Göran Wallin, Lecturer
Main teaching areas are plant ecophysiology, climate change, air pollutants, environmental impact analysis and general environmental sciences. My research is focused on effects of climate and air pollutants on plant ecosystems. Studies are made on interaction between vegetation, soil and atmosphere. The main topic is exchange of carbon and water between these systems that are investigated by using gas exchange techniques, biomass measurements, elementary analysis, and carbohydrate analysis. The focus is on boreal coniferous forests, but studies are also made on agricultural corps, deciduous trees as well as forests in the tropics. The main objectives are how the exchange of carbon dioxide is i) effected by climate and air pollutants; ii) can be up-scaled from leaf and shoots to tree and ecosystem levels.
Johan Uddling, Professor
Phone: +46 (0)31-786 3757
My main research interest is to understand and predict how land plants respond to and interact with the atmosphere under different environmental conditions. In particular, I am specialized in the processes that control plant water use and growth, including stomatal and photosynthetic regulation. Forest and crop responses to climate change and air pollution are studied primarily through manipulative field experiments but also through ecosystem modelling and meta-analyses. Some more information about me can be found here.
Lasse Tarvainen, Researcher
My research focuses on understanding the processes controlling the gas exchange, resource use efficiency and performance of boreal and tropical tree species. Within this broad topic I’m specifically interested in: i) the influence of nutrients, drought and temperature on foliar gas exchange capacity and on tree-scale carbon and water economies, ii) the role of stems in tree-scale carbon dynamics, including carbon transport in the xylem and corticular refixation of respired CO2, and iii) among- and within-species variation in capacity to acclimate to environmental change.
Håkan Pleijel, Professor
My research is focused on air pollutants, their effect on vegetation and the dynamics of their occurrence in the ecosystems. Most of my work has been related to ground level-ozone, covering its deposition, effects on plants and distribution in the landscape near the Earth surface. I also conducted several investigations of the effect of elevated carbon dioxide on vegetation. Crops have been the focus of my experimental work with plants, including growth, senescence and yield quality aspects. More recently I have also started to work with traffic related air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particles in the urban environment including the potential effect of vegetation to improve the urban environment. I also participate in research on the effects of climate and climate change on air pollution exposure.
Ulf Molau, Professor
Teaching in general and terrestrial ecology, plant ecology, statistics, global change. Research related to arctic and alpine ecology, climate impacts on tundra ecosystems, indicator ecosystems, International Tundra Experiment (ITEX), landscape ecology, cliff ecology, tropical botany. In October 2010 I was a part of the Swedish delegation in the UN conference on biological diversity in Nagoya, Japan. In the last years he has had a several missions for the Swedish government in international negotiations on biological diversity and climate change.
Jenny Klingberg, Researcher (Gothenburg Botanical Garden)
Phone: +46 (0)703-529772
My research focus on how urban greenery contribute to ecosystem services, mainly air quality improvements. Starting January 2018 I will work in a FORMAS-funded project called “Clean the air with plants – can PAH exposure be reduced with urban vegetation?” led by Håkan Pleijel. In the project we will evaluate the role of vegetation in scavenging PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons) as well as NO2 from the atmosphere. There is a proven link between exposure to air pollution and an increased disease risk. Particle-bound PAHs are suspected to account for a substantial part of the effects. Trees can serve as sinks for air pollutants, thereby cleaning the air. This effect has been demonstrated, but is so far not well quantified. Within the project we will perform field measurements in Gothenburg to compare differences in PAH accumulation of ten different tree species and study the air pollution reduction by different types of forests.
Previously I have worked as a post-doc in the project “Valuation of ecosystem services from urban greenery” (for more information see https://www.mistraurbanfutures.org/en/project/valuation-ecosystem-services-provided-urban-greenery). In 2011 I defended my PhD-thesis named “The influence of climate on ozone risk for vegetation” https://gupea.ub.gu.se/handle/2077/25120.
Per-Erik Karlsson, Ad Professor
Senior scientist at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute in Gothenburg. PhD in Plant Physiology. Appointed Professor in Plant Physiology, Air Pollution Impacts on Plants, University of Gothenburg.
