Dr. Martin Mörsdorf



Curriculum Vitae

since 2019    

Akademischer Rat a.Z. (research and lecturing) at University of Freiburg (Faculty of Biology – Geobotany)


Postdoc, lecturer and visiting researcher at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.


PhD thesis at University of Iceland (Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences), UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Department of Arctic and Marine Biology) and The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) Thesis title: Effects of local and regional drivers on plant diversity within tundra landscapes


Diploma in Applied Environmental Sciences at University of Trier in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) Thesis title: Growth limitation of tree and dwarf shrub species by nutrient supply at the Alpine treeline


Research Interests

  • Effects of herbivory in different ecosystems
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning
  • Research design, data acquisition and analysis
  • Spatial and temporal scale dependencies
  • Tundra ecology


Peer Reviewed Publications

Lembrechts JJ, van den Hoogen J, Aalto J, et al. 2022. Global maps of soil temperature. Glob Change Biology. Accepted Author Manuscript. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.16060

Soininen EM, Barrio IC, Bjørkås R, Björnsdóttir K, Ehrich D, Hopping KA, Kaarlejärvi E, Kolstad AL,  Abdulmanova S, Björk RG, Bueno CG, Eischeid I, Finger-Higgens R, Forbey JS, Gignac C, Gilg O, den Herder M, Holm HS, Hwang BC, Jepsen JU, Kamenova S, Kater I, Koltz AM, Kristensen JA, Little CJ, Macek P, Mathisen KM, Metcalfe DB, Mosbacher JB, Mörsdorf M, Park T, Propster JR, Roberts AJ, Serrano E, Spiegel MP, Tamayo M, Tuomi MW, Verma M, Vuorinen KEM, Väisänen M, van der Wal R, Wilcots ME, Yoccoz NG, Speed JDM. 2021. Location of studies and evidence of effects of herbivory on Arctic vegetation: a systematic map. Environmental Evidence 10. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13750-021-00240-0

Lett S, Jónsdóttir IS, Becker-Scarpitta A, Christiansen CT, During H, Ekelund F, Henry GHR, Lang S, Michelsen A, Rousk K, Alatalo J, Betway KR, Busca S, Callaghan T, Carbognani M, Cooper EJ, Cornelissen JHC, Jägerbrand AK, Keuper F, Klanderud K, Lévesque É, Liu X, May J, Michel P, Mörsdorf MA, Petraglia A, Rixen C, Robroek B, Rzepczynska AM, Soudzilovskaia N, Tolvanen A, Vandvik V,  Volkov I, Volkova I, van Zuijlen K. 2021. Can bryophyte groups increase functional resolution in tundra ecosystems? Arctic Science. Just-IN https://doi.org/10.1139/AS-2020-0057

Xu W, Prieme A, Cooper EJ, Mörsdorf MA, Semenchuk P, Elberling B, Grogan P, Ambus PL. 2021. Deepened snow enhances gross nitrogen cycling among Pan-Arctic tundra soils during both winter and summer. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 160. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2021.108356.

Moriana Armendariz M, Abbandonato H, Yamaguchi T, Mörsdorf MA, Aares KH, Semenchuk P, Tojo M, Cooper EJ. 2021 Increased snow and cold season temperatures alter High Arctic parasitic fungi-host plant interactions. Arctic Science. Just-IN https://doi.org/10.1139/AS-2020-0027

Mörsdorf MA, Cooper EJ. 2021. Habitat determines plant community responses to climate change in the High Arctic. Arctic Science, Just-IN https://doi.org/10.1139/AS-2020-0054

Barrio IC, Ehrich D, Soininen EM, Ravolainen VT, Bueno CG, Gilg O, Koltz AM, Speed JDM, Hik DS, Mörsdorf M, Alatalo JM, Angerbjörn A, Bêty J, Bollache L, Boulanger-Lapointe N, Brown GS, Eischeid I, Giroux MA, Hájek T, Hansen BB, Hofhuis SP, Lamarre J-F, Lang J, Latty C, Lecomte N, Macek P, McKinnon L, Myers-Smith IH, Pedersen ÅØ, Prevéy JS, Roth JD, Saalfeld ST, Schmidt NM, Smith P, Sokolov A, Sokolova N, Stolz C, van Bemmelen R, Varpe Ø, Woodard PF, JÓnsdÓttir IS. 2021. Developing common protocols to measure tundra herbivory across spatial scales. Arctic Science, e-First  https://doi.org/10.1139/as-2020-0020

MÖRSDORF MA, RAVOLAINEN VT, YOCCOZ NG, THÓRHALLSDÓTTIR THE, JÓNSDÓTTIR ISJ. 2021. Decades of recovery from sheep grazing reveal no effects on plant diversity patterns within Icelandic tundra landscapes. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2020.602538

COOPER EJ, LITTLE CJ, PILSBACHER AK, MÖRSDORF MA. 2019. Disappearing green: Shrubs decline and bryophytes increase with nine years of increased snow accumulation in the High Arctic. Journal of Vegetation Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12793

MÖRSDORF MA, BAGGESEN NS, YOCCOZ NG, MICHELSEN A, ELBERLING B, AMBUS PL, COOPER EJ. 2019. Deepened winter snow significantly influences the availability and forms of nitrogen taken up by plants in High Arctic tundra. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 135: 222-234.

