Emily Pickering Pedersen

Emily Pickering Pedersen

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Research interests

I am a plant and ecosystem ecologist, focusing on plant-nutrient-soil interactions in high latitude ecosystems. I am interested in how plants respond to climate-induced environmental change in arctic ecosystems, and the interactions between plants, microorganisms and nutrient cycling.

My research focuses on the patterns of plant nutrient uptake, carbon and nitrogen cycling, and resource partitioning in relation to newly released nutrients from deep-soil permafrost thaw and surface-soil decomposition. I explore the linkages between plant-plant and plant-microbe competition for nutrients, plant species community composition, belowground ecosystem processes, and ecosystem-atmosphere dynamics – vertically within the soil profile, laterally across the landscape, and temporally through seasonal and multi-year studies.

My work is fieldwork-based, where I use a combination of methods, including field manipulation experiments and in situ stable isotope labeling to follow the ecological processes directly as they occur in the arctic environment.


Teaching and supervising


Almen Økologi (Introduction to Ecology), BSc level, University of Copenhagen, spring 2020

Fjällekologi (Mountain Ecology), BSc level, Umeå University, summer 2017

Supervised MSc students

Joseph Gaudard, graduated July 2019: Carbon ecosystem-atmosphere exchange in arctic tundra in response to environmental changes

Current MSc students

Maj-Sofie Paornak Christensen: Nitrogen uptake by arctic heath plants in response to enhanced precipitation and phosphorous input in West Greenland

Simone Windfeldt-Schmidt: The effects of enhanced precipitation and phosphorus addition on carbon dioxide and methane fluxes from a heath tundra in Greenland

Conference presentations

4th conference of the Nordic Society Oikos, Reykjavik, Iceland, March 2020: Foraging deeply: depth-specific plant nitrogen uptake in a high arctic permafrost ecosystem

19th International Tundra Experiment Meeting, Parma, Italy, Sept. 2019: Plant competition for nutrients in a phosphorus-limited tundra ecosystem



Plant nutrient uptake, Climate change, Arctic, Tundra, Environmental change, Nitrogen cycling, Carbon cycling, Stable isotope labeling, 15N, 13C, Permafrost, Resource partitioning, Plant species composition, Plant-plant competition, Plant-microbe competition

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