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Martin Škerlep

Doctoral student

My PhD project focuses on understanding how land-use changes during the last century have affected surface water dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and iron (Fe) concentrations. Water color in many northern surface waters has undergone a stark increase during the last four decades, as a consequence of an increase in DOC and Fe exported from terrestrial system. While several hypothesis such as, reduced atmospheric deposition, climate change and land-use have been proposed to have caused the increase, it is still unclear which the predominant factor behind the increase is.

In my PhD I will look at DOC and Fe cycling in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and try to connect them to changes in land-use such as afforestation. Projects in my PhD will include both long term data-series analysis to see how land-use and water color have changed, as well field studies, where I will try to examine the mechanistic effects of different land-use types on the biogeochemical cycles and transport of DOC and Fe into surface waters.

Besides my research work I am also looking to be an active member of the department and interact with other students and employees.


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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E-mail: martin [dot] skerlep [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Doctoral student

Aquatic ecology

+46 46 222 84 33



Research group

Aquatic Ecology




Main supervisor

Emma Kritzberg

Assistant supervisor

Per Persson, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research