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Christian Alsterberg


Areas of Expertise

Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functions, Ecosystem Services, N-Cycling


PhD in Marine Ecology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
BS in Biology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Research Interests

I am very interested in the interactions between terrestrial and aquatic environments and the importance of biodiversity. In my current project I investigate how coastal urbanization affects ecosystem services performed by salt marshes. In particular we want to know how changes in the surrounding landscape affects the hydrology and diversity (marsh grass and microbial diversity) in salt marshes and how these changes, if any, affects the ability of salt marshes to serve as a nutrient filter between land and sea.

Selected publications:

Alsterberg, C., Roger F, Sundbäck K, Hallin S, Juhanson J, Hulth S, Gamfeldt L. 2017 Habitat diversity and multifunctionality – The importance of direct and indirect effects. Science Advances.
Lucy M. Turner, Christian Alsterberg, Andrew D. Turner, S. K. Girisha, Ashwin Rai, Jonathan N. Havenhand, M. N. Venugopal, Indrani Karunasagar & Anna Godhe 2016 Pathogenic marine microbes influence the effects of climate change on a commercially important tropical bivalve. Scientific Reports 6, article number 32413. 
Eklöf, J.S., Havenhand, J.N., Alsterberg, C., Gamfeldt, L. 2015 Community-level effects of experimental warming and consumer loss outweigh effects of ocean acidification – Science Advances.Oikos doi: 10.1111/oik.01544.
Alsterberg, C., Sundbäck, K., Gamfeldt, L. 2014 Multiple stressors and multifunctionality: limited effects on an illuminated benthic system. Biology Letters, 10: 20140640.
Anderson, B., Sundbäck, K., Hellman, M., Hallin, S., Alsterberg, C. 2014 Nitrogen fixation in shallow-water sediment systems – spatial distribution and controlling factors. Limnology and Oceanography, 59(6) 1932–1944.
Alsterberg, C., Eklöf, J.S., Havenhand, J.N., Gamfeldt, L., Sundbäck, K. Consumers mediate the effects of experimental ocean acidification and warming on primary producers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 110(21), 8603–8608.
Eklöf JS, Alsterberg, C., Havenhand JN, Sundbäck K, Wood HL and Gamfeldt L 2012. Experimental climate change weakens the insurance effect of biodiversity. Ecology Letters 15(8), 864–872.
Alsterberg, C., Hulth, S., Sundbäck, K 2011. Response of a shallow-water sediment system to warming. Limnology and Oceanography, 56(6), 2147–2160.


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Page Manager:
Christian Alsterberg
E-mail: christian [dot] alsterberg [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Postdoctoral fellow



Sölvegatan 37, Lund


Research group

Biodiversity & Conservation Science


Urbanization and ecosystem services in coastal wetlands

Postdoc host

Henrik Smith

Christian Alsterberg field work
Christian Alsterberg taking flow measurements in urbanised salt marshes