MÖHL P, MÖRSDORF MA, DAWES MA, HAGEDORN F, BEBI P, VIGLIETTI D, FREPPAZ M, WIPF S, KÖRNER C, THOMAS FM and RIXEN C. 2018. Twelve years of low nutrient input stimulates growth of trees and dwarf shrubs in the treeline ecotone. Journal of Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13073

BJORKMAN AD et al. 2018. Tundra Trait Team: A database of plant traits spanning the tundra biome. Global Ecology and Biogeography 27: 1402-1411.

BARRIO IC, BUENO GC, GARTZIA M, SOININEN EM, CHRISTIE KS, SPEED JDM, RAVOLAINEN VT, FORBES BC, GAUTHIER G, HORSTKOTTE T, HOSET KS, HØYE TT, JÓNSDÓTTIR IS, LÉVESQUE E, MÖRSDORF MA, OLOFSSON J, WOOKEY PA and HIK D S. 2016. Biotic interactions mediate pat-terns of herbivore diversity in the Arctic. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25: 1108-1118.

BARRIO IC, HIK DS, JÓNSDÓTTIR I.S, BUENO CG, MÖRSDORF MA, RAVOLAINEN VT. 2016. Herbivory Network: An international, collaborative effort to study herbivory in Arctic and alpine ecosystems. Polar Science 10: 297-302.

MÖRSDORF MA, RAVOLAINEN VT, STØVERN LE, YOCCOZ NG, JÓNSDÓTTIR IS, BRÅTHEN KA. 2015. Definition of sampling units begets conclusions in ecology: the case of habitats for plant communities. PeerJ 3(3): e815.

BUENO CG, BARRIO IC, RAVOLAINEN VT, MÖRSDORF MA, JÓNSDÓTTIR IS, HIK DS. 2014. Herbivoría de zonas árticas y alpinas en el contexto del cambio global. Ecosistemas 23: 163.


Reports, Theses, Protocols

MÖRSDORF MA, EHRICH D, BARRIO IC. Herbivory Network meeting 2019 report, Yamal 19-21 September 2019. https://herbivory.lbhi.is/hn2019-yamal-meeting-report/

BARRIO I, JÓNSDÓTTIR IS, BUENO CG, MÖRSDORF MA, RAVOLAINEN VT. 2016. ITEX herbivory protocol - updated version 2016. https://herbivory.lbhi.is/protocols/

RAVOLAINEN VT, MÖRSDORF MA, YLÄNNE H, BARRIO IC, BUENO CG. 2016. Herbivory Network meeting 2016 report, Reykjavík 15-16 September 2016. https://herbivory.lbhi.is/hn2016-meeting-report-long/

MÖRSDORF MA.2015. Effects of local and regional drivers on plant diversity within tundra landscapes. PhD thesis. ISBN 978-9935-9283-3-7. http://hdl.handle.net/1946/23283

BARRIO IC, RAVOLAINEN VT, MÖRSDORF MA, BUENO CG, HIK DS, JÓNSDÓTTIR IS. 2014. How to approach collaborative research on herbivory: an ecological interaction of key importance. Workshop report IASC, Trondheim 1-2 December 2014. https://herbivory.lbhi.is/hn-papers-and-conference-presentations/

BARRIO IC, BUENO CG, HIK DS, JÓNSDÓTTIR IS, MÖRSDORF MA, RAVOLAINEN VT. 2014. Herbivory in changing northern and alpine environments. Workshop report IASC, Helsinki 9April 2014. https://herbivory.lbhi.is/hn-papers-and-conference-presentations/

MÖRSDORF MA. 2010. Growth limitation of tree and dwarf shrub species by nutrient supply at the Alpine treeline. Diploma thesis.


Projects and collaborations

The Herbivory Network - Studying herbivory in arctic and alpine ecosystems


BIOTREE Germany http://www.treedivnet.ugent.be/ExpBIOTREE.html

SnoEco - Effects of snow depth and snowmelt timing on arctic terrestrial ecosystems https://site.uit.no/snoeco/


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