Annemarie Reurslag Gärdenäs

Senior Lecturer

Dept of BioEnv -
Visiting address
Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B
143 19 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 461
405 30 Göteborg

About Annemarie Reurslag Gärdenäs

Employment Senior lecturer in Environmental Sciences, with focus on Risk and Environmental Impact Assesment (75% research and 25% teaching).

Research profile I’m a system ecologist with a Biogeophysical perspective. I study how biological, chemical and physical processes together govern fluxes of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and radionuclides in terrestrial ecosystems. My research interests fits within the triangle of i) sustainable land use and management, ii) environmental change and iii) other anthropogenic drivers. Examples of other anthropogenic drivers are policy, economy, as well as long-distance contamination by nitrogen or radioactive deposition.

Approaches: I develop and refine process-oriented models to analyze relationships between management, vegetation, soil, climate and hydrology. Hereby, I use data from field experiments and the Swedish National Soil Inventory to test hypotheses and validate models. With my research I aim to contribute to an improved understanding of land-climate interactions and thereby provide scientific base for sustainable land use.

Ongoing projects Currently I’m leading the Formas-funded project ‘Organic Beef production and other Ecosystem Services’. The focus of this study is the interplay between organic beef production, wood production, biodiversity, climate regulation and economy in a landscape consisting of forest, semi-natural pastures, arable land and wetlands. I’m also a core member of the Formas strong research environment IMPRESS – Integrating Microorganisms in Predictive Models of Carbon Sequestration in Soils. Together with colleagues at Swedish Univ of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden, and Univ of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, we study the combined effect of climate and nitrogen availability on functioning of microbes. Furthermore, we intergrated a model for phosphorous cycling in terrestrial ecosystem into the CouPmodel, co-funded by Univ. of Gothenburg and MERGE (He et al. in prep). We are especially interested in the phosphorus and nitrogen interactions affecting forest growth and nutrient leaching. Together with Dept. of Earth Sciences, Univ. of Gothenburg two on-going projects; a Guidebook for rewetting drained peat lands to turn them from GHG source to sink (Kasimir, PI) and the MERGE-funded project 'Towards improved understanding of albedo’s climate forcing of common land uses across Sweden' (Gärdenäs, PI).
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Teaching: I teach several Environmental Sciences courses and I’m the course organizer of ‘Proceser i Miljö, SMG120’ and Miljökonsekvensanalys ES1401. Before 2016, I worked full-time at the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences, where I among other things was the Director of Research school Focus on Soils & Water and supervisor of several PhD-students:

Principal supervisor
Linnea Hansson, 2019 Impacts of forestry operations on soil physical properties, water and temperature dynamics with focus on off-road traffic and soil scarification
Dr Martin Rappe George 2016. Nitrogen in Soil Water of Coniferous Forests - Effects of Anthropogenic Disturbances SLU
Dr Kristina Mjöfors, 2015. Effects of Site Preparation and Stump Harvest on Carbon Dynamics in Forest Soils.SLU

Co-supervisor Anna Lindahl SLU, 2009 Soil Physics Carina Ortiz SLU, 2012 Soil Sciences and Biogeochemistry Solomon Gebreyohannis SLU, Sweden & Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia 2012 Forest Hydrology Stefan Bengtson SLU, 2013 Radioecology