Billede af Morten Foldager Pedersen
  • Universitetsvej 1, 11.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde


Personlig profil



Jeg varetager undervisning i Miljøbiologi på både bachelor, kandidat og PhD-niveau. Det meste af min undervisning liger indenfor nedenstående emneområder:

  • Generel Økologi
  • Populationsbiologi
  • Biologisk Statistik & Eksperimentelt Design
  • Økologisk Modellering og Systemanalyse




  • Growth and productivity studies in marine plants - seagrasses, and macroalgae. With special empghasis on whole system estimates and the productivity of Seagrass meadows and Kelp forests.
  • Comparative analysis of growth and nutrient dynamics among marine plants and algae with contrasting growth strategy.
  • Modelling of meta-population dynamics in seagrasses - development of stage-based matrix models and IBM-models to be able to evaluate effects of environmental stressors at the population level.
  • Invasion Biology - aspects of colonization, population dynamics and nutrient physiology of the invasive seaweed, Sargassum muticum, in Limfjorden (Denmark) including the impact on indigenous communities.
  • The role of marine plants and algae for the turnover and retention of nutrients in estuarine ecosystems with special focus on the fate of plant-bound nutrients.


1990: MSc in Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (23rd April 1990).

1994: PhD in Marine Ecology, University of Copenhagen (23rd February 1994).

2006: Comercial/Scientific Diver, Helsingør Brand & Røgdykkerskole (28th June 2006).


  • 1990: Scientific assistant, Botanical Institute, Aarhus University, Denmark (3 months).
  • 1990-1994: PhD student at FBL, University of Copenhagen.
  • 1994-1996: Assistant Research Professor (Post Doc) at FBL, University of Copenhagen.
  • 1996-1999: Assistant Professor at Dept. for Life Sciences & Chemistry, Roskilde University.
  • 1999 to present: Associate Professor at Department Science and Environment (INM), RUC.

Major areas of Research:

My major area of research is comparative studies of ecophysiology and population dynamics in marine macroalgae and seagrasses with a special emphasis on stress biology, i.e. the effects and governing role of sub- or super-optimal levels of nutrients, light, temperature and salinity. I do also study herbivore-plant and predator-prey interactions, invasion biology (especially the reasons for invasions and the impact of invaders on recipient systems) and Kelp Forest Ecology (including algal diversity, primary production, regime shifts and alternate stable states at the ecosystem level, i.e. barrens versus kelp forests).


International research papers with peer review: 57 (ISI Web of Science: 2140 citations and H-index = 26 (average citation rate = 36.9 per item); Google Scholar: 3008 citations and H-index = 31 – information obtained on the 15th March 2017); book chapters: 6; Danish research articles without peer review: 2; reports in Danish: 3; presentations at scientific meetings: 20. See attached publication list for details.


The total amount of external research funding I have been involved in receiving sums to ca. 57 mio. DKr of which I have received ca. 6.2 mio DKr to cover for my parts of the projects. Please see a specified track record in fundraising at the end of the CV.

