Geert Hensgens

affiliated with the university, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science

Research areas and keywords


  • DOC, ecosystem ecology, limnology, boreal, arctic, nutrients


As a PhD student for the Aquatic Biogeochemistry group, my work concerns the export of Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) to aquatic ecosystems in the boreal forest. Broadly speaking the research for my PhD can be divided into upland DOC production from sources ranging from tree - understory to moss litter, soil DOC dynamics and seasonal labile DOC variations in headwater streams. The main aim of my thesis project is to provide a quantified overview of different DOC sources and gain insights into spatial and temporal DOC dynamics within a forested boreal catchment as related to land (vegetation) cover.

My main research interests are in carbon and nutrient dynamics across ecosystem borders, mainly the terrestrial to aquatic interface, but more recently I have extended across the boreal to the arctic environment. Next to my PhD I just started a new international project in collaboration with Anna Maria Virkkala from Helsinki University where we look at the spatial variation in DOC of arctic tundra soils as related to vegetation, soil properties and greenhouse gas emmissions. For this project we are now looking for a motivated master thesis student to join the field- and lead the laboratory work. 

Recent research outputs

Geert Hensgens, Hjalmar Laudon, Mark S. Johnson & Martin Berggren, 2021, In: Scientific Reports. 11, 1, 6202.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Geert Hensgens, 2020 Oct 9, Lund: mediatryck, Lund University. 73 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (compilation)

Geert Hensgens, Hjalmar Laudon, Matthias Peichl, Itziar Aguinaga Gil, Quan Zhou & Martin Berggren, 2020 May 4, In: Biogeochemistry. 149, 1, p. 87-103 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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