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Judith Sarneel

My research interest are (riparian) plant community composition and decomposition, for which I use the tea bag index.

Works at

KBC-huset, Linnaeus väg 6, 5 07 10 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

I have a general interest in factors that drive community assembly with a specific interest in riparian ecology, plant-soil interactions and restoration.
As riparian zones provide crucial services to the water bodies they border, it is important to understand the processes that maintain and structure them. Especially how past events and the timing of events affect current day processes fascinates me. For instance, the order of arrival of species can drive the vegetation composition in a certain direction, and past events can have long lasting effects as the rate of vegetation change is very slow.

Second, I investigate global patterns of decomposition, which is an important process in the carbon cycle. With an international team I developed an elegant, simple and cheap method to determine decomposition rates. Within the Teatime4science project we want to collect data with help of citizen scientists and researchers from all over the world, and create a global map. Learn more about this project here or follow it on facebook or twitter.

In my research, I've always combined both fundamental and applied questions. Therefore, I was a member of the Dutch advisory board for fen management and the Centre for Wetland Ecology (collaboration between Dutch and Flemish scientists working on wetland ecology). I also work at Utrecht university until the end of 2018.

Nature, Springer Nature 2024, Vol. 629, (8010) : 105-113
Maes, S.L.; Dietrich, J.; Midolo, G.; et al.
Ecology Letters, John Wiley & Sons 2024, Vol. 27, (5)
Sarneel, Judith M.; Hefting, Mariet M.; Sandén, Taru; et al.
Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Stroud, J.T.; Delory, B.M.; Barnes, E.M.; et al.
Ecology and Evolution, John Wiley & Sons 2023, Vol. 13, (6)
Sarneel, Judith M.; Barel, Janna M.; Duddigan, Sarah; et al.
Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier 2022, Vol. 829
Baladrón, Alejandro; Bejarano, María Dolores; Sarneel, Judith M.; et al.
Global Change Biology, John Wiley & Sons 2022, Vol. 28, (9) : 3110-3144
Lembrechts, Jonas J.; van den Hoogen, Johan; Dorrepaal, Ellen; et al.
Journal of Vegetation Science, John Wiley & Sons 2022, Vol. 33, (5)
Sarneel, Judith M.; Hefting, Mariet M.; Visser, Eric J. W.; et al.
Ecotoxicology, Springer 2021, Vol. 30, (6) : 1272-1278
Hunter, William Ross; Williamson, Ashley; Sarneel, Judith M.
Forests, MDPI 2020, Vol. 11, (5)
Bejarano, Maria D.; Sarneel, Judith M.; Su, Xiaolei; et al.
Ecosystems (New York. Print), Springer 2020, Vol. 23, (5) : 1004-1018
Fanin, Nicolas; Bezaud, Sophie; Sarneel, Judith M.; et al.
Global Change Biology, John Wiley & Sons 2020, Vol. 26, (8) : 4572-4582
Ochoa-Hueso, Raúl; Borer, Elizabeth T.; Seabloom, Eric W.; et al.
Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 144
Pioli, Silvia; Sarneel, Judith M.; Thomas, Haydn J. D.; et al.
Sustainability, MDPI 2020, Vol. 12, (18) : 1-14
Sanden, Taru; Spiegel, Heide; Wenng, Hannah; et al.
Science of the Total Environment, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 724 : 1-8
Sarneel, Judith M.; Sundqvist, Maja K.; Molau, Ulf; et al.
Soil Research, CSIRO Publishing 2020, Vol. 58, (4) : 371-378
Souza e Brito, Betania Guedes; Magalhães Veloso, Maria das Dores; Sarneel, Judith M.; et al.
Journal of Vegetation Science, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 30, (2) : 224-234
Sarneel, Judith M.; Bejarano, Maria D.; van Oosterhout, Martin; et al.
Global Change Biology, John Wiley & Sons 2019, Vol. 25, (4) : 1358-1367
Sarneel, Judith M.; Hefting, Mariet M.; Kowalchuk, George A.; et al.
Ecosystems (New York. Print), Springer 2018, Vol. 21, (8) : 1580-1592
Althuizen, Inge H. J.; Lee, Hanna; Sarneel, Judith M; et al.
Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers Media S.A. 2018, Vol. 9
Bakker, Elisabeth S.; Veen, Ciska G. F.; Ter Heerdt, Gerard J. N.; et al.
BioScience, Oxford University Press 2018, Vol. 68, (2) : 89-99
Nilsson, Christer; Riis, Tenna; Sarneel, Judith M.; et al.
WIREs Water, John Wiley & Sons 2018, Vol. 5, (2)
Polvi, Lina E.; Sarneel, Judith M.
Arab World Geographer, The University of Akron Press 2017, Vol. 20, (2-3) : 252-261
Alsafran, Mohammed H.S.A.; Sarneel, Judith M.; Alatalo, Juha M.
Applied Vegetation Science, John Wiley & Sons 2017, Vol. 20, (3) : 435-445
Herberg, Erik R.; Sarneel, Judith M.
Ecosystems (New York. Print), Vol. 20, (1) : 144-162
Nilsson, Christer; Sarneel, Judith M.; Palm, Daniel; et al.
Plant and Soil, Springer 2017, Vol. 421, (1-2) : 57-66
Sarneel, J. M. Judith; Veen, G. F. Ciska
Ecohydrology, Vol. 9, (8) : 1464-1470
Sarneel, Judith M.
Journal of Vegetation Science, Vol. 27, (4) : 658-667
Sarneel, Judith M.; Kardol, Paul; Nilsson, Christer
Ecohydrology, Wiley-Blackwell 2015, Vol. 8, (5) : 753-764
Nilsson, Christer; Polvi, Lina E; Gardeström, Johanna; et al.
Wetlands (Wilmington, N.C.), Springer Netherlands 2014, Vol. 34, (5) : 989-1001
Beltman, B.; Van Der Ven, P. J. M.; Verhoeven, J. T. A.; et al.
Aquatic Botany, Vol. 113 : 83-89
Hidding, Bert; Sarneel, Judith M; Bakker, Elisabeth S
Ecosystems (New York. Print), Vol. 17, (8) : 1426-1438
Sarneel, Judith; Huig, N.; Veen, G. F.; et al.
Journal of Vegetation Science, WILEY-BLACKWELL 2014, Vol. 25, (1) : 262-274
Sarneel, Judith M.; Beltman, Boudewijn; Buijze, Anneke; et al.
Journal of Applied Ecology, Vol. 51, (4) : 1006-1014
Sarneel, Judith M.; Janssen, Roel H.; Rip, Winnie J.; et al.
Journal of Ecology, Vol. 102, (4) : 998-1007
van Leeuwen, Casper H. A.; Sarneel, Judith M.; van Paassen, Jose; et al.
Hydrobiologia, Vol. 710, (1) : 23-37
Bakker, Elisabeth S.; Sarneel, Judith; Gulati, Ramesh D.; et al.
Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Wiley-Blackwell 2013, Vol. 4, (11) : 1070-1075
Keuskamp, Joost A.; Dingemans, Bas J. J.; Lehtinen, Taru; et al.
Hydrobiologia, Vol. 710, (1) : 219-225
Sarneel, Judith
Freshwater Biology, Vol. 58, (9) : 1794-1803
Veen, GF (Ciska); Sarneel, Judith M; Ravensbergen, Lone; et al.