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Nadia Maaroufi

Nadia Maaroufi
I am a soil ecologist and my research is focused on understanding how global change drivers impact ecosystem functioning. I am particularly interested in the interactions between above- and below-ground organisms and the ecosystem processes they drive.


-Lecturer within the 'Soil Biology course' for master students (2017-2019) SLU, Uppsala
-Course leader for the 'Mini nematode identification course' for PhD student at the dept. of Ecology (2018)
-Lecturer within the 'Ecology course' for bachelor students, dept. of Forest Ecology and Management, SLU, Umeå (2013-2017)
-Lecturer for the 'Ecology course' for bachelor students, field excursion, dept. of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University (2013-2017)   
-Teaching assistant for the 'Botanical course' for bachelor students, field excursion, dept. of Forest Ecology and Management, SLU, Umeå  (2014)


I have been doing most of my research in Northern Sweden where I studied the effects of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition and biological invasion on boreal forests. I studied the impact of long-term nitrogen deposition on soil carbon sequestration in boreal forests. I further explored the impact of nitrogen enrichment on microbial structure and different processes driven by microbes such as organic matter decomposition and soil respiration. I have been also interested in using nematode and mite functional groups as indicators of soil functioning.

More recently, I have had a biological invasion project on soil functioning and soil biota. In Europe and particularly in Sweden, the wild boar population have increased and its Scandinavian population is currently expanding northwards outside its preferred forest habitats. I have been using two approaches, one experimental simulating rooting at different intensities and another by sampling natural rooted areas and adjacent intact soil and vegetation.

I am currently in Bern to explore the effects of global change drivers on ecosystem functions and fungal communities in temperate grasslands. To do so, I will utilize the PaNDiv experiment to determine how different global change mechanisms alone and interactively affect soil fungal communities (mycorrhizal, pathogen and saprotrophic fungi) and their associated ecosystem functions in managed grasslands. My project is funded by the Swedish Research Council FORMAS.


2016 Ph.D. in Biology defended the 21st of October 2016. Department of Forest Ecology and Management. SLU, Umeå.

2011 M.Sc. in Biology, Ecology for Forest, Agronomy and Environment. Specializing in ecosystems functioning & management University of Lorraine, FR.

2009 B.Sc. in Biology. Specializing in Biology of Organisms and Ecosystems University of Lorraine, FR.

Postdoctor at the Department of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology; Markmikrobiologi
Postal address:
Skoglig mykologi och växtpatologi
Box 7026
750 07 Uppsala
Visiting address: Almas Allé 5, Uppsala