Nina Roth


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Works at Department of Physical Geography
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room V 416
Postal address Inst för naturgeografi 106 91 Stockholm

About me

My general interest in studying global change effects on plant communities stems from my previous work experience with applied conservation issues, especially regarding semi-natural grasslands. After my first degree in "Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning" at the Nuertingen-Geislingen University (Germany), I worked for three years as a project manager in the "Institute for Landscape and Environment" at the same university. A major issue in most of my projects was the decline of species-rich hay meadows in southwestern Germany.

To broaden my horizon towards scientific research and an international context, I decided to study the European master program "Environmental Science – Soil, Water and Biodiversity" at the University of Hohenheim (Germany) and at SLU, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden). Working as a research assistant at the Ecology Department of SLU, I was again focusing on traditional grasslands - mostly doing plant inventories - but this time with a Swedish perspective.

I now want to go beyond simply applying common practice and contribute to our understanding of grassland conservation and the improvement of management strategies.



I teach at undergraduate level, mostly assisting with GIS exercises. I am involved in several courses which are carried out either in classroom settings or as online courses. Besides that, I am co-supervising a Master Thesis and administrating our unit's website



For my PhD project, I am exploring how extreme weather events and grazing are shaping grassland plant communities. Central part of my project is a winter warming experiment in Teesdale (UK) and a drought experiment in southern Sweden. My goal is to understand better some of the most influential climatic and land use effects, and to device appropriate management regimes that can help maintain these species-rich habitats.

I am a PhD student at the Department of Physical Geography in the research unit Biogeography and Geomatics. My main supervisor is Sara Cousins. I am also a member of the Bolin Centre for Climate Research in the research area 8 "Biodiversity and Climate".


Meadow in Teesdale (photo by Nina Roth)


Last updated: April 16, 2019

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