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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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.
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