The overall aim of the section is to broaden our understanding of interactions between organisms, ecosystem and the environment and to evaluate the effects of human activities such as warming and permafrost-thaw, of habitat fragmentation and pollution as well as the measures taken by society to mitigate these effects. Our main research approach is experimental. The research focuses on ecosystem processes, interactions between organisms and ecosystem components, as well as the biodiversity and functioning of soil organisms and plants.

Our work relies on state-of-the-art field and laboratory infrastructure. We can quantify the elemental and isotopic composition of soil, biological tissues and gas samples as well as specific organic compounds. We are also equipped with advanced microscopes and growth chambers with controlled temperature and illumination, and with tools for molecular biological work as DNA/RNA extraction and PCR, though sequencing is done externally.