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Torben Linding Lauridsen


Curriculum Vitae


•1995 PhD, Department of Botany, Institute of Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark
•1990 MSc, Institute of Biology, Southern Danish University, Denmark


• 2010 – Present Head of Section and senior scientist at Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University.
• 2007 – 2010 Senior researcher at the National Environmental Research Institute, Aarhus University.
• 1999 – 2007 Senior researcher at the National Environmental Research Institute, Ministry of Environment.
• 1995 -1999 Post Doc funded by the Danish Natural Science Research Council (twice) and Carlsbergfondet (once)
• 1995 - Research assistant, National Environmental Research Institute, Department of Freshwater Ecology.
• 1992 - May 1995 Ph.D. student, University of Aarhus, Institute of Biology, Dept. of Plant Ecology, and the National Environmental Research Institute.
• 1991 - Ecologist in the County of Fyn, Department of Freshwater.
• 1990 - Research assistant, National Environmental Research Institute, Department of Freshwater Ecology.

Other courses

• 2014/15 Management course, v. Learn2Lead
• 2008 Introduction to SAS, SAS Institute A/S
• 2008 Academic outreach v. Nils Sjøberg
• 2003 Logical Framework Analysis
• 2001 Risk Assessment in Eco-toxicology, Southern Danish University
• 2000 Press Contact, internal course in the Environmental Ministry
• 1999 Project Management v. Fangel Projektledelse
• 1998 Electro-fishing course, Danish Fishery Institute
• 1993 Academic writing, Dansk Magisterforening 

Research interests

My research interests are freshwater ecology with special emphasis on biological structure including submerged macrophytes, zooplankton and fish. I have particular interests in the role of fish to other trophic levels in lakes. I work on biological structure from the arctic to the sub-tropics - all experienced through projects and annual field work campaigns during the past 15 years from Northern Greenland to Southern Europe. I have 20 years of experience with lake restoration, including fish manipulation and macrophyte re-establishment plus impacts of pesticides to zooplakton. The last 12 years my interests have included climate related issues, e.g. role of temperature to trophic level interactions and lake ecology in general. A secondary interest is use of HPLC in determining phytoplankton pigments in lake samples. 

Project leads

  • 2018-2022, Work package co-lead of the Lake Bosumtwi project (RELAB), a 10 mio DKK DANIDA funded project.
  • 2016-2020, Heading the project Management of the Nature reserve De Østlige Vejler, a 5.15 mio DKK Aage V Jensen Naturfond funded project.
  • 2015-2019, Heading the project Aquatic macrophyte production for the benefit of the environment and industry, a 6.4 mio. DKK GUDP financed project.
  • 2014-2018, Co- work-package lead in the project: VOLTRES, Effects of Climate change on Lake Volta rescources, Ghana, Africa, a 5 mio. DKK DANIDA funded project.

  • 2015- 2019, Work-package lead in the project: CLEAT, Climate change effects on Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, Africa; a 10 mio. DKK DANIDA funded project.

  • Responsible for the lake studies in the arctic monitoring program: BioBasis Nuuk, 2008- , funded by the Danish EPA.

  • Heading Work Package 3.4 – Fish, in: WISER (Water Bodies in Europe: Integrative Sys-tems to assess Ecological status and Recovery) 2009-2012, funded by the EU-FP7 pro-gram, part of a 60 mio. DKK budget.

  • Heading the project Development and use of pigment/chlorophyll a ratios for a quantita-tive and qualitative evaluation of algae composition in freshwater, 2008-2009, financed by the Agency for Spatial and Environmental Planning, 1,3 mio. DKK.

  • Heading the project Development of a Danish fish index for the Water Framework Di-rective, 2009, funded by the Agency for Spatial and Environmental Planning, 0,12 mio. DKK

  • Heading more sub-projects on macrophyte establishment in restored lakes.
    Responsible for the Danish monitoring program on lakes, during the period 2003-2007.

  • Heading the project Impacts of cypermethrin, azoxystrobin and bentazon on limnetic in-vertebrates, 2001-2002, funded by the Danish EPA, 1,45 mio. DKK.

International experience:

  • 2018-2022, Project corporation with University of Energy and Natural Resources, Ghana, Africa.
  • 2014-2018, Project corporation with CSIR, Accra, on the Volta Reservoir, Ghana, Africa
  • 2015- 2019, Project corporation with University of Dar Es Salaam on Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, Africa.
  • 2012-2015, Teaching and supervision at the Sino-Danish University Centre, Beijing
    2009-2011, research or workshop/conference stays in China
  • 1998-2018, Annual field work in Greenland, Iceland, Faroe Islands or Southern Europe
  • 1995-1996, 7 month Post-Doc stay at University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 1994, 6 month research stay at University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, USA
  • 1992-present, Annual attendance at international and/or national workshops/conferences
  • Corporation with several Nordic, European, Chinese and North American institutions through international projects.

Teaching activities

  • 2017-present MSc course at Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Denmark (role: lecturer) Course title: Freshwater Ecology (streams, wetlands and lakes), 10 ECTS.
  • 2012-2016 MSc course at Aarhus University, Department of Bioscience, Denmark (role: coordinator and lecturer) Course title: Ecology of Lakes, 5 ECTS.
  • 2012-present MSc course at the Sino-Danish Centre for Education and Research, Beijing (role: coordinator and lecturer) Course title: Freshwater Ecology, 5 ECTS.
  • 2010-2011 MSc course at Aarhus University, Department of Biology, Denmark (role: co-lecturer) Course title: Freshwater Ecology, 10 ECTS.
  • Co-advisor for PhD students and advisor for MSc students

Other activities

  • Reviewer for the peer reviewed journals: Archiv fur Hydrobiologie, Aquatic Ecology, Aquatic Botany, Hydrobiologia, Limnology and Ocenaography, Oecologia, Ecosystems, Limnologica, Freshwater Biology, Global Change Biology, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences,


127 Peer reviewed publications WoS.

WoS H-index=47, citations=7699. Research Gate H-index=41, citations 10456. Google scholar H-index=57, citations=12323.