Ellen Dorrepaal

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Senior lecturer


Works at:

Ecology and Environmental Sciences


Umeå universitet
SE-901 87 Umeå

Visiting Address:

CIRC, Abisko Naturvetenskapliga Station, Vetenskapens väg 38, Abisko


+46 90 786 53 21


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I am a plant ecologist with a passion for the ecosystems of cold areas. I am fascinated by their characteristic plant communities and by the plants’ abilities to survive harsh conditions through manipulation of their neighbours and their microenvironment. My research therefore aims to answer questions such as how do plants and their interactions control ecological processes, how do different plant species or groups of plants vary in their responses to climate change or their effects on ecosystem functioning, and what does this means for the feedbacks of northern ecosystems to climate change. To address these questions, I use controlled mesocosm and pot-studies in the greenhouse and experimental garden as well as experimental manipulation of climate and vegetation at the plot scale and studies along natural climate gradients in the field. Experimental sites are located in northern Sweden, both in the subarctic tundra near Abisko (68°21'N, 18°49'E) and in the boreal forest near Arvidsjaur (65°59'N, 19°28'E).

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Publications from Umeå university



Year sorteringsordning


Lett, Signe
Nilsson, Marie-Charlotte
Wardle, David; et al.

Bryophyte traits explain climate-warming effects on tree seedling establishment
Journal of Ecology, 105(2): 496-506



Keuper, Frida
Dorrepaal, Ellen
van Bodegom, Peter M.; et al.

Experimentally increased nutrient availability at the permafrost thaw front selectively enhances biomass production of deep-rooting subarctic peatland species
Global Change Biology, 23(10): 4257-4266



Väisänen, Maria
Krab, Eveline J.
Dorrepaal, Ellen

Carbon dynamics at frost-patterned tundra driven by long-term vegetation change rather than by short-term non-growing season warming
Biogeochemistry, 136(1): 103-117



De Long, Jonathan R.
Dorrepaal, Ellen
Kardol, Paul; et al.

Understory plant functional groups and litter species identity are stronger drivers of litter decomposition than warming along a boreal forest post-fire successional gradient
Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 98: 159-170



De Long, Jonathan R.
Dorrepaal, Ellen
Kardol, Paul; et al.

Contrasting Responses of Soil Microbial and Nematode Communities to Warming and Plant Functional Group Removal Across a Post-fire Boreal Forest Successional Gradient
Ecosystems (New York. Print), 19(2): 339-355



Jansson, Johan
Dorrepaal, Ellen

Personal Norms for Dealing with Climate Change: Results from a Survey Using Moral Foundations Theory
Sustainable Development, 23(6): 381-395



Hicks Pries, Caitlin E.
van Logtestijn, Richard S. P.
Schuur, Edward A. G.; et al.

Decadal warming causes a consistent and persistent shift from heterotrophic to autotrophic respiration in contrasting permafrost ecosystems
Global Change Biology, 21(12): 4508-4519



Bokhorst, Stef
Huiskes, Ad
Aerts, Rien; et al.

Variable temperature effects of Open Top Chambers at polar and alpine sites explained by irradiance and snow depth
Global Change Biology, 19(1): 64-74



Keuper, Frida
Parmentier, Frans-Jan W.
Blok, Daan; et al.

Tundra in the rain: Differential vegetation responses to three years of experimentally doubled summer precipitation in Siberian shrub and Swedish bog tundra
Ambio, 41(Suppl. 3): 269-280



Elmendorf, Sarah C.
Henry, Gregory H. R.
Hollister, Robert D.; et al.

Plot-scale evidence of tundra vegetation change and links to recent summer warming
Nature Climate Change, 2(6): 453-457



Past publications

Dorrepaal, E., Toet, S., Van Logtestijn, R.S.P., Swart, E., Van de Weg, M.J., Callaghan, T.V. & Aerts, R. (2009) Carbon respiration from subsurface peat accelerated by climate warming in the subarctic. Nature 460: 616-619.

Aerts, R., Callaghan, T.V., Dorrepaal, E., Van Logtestijn, R.S.P. & Cornelissen J.H.C. (2009) Seasonal climate manipulations result in species-specific changes in leaf nutrient levels and isotopic composition in a sub-arctic bog. Functional Ecology 23: 680-688.

Cornwell, W.K., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Amatangelo, K., Dorrepaal, E., Eviner, V.T., Godoy, O., Hobbie, S.E., Hoorens, B., Kurokawa, H., Pérez Harguindeguy, N., Quested, H.M., Santiago, L.S., Wardle, D.A., Wright, I.J., Aerts, R., Allison, S., Van Bodegom, P., Brovkin, V., Chatain, A., Callaghan, T.V., Diaz, S., Garnier, E., Gurvich, D.E., Kazakou, E., Klein, J.A., Read, J., Reich, P.B., Soudzilovskaia, N.A., Vaieretti, M.V. & Westoby, M. (2008) Plant species traits are the predominant control on litter decomposition rates within biomes worldwide. Ecology Letters 11: 1065-1071.

Dorrepaal, E. (2007) Are plant growth-form-based classifications useful in predicting northern ecosystem carbon cycling feedbacks to climate change? Journal of Ecology 95: 1167-1180.

Dorrepaal, E., Cornelissen, J.H.C. & Aerts, R. (2007) Changing leaf litter feedbacks on plant production across contrasting sub-arctic peatland species and growth forms. Oecologia 151: 251-261.

Dorrepaal, E., Aerts, R., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Van Logtestijn, R.S.P. & Callaghan, T.V. (2006) Sphagnum modifies climate-change impacts on subarctic vascular bog plants. Functional Ecology 20: 31-41.

Aerts, R., Cornelissen, J.H.C. & Dorrepaal, E. (2006) Plant performance in a warmer world: general responses of plants from cold, northern biomes and the importance of winter and spring events. Plant Ecology 182: 65-77.

Dorrepaal, E., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Aerts, R., Wallén, B. & Van Logtestijn, R.S.P. (2005) Are growth forms consistent predictors of leaf litter quality and decomposability across peatlands along a latitudinal gradient? Journal of Ecology 93: 817-828.

Aerts, R., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Dorrepaal, E., Van Logtestijn, R.S.P. & Callaghan, T.V. (2004) Effects of experimentally imposed climate scenarios on flowering phenology and flower production of sub-arctic bog species. Global Change Biology 10: 1599-1609.

Dorrepaal, E., Aerts, R., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Callaghan, T.V. & Van Logtestijn, R.S.P. (2004) Summer warming and increased winter snow cover affect Sphagnum fuscum growth, structure and production in a sub-arctic bog. Global Change Biology 10: 93-104.

Demel, R.A., Dorrepaal, E., Ebskamp, M.J.M., Smeekens, J.C.M. & Kruijff, B. de (1998) Fructans interact strongly with model membranes. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Biomembranes 1375: 36-42.

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