Gunilla Öberg

Professor Öberg is inspired by her experience as a leader of complex interdisciplinary research and education and her in-depth knowledge of chlorine biogeochemistry, environment and sustainability.

Her research deals with science for policy in complex areas where science is uncertain and disputed, presently focusing on chemical pollution and sustainable sewage management. The questions that drive her research are:

What kind of knowledge is needed, used and trusted? How does the knowledge used impact perceived solutions? How might we help decision-makers and the public ‘unpack’ assumptions, values and preferences that are embedded in such knowledge?

 

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, UBC Vancouver, Canada

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Center for the Studies of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway

Prospective Students/Colleagues

How can science for policy be more transparent and useable?

Students and postdocs who hope to work with Dr. Öberg should share her enthusiasm for an interdisciplinary approach to integrating scientific expertise and policy. She welcomes applicants from a variety of backgrounds — law, science studies, and political science, for example — who want to join her team in examining the decision making process of chemical regulation, a field in which scientific consensus is often not possible. Öberg’s team is specifically targeting the regulation of micropollutants that are increasingly being detected in drinking water, humans and the environment. How to determine healthy levels of such substances remains a contested area. It is crucial to find ways to move forward when there is a struggle for epistemic authority. Öberg invites colleagues who can help strengthen the ability to handle a diversity of perspectives. In fact, the inclusion of differing perspectives can make decision making more robust, actionable, rigorous, and democratic, not least because of an increased ability to understand and mitigate risks.

Click here for a full description of the qualifications Dr. Öberg is looking for.

Featured publications

BEST PAPER AWARD!

Robin Harder, Rosanne Wielemaker, Tove A. Larsen, Grietje Zeeman and Gunilla Öberg  2019 Recycling nutrients contained in human excreta to agriculture: Pathways, processes, and products. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 49(8): 695-743

Bronwyn McIlroy, Annegaaike Leopold and Gunilla Öberg 2021 The manufacturing of consensus: a struggle for epistemic authority in chemical risk evaluation. Environmental Science and Policy Volume 122, August 2021, Pages 25-34

Bronwyn McIlroy-Young, Annegaaike Leopold, Gunilla Öberg 2021 Science, Consensus and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Re-thinking Disagreement in Expert Deliberations Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management DOI: 10.1002/ieam.4385

Marco Vazquez, Bronwyn McIlroy-Young, Amanda Giang, Daniel Steel, Gunilla Öberg 2021 Exploring scientists’ values by analyzing how they frame nature and uncertainty. Risk Analysis (vol: p)  DOI: 10.1111/risa.13701

Gunilla Öberg, Kevin Elliot and Annegaaike Leopold 2019 Science is Political But should Not be Partisan. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 16: 6-7.

 

“Being an interdisciplinary graduate student throws up a number of unique challenges which can leave you feeling confused and frustrated. Professor Öberg’s book provides a life-line for those of us who are attempting interdisciplinary research. Its practical student case-study format is helpful, especially when the last thing you need is another dense theoretical tome critiquing approaches to interdisciplinarity. It is clear that Professor Öberg has extensive experience of being an interdisciplinary researcher and guiding students through this PhD pathway.”

Beth Brocket, PhD student,

Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, UK

Reviews of Interdisciplinary environmental studies – a primer

 

Supervision

Current supervision

Jerry Achar (PhD) topic tbd

Manvi Bhalla (PhD) topid tbd

Isobel Mouat (Teaching as Research Project, PhD students Microbiology and Immunology)  Using a card game to teach the nature of science

Diana Bedolla Lopez (MA) topic tbd

Jack Durant (MA) Values in science in the debate about evaluation of potential harm caused by endocrine disrupting substances

Elina Eronen (MSc) topic tbd

Georgia Green (MSc) The development and validation of a method to characterize and identify epistemic perspectives of relevance for regulatory science in chemicals management

Josh Travis (MA) topic tbd

Previous supervision

PhD
Matt Dolf (PhD) 2017 A life cycle assessment of the environmental impacts of small to medium sports events. Co-cupervised with Robert Sparks, Human Kinetics, UBC

Tashi Tsering (PhD) 2014. Social Inequality and Resource Management: Gender, Caste and Class in the Rural Himalayas. Main supervisor: Shakya Tsering, UBC.

