Professor Jens-Arne Subke


Biological and Environmental Sciences University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Jens-Arne Subke

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About me

Associate Professor in Terrestrial Ecosystems and Environmental Change

PhD - University of Bayreuth, Germany (2002) BSc Hons - University of St. Andrews, UK (1997)

Orcid ID: 0000-0001-9244-639XResearcher ID: M-3049-2013 

Current Projects: Stabilisation of pyrogenic carbon in tropical grasslands (NERC; 2020-2023)

Mycorrhizal drivers of formation and decomposition of soil organic matter (NERC-NSF; 2017-2020)

PRIMETIME – Will more productive Arctic ecosystems sequester less soil carbon? (NERC; 2017-2021)

Blanket bog restoration in the Flowcountry

  External Activities

Associate Editor for Biogeosciences Consulting Editor for Plant and Soil

Previous positions

Research Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute, Department of Biology, University of York, UK (2004-2010). Marie Curie Research Fellow, Department of Environmental Sciences, Second University of Naples, Caserta, Italy (2002-2004).

Event / Presentation

Biological environment and litter quality drive rapid decomposition in sub-arctic birch forests
The British Ecological Society
Invited presentation at British Ecological Society Annual Meeting

Carbon cycle research in Europe’s largest blanket bog
Invited seminar, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg.

Monitoring C dynamics of the Flowcountry forest-to-bog transition
Invited presentation at Special IUCN conference "Creating a Legacy for Peatlands"

Soil CO2 efflux
University of Potsdam
Keynote lecture, Potdam Greenhouse Gas Workshop: From Natural to Urban Systems. Potsdam, October 2015.

Where has all the Carbon gone?
University of Stirling
Public presentation (Pint of Science), Bridge of Allan

Other Academic Activities

Subject Editor Biogeosciences

Professional membership

British Ecological Society
The British Ecological Society

Consulting Editor, Plant and Soil

Research (5)

Response of biogeochemical cycles in forests to changes in environmental conditions, including:

  • Climatic Change
  • Human land use
  • Perturbations from pollution

Environmental controls on biotic CO2 flux dynamics

Plant-soil interactions at the boreal treeline

Plant-soil interactions in the decomposition of soil carbon in the rhizosphere

Pyrogenic carbon in soils

Use of stable isotopes in ecology

Biotic and abiotic drivers of methane (CH4) fluxes in peatlands


Stabilisation of pyrogenic carbon in tropical grasslands (SPECTRAL)
PI: Professor Jens-Arne Subke
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

Will more productive Arctic ecosystems sequester less soil carbon? A key role for priming in the rhizosphere ("PRIME-TIME")
PI: Professor Philip Wookey
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

NSFDEB-NERC:Mycorrhizal drivers of SOM formation and decomposition
PI: Professor Jens-Arne Subke
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

Synthesizing evidence of forest-to-bog restoration impacts on carbon emissions
PI: Professor Jens-Arne Subke
Funded by: Scottish Government

Permafrost catchments in transition: hydrological controls on carbon cycling and greenhouse gas budgets
PI: Professor Jens-Arne Subke
Funded by: Natural Environment Research Council

Outputs (56)



Hermans R, Zahn N, Andersen R, Teh YA, Cowie N & Subke J (2019) An incubation study of GHG flux responses to a changing water table linked to biochemical parameters across a peatland restoration chronosequence. Mires and Peat, 23 (2018/19), Art. No.: 08.;


Dean J, van der Velde Y, Garnett MH, Dinsmore KJ, Baxter R, Lessels JS, Smith P, Street LE, Subke J, Tetzlaff D, Washbourne I, Wookey P & Billett M (2018) Abundant pre-industrial carbon detected in Canadian Arctic headwaters – implications for the permafrost carbon feedback. Environmental Research Letters, 13 (3), Art. No.: 034024.


Street LE, Dean J, Billett M, Baxter R, Dinsmore KJ, Lessels JS, Subke J, Tetzlaff D & Wookey P (2016) Redox dynamics in the active layer of an Arctic headwater catchment; examining the potential for transfer of dissolved methane from soils to stream water. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 121 (11), pp. 2776-2792.

Book Review

Subke J (2015) Soil Carbon Science, Management and Policy for Multiple Benefits. Review of: Soil Carbon; Science, Management and Policy for Multiple Benefits. Banwart SA, Noellemeyer E, Milne E (Eds.); SCOPE Series Volume 71. CABI, Wallingford, UK, 2015, xix+391pp. ISBN 978 1 78064 532 2.. European Journal of Soil Science, 66 (4), p. 835.

Conference Proceeding

Karhu K, Auffret M, Dungait J, Fraser F, Hopkins D, Prosser J, Singh B, Subke J, Wookey P, Agren G & Hartley I (2013) Microbial adaptation to temperature increases the vulnerability of carbon stocks in Arctic and Boreal soils to climate change. In: EGU General Assembly 2013. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 15. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013, Vienna, Austria, 07.04.2013-12.04.2013. Munich, Germany: European Geosciences Union, pp. EGU2013-2624.


Moyano FE, Vasilyeva NA, Bouckaert L, Cook F, Craine JM, Don A, Epron D, Formanek P, Franzluebbers A, Ilstedt U, Katterer T, Orchard V, Reichstein M, Rey A, Ruamps LS, Subke J, Thomsen IK & Chenu C (2012) The moisture response of soil heterotrophic respiration: Interaction with soil properties. Biogeosciences, 9 (3), pp. 1173-1182.;


Reichstein M, Subke J, Angeli AC & Tenhunen JD (2005) Does the temperature sensitivity of decomposition of soil organic matter depend upon water content, soil horizon, or incubation time?. Global Change Biology, 11 (10), pp. 1754-1767.;


Pumpanen J, Kolari P, Ilvesniemi H, Minkkinen K, Vesala T, Niinistö S, Lohila A, Larmola T, Morero M, Pihlatie M, Janssens I, Yuste JC, Grunzweig JM, Reth S, Subke J, Savage K, Kutsch W, Ostreng G, Ziegler W, Anthoni P, Lindroth A & Hari P (2004) Comparison of different chamber techniques for measuring soil CO2 efflux. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 123 (3-4), pp. 159-176.

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