-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.
Maaroufi N. I., Nordin A., Palmqvist K., Hasselquist N.J., Forsmark B., Rosenstock N.P., Wallander H., Gundale M. J. (2019) Anthropogenic nitrogen enrichment enhances soil carbon accumulation by impacting saprotrophs rather than ectomycorrhizal fungal activity. Global Change Biology
Maaroufi N. I., Palmqvist K., Bach L.H., Bokhorst S., Liess A., Gundale M. J., Kardol P., Nordin A., Meunier C. L. (2018) Nutrient optimization of tree growth alters structure and function of boreal soil food webs. Forest Ecology and Management 428:46-56
Maaroufi N. I., Nordin A., Palmqvist K., Gundale M. J. (2017) Nitrogen enrichment impacts on boreal litter decomposition are driven by changes in soil microbiota rather than litter quality. Scientific Reports. 7:4083
Maaroufi N. I. (2016) The effect of Simulated Anthropogenic Nitrogen Deposition on the Net Carbon Balance of Boreal Soils SLU, Doctoral thesis Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2016:98
Maaroufi N. I., Nordin A., Palmqvist K., Gundale M. J. (2016) Chronic nitrogen deposition has a minor effect on the quantity and quality of aboveground litter in a boreal forest. PLOS One. 8: e0162086
Maaroufi N. I., Nordin A., Hasselquist N. J., Bach L.H., Palmqvist K., Gundale M. J. (2015) Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition enhances carbon sequestration in boreal soils. Global Change Biology. 21:3169-3180