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Current ClimBEco PhD students

Recruitment to the ClimBEco programme is open during the spring and accepted PhD students begin in August the same year.

Accepted PhD students are enrolled during two years of their PhD studies. There are two groups of PhD students in the ClimBEco programme at the same time. Below is a list of our current ClimBEco groups, Group 12 (2022-2024) and Group 11 (2021-2023). The PhD students are alphabetically ordered by first name, with a brief description of their PhD research.

Group 12 (2022-2024)

Emma Axebrink. A photo

Emma Axebrink

Nuclear Physics, Lund University
Aerosol particles in the stratosphere scatter and absorb solar radiation which cools the Earth. I study the climate impact of volcanic eruptions reaching the stratosphere and the importance of correct injection height by using the global climate model WACCM.
Hanna Ekström. A photo

Hanna Ekström

Centre for Environmental and Climate Science/Political Science, Lund University
I am interested in the links between forest policies, human behavior, and land use change. I focus on Nordic forests and use a mixed methods approach including agent-based modelling, GIS and interviews.
Hanna Marsh. A photo

Hanna Marsh

Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Sciences, Lund University
My work focuses on Arctic and boreal vegetation and how to estimate changes in phenology, GPP and species composition from warming and other types of climate drivers.
Currently, I work mostly with large-scale remote sensing data, but I also expect to work with ecosystem modelling (LPJ-GUESS) in the future.
Heléne Aronsson. A photo.

Heléne Aronsson

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg
I am harnessing the massive amount of data available for birds in terms of ecology and distribution to produce a metric of biodiversity impact caused by land-use changes. The final aim is to implement the metric in Life Cycle Assessments.
Jessica Jennerheim. A photo.

Jessica Jennerheim

Centre for Environmental and Climate science, Lund University
My PhD studies will entail researching how we conduct risk assessments of construction and demolition waste with a focus on terrestrial organisms. The goal is to generate End-of-Waste criteria to contribute to circular use of material and a more sustainable future.
Maria. A photo.

Maria Karamihalaki

Department of Geology, Lund University
My research at Lund University focuses on exploring the applicability of spectroscopy techniques (i.e. X-ray Fluorescence and Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry) for the detection of trace elements inside the woody tissue of trees and for studying the link between the occurrence of these elements and major climatic events during the Scandinavian Bronze age. The focal point of my work is to explore how this natural data archive can tell us a story about past climate and extreme climate events.
Nicolas Faure. A photo.

Nicolas Faure

Department of Chemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg
My research project focuses on the physicochemical properties of atmospheric aerosols. The first aspect covers the physicochemical mechanisms taking place at the surface of aerosols, particularly in the presence of gaseous species, leading to the so-called heterogeneous chemistry. The second aspect rather focuses on the aerosol parameters enabling the formation of ice crystals from heterogeneous nucleation.
Niklas Kappelt. A photo.

Niklas Kappelt

Department of Geology, Lund University
I am developing a new dating method for ice cores using the radionuclide 36Cl. The main challenge is to better understand the loss of chlorine during transport and after deposition at low accumulation sites in Antarctica.
Olivier Jean Leonce Manzi. A photo.

Olivier Jean Leonce Manci

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg
I study the variation in photosynthetic heat tolerance and tree water-use strategies among tropical montane species. I also aim to link traits related to physiological heat tolerance and tree hydraulics to tree growth and survival responses to heat and drought, which vary significantly among species.
Qin Lao. A photo.

Qin Tao

Department of Geology, Lund University
I work on evaluating the performance of climate models in terms of reproducing weather patterns in the North Atlantic region. Geological archives and model output are combined to develop seasonal climate field reconstructions that serve as the baseline for evaluation covering the last millennium.
Rafikul Islam. A photo.

Rafikul Islam

Centre for Environmental and Climate science, Lund University
I focus on the impact of clearcut and forest fire on carbon pools and greenhouse gas budgeting in Boreal forest considering future climate change. In a broad sense, I will work on Boreal forest recovery after clear-cut and forest fire. The aim is to improve quantification and reduce uncertainties of the greenhouse gas budgets for Sweden's forests.
Shubham Singh. A photo.

Shubham Singh

Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Sciences, Lund University
I am investigating the possible sources of electrification and lightning in a warm-based cloud. My work also focuses on the representation of clouds in the global model with more microphysical and lightning properties by implementing neural-network scheme.
Sofia Blomqvist. Foto.

Sofia Blomqvist

Centre for Environmental and Climate science, Lund University
My project is a cooperation between Lund University and The Swedish Transport Administration. I will spend my time as a PhD student by looking at how flower rich road verges are affecting our pollinating insects. The aim is to find features in road verges and ways to manage these in order to help our pollinators.
Ulrika Ervander. A photo.

