Ellen Dorrepaal

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Works at:

Ecology and Environmental Sciences


Umeå universitet
SE-901 87 Umeå

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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).

Visit the external homepage for Climate Impacts Research Center, CIRC.

Publications from Umeå university



Year sorteringsordning


Ramirez, Kelly S.
Knight, Christopher G.
de Hollander, Mattias; et al.

Detecting macroecological patterns in bacterial communities across independent studies of global soils
Nature Microbiology, 3(2): 189-196



Krab, Eveline J.
Roennefarth, Jonas
Becher, Marina; et al.

Winter warming effects on tundra shrub performance are species-specific and dependent on spring conditions
Journal of Ecology, 106(2): 599-612



Monteux, Sylvain
Weedon, James T.
Blume-Werry, Gesche; et al.

Long-term in situ permafrost thaw effects on bacterial communities and potential aerobic respiration
The ISME Journal, 12(9): 2129-2141



Lett, Signe
Dorrepaal, Ellen

Global drivers of tree seedling establishment at alpine treelines in a changing climate
Functional Ecology, 32(7): 1666-1680



Granath, Gustaf
Rydin, Håkan
Baltzer, Jennifer L.; et al.

Environmental and taxonomic controls of carbon and oxygen stable isotope composition in Sphagnum across broad climatic and geographic ranges
Biogeosciences, 15(16): 5189-5202



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

The role of bryophytes for tree seedling responses to winter climate change: Implications for the stress gradient hypothesis
Journal of Ecology, 106(3): 1142-1155



Weston, David J.
Turetsky, Merritt R.
Johnson, Matthew G.; et al.

The Sphagnome Project: enabling ecological and evolutionary insights through a genus-level sequencing project
New Phytologist, 217(1): 16-25



Gavazov, Konstantin
Albrecht, Remy
Buttler, Alexandre; et al.

Vascular plant-mediated controls on atmospheric carbon assimilation and peat carbon decomposition under climate change
Global Change Biology, 24(9): 3911-3921



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



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



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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