Synnøve Smebye Botnen

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Room 4126
Visiting address Blindernveien 31 None 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Student)

Academic interests

My main interests are in molecular fungal ecology and evolution. My PhD-project(s) are 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) and Master of Science (2013) 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
  • 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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  • 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 Mar. 13, 2019 10:18 AM