Ole Pedersen

Adjunct Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Research interests

  • Flooding tolerance in crops and natural wetland plants
  • Internal aeration during submergence
  • Underwater photosynthesis and respiration
  • Ecophysiology of isoetids (Lobelia, Littorella and Isoetes)
  • Brownification of softwater lakes
  • Seagrass ecology
  • Plant-sediment interactions
  • Gas and water transport in aquatic plants


I conduct research on several aspects of experimental plant eco-physiology under controlled laboratory conditions as well as in the field. I work with submerged aquatic plants in freshwater systems as well as seagrasses and macroalgae inhabiting seawater or brackish waters. More recently, I have expanded my research interests to also include flood tolerance of terrestrial wetland plants or even dryland plants.

Much of my research is carried out in collaboration with international colleagues in Europe, Australia or Japan.

Current projects

The root barrier to radial oxygen loss. Independent Research Fund Denmark, AUD 900,000, 2019-2022

Climate-smart African rice. Danida, AUD 3,000,000, 2020-2025


I graduated in 1995 with a PhD degree from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, within experimental plant eco-physiology. I am currently professor at the Department of Biology in Copenhagen where I am also Deputy Head of Department. I have been an adjunct at UWA since 2005 with more than 15 annual reserach visits and 45 joint publications. I am usually visiting during the months of October or November for 4 weeks each time.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Adjunct Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2022

Professor, University of Copenhagen

1 May 1995 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Flood tolerance
  • Salinity tolerance
  • Rice
  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Soil phytotoxins
  • Root-soil interactions
  • Seagrasses
  • Seaweed


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