Understanding how climate change affects peatlands’ microbial communities

Despite the overall importance of peatlands on the global carbon balance, the ecology of the peat microbial community composition is poorly known, why its long-term response to the predicted changes of peatland due to climate and other anthropogenic effects is difficult to foresee.

Therefore my work aims to improve the understanding of the peatlands microbial community structures and dynamics in relation to such perturbations. The effect of inherent key peat environmental and biological factors on the microbial communities are studied by linking the microbial community structures to biogeochemical factors including vegetation and fungi.

Foto: Magalí Martí




  • 2012–Present
    PhD-student The Department of Thematic Studies - Environmental Change
  • 2010 – 2012
    Research assistant at the Department of Thematic Studies-Water and Environment, Linköping University (Sweden). 
  • 2007 – 2009 
    MSc in Science and Technology of Water (90 ECTS-credits)


  • 2012 – present 
    Effects of nitrogen and sulfate deposition and temperature on the microbial community structure and functional groups in boreal minerotrophic mires – analysis of a long-term permanent field manipulation experiment.
    2009 – 2012
    PEATBOG - Pollution and Temperature Impacts on Peatland Biodiversity and Biogeochemistry (ERA-net BiodivERsA). Investigating the impact of nitrogen pollution and climate change on the diversity and function of the microbial communities in European peatlands.

  • 2009 – 2010: 
    Application of a novel Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis Assay for Characterization of the genotypic diversity of Norovirus in a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant in Göteborg, Sweden.
  • 2007 – 2009: 
    Development and Application of a Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis Assay for Characterization of Genetic Diversity of Norovirus in Wastewater.


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