Forest, Nature and Biomass
1958 Frederiksberg C
& Landscape Denmark
, University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Science.
Born October 4, 1958; Married, 3 children.
1985: Engineer (academic), specialisation Ecology and Environmental Chemistry, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).
1989: Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, DTU. 'Air Pollution with Nitrogen Compounds: Effects in Coniferous Forest' (in Danish), 292 pp.
1989-1992: Assistant professor, Laboratory of Environmental Sciences and Ecology, DTU.
1993-2006: Senior scientist, Dept of Applied Ecology, Danish Forest and Landscape Research Institute (DFLRI).
2006: Professor, Dept of Forest and Landscape Ecology, Forest & Landscape Denmark (FLD) University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Science
After the PhD I was strongly involved in teaching and development of a new education in environmental science at DTU. My research focused on 'critical loads for nitrogen' and resulted in a concept paper still in use in European air pollution management. From 1993 as senior scientist at DFLRI, I acted as project leader on soft money contracts. Had a 7 month sabbatical at the Ecosystem Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole USA in 1995/96. My main achievements as senior scientist was 1) a synthesis paper on ecosystem responses to N addition in forest which one of the authoritative papers in the field; 2) the compilation and analysis of observational data on N cycling leading to a number of well cited papers including the documentation of the control of soil C on the forest N cycle; 3) the use of
15N fate to track N and C retention; 4) a major synthesis on nitrate leaching from forests; 5) the development of an experimental concept for simulating ecosystem warming by use of automatic curtains keeping heat in the system at night, now used in 10+ experiments in Europe; and 6) a cooperation with S. China Inst. of Botany on N experiments in tropical forests, 15 papers. My skills in research innovation may be illustrated by my involvement in the development of 5 successful proposals (one as coordinator) during the EU FP5 programme period. Now Professor at FLD with a moderate teaching responsibility and currently supervisor for 2 PhDs. Resent works are on environmental services and C sequestration in soils.
Key research topics:
Biogeochemical cycling of N, C and water with main emphasis on N cycling in forests where I have become one of the leading scientists in Europe. Controls on C sequestration in forest soils (N, tree species, forest age). Afforestation impacts on soil and water. Forest monitoring methods. Long-term manipulation experiments. Climate change and mitigation. Environmental services from forests.
I have co-authored 80 refereed papers (69 in ISI journals) which have generated
>2900 citations (Web of Science). The two best papers each have ≈300 citations.
Services to academia, memberships.
Subject editor of
Biogeochemistry, Springer Verlag 2003-2008.
Member of the steering committee for the Strategic Research Initiative on Water at LIFE-KU.
Member of COST Action FP 0803 "Belowground carbon turnover in European Forests".
Major recent projects coordinator / project leader responsibility
2010-2014 Forest Soil C Sink Nordic Network, NordForsk, 3 mill. DKK.
2009-2012 Carbon sequestration in forest soils - the effect of nitrogen deposition. Villum Fonden, 3,3 mill.
2006-2011 NitroEurope IP "The nitrogen cycle and its influence on the European greenhouse gas balance", 1,9 mill DKK;
Activity leader for 12 experiments in forests. http://www.nitroeurope.eu/
2005-2014 Centre of Advanced Research in Environmental Services (CAR-ES), Nordic research network, SNS 0,4 mill. DKK/yr.
2001-2005 Carbon-Nitrogen interactions in forest ecosystems (CNTER), EU-project, 11 partners from 8 countries, 3.5 mill DKK (total 20 mill. DKK).
Supervision and teaching
Current PhD supervision of
Shimon Ozeri Ginzburg and
Teresa Gomez de la Barcena. Supervision of one MSc.
Visiting scholars: PhD-student
Lei Liu (2010), Prof.
Jiang-Ming Mo (2008) and Postdoc
Yun-Ting Fang (2007-8) all South China Institute of Botany. Marie Curie post doc
Lars-Ola Nilsson (2007-9) Lund Univ. Senior scientist
Bjørn Berg (2005-6) Univ. of Bayreuth.
Teaching: MSc course 'Land Use, Element Balances and Environmental impact', contributing teacher in three other courses.
Peer reviewed articles: 80; Monographs: 1; Book chapters: 3; Proceedings: 75; Public outreach activities: 65; Reports and report contributions: 43.