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Martin Berggren

Biogeochemical cycles in aquatic systems

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Aquatic Biogeochemistry at INES has a special but not exclusive focus on dissolved organic carbon cycling in boreal freshwaters. Ongoing student projects span a wide range of topics, from the regulation of water chemistry through processes in the surrounding soils, to turnover of nutrients in lakes and estuaries, to plankton food web reconstructions. Recent field campaigns have targeted river mouths and estuaries along the Swedish coasts with the aim of creating a better understanding of how runoff from land contributes to biological oxygen demand in the coastal areas of the Baltic Sea.

Present lab group:

Karla Münzner (part-time technician, 50% Master)
- Ana Raquel Alves Soares (PhD candidate, Co-advisors ES Kritzberg, DA Persson)
Geert Hensgens (PhD candidate, Co-advisors A Poska, B Smith)
Enass Said Al Kharusi​ (PhD candidate)
Katherine Gallegos (Master)


- Björn Erhagen (post doc, with R Giesler, Umeå University)
- Pearl Nonjabulo Mzobe (PhD candidate, with A Persson)

Ongoing research projects:

2015-2017/18 An empirical framework for large-scale modeling of dissolved organic carbon fluxes across soils and water (PI). Funded by Formas.

2013-2016/17 Environmental constraints on the input of reactive organic carbon to the Baltic Sea (PI). Co-funded by CEC and the Formas strong research environment "Managing multiple stressors in the Baltic Sea".

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Papers, peer-review (click links for PDF):

25. Panneer Selvam B, Lapierre JF, Guillemette F, Voigt C, Lamprecht RE, Biasi C, Christensen TR, Martikainen PJ, and Martin Berggren. 2017. Degradation potentials of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) from thawed permafrost peatScientific Reports, 7, Article number: 45811, DOI: 10.1038/srep45811

24. Soares ARA, Bergström AK, Sponseller RA, Moberg JM, Giesler R, Kritzberg ES, Jansson M and Berggren M. 2017. New insights on resource stoichiometry: assessing availability of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus to bacterioplanktonBiogeosciences 14(6): 1527-1539, DOI: 10.5194/bg-14-1527-2017

23. Tanentzap AJ, Kielstra BW, Wilkinson GM, Berggren M, Craig N, del Giorgio PA, Grey J, Gunn JM, Jones SE, Karlsson J, Solomon CT and Pace ML. 2017. Terrestrial support of lake food webs: synthesis reveals controls over cross-ecosystem resource useScience Advances, 3(3): e1601765, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601765

22. Allesson L, Ström L and Berggren M. 2016. Impact of photochemical processing of DOC on the bacterioplankton respiratory quotient in aquatic ecosystemsGeophysical Research Letters, 43(14): 7538-7545, DOI: 10.1002/2016GL069621

21. Panneer Selvam B, Laudon H, Guillemette F and Berggren M. 2016. Influence of soil frost on the character and degradability of dissolved organic carbon in boreal forest soils, Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 121(3): 829-840, DOI: 10.1002/2015JG003228

20. Berggren M and del Giorgio PA. 2015. Distinct patterns of microbial metabolism associated to riverine dissolved organic carbon of different source and quality. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 120(6): 989-999, DOI: 10.1002/2015JG002963

19. Berggren M, Sponseller RA, Soares ARA and Bergström A-K. 2015. Toward an ecologically meaningful view of resource stoichiometry in DOM-dominated aquatic systems. Journal of Plankton Research 37(3): 489-499, 10.1093/plankt/fbv018

18. Berggren M, Bergström A-K and Karlsson J. 2015. Intraspecific autochthonous and allochthonous resource use by zooplankton in a humic lake during the transitions between winter, summer and fall. PLOS ONE 10(3): e0120575, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120575

17. Stubbins A, Lapierre J-F, Berggren M, Prairie YT, Dittmar T and del Giorgio PA 2014. What’s in an EEM? Molecular signatures associated with dissolved organic fluorescence in boreal Canada. Environmental Science and Technology 48(18): 10598-10606. DOI: 10.1021/es502086e

16. Berggren M, Ziegler SE, St-Gelais NF, Beisner BE and del Giorgio PA 2014. Contrasting patterns of allochthony among three major groups of crustacean zooplankton in boreal and temperate lakes. Ecology 95(7): 1947-1959. DOI: 10.1890/13-0615.1

15. Karlsson J, Berggren M, Ask J, Byström P, Jonsson A, Laudon H and Jansson M 2014. Response to Comment: Terrestrial support of pelagic consumers in unproductive lakes — Uncertainty and potential in assessments using stable isotopes. Limnology and Oceanography 59(5): 1800-1803. DOI: 10.4319/lo.2014.59.5.1800

14. Lapierre J-F, Guillemette F, Berggren M and del Giorgio PA 2013. Increases in terrestrially derived carbon stimulate organic carbon processing and CO2 emissions in boreal aquatic ecosystems. Nature communications 4: 2972. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3972

13. Berggren M, Lapierre J-F and del Giorgio PA 2012. Magnitude and regulation of bacterioplankton respiratory quotient across freshwater environmental gradients. ISME Journal 6(5): 984-993. DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2011.157

