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Johannes Rousk

Associate Professor

we study the ecology of microorganisms in natural and engineered soil systems. We are interested in the factors that influence the spatial and temporal variability in microbial communities and how the microorganisms, in turn, control biogeochemistry in soil. We are interested in assessing not only the abundance of microorganisms but rather the actively contributing ones in the opaque soil system, and we have a particular interest in comparing the roles of fungi and bacteria in their contribution to biogeochemical cycles.

Recently we have started to use the dependence of microbial growth on environmental factors (e.g. moisture, temperature, pH, salinity, etc) to determine the trait distributions of whole microbial communities in soil. This development has created a causal link between community structure and function, where we can measure the functional consequences of the alignment (or misalignment) of microbial community trait distributions to their environment. The link between microbial communities and their functional contribution has also led to several lines of inquiry where we investigate how microbial resource use-efficiencies (growth efficiencies, C-use efficiencies, N-use efficiencies) depend on environmental factors and perturbations.

Current research themes include soil salinisation (PhD Kristin Rath, collaborator Prof. Noah Fierer, Univ Colorado), fungal and bacterial decomposition of litter in both aquatic and soil systems (PhD student Margarida Soares), soil pH (PhD student Carla Cruz Paredes, Univ. Copenhagen, PhD student Jian Li), drought and drying-rewetting cycles in soil (PhD student Ainara Leizeaga, postdoc Dr. Lettice Hicks, collaborator Prof. Christine Hawkes, Univ Texas, collaborator Dr. Annelein Meisner, collaborator Prof. Richard Bardgett, Univ Manchester), soil warming in temperate (collaborator Prof. Serita Frey) and arctic (postdoc Dr. Lettice Hicks, collaborator Prof. Anders Michelsen) ecosystems, and effects of insect herbivory on the soil N cycle in arctic ecosystems (PhD student Jeppe Ågård Kristensen, collaborator Dr. Dan Metcalfe). Recently, we have also started to integrate insights into the environmental controls of microbial processes into biogeochemical models at Ecosystem and global scales (postdoc Dr. Albert Brangari and collaborators Dr. David Wårlind, Dr. Paul MillerPhD student Adrian Gustafsson and Dr. Stefano Manzoni (Stockholm University).

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Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

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