Cecilia Akselsson

Senior Lecturer, Associate professor, Researcher at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, PhD, Master of Science

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Physical Geography
  • Environmental Sciences


  • forest ecosystems, biogeochemistry, synergies and conflicts, ecosystem services


I perform research about sustainable forestry in a changing climate, mainly with respect to nutrient status, acidification, nitrogen leaching and carbon sequestration in boreal forests. I and my colleague Salim Belyazid (Department of Physical Geography, Stockholm university) lead a research group with post docs and PhD students with different research directions - synergies and conflicts between different environmental objectives, estimating chemical weathering rates for sustainable forestry, soil-water links in forest ecosystems, nitrate leaching in forest soils and phosphorous cycling in forest soils.

The research is part of the strategic research area BECC (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate), hosted by Lund University and Gothenburg University. We also cooperate a lot with researchers from other universities, mainly SLU, and with IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. We work both with field data, e.g. from the environmental monitoring network SWETHRO (Krondroppsnätet), and with modelling with the PROFILE and ForSAFE models. Our work is closely linked to stakeholders, mainly from national agencies.

My main teaching is on the courses "Physical Geography: An introduction to the global environment" and "Land surface processes and landscape dynamics".

Recent research outputs

Ahlberg, E., Akselsson, R., Akselsson, C., Andresen, L. C., Ardö, J., Björk, R. G., Björnsson, L., Boyd, E., Brady, M. V., Brogaard, S., Brönmark, C., Carlsson, P., Carton, W., Chen, D., Coria, J., Döscher, R., Filipsson, H. L., Frank, G., Friberg, J., Gaillard, M-J. & 45 othersGamfeldt, L., Gärdenäs, A., Hallquist, M., Dan Hammarlund, Lars-Anders Hansson, Heuzé, C., Jutta Holst, Christina Isaxon, Johan Jansson, Margareta Johansson, Thomas B Johansson, Kasimir, Å., Kjellström, T., Till Koglin, Torsten Krause, Adam Kristensson, Emma Kritzberg, Jessica Wadin, Aliaksei Laureshyn, Karin Lundgren Kownacki, Jakob Löndahl, Johan Martinsson, Paul Miller, Kimberly Nicholas, Tobias Nielsen, Alexandra Nikoleris, Lennart Olsson, Joakim Pagels, Frans-Jan Parmentier, Andreas Persson, Pleijel, H., Honor C Prentice, Karin Rengefors, Pontus Roldin, Slunge, D., Henrik G. Smith, Moa Sporre, Birgitta Svenningsson, Erik Svensson, Erik Swietlicki, Uddling, J., Wallin, G., Ahlkrona, J., Anderson, K. & Andersson, A., 2019 Mar 15, Dagens nyheter (DN debatt).

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperNewspaper article

Veronika Kronnäs, Cecilia Akselsson & Belyazid, S., 2019 Jan 21, In : SOIL. 5, 1, p. 33-47 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Casetou-Gustafson, S., Cecilia Akselsson, Hillier, S. & Olsson, B. A., 2019, In : Biogeosciences. 16, 9, p. 1903-1920 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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