Research Scientist in the Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems and Industries in Tropical Australia program.
My background is in biological and chemical oceanography. My current research interests fall within the broad topics of marine microbes and water quality with a special emphasis on coastal and shelf waters. Since obtaining my PhD in 2009, in which I investigated microbial degradation of dissolved organic matter, I have used my skills in a number of different research areas, including topics spanning from viral ecology to the management of mussel farms.

At AIMS, I am continuing research in these areas by contributing to the water quality aspects of the Marine Monitoring Program.

This video shows another view of my research:

and this video describes a recent experiment which I conducted with friends in the Great Barrier reef:


2009: PhD in Marine Biogeochemistry, Aberdeen University UK

2006: MSc in Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2003: BSc in Biology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Current Research Activities
My current research falls within these broad topics:
  • Biogeochemistry of organic matter and nutrients in aquatic systems
  • Ocean carbon cycling
  • Using in-situ sensors for measuring biogeochemical variables
  • Optical oceanography
  • Land-sea coupling of carbon and nutrient cycles
  • Bacterial and viral ecology
Expert Committees and Boards
  • Review Editor for Frontiers in Marine Biogeochemistry.
  • Scientific reviewer for the following funding agencies: NSF: Chemical Oceanography, Norwegian Science Council
  • Guest editor: Special issue: Problems of Small Estuaries, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 2014.

Society Memberships
  • Estuarine & Coastal Sciences Association.
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.
The following are a selection of recent publications:

Lønborg C, Cuevas A, Reinthaler T, Herndl G, Gasol, JM, Morán XAG, Bates, N, Álvarez-Salgado XA (2016) Depth dependent relationships between temperature and ocean heterotrophic prokaryotic production. Frontiers in Aquatic Microbiology 3:90 doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00090

Lønborg C, Nieto M, Hernando-Morales V, Hernández-Ruiz M, Teira E, Álvarez-Salgado XA (2016) Photochemical alteration of dissolved organic matter and the subsequent effects on bacterial carbon cycling and diversity. FEMS Microbial Ecology 96:1-14

Burd AB, Frey S, Cabre A, Ito T, Levine NM, Lønborg C, Long M, Mauritz M, Thomas RQ, Stevens B, Vanwalleghem T, Zeng N (2016) Terrestrial and marine perspectives on modeling organic matter degradation pathways and controls. Global Change Biology 22:121-136

McKinnon AD, Doyle J, Duggan S, Logan M, Lønborg C, Brinkman R (2015) Zooplankton Growth, Respiration and Grazing on the Australian Margins of the Tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans PLoS ONE 10:30140012 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140012

Lønborg C, Yokokawa T, Herndl G, Álvarez-Salgado XA (2015) Production and degradation of fluorescent dissolved organic matter in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean. Deep Sea Research part I 96:27-35

Uthicke S, Furnas M, Lønborg C (2014) Coral reefs on the edge? Carbon Chemistry on inshore GBR Reefs. PLoS ONE 9:e0109092 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109092

Callaway R, Grenfell S, Lønborg C (2014) Small estuaries: ecology, environmental drivers and management challenges. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 150:193-195.

Lønborg C, Álvarez-Salgado XA (2014) Tracing dissolved organic matter cycling in the temperate eastern North Atlantic Ocean by absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. Deep Sea Research part I 85:35-46.

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