Synnøve Smebye Botnen

Academic interests

My main interests are in molecular fungal ecology and evolution. My PhD-project(s) were mainly focusing on the ecology of the mycorrhizal symbiosis, with a special emphasis on ectomycorrhiza in the Arctic.  

Teaching experience

BIO1000 - Elementary Biology

BIO1200 - Biodiversity

BIO2120 - Evolutionary Biology

BIO2150 - Biostatistics and Study Design

BIO4021 - Methods of Gradient Analysis

BIO4250 - Evolution and systematics of organismal groups: The Plant Kingdom

BIO9905MERG1 - Bioinformatics for Metagenomic Analyses and Environmental Sequencing


I did both my Bachelor of science (2011), Master of Science (2013), and PhD (2020) degrees here at the University of Oslo. During my master I investigated host plant specificity of the ectomyccorhizal fungal community at an Arctic site.  

Tags: Fungi, DNA-metabarcoding, Mycorrhiza, Mycology, Molecular fungal ecology, Fungal evolution, Biostatistics


  • Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Davey, Marie Louise; Aas, Anders Bjørnsgard; Carlsen, Tor; Thoen, Ella; Heegaard, Einar; Vik, Unni; Dresch, Philipp; Mundra, Sunil; Peintner, Ursula; Taylor, Andy F. S. & Kauserud, Håvard (2019). Biogeography of plant root-associated fungal communities in the North Atlantic region mirrors climatic variability. Journal of Biogeography.  ISSN 0305-0270.  46(7), s 1532- 1546 . doi: 10.1111/jbi.13613 Show summary
  • Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Davey, Marie Louise; Halvorsen, Rune & Kauserud, Håvard (2018). Sequence clustering threshold has little effect on the recovery of microbial community structure. Molecular Ecology Resources.  ISSN 1755-098X.  18(5), s 1064- 1076 . doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12894 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Lorberau, Kelsey; Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Mundra, Sunil; Aas, Anders Bjørnsgard; Rozema, Jelte; Eidesen, Pernille Bronken & Kauserud, Håvard (2017). Does warming by open-top chambers induce change in the root-associated fungal community of the arctic dwarf shrub Cassiope tetragona (Ericaceae)?. Mycorrhiza.  ISSN 0940-6360.  27(5), s 513- 524 . doi: 10.1007/s00572-017-0767-y
  • Høiland, Klaus & Botnen, Synnøve Smebye (2016). A comparison of aboveground sporocarps and belowground ectomycorrhizal structures of Agaricales, Boletales and Russulales in a sand dune ecosystem on Lista, South-western Norway. Agarica.  ISSN 0800-1820.  37, s 67- 77 Show summary
  • Botnen, Synnøve; Kauserud, Håvard; Carlsen, Tor; Blaalid, Rakel & Høiland, Klaus (2015). Mycorrhizal fungal communities in coastal sand dunes and heaths investigated by pyrosequencing analyses. Mycorrhiza.  ISSN 0940-6360.  25(6), s 447- 456 . doi: 10.1007/s00572-014-0624-1
  • Botnen, Synnøve; Vik, Unni; Carlsen, Tor; Eidesen, Pernille Bronken; Davey, Marie Louise & Kauserud, Håvard (2014). Low host specificity of root-associated fungi at an Arctic site. Molecular Ecology.  ISSN 0962-1083.  23(4), s 975- 985 . doi: 10.1111/mec.12646

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  • Vik, Unni; Fønnebø, Bente; Langholm, Guri; Skaug, Hilde Nancy; Neegaard, Henrik; Sandbakken, Mari; Osnes, Heid; Byhring, Anne Kristine; Hagen, Anikke; Jørgensen, Kari-Anne; Synnes, Kari; Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Solheim, Elias & Tuset, Elly Herikstad (2019). Plastdekke i barns lekemiljøer - til beste for hvem?.
  • Høiland, Klaus & Botnen, Synnøve Smebye (2017). Studier av ektomykorrhiza på krypvier i sanddynene på Lista.
  • Eidesen, Pernille Bronken; Mundra, Sunil; Botnen, Synnøve Smebye; Davey, Marie Louise; Lorberau, Kelsey & Kauserud, Håvard (2016). Spatial diversity and community composition of root associated fungi in the High Arctic archipelago Svalbard - environmental influence is scale dependent.
  • Jacobsen, Rannveig M; Birkemoe, Tone; Sverdrup-Thygeson, Anne; Kauserud, Håvard & Botnen, Synnøve Smebye (2016). The potential of insects to act as spore vectors.

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Published Sep. 24, 2013 10:57 AM - Last modified Aug. 4, 2020 10:56 AM