Kathrin Rousk

Kathrin Rousk


ORCID                                     0000-0003-3140-9864

DATE OF BIRTH                     July 01, 1983, Germany

CONTACT                               +46 70 5290367; kathrin.rousk@bio.ku.dk


2013 (April 1st)              PhD in Forest Ecology, Bangor University, UK

2009 (April 1st)             Master of Science, Ecology, Univesrity of Marburg, Germany


Ecology, nitrogen fixation, cyanobacteria, mosses, symbioses, biogeochemistry, Ecosystem Ecology


2023 ­–  Associate Professor 

Terrestrial Ecology Section, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark (UCPH)

2019 – 2022      Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

Terrestrial Ecology Section, Dept. of Biology, Univ. of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark (UCPH)

2016 – 2019       Assistant Professor 

Terrestrial Ecology Section, Dept. of Biology, UCPH

02.2016 – 08.2016         Postdoctoral researcher

Center for Permafrost (CENPERM), Dept. of Geosciences and Natural Resources, UCPH

01.2014 – 01.2016          Postdoctoral researcher

Terrestrial Ecology Section, Dept. of Biology, UCPH. 

06.2013 – 12.2013          Postdoctoral researcher

Microbial Ecology, Dept. of Biology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden. 

12.2009 – 12.2012          PhD researcher

FUNDING (last 3 years) 

2022     Royal Society New Zealand Catalyst Fund “Moss: the secret fertiliser of Aotearoa’s rainforests?”. Co-PI. 2023-2024. 80,000 $. 

2022     Danish National Research Foundation, Center of Excellence “Center for Volatile Interactions”. Co-PI. 2023-2029. 60 mDKK. 

2020    SCIENCE Faculty support for PhD course “Plant Soil Microbe Interactions”. 70,000 DKK

2020    European Research Council, ERC Starting Grant. 2021-2026. 1.5 Mio €


Formal training: Pedagogic Course for University Teachers (“Universitetspædagogikum”), UCPH, 2015–2016. Supervision of PhD students, UCPH, 2018. Leading Research – A leadership course, UCPH, 2019.

Supervised >10 BSc students, 5 MSc students, 2 PhD students, 3 postdocs since 2018

Current teaching: PhD course Plant Soil Microbe interactions; BSc courses Plant Ecophysiology (course responsible), Basic Ecology; MSc courses Advanced Ecology (course responsible) Terrestrial Ecosystem Processes and Global Change;  Climate Change and Biogeochemical Cycles; Climate Change – an Interdisciplinary Challenge. Lund University: PhD course Global Elemental Cycles and Environmental Change. 


Reviewer for the following (27) academic journals: Applied Soil Ecology, Arctic Antarctic & Alpine Research, Biogeochemistry, Biogeosciences, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Ecological Indicators, Ecology, Ecology and Evolution, Ecosystems, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Pollution, European Journal of Soil Biology, FEMS, Forest Ecology and Management, Functional Ecology, Geoderma, Global Change Biology, ISME, Journal of Ecology, mBio, New Phytologist, Oecologia, Plant and Soil, PLoS ONE, PNAS, Polar Biology, Science of the Total Environment

Consulting Editor for Plant and Soil (2019 – ). 

Editorial Board Member for European Journal of Soil Biology (2021 – ).

Editorial advisory board member for Global Change Biology (2023 – ). 

Guest editor for special issue “Microbial nitrogen processes in aquatic and terrestrial environments” in Trends in Microbiology and iScience (2023).

Grant Reviewer: The National Science Foundation (NSF), USA; Geoverbund ABC/J, Germany; Canadian Research Council, Canada; US Army; Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.

Examination board: PhD theses: D. Warshan. Supervisor: U. Rasmussen, Stockholm University, Sweden, October 2017; W. Sawangproh, Supervisor: N. Cronberg, Lund University, Sweden, May 2019; A. Neubauer, Supervisor: Peter Szövenyi, University of Zürich, Switzerland, June 2023. 

Member of the Strategic Research Board, Dept. of Biology, UCPH, 2020 – 2023

Member of the Research Board, Dept. of Biology, UCPH, 2023 – 

Member of the Ecology Cluster Steering Committee, Dept. of Biology, UCPH, 2023 –

Appointment committee PhD fellowships Dept. of Biology, UCPH, 2020.

BIBLIOMETRICS (as of May, 2023)

Total publications: 44. First/corresponding author publications: 23

Total citations: 973 (SC), 1288 (GS)

H-index: 19

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