Nicholas Rosenstock, PhD

I am a post-doc funded by the Swedish BECC (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Climate) initiative between Lund University and Gothenburg University. I work with the Wallander and Tunlid research groups here in the department of Microbial Ecology.

My research aims to improve our understanding of the role of soil microbial communities in forest productivity, carbon and nitrogen retention, and mineral weathering. I am particularly interested in how the functioning of ectomycorrhizal fungal communities responds to and potentially buffers the changing nutrient dynamics of forests subjected to anthropogenic impacts. I use a combination of modeling, soil chemistry measurements, microbial activity assays, and molecular methods (both Sanger and 454 sequencing).

My present projects include:

  • The effect of soil nutrient status on ectomycorrhizal communities, plant carbon allocation, and microbial community composition
  • Improving ecosystem productivity models to better predict soil carbon storage and the role of phosphorus availability in determining forest productivity
  • The effect of nutrient availability on the weathering activity of soil microbes

My previous research topics have included:

  • The effects of nitrogen deposition on ectomycorrhizal community composition and forest productivity
  • The role of soil chemistry in shaping microbial communities
  • The effects of elevated CO2, plants, and ectomycorrhizae, on low molecular weight organic acid exudation and mineral weathering


Recent publications

Selected publications

Rosenstock NP. 2009. Can ectomycorrhizal weathering respond to plant nutrient demand? Fungal Biology Reviews 23:107-114.

Rosenstock NP, Rosling A, van Hees PAW, Fransson PMA, Finlay RD. (2011). The effects of ectomycorrhizae and elevated CO2 on biotic weathering and organic acid exudation by Pinus sylvestris seedlings. In review.

Rosenstock NP, Hobbie EA, Bruns TD. The effects of prolonged nitrogen fertilization on ectomycorrhizal community composition, diversity, and colonization intensity in a mixed species northern deciduous forest. In preparation.

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