have different impacts on aboveground litter production, soil respiration, and soil carbon stocks. Ecosystems
Maaroufi N. I., Nordin A., Palmqvist K., Hasselquist N.J., Forsmark B., Rosenstock N.P., Wallander H., Gundale M. J. (2019) Anthropogenic nitrogen enrichment enhances soil carbon accumulation by impacting saprotrophs rather than ectomycorrhizal fungal activity. Global Change Biology
Maaroufi N. I., Palmqvist K., Bach L.H., Bokhorst S., Liess A., Gundale M. J., Kardol P., Nordin A., Meunier C. L. (2018) Nutrient optimization of tree growth alters structure and function of boreal soil food webs. Forest Ecology and Management 428:46-56
Maaroufi N. I., Nordin A., Palmqvist K., Gundale M. J. (2017) Nitrogen enrichment impacts on boreal litter decomposition are driven by changes in soil microbiota rather than litter quality. Scientific Reports. 7:4083
Maaroufi N. I. (2016) The effect of Simulated Anthropogenic Nitrogen Deposition on the Net Carbon Balance of Boreal Soils SLU, Doctoral thesis Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2016:98
Maaroufi N. I., Nordin A., Palmqvist K., Gundale M. J. (2016) Chronic nitrogen deposition has a minor effect on the quantity and quality of aboveground litter in a boreal forest. PLOS One. 8: e0162086
Maaroufi N. I., Nordin A., Hasselquist N. J., Bach L.H., Palmqvist K., Gundale M. J. (2015) Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition enhances carbon sequestration in boreal soils. Global Change Biology. 21:3169-3180