Alkan Olsson, Johanna (PhD). 2003. Setting Limits in Nature and the Metabolism of Knowledge – the Case of the Critical Load concept. Linköping Studies in Arts and Science nr Linköpings Universitet. ISBN 91

Johansson, Emma (PhD). 2000. Organic chlorine and chloride in soil. Linköping Studies in Arts and Science nr 210, Linköpings Universitet. ISBN 91-7219-724-2

Hjelm, Olof (PhD). 1996. Organohalogens in coniferous forest soil. Linköping Studies in Arts and Science nr 139, Linköpings Universitet. ISBN 91-7871-702-7
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Masters

Brianne Della Savia 2021 (MA) Investigating local preparedness for managing endocrine disruptors

Bronwyn McIlroy-Young 2020 (MA) Chemical controversy: exploring scientific disagreement around endocrine disrupting chemicals  NOMINATED TO THE GOVERNOR GENERAL’S GOLD MEDAL AWARD BY UBC’S FACULTY OF SCIENCE

Connor Robinson 2020 (MSc) Sustainability assessment of biosolids vs biochar for land application. A case-study of CRD, BC, Canada

MarcoVazquez Perez 2019 (MSc) Science and values in a wastewater treatment controversy

Daniel Klein (MSc) 2017 Supporting the implementation of effective urban water conservation and demand management strategies

Hamed Taheri (MSc) 2015 Interactive Visualization to Facilitate Group Deliberations in Decision Making Processes. Co-supervised with Dr. Giuseppe Carenini, Computer Science, UBC.

Alicia LaValle (MSc Forestry, UBC) 2015 Eco-Industrial Network Planning in the Face of Climate Change: An Exploratory Study Using Landscape Planning Approaches. Co-supervised with Dr. Stephen Sheppard, Landscape Architechture and Forestry, UBC.

Sanjana Bajracharya 2014 (MSc Computer Science) Interactive Visualization for Group-Decision-Making. Co-supervised with Dr. David Poole, Computer Science, UBC

Boris Thurm (MSc) 2014 Exploring the possibility of an Integrated Resource Management Strategy for the University of British Columbia – Focus on the Water-Energy Nexus. Ecole Polytechnique Férédale de Lausanne (EPFL).

Liz Ferris (MSc) 2013 Implementing climate mitigation policy at a subnational level: lessons from British Columbia. Present occupation: Climate Action Coordinator, Capital Regional District, Victoria, B.C. Canada.

Hana Sherin Galal (MA) 2013 Integrating sustainability in municipal wastewater infrastructure decision-analysis using the analytical hierarchy process.

Margaret Morales (MA) 2012 Citizenshit- The Right to Flush: Sewage management and its Meanings in Villa Lamadrid, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jacqueline A. Belzile (MA) 2011 Lessons from Oz to the Okanagan : water policy and structural reform in a changing climate. Present occupation: Director & Sustainability Consultant at Blue Currents Consulting Inc.

Beaulieu, Mathieu (MSc) 2010 Climate change impact in a coastal community watershed: investigating the summer streamflow response to a shifting hydrological regime Present occupation: Hydrologist (GIT)

Empey, Erin 2010 (Master of Journalism) Integrated resource recovery: energy potential in Vancouver’s waste water

Svensson, Teresia (PhD) 2006. Chlorine transport in a small catchment. Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, nr 352. Linköpings universitet. ISBN 91-85523-85-2.

Ahl, Helga. 2005. Theory and practice. A study of the Swedish forestry administration board and its procedures for protecting land. (In Swedish). LiU Norrköping. Environmental Science Programme.

