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Benjamin Forsmark

Benjamin Forsmark
My research focuses on how forests respond to environmental changes and management decisions. Nutrients and water are the most limiting resources in temperate and boreal forests and the goal of my research is to apply fundamental understanding of how trees and soils interacts, to develop forest management practices that utilises the full potential of our forest land.


I supervise thesis projects on forest soil, regeneration, mycorrhiza, carbon sequestration, nutrient and water cycling.


Ph.D. in Biology 2020. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Dept. Forest Ecology and Management, Umeå, Sweden.

M.Sc. in Biology 2015. Lund University, Dept. Biology, Lund, Sweden.

B.Sc. in Biology 2013. Lund University, Dept. Biology, Lund, Sweden.

Selected publications

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Forsmark, B., T. Bizjak, A. Nordin, N.P. Rosenstock, H. Wallander, M.J. Gundale. Shifts in microbial community composition and metabolism correspond with rapid soil carbon accumulation in response to 20 years of simulated nitrogen deposition.  Science of the Total Environment. 2024.

C. Svensson, M. Bader, B. Forsmark, U. Nilsson, T. Lundmark, A. Nordin, J. Bergh. Early and repeated nutrient additions support far greater stemwood production in Norway spruce than traditional late-rotation fertilisation. Forest Ecology and Management 2023.

B. Forsmark, A. Nordin, N. P. Rosenstock, H. Wallander, M. J. Gundale. Anthropogenic nitrogen enrichment increased the efficiency of belowground biomass production in a boreal forest. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 2021.

R. Blaško, B. Forsmark, M. J. Gundale, T. Lundmark, A. Nordin. Impacts of tree species identity and species mixing on ecosystem carbon and nitrogen stocks in a boreal forest. Forest Ecol. Manag. 2020.

N. I. Maaroufi, A. Nordin, K. Palmqvist, N. J. Hasselquist, B. Forsmark, N. P. Rosenstock, H. Wallander, M. J. Gundale. Anthropogenic nitrogen enrichment enhances soil carbon accumulation by impacting saprotrophs rather than ectomycorrhizal fungal activity. Glob. Change Biol. 2019.

J. P. Almeida, N. P. Rosenstock, B. Forsmark, J. Bergh, H. Wallander. Ectomycorrhizal community composition and function in a spruce forest transitioning between nitrogen and phosphorus limitation. Fungal Ecol. 2019.


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