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PhD Defense by Line H. Andersen

Line H. Andersen, Department of Chemistry and Bioscience will defend her thesis on: "Plant and Invertebrate diversity and Management in Wetlands”.


18.08.2020 kl. 13.00 - 16.00



”Plant and Invertebrate diversity and Management in Wetlands”. 


Across the globe, the biodiversity is declining and habitats are deteriorating. Coastal wetlands are no exception, and face multiple threats including land reclamation, anthropogenic uses, eutrophication and diking, while they are also likely to be affected by climate change.

This thesis investigates anthropogenic effects on coastal wetlands with focus on the salt marsh and reed bed habitats. The work is centered on De Østlige Vejler, Denmark, which is a protected area comprising lakes, salt marsh and reed beds. Here, I first examine the vegetation of the salt marsh and its response to anthropogenic disturbances. I investigate the effects of a century long tidal flood exclusion due to a dike, as well as the response of the salt marsh vegetation to interannual weather fluctuations. Second, I explored how plants and invertebrates in the reed bed response to reed bed management. I look into the effects of reed winter harvest, reed cutting and time since last harvest.


  • Associate Professor Dan Bruhn, Dept. Chemistry and Bioscience, AAU, Denmark


  • Professor Torsten Nygård Kristensen (Chairman), Dept. of Chemistry and Bioscience, AAU, Denmark
  • Professor Inger Kappel Schmidt, Dept. of Geosciences
    and Natural Resource Management, Section for Forest, Nature and Biomass, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Professor Dr. Kai Jensen, Applied Plant Ecology, Universität Hamburg, Germany




Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, AAU, Section of Biology and Environmental Science


Fredrik Bajers Vej 7H, 9220 Aalborg Ø, room number: Auditorium 1.002