Fernando Jaramillo, Post-doc
Fernando Jaramillo is a Researcher at Stockholm Resilience Center and Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm University. He is a civil Engineer that has worked in the coal-mining sector and environmental consultancy in his home country Colombia. After a 180-degree turn in life, he decided to start a venturing quest into hydrologic and water resources research. He holds a M.Sc. in Civil Engineering (McGill University) and a PhD in Physical Geography (Stockholm University), the latter obtained in 2015 and focused in hydrology and water resources. He has attributed and quantified historical human impacts on water resources and hydroclimate at the global scales from activities such as rain-fed and irrigated agriculture, forestry and flow regulation by dams. After finishing his PhD degree, he became a temporary postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg to study the interaction between forest development and hydroclimate in Northern regions.
Tage Vowles, PhD
The overall objective of my research is to try to gain an increased understanding of plant-herbivore interactions in mountain ecosystems under a changing climate. In the recent past, substantial evidence has accumulated that arctic and alpine landscapes are undergoing distinct changes in plant community structure, presumably brought about by increasing temperatures and a prolonged snow-free season. However, research suggests that reindeer can inhibit climate-driven shrub expansion and plant community change in the Arctic. Consequently, model simulations not considering herbivore impact may be severely biased, thus impairing projections of vegetation composition and associated ecosystem changes. To improve our knowledge of how future climate warming may affect the Swedish mountains it is therefore crucial that we gain a better understanding of the underlying processes of large herbivore grazing on ecosystem functions and services.
Supervisor: Robert G. Björk.
Brigitte Nyirambangutse, PhD
I have completed my doctoral studies in Sweden at the University of Gothenburg, in the department of Biological and Environmental Sciences in December 2016. My PhD research focused on Nyungwe forest, an Afromontane tropical forest in Rwanda and the role that montane forests of Africa have in the global carbon cycle. In particular, Brigitte investigated the carbon and nutrient cycling of early and late successional forest stands in Nyungwe forest, one of Africa’s largest remaining tropical montane forest. I have a wide range of research interests within the broad area of ecosystem, biodiversity, forest landscape restoration and environmental sciences. I have a particular fascination with and love for forests. I am currently a Lecturer in the Biology Department at the University of Rwanda, and a Research affiliated to the Center of Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management. I am involved in a project entitled “Tropical montane forest in a warming world” and another research project entitled “Research project to improve management knowledge of the Gishwati-Mukura landscape” sponsored by Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA)
Karin Johansson, Post-doc
My main research interest is combining ecological questions and molecular methods. I am currently working in the project Molecular basis of natural variation in stomatal CO2 responsiveness, which aims at finding genomic regions or genes that control the stomatal response to elevated carbon dioxide concentrations. The first part of the project involves studies of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, which shows a large variation in stomatal responsiveness to carbon dioxide between different ecotypes. Next, we will study the evolution of stomatal responsiveness in different lineages of seed plants. Knowledge about the genetic regulation of how plants respond to higher carbon dioxide concentrations will be useful for the breeding of crop plants that will grow well under future climatic conditions and for evaluating the acclimation potential of different plant species and cultivars.
Previously, I have studied e.g. trophic interactions in lakes using fatty acid biomarkers and the historical occurrence of a bloom-forming alga using quantitative PCR on lake sediments.