© Paul Mathijssen

Dr. Paul Mathijssen

Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry group
Institute of Landscape Ecology
Heisenbergstr. 2
48149 Münster, Germany

room: 405 -  Heisenbergstr. 2
phone: +49 251 83 30 206
e-mail: paul.mathijssen*

office hours: by appointment via e-mail

*please add:
...@uni-muenster.de to the e-mail address

  • Curriculum vitae

    since 10/2016

    Research Associate at Ecohydrology and Biogeochemistry group, Institute of Landscape Ecology, University of Münster, Germany


    PhD candidate in Environmental Sciences
    Dissertation “Holocene carbon dynamics and atmospheric radiative forcing of different types of peatlands in Finland” at Environmental Change Research Unit, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. PhD awarded on 14 June 2016


    Policy advisor nature and landscape conservation and sustainable agriculture at Province of Overijssel, Netherlands


    Studies in Biology (BSc. and MSc.) at Wageningen University, Netherlands

    03/2010 Master of Science Biology, spec. Plant Ecology
    Master thesis “The influence of vegetation structure on plant species richness in dune valleys” at Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology group
    09/2009-02/2010 Internship abroad: University College Cork, Ireland (ERASMUS grant)
    Research project “Environmental parameters influencing DOC and NO3 concentration and export from grassland catchments” at Civil and Environmental Engineering dept.
    2008 Minor “Earth System Ecology” on global biogeochemistry at Earth System Science and Climate Change group
    09/2007 Bachelor of Science Biology, spec. Ecology
    Bachelor thesis “Influence of flooding on river floodplane vegetation”, at Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology group

  • Research Interests


    * Palaeoecology
    * Biogeochemistry
    * Vegetation succession
    * Sensitivity to climate change

  • Teaching

    • Hydrology Field Course for BSc. students (2017, 2018, 2019)
    • Analysis and Modeling of Biogeochemical Cycles for MSc. Students (2016, 2017, 2018)
    • Student Research Projects
    • Supervision of BSc. and MSc. theses
  • Publications

    PJH Mathijssen, M Gałka, W Borken, K-H Knorr (2019) Plant communities control long term carbon accumulation and biogeochemical gradients in a Patagonian bog. Science of The Total Environment, 684: 670-681, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.310

    AV Gallego-Sala, DJ Charman, S Brewer, SE Page, IC Prentice, P Friedlingstein, S Moreton, MJ Amesbury, DW Beilman, S Björck, T Blyakharchuk, C Bochicchio, RK Booth, J Bunbury, P Camill, D Carless, RA Chimner, M Clifford, E Cressey, C Courtney-Mustaphi, F De Vleeschouwer, R de Jong, B Fialkiewicz-Koziel, SA Finkelstein, M Garneau, E Githumbi, J Hribjlan, J Holmquist, PDM Hughes, C Jones, MC Jones, E Karofeld, ES Klein, U Kokfelt, A Korhola, T Lacourse, G Le Roux, M Lamentowicz, D Large, M Lavoie, J Loisel, H Mackay, GM MacDonald, M Makila, G Magnan, R Marchant, K Marcisz, A Martínez Cortizas, C Massa, P Mathijssen, D Mauquoy, T Mighall, FJG Mitchell, P Moss, J Nichols, PO Oksanen, L Orme, MS Packalen, S Robinson, TP Roland, NK Sanderson, ABK Sannel, N Silva-Sánchez, N Steinberg, GT Swindles, TE Turner, J Uglow, M Väliranta, S van Bellen, M van der Linden, B van Geel, G Wang, Z Yu (2018) Latitudinal limits to the predicted increase of the peatland carbon sink with warming. Nature Climate Change, 8: 907-913, doi: 10.1038/s41558-018-0271

    PJH Mathijssen, N Kähkölä, J-P Tuovinen, A Lohila, K Minkkinen, T Laurila, M Väliranta (2017) Lateral expansion and carbon exchange of a boreal peatland in Finland resulting in 7000 years of positive radiative forcing. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 122(3): 526-577, doi: 10.1002/2016JG003749

    PJH Mathijssen, M Väliranta, A Korrensalo, P Alekseychik, T Vesala, J Rinne, E-S Tuittila (2016) Reconstruction of Holocene carbon dynamics in a large boreal peatland complex, southern Finland. Quaternary Science Reviews, 142: 1-15, doi: 10.1016/j.quascirev.2016.04.013

    CC Treat, MC Jones, P Camill, A Gallego-Sala, M Garneau, JW Harden, G hugelius, ES Klein, U Kokfelt, P Kuhry, J Loisel, PJH Mathijssen, JA O’Donnell, PO Oksanen, TM Ronkainen, ABK Sannel, J Talbot, M Väliranta (2016) Effects of permafrost aggradation on peat properties as determined from a pan-Arctic synthesis of plant macrofossils. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 121, doi: 10.1002/2015JG003061

    J Loisel, Z Yu, DW Beilman, P Camill, J Alm, D Anderson, S Andersson, B Fiałkiewicz-Kozieł, K Barber, LR Belyea, J Bunbury, FM Chambers, DJ Charman, F de Vleeschouwer, SA Finkelstein, M Garneau, D Hammarlund, J Holmquist, P Hughes, MC Jones, ES Klein, U Kokfelt, A Korhola, P Kuhry, A Lamarre, M Lamentowicz, D Large, M Lavoie, G MacDonald, G Magnan, M Gałka, P Mathijssen, D Mauquoy, J McCarroll, TR Moore, J Nichols, B O’Reilly, P Oksanen, D Peteet, PJH Richard, S Robinson, T Ronkanien, M Rundgren, B Sannel, T Thom, E-S Tuittila, M Turetsky, M Väliranta, M van der Linden, B van Geel, S van Bellen, D Vitt, Y Zhao, W Zhou (2014) A circum-Arctic database and synthesis of peatland soil properties and Holocene carbon accumulation. The Holocene, 24(9): 1028-1042, doi: 10.1177/0959683614538073

    P Mathijssen, J-P Tuovinen, A Lohila, M Aurela, S Juutinen, T Laurila, E Niemelä, E-S Tuittila, M Väliranta (2014) Development, carbon accumulation and radiative forcing of a subarctic fen over the Holocene. The Holocene, 24(9): 1156-1166, doi: 10.1177/0959683614538072