Expertize: Interactions between the atmosphere and the vegetation. Tropospheric ozone; monitoring and assessing impacts on the vegetation. Acidification and eutrophication of forest soils and waters as caused by atmospheric deposition and forest practise. Carbon stock changes in forests, in particular related to forest management in connection with industrial production, ”Carbon Footprints”. Measurements of the meteorology close to the ground. Modelling of the gas exchange between the vegetation and the atmosphere.
Karin Johansson, Research engineer
Technician working in various projects in the group.
Hongxing He, Researcher
Biogeochemistry; greenhouse gas; ecosystem modelling; Phosphorus cycling; peatlands; ectomycorrhiza
Annemieke Gärdenäs, Lecturer
Phone: +46 (0)31-786 6663
Biogeophysics, Biogeochemistry, Process-oriented dynamic modelling from the plot, ecosystem to the catchment scale, Forestry, Agriculture, Environmental Assessment.
I’m a system ecologist from a Biogeophysical perspective. I study how biological, chemical and physical processes together govern fluxes of carbon, nitrogen, and radionuclides in terrestrial ecosystems. My research interests fits within the triangle of i) sustainable land use and management, ii) environmental change and iii) other anthropogenic drivers. Examples of other anthropogenic drivers are policy, economy, as well as long-distance contamination by nitrogen or radioactive deposition. I develop and refine process-oriented models to analyze relationships between management, vegetation, soil, climate and hydrology. Data from long-term experiments and the Swedish national soil inventory are used to test hypotheses and validate models. With my research I aim to contribute to improved understanding of land-climate interactions and thereby provide scientific base for sustainable land use. Currently I’m leading a Formas-funded project ‘Organic Beef production and other Ecosystem Services’ with research responsibility for Climatic impact. I’m also a core member of the Formas strong research environment IMPRESS. For more information and publications see:
Mirindi Eric Dusenge, Post-doc
My research interests include understanding the effect of climate change (warming and elevated CO2) on plant performance (physiology and growth) in boreal and tropical trees. During my doctoral program, my research projects had heavily focused on understanding the acclimation capacity of photosynthesis and respiration to combined warming (up to a 9 °C warming) and elevated CO2 (up to 900 ppm) in both seedlings and mature boreal conifers. In my current postdoctoral position, I am working on an EU Marie Curie-funded project that aims to investigate potential impact of warming on tropical tree species from Rwanda, central Africa. Specifically, the project aim is to understanding the acclimation capacity of photosynthesis to warming in most ecologically important native trees species from tropical montane rainforest. The data generated in this project will also be used in Global Vegetation Models to explore large-scale implications of warming on tropical montane rainforests, and this modelling component will be done in collaboration with Prof. Lina Mercado from the University of Exeter in UK.
Åslög Dahl, Researcher
My research is mainly related to aerobiology. I focus on airborne pollen and the ecology of plants that produce them, i.e., the effect of climate on phenology and reproductive effort, and also on meteorology, pollen release and transport. As a spin-off, I work with meteorological effects on apple production. In cooperation with allergists, I am involved in studies of the impact of allergenic pollen on symptoms and life quality, and the additive effects of allergenic pollen and air pollution. I am responsible for scientific development in (and one of the founders of) the university-derived company Botaniska Analysgruppen i Göteborg AB, that provide services regarding fungi in damp buildings and as plant pathogens. Thus, fungi as bioaerosols and as causes of health problems are also items for my attention, in order to be able to respond to the frequent requests I get from stakeholders for information concerning these matters .
I am responsible for the GU Pollen Laboratory, where airborne pollen is monitored since 1975. We forecast their occurrence and deliver them to the public, media and health care. Our pollen data are also used in clinical trials. As an ancillary service, we analyse pollen in honey and educate bee-keepers. I am the coordinator of the research programme Aerobiology within Gothenburg Atmospheric Centre (GAC), and I am member of the coordination group for the Swedish National Phenology Network (SWE-NPN). I am co-author of a couple of books, former member of COST Action groups on phenology (COST725) and allergenic pollen (COSTE0603), and presently member of COST Action SMARTER, acting on the control of the invasive and allergenic ragweed (Artemisia artemisiifolia).