Ulrika Ervander

Department of Earth Sciences. University of Gothenburg
My research interests are to find ways to manage our forests in a sustainable way for climate and biodiversity.
In my PhD project I will investigate how a range of biogeochemical processes and ecological factors are affected by the management method of the forest. The studies will take place mainly in Skogaryd research catchment in a 70 years old spruce forest. The focus of the project will be to analyze the difference in GHG fluxes and carbon stock depending on the forestry management method.
A photo of Carl Svenhag

Carl Svenhag

Nuclear Physics, Lund University
I work on improving the parameterization of New-Particle-Formation in the earth system model EC-Earth over boreal forests. Results over the whole Anthropocene are compared to observe radiative effects on the climate from aerosol-size changes in the model.
A photo of Chansopheaktra Sovann

Chansopheaktra Sovann

Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University
I focus on assessing ecosystem services supply changes responding to land-use and land-cover changes. I apply machine learning methods using the Google Earth Engine as a platform to develop land cover maps.
A photo of Cole Brachmann

Cole Brachmann

Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg
I investigate the effect of large mammalian herbivory on mycorrhizal dynamics across the subarctic. Selective foraging on deciduous shrubs may increase the prevalence of evergreen ericaceous shrubs on the landscape resulting in a higher proportion of ericoid mycorrhizal fungi.
A photo of Geerte Fälthammar-de Jong

Geerte Fälthammar-de Jong

Biological & Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg
I study the effects of different (micro-) climatic factors like elevation, snow and soil characteristics on the phenology of tundra plants. How plants respond to different circumstances can tell us about the ecosystem's future response to climate change.
A photo of Hannah Frostenberg

Hannah Frostenberg

Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology
I work in improving the modelling of cloud microphysics. I am developing and testing a new freezing scheme within the large-eddy simulation model MIMICA. My modelling efforts focus on Arctic low-level clouds.
A photo of Hao Zhou

Hao Zhou (Frankie)

Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University
I introduce within-grid cell spatial heterogeneity and develop lateral water flows among grid cells in LPJ-GUESS. I assess their impacts on regional and global carbon and nitrogen cycles. The focus is on Europe and the global land surface ecological process.
A photo of John Bergkvist

John Bergkvist

Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University
My work aims to provide more information on how changing climate conditions and forest management can affect forest ecosystems over long timescales. I use an ecosystem model to provide predictions relevant for stakeholders within forestry, and explore topics related to landscape multifunctionality and sustainability.
A photo of Julia Weber

Julia Weber

Biology, Lund University
I investigate if the population persistence and density of flower-visiting insects (bees and butterflies) in semi-natural grasslands around southern Sweden benefit from the provisioning of complementary flower resources close to the pastures.
A photo of Karl Holmberg

Karl Holmberg

Political Science, Lund University
I scrutinize the lock-in of plastics through its political economy and material culture. These two perspectives help inform my aim to formulate a vision of a society embedded in a sustainable material use.
A photo of Katja Garson

Katja Garson

Political Science, Lund University
I explore knowledges of and discourses about the boreal forest in a context of climate change and resource conflict. Understanding how the northern forest is perceived by human and nonhuman actors is crucial for shaping sustainable, inclusive forest futures.
A photo of Katrín Björnsdóttir

Katrín Björnsdóttir

Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg
I investigate how Arctic tundra vegetation responds to changes in environmental conditions. Determining the links between vegetation changes and carbon cycling in the tundra is critical to improve forecasting of future climate scenarios.
A photo of Kelly Dorkenoo

Kelly Dorkenoo

Centre for Sustainability Studies, Lund University
I focus on the differentiated socio-economic and ecological impacts, losses and damages from extreme weather events associated with climate change and how they affect people and society in contexts of rapid agrarian change.
A photo of Lovisa Nilsson

Lovisa Nilsson

Nuclear Physics, Lund University
Soot particles warm the climate and exert a negative impact on human health. I look at the processes that govern the properties and number concentration of soot particles in south Swedish background air, conducting measurements at the research station Hyltemossa.
A photo of Mitro Müller

Mitro Müller

Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University
I develop, test, and apply satellite remote sensing driven methods to monitor and quantify impacts of drought on Nordic agricultural and forest ecosystems, looking at how ecosystem monitoring can detect drought impacts and help enhance drought preparedness.
A photo of Robin Wollesen de Jonge

Robin Wollesen de Jonge

Nuclear physics, Lund University
I study the oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere and how their oxidation products contribute to the formation, growth and chemical composition of secondary aerosol particles. I work with the ADCHAM and ADCHEM model to reproduce laboratory experiments and field observations.
A photo of Saga Bergqist

Saga Bergqvist

Combustion Physics, Lund University
I study soot particles with laser based diagnostic techniques to understand the structure of the particles and their physical properties. I focus on soot from biomass combustion and how this affects the environment when the soot particles are released into the atmosphere.
A photo of Sara Winterfeldt

Sara Winterfeldt

Biology, Lund University
I study how the soil environment shapes soil microbial communities and their processes to drying and rewetting events to increase our understanding of how drying and rewetting affect terrestrial C cycling and to improve ecosystem models to predict climatic scenarios.
A photo of Xueying Li

Xueying Li

Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, Lund University
I integrate satellite remote sensing and the crop growth model (LPJ-GUESS) to improve the assessment of climate change impacts on crop yields in Sweden, developing a long-term merged gridded evapotranspiration dataset.
A photo of Yuanyuan Quan

Yuanyuan Quan

Centre for Environmental and Climate Science, Lund University
I explore the impact of pollinator decline on plant community and ecosystem functioning from a landscape perspective. I combine manipulative and observational approaches to conduct multi-year experiments in the grassland systems within Skåne.