I am a professor in Soil Science and have been both Vice-Chancellor of SLU and Dean of its Faculty of Forest Sciences. Before that I was the Head of the Department of Forest Ecology and Mangement 2007-2012 and of the Department of Forest Ecology 2002-2006..
My research concerns the cycles of nitrogen and carbon through forests, especially interactions among trees, mycorrhizal fungi and soils. My teaching covers the same subject areas.
- Grand Knight of the Icelandic Orden of the Falcon 2018.
- Distinguished Ecologist, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, 2011.
- Rosén´s Linneus Prize in Botany 2010 (500 000 SEK) awarded by the Royal Physiographic Society in Lund.
- Recipient of a 12 million SEK "Excellence award" from SLU (2007-2013).
- Fellow (no. 1629) of the Royal Swedish Academy for Agriculture and Forestry, 2005, and member of the board of the Academy (Akademikollegiet) 2006-2008.
- Distinguished Ecologist, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, 2002.
Docent (Soil Science), SLU, 1989, Doctor of Forestry (Soil Science), SLU, Umeå, 1986, MSc (Forestry), SLU, Garpenberg, Stockholm and Umeå, 1979.
- Vice-Chancellor of SLU, 2015-07-01 - 2018-12-31.
- Dean Faculty of Forest Sciences, SLU, 2013 - 2015-06-30.
- Head of Department of Forest Ecology and Management, SLU, Umeå 2007-2012
- Head of Department of Forest Ecology, SLU, Umeå (2002-2006, except one year 2004-2005)
- Visiting Professor, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, 2004-2005
- Deputy Rector SLU-Umeå, 6 months 2000
- Professor of Soil Science, SLU, Umeå, 1993-present
- Professor of Forest Science, Umeå Univ., 1991-1993
- Director of Studies, Natural Sciences option, SLU Umeå, 1989-1991
- Research Leader, SLU Umeå, 1986-1991
- Member of the Editorial Boards of Plant and Soil 1995-2005, Oecologia 1994-2001, Ambio 2000-2003 and Forest Ecology and Management 1986-1995
- International Task Leader of Activities within Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Project) 1993-2003
- Member of the committee on "Effects of acidifying substances and ground-level ozone", Swedish Environmental Protection Agency 1993-1997
- Member of the committee on Ecology 1995-1997, Chairman of the committee on Biogeochemistry 1997-1999 and Member of the Board of Swedish Council for Forestry and Agriculture 2000
- Member of the Board of SkogForsk (the Swedish Forest Research Institute) 2000-2004
More than 140 papers (mainly on plant-soil interactions) in peer-reviewed journals, 2o reviewed book chapters, and 30 papers, reports etc. for a wider audience.
• Högberg, P., Näsholm, T., Franklin, O. & Högberg, M.N. 2017. Tamm Review: On the nature of the nitrogen limitation to plant growth in Fennoscandian boreal forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 403, 161-185.
Näsholm, T., Högberg, P., Franklin, O., Metcalfe, D.B., Keel, S.G., Campbell, C., Hurry, V., Linder, S. & Högberg, M.N. 2013: Are ectomycorrhizal fungi alleviating or aggravating the N limitation of tree growth in boreal forests? New Phytologist, 198, 214-221.
Högberg, M.N., Briones, M.J.I., Keel, S.G., Metcalfe, D.B., Campbell, C., Midwood, A.J., Thornton, B., Hurry, V., Linder, S., Näsholm, T. 2010: Quantification of effects of season and nitrogen supply on tree below-ground carbon transfer to ectomycorrhizal fungi and other soil organisms in a boreal pine forest. New Phytologist, 187, 485-493.
• Högberg, P., Högberg, M.N., Göttlicher, S.G., Betson, N.R., Keel, S.G., Metcalfe, D.B., Campbell, C., Schindlbacher, A., Hurry, V., Lundmark, T., Linder, S. & Näsholm, T. 2008: High temporal resolution tracing of photosynthate carbon from the tree canopy to forest soil microorganisms. New Phytologist, 177, 220-228.
• Högberg, P. 2007: Nitrogen impacts on forest carbon. Nature, 474, 781-782.
• Lindahl BD, Ihrmark K, Boberg J, Trumbore SE, Högberg P, Stenlid J & Finlay RD 2007 Spatial separation of litter decomposition and mycorrhizal nitrogen uptake in a boreal forest. New Phytologist 173, 611-620.
• Högberg, P. & Read. D.J. 2006: Towards a more plant physiological perspective on soil ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 21, 548-554.
• Högberg, P., Fan, H., Quist, M., Binkley, D. & Tamm, C.O. 2006: Tree growth and soil acidification in response to 30 years of experimental nitrogen loading on boreal forest. Global Change Biology, 12, 489-499.
• Högberg, M.N. & Högberg, P. 2002: Extramatrical ectomycorrhizal mycelium contributes one third of microbial biomass and produces, together with associated roots, half the dissolved organic carbon in a forest soil. New Phytologist, 154, 791-795.
• Högberg, P., Nordgren, A., Buchmann, N., Taylor, A.F.S., Ekblad, A., Högberg, M.N., Nyberg, G., Ottosson-Löfvenius, M. & Read, D.J. 2001: Large-scale forest girdling shows that current photosynthesis drives soil respiration. Nature, 411, 789-792.
• Ekblad, A. & Högberg, P. 2001: Natural abundance of 13C in CO2 respired from forest soils reveals speed of link between tree photosynthesis and root respiration. Oecologia, 127, 305-308.
• Falkowski, P., Scholes, R.J., Boyle, E., Canadell, J. Canfield, D., Elser, J., Gruber, N., Hibbard, K., Högberg, P., Linder, S., Mackenzie, F.T., B. Moore III, Pedersen, T., Rosenthal, Y., Seitzinger, S., Smetacek, V. & Steffen, W. 2000: The global carbon cycle: a test of our knowledge of earth as a system. Science, 290, 291-296.
• Hector, A., Schmid, B., Beierkuhnlein, C., Caldeira, M.C., Diemer, M., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Finn, J., Freitas, H., Giller, P.S., Good, J., Harris, R., Högberg, P., Huss-Danell, K., Joshi, J., Jumpponen, A., Körner, C., Leadley, P.W., Loreau, M., Minns, A., Mulder, C.P.H., O'Donovan, G., Otway, S.J., Pereira, J.S., Prinz, A., Read, D.J., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Schulze, E.-D., Siamantziouras, A.S.-D., Spehn, E., Terry, A.C., Troumbis, A.Y., Woodward, F.I., Yachi, S. & Lawton, J.H. 1999: Plant diversity and productivity experiments in European grasslands. Science, 286, 1123-1127.
• Högberg, P., Plamboeck, A.H., Taylor, A.F.S. & Fransson, P.M.A. 1999: Natural 13C abundance reveals trophic status of fungi and host-origin of carbon in mycorrhizal fungi in mixed forests. Proceedings National Academy of Sciences (USA), 96, 8534-8539.
• Näsholm, T., Ekblad, A., Nordin, A., Giesler, R., Högberg, M. & Högberg, P. 1998: Boreal forest plants take up organic nitrogen. Nature, 392, 914-916.
• Högberg, P. 1997: 15N natural abundance in soil-plant systems. Tansley Review No. 95. New Phytologist, 137, 179-203.
• Binkley, D. & Högberg, P. 1997: Does atmospheric deposition of nitrogen threaten Swedish forests? Forest Ecology and Management, 92, 119-152.