Participation in larger national and international projects

  • 1993-1996: The Danish SMP-Program, Marine Areas: Stand dynamics of eelgrass, and its importance for water flow and sedimentation. Financed by the Danish council for strategic research. Role: participant.
  • 1996-2000: EULIT - Effects of Eutrophicated Seawater on Rocky Shore Ecosystems Studied in Large Littoral Mesocosms. Financed by the MAST III Program under the EU Commission. Role: WP lead and participant.
  • 1998-1999:RAN - Retention of Nutrients in Estuaries. Financed by the Carlsberg Foundation. Role: participant.
  • 1996-1999: CAMP - Changes in Arctic Marine Production. Financed by Aage W. Jensens Fond.Role: participant.
  • 2003-2007: Primary & Secondary Production in Kelp Ecosystems. Financed by the Norwegian Research Council and the Carlsberg Foundation. Role: WP-lead and participant.
  • 2005-2008: CIPE - Centre for Integrated Population Ecology. Financed by the Danish Research Council. Role: participant.
  • 2008-2011: RESTORE ‘Habitat restoration in overgrazed areas of the north Norwegian coast’. Financed by the Norwegian Research Council. Role: participant.
  • 2008-2011: REELGRASS ‘Key parameters and processes affecting the re-establishment of eelgrass in estuaries and coastal waters’. Financed by the Danish council for strategic research. Role: participant.
  • 2009-2011: MARINVA ‘Marine Invasions’. Financed DFF Natur & Univers. Role: participant.
  • 2016-2018: KELPEXP ‘Kelp export as fuel for adjacent communities in changing arctic ecosystems’. Financed by the Norwegian Research Council. Role: WP lead and participant.
  • 2017-2020: TANG.NU. Funded by the VELUX VILLUM Foundation. Role: participant.

Other merits

  • 2006 to present: Contributing Editor for Marine Ecology Progress Series.
  • 2005 to 2017: Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Aquatic Botany.
  • 2006-2009: Associate Editor for Estuaries & Coasts.
  • 1993 to present: frequent referee for: Marine Ecology Progress Series, Estuaries & Coasts, Marine Biology, Aquatic Botany, Limnology & Oceanography, Journal of Phycology and Journal of Experimental Marine Biology & Ecology.
  • 2013: Co-organizer of Dansk Havforskermøde, Roskilde January 2013.
  • 2000: Session organizer at the annual Conference for Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO) meeting in Copenhagen. 

Administrative tasks

  • 2000-2004: Member of the Biological Study Board, Roskilde University (RU).
  • 2002-2004: Member of the Institute Board, Dept. of Life Sciences & Chemistry, RU.
  • 2006-2014: Member of the Study Board for Environmental Studies, RU.
  • 2004-2014: Head of Studies for Environmental Biology, RU.
  • 2014-present: Member of the Study Board for the Natural Sciences Bachelor Studies, RU.

Leading experience

  • Head of Studies for Environmental Biology at RU from 2004 to February 2014.
  • Member of the department board 2002-2004.
  • WP lead for a WP (of 5) involving 10 scientists in the international project EULIT, funded by EU’s MAST III program 1997-2000.
  • WP lead for a WP on primary production in the project ‘Primary and Secondary Production in Kelp Forests’ funded by the Norwegian Research Council 2003-2007.
  • WP-lead for WP1 on quantifying the production and fate of kelp detritus in the project ‘Kelp export as fuel for adjacent communities in changing arctic ecosystems’ funded by the Norwegian Research Council 2016-2018.

International relations and current cooperation

I have spent several longer periods abroad on research visits and field studies (e.g. 6 months at UWA in Australia, with Professor D. Walker; 4 months at CSIC in Spain, with Professor C. M. Duarte and several months of field work in Norway with Professor Stein Fredriksen, Oslo University). I have a strong international network build up upon exchange visits and scientific cooperation, which is also reflected by the large amount of international co-authors on my papers.

Teaching experience and supervision of students

I have 27 years of teaching experience at all university levels (Bachelor, Masters and PhD) including course teaching and supervision of project groups. Course subjects: Botany, General Ecology, Population Biology, Community Ecology, Coastal Ecology, Applied Ecology, Plant Physiology, Statistics & Experimental Design, Modeling & System Analysis. See teaching portfolio for details

I have supervised 41 Master thesis students and 3 PhD students plus co-supervised 2 international guest PhD’s (staying at RU for at least 6 months) from 1996 to present. I have served as an external opponent at 8 PhD defenses at 5 universities (University of Copenhagen; University of Aarhus; University of Southern Denmark; Oslo University Norway and University of Otago New Zealand).



  • Biologi, Bioteknologi
  • Eutrofiering
  • Marin Økologi
  • Miljøforskning


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