12. Jansson M, Berggren M, Laudon H and Jonsson A 2012. Bioavailable phosphorus in humic headwater streams in boreal Sweden. Limnology and Oceanography 57(4): 1161-1170. DOI: 10.4319/lo.2012.57.4.1161

11. Karlsson J, Berggren M, Ask J, Byström P, Jonsson A, Laudon H and Jansson M 2012. Terrestrial organic matter support of lake food webs: Evidence from lake metabolism and stable hydrogen isotopes of consumers. Limnology and Oceanography 57 (4): 1042-1048. DOI: 10.4319/lo.2012.57.4.1042

10. Laudon, H, Berggren M, Ågren A, Buffam I, Bishop K, Grabs T, Jansson M and Köhler S 2011. Patterns and dynamics of Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) in boreal streams: The role of processes, connectivity and scaling. Ecosystems 14: 880-893. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-011-9452-8

9. Berggren M, Laudon H, Jonsson A and Jansson M 2010. Nutrient constraints on metabolism affect the temperature regulation of aquatic bacterial growth efficiency. Microbial Ecology 60(4): 894-902. DOI: 10.1007/s00248-010-9751-1

8. Berggren M, Ström L, Laudon H, Karlsson J, Giesler R, Bergström A-K and Jansson M 2010. Lake secondary production fueled by rapid transfer of low molecular weight organic carbon from terrestrial sources to aquatic consumers. Ecology Letters 13(7): 870-880. DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2010.01483.x

7. Berggren M, Laudon H, Haei M, Ström L and Jansson M 2010. Efficient aquatic bacterial metabolism of dissolved low molecular weight compounds from terrestrial sources. ISME Journal 4(3): 408-416. DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2009.120

6. Berggren M Laudon H and Jansson M 2010. Bacterial utilization of imported organic material in three small nested humic lakes. Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol. 30(9): 1393-1396

5. Berggren M, Laudon H and Jansson M 2009. Aging of allochthonous organic carbon regulates bacterial production in unproductive boreal lakes. Limnology and Oceanography 54(4): 1333-1342. DOI: 10.4319/lo.2009.54.4.1333

4. Berggren M, Laudon H and Jansson M 2009. Hydrological control of organic carbon support for bacterial growth in boreal headwater streams. Microbial Ecology 57(1): 170-178. DOI: 10.1007/s00248-008-9423-6

3. Ågren A, Buffam I, Berggren M, Bishop K, Jansson M and Laudon H 2008. Dissolved organic carbon characteristics in boreal streams in a forest-wetland gradient during the transition between winter and summer. Journal of Geophysical Research 113: Article No G03031. DOI: 10.1029/2007JG000674

2. Ågren A, Berggren M, Laudon H and Jansson M 2008. Terrestrial export of highly bioavailable carbon from small boreal catchments in spring floods. Freshwater Biology 53(5): 964-972. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2427.2008.01955.x

1. Berggren M, Laudon H and Jansson M 2007. Landscape regulation of bacterial growth efficiency in boreal freshwaters. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 21: Art. No. GB4002. DOI: 10.1029/2006GB002844

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Lab alumns:

Balathandayuthabani Panneer SelvamPhD 2012-2016, Research guest at Linköping University, Sweden.

Carlos Gustavo Arellano Caicedo, Master 2014-2015, PhD Student at Lund University, Sweden.

Lina Allesson, Master 2014-2015, PhD Student at Oslo University, Norway.

Julia JakobssonBachelor 2013, lab technician 2014-2015. MSc Student at Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.

Sohidul Islam, Master 2013-2014, PhD Student at Trent University, Canada.

Joanna Marchlewska MobergMaster 2013-2014, consultant (Living Lakes) and project assistant at Faculty of Engineering LTH, Lund.

Monika Ogden, Master 2012-2013, GIS consultant.

Anna Nilsson, Master 2007-2008 Umeå Univ, laboratory technician/engineer private enterprise (Domsjö Fabriker).

For a list of recently supervised theses, click here (MSc/BSc) or here (PhD).

Finished projects:

2012-2016 Terrestrial export of labile dissolved organic carbon in a changing environment (PI). Faculty-funded.

2013-2014 Inputs of reactive organic carbon to the Baltic Sea regulated by water residence times in river catchments (PI). Funded by the Crafoord foundation.

2012-2013 Regulation of lake planktonic productivity by boreal terrestrial export of bioavailable carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus (PI). Funded by the Crafoord foundation.

2010-2011 Aquatic greenhouse gas emissions mediated by microbial use of allochthonous organic carbon of varying source and quality (VR Post Doc)

Courses given/Coordinated:

Course in research methodology is taught regularly in three different versions, adapted for students in GIS (GISN27), disaster risk management (EXTP75) or other including the old LUMA program (GISN15). The courses are given as web-based distance courses, at variable study paces.

NGEM01 - Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis: Master´s Degree Project

Also teaching on:

NGEA04 - Ecosystem Analysis

NGEN03 - Global Ecosystem Dynamics

NGEN04 - Greenhouse Gases and the Carbon Cycle

NGEA20 - Hydrology

Martin Berggren
E-mail: martin.berggren [at]

Senior lecturer

Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science

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Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science


Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
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