Curriculum vitae


Name:                          Søren Christensen

Citizenship:                    Danish

Born:                            3 November 1953

Current Adress:                          

Copenhagen University,               

Zoological Institute,                                

Department of Terrestrial Ecology  

Universitetsparken 15

DK-2100 Copenhagen



Tel: +45 3532 1274

fax: +45 3532 1250

e-mail: [email protected]



Educational degrees:        

Cand scient (M.Sc.) in biology, Univ Copenhagen, June 1978.

Lic scient, (Ph.D.) in soil biology, Univ. Copenhagen, April 1985.

Dr Scient, (D.Sc.) in soil biology, Univ. Copenhagen, October 1992.



Professional employment:

  -         Forskningsstipendiat (Res. assistant), State Lab. for Soil and Crop Research, Lyngby, Denmark, Jan. 1979 ‑ Oct. 1984.

  -         Videnskabelig assistent (Res. associate), State Lab. for Soil and Crop Research, Lyngby, Denmark, Nov. 1984 ‑ Nov. 1986.

  -         Leave from State Lab. for Soil and Crop Research, May 1985 ‑ Oct. 1986.

  -         Post‑doctor grant, Dept. Plant and Soil Science, Michigan State Univ. USA, May 1985 ‑ Oct. 1986.

  -         Lektor (assoc. professor), Univ Copenhagen, Dept. Population Biology, Oct. 1986 to present.

  -         Department head, Terrestrial Ecology, primo 1999. 



Research interests           

I will describe myself as a microbial ecologist with research experience from soil studies.

I deal with the dynamics of the decomposition process in soil and the interaction of the responsible organisms (bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes). Main foci are (i) the spatial pattern of organic matter, processes, and organisms and how this affects decomposition dynamics and (ii) importance of diversity among decomposer organisms for stability of the decomposition towards disturbance. At the population level current work is on oxygen requirement of soil protozoa, and resource allocation from plants to above- and below ground organisms. At the system level projects currently deal with increased CO2 and rhizodeposition, variability of plant residues in organic farming, fire and decomposition in tropical savanna, succession in gap re-colonization in natural forests, and pollutant effects.  Earlier work has given experience in mechanisms governing trace gas production from soil micro-organisms.




                Five most recent  research papers out of 52 from journals with peer review during 1980-2000.



Ekelund F., Christensen S., Rønn R., Buhl E., Jacobsen C.S. (1999) An automated technique for most probable-number (MPN) analysis of densities of phagotrophic protists with lux-AB labelled bacteria as growth medium. Journal of Microbiological Methods.


Prieme A., Knudsen T.B., Glasius M., and Christensen S. (1999) Herbivory by the wevil Strophosoma melanogrammum, causes severalfold increase in emission of monoterpenes from young Norway spruce (Picea abies). Atmospheric Environment.


Smith K.A., Dobbie K.E., Ball B.C., Bakken L.R., Sitaula B.K., Hansen S., Brumme R., Borken W., Christensen S., Priemé A., Fowler D., MacDonald J. A., Skiba U., Klemedtsson L., Kasimir-Klemedtsson A., Degórska A., and Orlanski P. Oxidation of atmospheric methane in Norrthewrn European soils, comparison with other ecosystems, and uncertainties in the global terrestrial sink. Global Change Biology. 2000


Bjørnlund, L., Ekelund F., Christensen S., Jacobsen C.S., Krogh P.H., and Johnsen K. (2000) Interactions between saprotrophic fungi, bacteria and protozoa on decomposing wheat roots in soil influenced by the fungicide fenpropimorph (Corbel); a field study. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 32, 967-975.


B. S. Griffiths, K. Ritz, R. D. Bardgett, R. Cook, S. Christensen, F. Ekelund, S. J. Sørensen, E. Bååth, J. Bloem, P. De Ruiter, J. Dolfing and B. Nicolardot. Ecosystem response of pasture soil communities to fumigation-induced microbial diversity reductions: An examination of the biodicersity-ecosystem function relationship. Oikos. 2000