11 January 2018

Sarah Svendsen has defended her PhD thesis

PhD thesis defence

On 14 December 2017, Sarah Svendsen has successfully defended her PhD thesis "Arctic emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds – from plants, litter and soil".

In her thesis, Sarah has assessed the potential of ecosystems, litter and soils in the Arctic to emit biogenic volatile organic compounds, and has amongst others investigated the sensitivity of these emissions to warming and changes in soil moisture. She concludes that climate change will likely affect emissions through changes in plant composition as well as changes in microbial processes in litter and soil that cause a release or uptake of these compounds.

Sarah has done her research under the supervision of Riikka Rinnan and Anders Michelsen at the department of Biology, and has been affiliated with CENPERM. Congratulations, Sarah!