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Personnel in IMPRESS

Björn Lindahl is co-ordinator of the project. He is a fungal ecologist with a main focus on the functional roles of fungi in carbon and nutrient cycling of boreal forest ecosystem. After education as a biologist at the University of Gothenburgh he recieved his PhD education in the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, SLU, where he has since been employed as a researcher. Within IMPRESS he has a particular focus on the molecular analysis and modeling of fungal communities. Björn is the main supervisor of Erica Sterkenburg and Iuliia Kyiashchenko.
Preetisri Baskaran is a PhD student in the Department of Ecology at SLU. The topic of her project is mathematical modelling of carbon and nutrient fluxes during decomposition of organic matter and in mycorrhizal interactions in boreal forest ecosystems.
Linnéa Berglund is a PhD student in the Department of Ecology at SLU. Her research focus on modelling how nitrogen affects decomposition of organic matter in forest ecosystems.
Karina Clemmensen is a fungal ecologist interested in incorporating knowledge of fungal communities and their functioning into an ecosystem framework – particularly in the context of the carbon balance of Boreal and Arctic biomes. She received her MSc and PhD degrees in Biology from University of Copenhagen and then came to Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology first as an EU funded Marie Curie fellow and then as an internally funded PostDoc. Within IMPRESS, Karina is coordinating a study of seasonal shifts in fungal communities and their activities in relation soil and ecosystem carbon balance.
Alf Ekblad is Professor in ecosystem ecology at Örebro University. Much of his current research can be placed under the headings: carbon cycling, stable isotopes, global change, plant-soil-microbe interactions and mycorrhiza. He has a PhD in Plant Physiology from Umeå University. After the dissertation he spent five years as a post doc and assistant professor at the department of Forest Ecology, SLU, Umeå, where he also became a docent in soil science. He has also been a guest scientist for two years at the department of Ecology, SLU. At the School of Science, Örebro University, he is the manager of a stable isotope laboratory that he has developed. Within IMPRESS his main focus is on ectomycorrhizal mycelium production and turnover.
Roger Finlay
Petra Fransson is a microbial ecologist with an interest in the regulation of mycorrhizal carbon flows in relation to global change and nutrient cycling in ecosystems. After education as a biologist at the University of Gothenburgh she recieved her PhD education in the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology, SLU. After a post-doc period at the Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen, UK, she is now employed as a researcher at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology. Within IMPRESS she focuses on decomposition of fungal mycelium, exudation and gene regulation in nitrogen uptake and transport. Petra is the main supervisor of Andreas Hagenbo.
Achim Grelle
Annemieke Gärdenäs
David Hadden is a PhD student in the department of Ecology at SLU. His research interests lie in understanding the processes controlling carbon fluxes in the soil-vegetation-atmosphere system.
Andreas Hagenbo is a PhD student at the department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at SLU. He received a M.Sc. degree with a major in biology from the department of Forest Ecology and Management at SLU, Umeå. His research project focuses on quantifying carbon fluxes in boreal forest ecosystems, with a particular focus on mycelial production and degradation, as well as soil respiration.
Riitta Hyvönen-Olsson
Erik Karltun
Iuliia Kyiashchenko is a PhD student in the department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology at SLU. She has studied Ecology at the State Agrarian and Ecological University of Ukraine and recieved her master’s degree at SLU. Iuliia studies factors that shape fungal communities, as well as on the role of fungi in carbon sequestration in boreal forests.
Martin Rappe George is a PhD student at the department of Soil and Environment at SLU. He received a M.Sc. degree in soil science from the same department. His research focuses on the study of how anthropogenic disturbances affect nitrogen leaching from forest soils. He works with both field experiments and ecosystem models of forest carbon and nitrogen turnover.
Erica Sterkenburg
Göran Ågren is professor emeritus in systems ecology. With a PhD in theoretical physics he turned towards ecosystem modelling with focus on element cycling, with particular emphasis in carbon and nitrogen. Long-term effects of global change and intensification of biomass harvesting have become important recent research topics.