Publications & CV



Aleklett K., Kiers E.T., Ohlsson P., Shimizu T.S., Caldas V.E.A., Hammer E.C. Build your own soil: exploring microfluidics to create microbial habitat structures, ISME journal,


Hart, Miranda; Aleklett, Kristin; Chagnon, Pierre-Luc; Egan, Cameron; Ghignone, Stefano; Helgason, Thorunn; Lekberg, Ylva; Öpik, Maarja; Pickles, Brian; Waller, Lauren (2015) Navigating the labyrinth: A guide to sequence-based, community ecology of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, New Phytologist,

Aleklett K., Leff J. W., Fierer N., Hart M. (2015) Wild plant species growing closely connected in a subalpine meadow host distinct root-associated bacterial communities. PeerJ 3:e804


Aleklett K., Hart, M. and Shade A. (2014) The microbial ecology of flowers: an emerging frontier in phyllosphere research. Botany, 92(4): 253-266,


Aleklett K. and Hart M. (2013) The root microbiota – a fingerprint in the soil? Plant and Soil, 370 (1-2): 671-686.


Aleklett K. and Wallander H. (2012) Effects of organic amendments with various nitrogen levels on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal growth. Journal of Applied Soil Ecology, 60: 71-76



Aleklett K., Ohlsson P., Mafla Endara P.M., Bengtsson M. and Hammer E.C., Mycology-on-a-chip: examining foraging fungi in soil-like micro-habitats. International Society for Microbial Ecology meeting, Montréal, Canada, August 2016

 Aleklett K., Ohlsson P., Wernbro D., Lam S., Bengtsson M. and Hammer E.C. Fungal foraging in microfluidic artificial soil environments. MicroNano Systems Workshop, Lund, Sweden, May 2016 *Awarded the Zeiss price for my oral presentation.

 Aleklett K. & Hart M. Microbial community formation and resilience in plant roots. The First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference, Dijon, France, December 2014.

 Aleklett K. & Hart M. Is there a window of opportunity for microbial colonization in the root microbiota? Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting, Sacramento, USA, August 2014.

Aleklett K. & Hart M. Individual variance in the root microbiota of wild plant populations. Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) meeting, Kelowna, Canada, May 2013.

Aleklett K. & Hart M. Microbial fingerprints in the rhizosphere. 28th New Phytologist symposium – Functions and ecology of the plant microbiome, Rhodes, Greece, May 2012.

Aleklett K. & Wallander H. How do organic materials with different nitrogen concentrations affect mycorrhizal colonization? Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) meeting, Banff, Canada, May 2011 and Soil Ecology Society (SES) meeting, Kelowna, Canada, May 2011.




Postdoc in Microbial Ecology (2015-2017) – Lund University (Lund, Sweden)  Supervisor: Edith Hammer

PhD in Biology (2011-2016) – University of British Columbia – Okanagan (Kelowna, Canada)
PhD thesis in Microbial Ecology – Supervisor: Miranda Hart
“Examining ecological determinants of community formation and stability in the root microbiota”.

MSc in Biology with a specialization in Ecology (2009-2010) – Lund University (Lund, Sweden)
Master’s thesis in Microbial Ecology – Supervisor: Håkan Wallander
“Does nitrogen content determine the effect of organic material on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal growth?”

TASSEP – Trans Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program (2008-2009) – University of Dalhousie (Halifax, Canada)

BSc in Biology (2004-2008) – Lund University (Lund, Sweden)
Bachelor’s thesis in Microbial Ecology – Supervisor: Håkan Wallander
“The effect of nitrogen and organic matter on growth of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi”



 The Crafoord foundation, 300 000 SEK. I was a co-applicant for this competitive research grant application where we got awarded a stipend for the project: “Build your own soil system – new methods for examining micro scale soil structures’ effect on fungal carbon sequestration and nutrient foraging”.

Dean’s Graduate Thesis Award: 6000 CAD. A competitive, merit-based fellowship that recognizes excellence in graduate research and study, awarded by the Dean of graduate studies at UBC Okanagan.

UBC Okanagan graduate student travel grant to attend the First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference in Dijon, France: 2000 CAD: A competitive grant awarded by the Internal Research Grant Program at UBC Okanagan.

UBC Okanagan graduate student travel grant to attend the 28th New Phytologist Symposium in Rhodes, Greece: 2000 CAD: A competitive grant awarded by the Internal Research Grant Program at UBC Okanagan.

University of BC Okanagan Graduate Fellowship 2012: 3000 CAD and 2013: 6000 CAD: A competitive, merit-based fellowship awarded by the Biology department at UBC Okanagan.

Special University of British Columbia Okanagan Award 2013: 1500 CAD.

PhD tuition fee Okanagan Award: 7107 CAD.

International Partial Tuition Okanagan Scholarship: 12 072 CAD.


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