Thesis Projects

Are you looking for a student BSc or MSc project?

We regularly supervise BSc and MSc thesis projects in our various fields of research, i.e. ecophysiology, ecology and environmental science. Some projects ideas are listed here, but mostly projects are formed in discussions between the student and potential supervisor.

You can get an idea of what kind of projects that we supervise by looking at the descriptions of the research interests of individual AiroPlant members (see People), as well as by looking at the list of past BSc and MSc theses below. Please contact us to discuss possible thesis projects!

Ideas of BSc and MSc projects:

  • Ecophysiology and ecosystem processes in tropical forests in Rwanda. We conduct ecophysiological and biogeochemical research in montane rainforest and forest plantations in Rwanda. Both Swedish and Rwandan students have conducted thesis projects bases on field work in Rwanda (see Previous BSc and MSc theses below) as part of a long-term collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and University of Rwanda. Swedish students may apply for stipend from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to cover costs associated with field work in Rwanda. Contacts: Johan Uddling and Göran Wallin. (Read more)
  • The evolutionary basis of stomatal CO2 responsiveness. The short-term physiological stomatal response to increased CO2 concentration is a strong determinant of plant water use under elevated CO2. In this projevct, we will try to elucidate phylogenetic patterns in stomatal CO2 responsiveness by investigating stomatal CO2 responses in a taxonomically broad range of plant species in the greenhouses of the Gothenburg Botanical Garden. Contact: Johan Uddling.
  • Tree temperature acclimation. We investigate tree responses to increased temperature using different approaches: by controlled experiments; by studies along natural temperature gradients; by modelling. Different types of theses projects are thus possible on this topic. Contacts: Göran Wallin and Johan Uddling.
  • Optical properties of leaves. Radiation intercepted by a leaf is reflected, absorbed or transmitted. The relative magnitudes of these three different ‘fluxes’ depend on anatomical and biochemical properties of the leaf. Some plant species invest realtively more of their available nitrogen into pigments (–> higher absorption) than others, which will have important ecological consequences. Different types of theses project are possible in this topic. Contacts: Johan Uddling and Håkan Pleijel.
  • The direct uptake of nitrogen by Norway spruce shoots. It is vital to get information on the pathways by which the deposited nitrogen enters the forest ecosystems. This has implications for the evaluation of nitrogen impacts on forest ecosystem functions, both the risk for leakage to surface waters as well as impacts on biodiversity. Project intended for one semester. Contact: Per Erik Karlsson. (Read more)

Recent BSc and MSc theses:

  • Sara Abrahamsson, MSc thesis – Vegetationens påverkan på luftföroreningshalter i urban miljö.2016.
  • Emilia Sand, MSc thesis – The effects of surface permeability and constructed structural soil on the growth of linden trees in Gothenburg, Sweden. 2016.
  • Camille Ziegler, MSc thesis – Ecophysiological traits determine successional strategy in montane rainforest tree species in Rwanda. 2015.
  • Ellen Pagel, BSc MSc thesis – The genetic basis of stomatal CO2 responsiveness in Arabidopsis thaliana. 2015.
  • Alexander Fredriksson, BSc thesis – Hur möter skogsägare och försäkringsbolagen ökade stormskador till följd av klimatförändringar? 2015.
  • Carl Thordstein, MSc Thesis – Vad har föranlett de höga halterna av PM10 vid Masthuggstorget. (2014).
  • Malin Broberg, MSc thesis – Effects of elevated zone and carbon dioxide on wheat crop yield – Meta-analysis and exposure-response relationships. 2014.
  • Mirindi Eric Dusenge, MSc thesis – Photosynthesis ecology of tropical forests in Rwanda. 2014.
  • Linda Hansson, BSc thesis – Fine-root production in primary and secondary montane tropical rainforest. 2014.
  • Adrian Gustafson, BSc thesis – Do plant responses to increased atmospheric CO2 affect river runoff? A study of Swedish rivers. 2014.
  • Martina Lutz, BSc thesis – Acclimation of photosynthesis to different growth temperatures in Betula pendula. 2013.
  • Kerstin Varenius, MSc thesis – Photosynthetic capacities of Polyscias fulva. 2013.
  • Ignacio Ruiz Guzman, BSc thesis – Response of stomatal conductance to CO2 and VPD in silver birch (Betula pendula). 2013.
  • Moritz Mez, BSc thesis – Influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation on the air quality in Gothenburg and Stockholm. 2013.
  • Wisam Khisro, MSc thesis – The Effect of Climate Change on the Vegetation Cover of the Mujib Nature Reserve – Dead Sea. 2013.
  • Nomoto, H, Applied course project – Pollen production and phenology in 12 species from the Poaceae family. 2013
  • Nomoto, H, BSc thesis – Changes in the Poaceae pollen season in Gothenburg (1979-2012) and the synchronization between pollen season and flowering phenology. 2013
  • Adrian Gustafsson and Linda Hansson, Internship project – Pollen dispersal and phenology- A compilation of statistics and physical geography for phenology and pollen forecasting. 2013
  • Hoda Sadraei, MSc thesis – Genetic loci controlling intraspecific variation of stomatal response to CO2 in (Arabidopsis thaliana). 2012.
  • Anke Hartmanns, BSc thesis – Calculation of the Transpiration and Net Carbon Dioxide Assimilation in Norway Spruce, based on Sap Flow Data. 2012.
  • Omar, A., BSc thesis – Vitlök och dess effekt på hälsan. 2012.
  • Helena Målsäter, MSc thesis – Håller det? – Små och medelstora företags perspektiv på hållbarhet. 2012.
  • Angelica Vårhammar, BSc thesis – Photosynthetic temperature responses of tropical tree species in Rwanda. 2011.
  • Felix Niyonzima, BSc thesis – Comparison of photosynthetic activity of native and exotic species at the Arboretum Ruhande. 2010.
  • Mirindi Eric Dusenge, BSc thesis – Photosynthesis of tropical forest trees in Rwanda – a physiological characterization of some exotic tree species in Arboretum tree plantation. 2010.
  • Ibrahim, T, BSc thesis – Effekten av honung. Vad har honung för effekt på hälsan? 2010.
  • Anna-Karin Olsson, MSc thesis – Effects on photosynthesis and stomatal conductance in Trembling aspen (Populus Tremuloides Michx. ) after more than 10 years of growth in free air CO2 and/or O3 enrichment. 2010.
  • Gabriela Onianda, MSc thesis – Effects of elevated CO2 and/or O3 on photosynthesis and stomatal conductance of Betula papyrifera Marsh. in a long-term FACE experiment. 2010.
  • Johanna Gårdsten, BSc thesis – Photosynthesis in tropical forests in Rwanda. 2010.
  • Sjöberg, M., BSc thesis – Chromelosporium, a pathogenic fungus on golf greens? Occurrence and pathogenicity test. 2009.

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