Ika Djukic CV

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Ika Djukic


University of Vienna


MS, 2004

University of Salzburg


Geographic Information Systems



University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Soil Science

PhD, 2011


Researcher at Austrian Environment Agency

Work experience

My professional background is in the interdisciplinary understanding of ecosystem processes in changing environment with main areas of expertise in vegetation ecology (Master degree, University of Vienna) and biogeochemistry (PhD, BOKU Vienna & Columbia University, New York). During my post-doctoral research I have been engaged in the study of biogeochemical process in alpine ecosystems in tropical forests in Australia and Mediterranean grasslands (BOKU, Vienna) as well as in the study of the effect of tree line advances on the below-ground processes in boreal and polar Russia (WSL, Switzerland). Currently, I am working on the interface science-policy-management where I am studying air pollution effects on ecosystems (Environment Agency Austria). I am also coordinating a global litter decomposition initiative, TeaComposition, with the goal to develop a common metric for across site comparisons and hence to make global conclusions on litter carbon turnover. I have taught courses on soil organic matter turnover in Kyrgyzstan, Japan and courses on soil organic carbon modelling at IAEA Austria.

Fields and Interests

Vegetation ecology, biogeochemistry, air pollution effects on ecosystems, interface science-policy-management, litter decomposition, alpine ecosystems in changing environments, soil ecology.


Selected Publications (in recent five years)

Djukic, I., Kepfer-Rojas, S., Schmidt, I.K., Larsen, K.S., Beier, C., Berg, B., Verheyen, K., 2018. Early stage litter decomposition across biomes. Science of the Total Environment, 628-629; 1369-1394.

Dirnböck, T., Foldal, C., Djukic, I., Kobler, J., Haas, E., Kiese, R., Kitzler, B. 2017. Historic nitrogen deposition determines future climate change effects on nitrogen retention in temperate forests. Climatic Change, 144 (2).

van Leeuwen, J.P., Djukic, I., Bloem, J., Lehtinen, T., Hemerik, L., de Ruiter, P.C., Lair, G.J. 2017. Effects of land use on soil microbial biomass, activity and community structure at different soil depths in the Danube floodplain. European Journal of Soil Biology, 79, 14-20.

Solly, E.F., Djukic, I., Moiseev, P.A., Andreyashkina, N.I., Devi, N.M., Göransson, H., Mazepa, V.S., Shiyatov, S.G., Trubina, M.R., Schweingruber, F.H., Wilmking, M., Hagedorn, F. 2017. Treeline advances and associated shifts in the ground vegetation alter fine root dynamics and mycelia production in the South and Polar Urals. Oecologia, 183 (2), 571-586.

Didion, M., Repo, A., Liski, J., Forsius, M., Bierbaumer, M., Djukic, I. 2016. Towards harmonizing leaf litter decomposition studies using standard tea bags-a field study and model application. Forests 7 (8): 1-12.

Schindlbacher, A., W. Borken, I. Djukic, Ch. Brandstätter, Ch. Spötl, W. Wanek 2015. Contribution of carbonate weathering to the CO2 efflux from temperate forest soils. Biogeochemistry 124:273-290.

Duboc, O., M.F. Dignac, I. Djukic, F. Zehetner, M.H. Gerzabek, C. Rumpel 2014. Lignin decomposition along an Alpine elevation gradient in relation to physicochemical and soil microbial parameters. Global Change Biology 20:2272-2285.



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