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Nadia Soudzilovskaia

Associate Professor

Dr. N.A. Soudzilovskaia
+31 71 527 7485

Nadia Soudzilovskaia is working at the interface of environmental sciences and ecology, focusing her research on the impacts of land use and global environmental change on biodiversity and sustainable provision of ecosystem services.

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Former PhD candidates

Tenure-track researcher. Leader of the research line "Plant-soil interactions across gradients of environmental stresses”


Nadia works at the intersection of ecology and environmental sciences. Her research aims to obtain a quantitative, process-based understanding of plant-soil interaction dynamics along natural and human-induced gradients of environmental stresses, in order to unravel mechanisms of biogeochemical cycles and provisioning of associated ecosystem services at regional and global scale. The research of Nadia’s group is framed within three working packages (WPs) covering three core aspects of quantitative, process-based understanding of plant-soil interactions across scales.

WP1. Experimental-based understanding of the mechanisms of microbial impacts on the carbon dynamics along the atmosphere-vegetation-soil pathway. 
Hereto Nadia’s research group conducts field and laboratory-based experimental research on the microbially-enabled mechanisms of soil C sequestration, and on the relation between microbial abundance, community composition, and plant community composition and functioning. 

WP2. Global patterns in above-belowground interactions, and environmental drivers of these patterns.
In order to be able to upscale the knowledge about plant-soil interactions and their impacts on biogeochemical cycles and provisioning of ecosystem services, Nadia’s group conducts quantitative assessments of spatial distributione of soil biota in terms of both species richness and functional diversity.

WP3. Quantifications and modelling of the role of plant-microorganism interactions in terrestrial carbon  cycles. 
As many aspects of soil-atmosphere carbon cycling operate at time scales longer than decennia,  many questions related to links between ecosystem functioning and soil-atmosphere carbon balance can be answered only through computer modelling. Efficient parametrization of these models, and understanding and evaluating their results requires development and use of quantitative ecological methods, and among those – the novel methods for quantitative  assessments of microbial impacts on soil processes. Both, novel model development, and quantitative  assessments of plant and soil biodiversity impacts on carbon cycles, constitute an important part of the research program.  

The outcomes of the three research lines provide important theoretical and practical insights, aiding scientific understanding of environmental drivers of terrestrial carbon cycling, as well as development of policy and land-management tools for controlling the carbon balance and climate on Earth. 

Currently the research topics of Nadia’s group include:

  • Ecology and biogeography of mycorrhizas. Global distribution patterns of distinct mycorrhizal types and ecological drivers of these patterns.
  • Impacts of mycorrhizas on carbon cycling processes.
  • Relationships between plant-soil interactions and biogeochemical processes, and  impacts of (multiple) human-induced stresses on these relationships
  • Quantitative trait-based analyses of vegetation patterns through remote sensing.

PhD projects supervision

Period PhD Researcher    Topic
2018-2022 Chenguang Gao Impacts of belowground diversity on dune functioning
2017-2021 Weilin Huang Modelling mycorrihzal impact on carbon cycling
2014-2018   Sofia Gomes  Global ecology of mycoheterotrophic plants.
2015-2019 Anne Uilhoorn Global fitness maximising approaches to evaluate the trade-offs involved in the evergreen and deciduous conundrum.
2015-2019 Eefje de Goede Remote sensing-based assessment of functional diversity for polar ecosystems.  
2016-2020 Amie Corbin Improving vegetation representation in Multi-sensor Earth Observation Products through phenology and trait-based priors.
2016-2020 Leon Hauser Development of remote-sensing-based indications of functional diversity.
2017-2021 Milagros Barcelo Global distribution of mycorrhizas and environmental drivers thereof.  
2017-2021 Riccardo Manchelli Impacts of distinct types of mycorrhizas of soil carbon cycling processes


See also

Curriculum vitae

Associate Professor

  • Science
  • Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden
  • CML/Environmental Biology

Work address

Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number A3.06



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