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Theresa S. Ibáñez

Theresa Ibáñez
Postdoctoral researcher • Ph.D. in Biology • Forest ecology • Carbon sequestration • Plant-soil interactions • Climate change • Wildfire • Boreal forest


Theresa S. Ibáñez has a Ph.D. in Biology and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies in Umeå. Theresa investigates how climate change impacts belowground carbon sequestration in boreal forest Scots pine plantations. Theresa also disentangles the effects of wildfires and salvage logging on forest regeneration and soil nutrient transformation rates in Swedish boreal forest.



  • Lecturer in Forest ecology and botany BI1382, 7,5 credits, First cycle, 2023. Topic: Disturbance and biodiversity.
  • Lecturer in Forest Ekologi SG0220, 15 credits, First cycle, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022. Topic: Fires and forest regeneration in Sweden.





  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology, Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 2022. Doctoral thesis title: Wildfire in Swedish boreal forests - Impacts of fire severity and salvage logging on tree seedling regeneration and the belowground system.
  • Master's degree in Environmental Science with emphasis on Biology, Dept. of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Gothenburg University, 2016. Master's thesis topic: Soil respiration in primary and secondary tropical Montane rain forest, Nyungwe Forest National park, Rwanda.



  • Co-supervisor of Internship Bachelor's student Masha Bondarenko Carbó. Universitat de Barcelona, 2022-2023.
  • Supervisor of Master's students project in the course Forest Ecosystem Ecology BI1369, 15 credits, Second cycle, 2020. Topic: Effects of burned soil on Scandinavian coniferous seedlings growth. Students: Alice Cosatti, Leon Hauenschild, Maria Grånemo.
  • Co-supervisor of Internship Master's student Marie-Lou Novene, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 2018.


Selected publications


Pérez‐Izquierdo, L., Bengtsson, J., Clemmensen, K. E., Granath, G., Gundale, M. J., Ibáñez, T. S., Lindahl, B. D., Strengbom, J., Taylor, A., Viketoft, M., Wardle, D. A., Nilsson, M. C. (2023). Fire severity as a key determinant of aboveground and belowground biological community recovery in managed even‐aged boreal forests. Ecology and Evolution.


Ibáñez, T. S., Rütting, T., Nilsson, M-C., Wardle, D. A., & Gundale, M. J. (2022). Mid-term effects of wildfire and salvage logging on gross and net soil nitrogen transformation rates in a Swedish boreal forest. Forest Ecology and Management.

Ibáñez, T. S. (2022). Wildfire in Swedish boreal forest - Impacts of fire severity and salvage logging on tree seedling regeneration and the belowground system. Doctoral dissertation. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden.


Ibáñez, T. S., Wardle, D., Gundale, M, J., Nilsson M-C. (2021). Effects of Soil Abiotic and Biotic Factors on Tree Seedling Regeneration Following a Boreal Forest Wildfire. Ecosystems. 

Kelly, J., Ibáñez, T. S., Santín, C., Doerr, S. H., Nilsson M-C., Holst, T., Lindroth, A., Kljun, N. (2022). Boreal forest soil carbon fluxes one year after a wildfire: effects of burn severity and management. Global Change Biology.


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