Micael Jonsson

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Works at:

Ecology and Environmental Sciences


Umeå universitet
SE-901 87 Umeå

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KBC-huset, plan 4, Linnaeus väg 6, Umeå A4-20-21, A4-18-21


+46 90 786 69 23


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I am interested in four separate, but related, areas of ecology.

Part of my research is on drivers of ecological communities. In other words, what factors are important for structuring communities, what is the importance of natural disturbance, and how can human-induced disturbance influence species richness and composition? These questions are investigated both in terrestrial (forest) and aquatic environments, and at the intersect between aquatic and terrestrial systems.

Knowing what factors are important for structuring communities are highly relevant as a large number of studies over the past decade have shown that species richness and community composition are important regulators of ecosystem processes, functioning, and even the provision of services for humans (e.g. Gamfeldt et al. 2013). Hence, in part of my research I focus on the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. In other words, is the number of species and/or the species composition important for regulating ecosystem processes, and what happens to the processes when species are lost or communities are changed?

I am also interested in the importance of aquatic subsidies – primarily of emergent aquatic insects – for terrestrial consumers. This research aims at quantifying the amounts of aquatic insects that end up in terrestrial environments alongside different types of aquatic systems, measure the influence of these aquatic-derived resources on terrestrial consumers (invertebrates and birds), and, finally, assess the consequences of human-induced perturbations for this flow of resources from water to land, and for the terrestrial consumers that depend on these resources.

Lastly, residues of pharmaceuticals enter aquatic systems everywhere, but little is known as to how these influence aquatic organisms and food webs. In a newly started collaboration between the ecology and chemistry departments, we investigate how low concentrations of pharmaceuticals, that are found in natural systems, might influence behaviors of aquatic organisms and what consequences this might have for entire aquatic communities. These investigations are performed on fish and aquatic invertebrates.

Publications from Umeå university



Year sorteringsordning


Wardle, David A.
Jonsson, Micael
Mayor, Jordan R.; et al.

Above-ground and below-ground responses to long-term nutrient addition across a retrogressive chronosequence
Journal of Ecology, 104(2): 545-560



Hellström, Gustav
Klaminder, Jonatan
Jonsson, Micael; et al.

Upscaling behavioural studies to the field using acoustic telemetry
Aquatic Toxicology, 170: 384-389



Lagesson, Annelie
Fahlman, Johan
Brodin, Tomas; et al.

Bioaccumulation of five pharmaceuticals at multiple trophic levels in an aquatic food web: Insights from a field experiment
Science of the Total Environment, 568: 208-215



Heynen, Martina
Fick, Jerker
Jonsson, Micael; et al.

Effect of bioconcentration and trophic transfer on realized exposure to oxazepam in 2 predators, the dragonfly larvae (Aeshna grandis) and the Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis)
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 35(4): 930-937



Stenroth, Karolina
Polvi, Lina E
Fältström, Emma; et al.

Land-use effects on terrestrial consumers through changed size structure of aquatic insects
Freshwater Biology, 60(1): 136-149



Jonsson, Micael
Hedström, Per
Stenroth, Karolina; et al.

Climate change modifies the size structure of assemblages of emerging aquatic insects
Freshwater Biology, 60(1): 78-88



Jonsson, Micael
Kardol, Paul
Gundale, Michael J.; et al.

Direct and Indirect Drivers of Moss Community Structure, Function, and Associated Microfauna Across a Successional Gradient
Ecosystems (New York. Print), 18(1): 154-169



Jonsson, Micael
Ershammar, Ellen
Fick, Jerker; et al.

Effects of an antihistamine on carbon and nutrient recycling in streams
Science of the Total Environment, 538: 240-245



Burrows, Ryan M.
Hotchkiss, Erin R.
Jonsson, Micael; et al.

Nitrogen limitation of heterotrophic biofilms in boreal streams
Freshwater Biology, 60(7): 1237-1251



Brodin, Tomas
Piovano, Susanna
Fick, Jerker; et al.

Ecological effects of pharmaceuticals in aquatic systems-impacts through behavioural alterations
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences, 369(1656): 20130580-



Publications from SLU

Jonsson, M., Bell, D., Hjältén, J., Rooke, T. and Scogings, P.F. 2010. Do mammalian herbivores influence invertebrate communities via changes in the vegetation? Results from a preliminary survey in Kruger National Park, South Africa. African Journal of Range & Forage Science 27: 39–44

Dubey, B., Zhao, T.G., Jonsson, M. & Rahmanov, H. 2010. A solution to the accelerated-predator-satiety Lotka-Volterra predator-prey problem using Boubaker polynomial expasion scheme. Journal of Theoretical Biology 264: 154-160.

Wardle, D.A. and Jonsson, M. 2010. Biodiversity effects in real ecosystems - a response to Duffy. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8: 10-11.

Jonsson, M. and Wardle, D.A. 2010. Structural equation modelling reveals plant-community drivers of carbon storage in boreal forest ecosystems. Biology Letters 6: 116-119.

Jonsson, M. 2010. Biodiversity loss and the functioning of ecosystems. ECOLOGY.INFO 30.

Jonsson, M. and Wardle, D.A. 2009. The influence of freshwater-lake subsidies on invertebrates occupying terrestrial vegetation. Acta Oecologica 35: 698-704.

Jonsson, M., Yeates, G.W. and Wardle, D.A. 2009. Patterns of invertebrate density and taxonomic richness across gradients of area, isolation, and vegetation diversity in a lake-island system. Ecography 32: 963-972.

Jonsson, M. and Wardle, D.A. 2008. Context dependency of litter-mixing effects on decomposition and nutrient release across a long-term chronosequence. Oikos 117: 1674-1682.

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