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Mats Sonesson, Professor emeritus

My research interests involves the ecophysiology of northern mosses and lichen.

Qualifications, positions, etc:

  • Primary School Teacher, Umeå, 1951
  • Master of Science, Lund, 1960
  • Licentiate in Philosophie, Lund 1965
  • Doctor of Philosophie and Associate Professor of Plant Ecology, Lund 1970
  • Director of the Abisko Scientific Research Station of the Royal
  • Swedish Academy of Sciences and Professor, Abisko and Lund, 1974 - 1996
  • Member of the Royal Swedish Physiographic Society, 1979 -
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of Arctic Centre of the University of Rovaniemi, Finland, 1991 - 1995
  • Member of the UNESCO MAB/Northern Sciences Network International Advisory Board, 1991 - 1997
  • Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 1992 -
  • Vice-Chairman of the Polar Research Committee of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 1992 - 2000
  • Chairman of the Section Nordic Subarctic-Subalpine Ecology of Nordic OIKOS, 1992 - 1995
  • Member of the editorial board of the journal Arctic and Alpine Research, 1992 - 1995
  • Member of the board of MDC (MiljöDataCenter) Kiruna, 1992 - 1995
  • Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of MDC, 1994 - 1995

[ + (since 1975) member of circa 15 expert committees for professorships and lectureships at
various universities (among others Sweden: Umeå, Uppsala, Stockholm; International:
UK/Manchester, USA/Anchorage, Norway: Oslo, Trondheim, Tromsö,Denmark/Copenhagen,
Finland/Helsinki), examiner/opponent at 7 dissertations, supervision of 16 postgraduate students. Commitments (scientific committees and evaluations) for the Swedish Natural Science Research Council, the Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research, The Swedish Nature Protection Agency, the Norwegian Natural Science Research Council, the Nature Environment Research Council, U.K., The British Antarctic Survey]

Recent publications



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Mats Sonesson
retired professor


Lund University, Box 117, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden. Tel: +46 (0)46 222 00 00