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Curriculum Vitae

Education: Cand. Scient. 1990, Institute of Biology, Odense University. Ph.D. 1994, Institute of Biology, Odense University. Supervisor Erik Kristensen

Professional experience: Assistant Research Professor, Department of Life Sciences and Chemistry, Roskilde University, 1994 Assistant Professor, 1995-1998, Associate Professor, Institute of Biology, Odense University, 1998. Professor 2010, Department of Biology, SDU. Head of Department 2010, Department of Biology, SDU. Dean of Science Faculty 2019, SDU.

Funded Research: 2015: Nordea Fonden. Stimulering af unges interesse for havet. 2017: Havets skove. Villum Fonden. 2017 Geo & Bio Center Syd. Region Syddanmark. 2018: EU-opstart. 2018: Veluxfonden Blue Carbon Initiative workshop. 2019: Veluxfonden Blå skove.

Societies: American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, International Association For Sediment Water Science, European Society of Limnology and Oceanography, CERF, ESCA. European Aquaculture Society.

Research areas

My research is on the ecology of the coastal zone, focusing on the interplay between ecology and biogeochemical conditions in the sediment. I am particularly interested in investigating plant response to various influences along gradients, e.g. nutrient gradients, stress gradients and disturbance gradients. I am interested in investigating reasons for reductions in seagrass abundance on a global level, including the importance of climate change. I am currently trying to understand the return of seagrasses to previous seagrass habitats, or perhaps more so the reasons why they do not come back as quickly as expected. Recently I am studying blue carbon in coastal vegetation and their potential role in climate mitigation. 

Research information

Coastal zone ecology, seagrasses, blue carbon forests


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