Martin Skerlep

Doctoral Student


My PhD project focuses on understanding how land-use changes during the last century have affected surface water dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and iron (Fe) concentrations. Water color in many northern surface waters has undergone a stark increase during the last four decades, as a consequence of an increase in DOC and Fe exported from terrestrial system. While several hypothesis such as, reduced atmospheric deposition, climate change and land-use have been proposed to have caused the increase, it is still unclear which the predominant factor behind the increase is.

In my PhD I will look at DOC and Fe cycling in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and try to connect them to changes in land-use such as afforestation. Projects in my PhD will include both long term data-series analysis to see how land-use and water color have changed, as well field studies, where I will try to examine the mechanistic effects of different land-use types on the biogeochemical cycles and transport of DOC and Fe into surface waters.

Besides my research work I am also looking to be an active member of the department and interact with other students and employees.

Recent research outputs

Emma S. Kritzberg, Hasselquist, E. M., Martin Škerlep, Löfgren, S., Olsson, O., Stadmark, J., Valinia, S., Lars Anders Hansson & Laudon, H., 2020 Feb, In : Ambio: a Journal of Human Environment. 49, 2, p. 375-390 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Martin Škerlep, Steiner, E., Axelsson, A. L. & Emma S. Kritzberg, 2019 Oct 30, In : Global Change Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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