Larsson, Emma. 2004. Science and policy in the framing of international negotiations on climate change. LiU Norrköping. Environmental Science Programme. LIU-ITUF/MV-D–04/11—SE

Larsson, Anna. 2004. Environmental goal assessment – not as simple as it sounds. A study of roles and communication in the Swedish environmental administration. (In Swedish). LiU Norrköping, Environmental Science Programme. LIU-ITUF/MV-D–03/31—SE

Madelaine Johansson, 2003. Environmental goal assessment in the county of Östergötland – a study of areas of conflict within the frame of regional environemental assessment work. (In Swedish). LiU Norrköping. Environmental Science Programme,. LIU-ITUF/MV-D–03/10—SE

Maria Eriksson, 2002. Indirect environmental aspects at SMHI. Identification and handling. (In Swedish). LiU Norrköping Environmental Science Programme.

Marita Lachan, 2002. Levande skogar – ett svenskt miljökvalitetsmål. Living forests – a Swedish environmental goal. (In Swedish). LiU Norrköping. Environmental Science Programme.

Malin Rodhstedt, 2002. Risk assessment and naturally produced dioxins. LiU Norrköping. Environmental Science Programme. LIU-ITUF/MV-D–02/16–SE

Gustaf Ebenå, 1997. Influence of nitrogen on netformation of organic halogen during degradation of soil. LiU Linköping. Department of Biology.

Carsten Johansen. 1995. Organically bound halogens in spruce forest through fall – occurrence, deposition and chemical characterization (in Danish). DTH, Kopenhaven. Institution of Geology and Geotechnology.

Helena Nord. 1994. Do white-rot fungi produce chloro-organic compounds during lignin degradation? (in Swedish). LiU Linköping. Department of Biology,

Ingela Börjesson. 1991.  Net production of halogenated organic compounds in soil at different pH (in Swedish). LiU Linköping. Department of Biology.

C.J.M. van den Biggenlaar. 1990. The use of sum-parameter measurements of anthropogenic organic halogens compounds in the Netherlands and Germany and the influence of naturally produced organohalogens. University of Agriculture, Wageningen.
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Bachelor theses

Milka Nilsson. 2005. Influence of chloride and nitrogen on formation and leaching of chlorinated organic matter in soil. LiU Norrköping. Environmental Science Programme.

Tora Strandberg. 2003. Inventorying humans in the forest – a study of coastal forest owners’ understanding of the political shift in focus within Swedish forestry. LiU Norrköping. Environmental Science Programme.

Daniel Stenman, 2002. The scientific basis of Swedish climate policy (In Swedish). Environmental Science Programme, Department of Thematic Studies. Linköpings Universitet. LIU-ITUF/MV-C–02/14–SE

Marita Lachan, 2001. Health and the environment – conflicts in the management of waste products? (In Swedish) Environmental Science Programme, Department of Thematic Studies. Linköpings Universitet.

Mårten Sundin, 2001. towards closed cycles – the precautionary principle, the hierarchy of waste and the risk society (In Swedish). Environmental Science Programme, Department of Thematic Studies. Linköpings Universitet.

Gustav Ebenå. 1995. Development of a method for studies on the influence of reactive chlorine on the degradability of lignin (in Swedish). Department of Biology, LiU.

Pia Kersna. 1992. A studie of the content of TOX in plants and its contribution to such compounds in soil (in Swedish). Department of Biology, LiU. (10 p)

Karin Persson. 1992. Detection of chloroperoxidase activity in fungal mycel isolated from spruce forest soil (In Swedish). Department of Biology, LiU.

Olof Hjelm. 1991. Occurrence of chlororganic compounds in lichen (in Swedish). Department of Chemistry, LiU.

Pia Kersna. 1991. An attempt to detect chlorperoxidase activity in needles of Norwegian Spruce (Picea abies, L.). Department of Biology, LiU. (5 p)

Susanne Karlsson. 1989. Studies of naturally produced chlororganic compounds (in Swedish) Kemiavdelningen, LiU.

Eva Siljeholm. 1989. Chloro-organic compounds in an acidified spruce forest in Swedish). Department of Biology, LiU.

Presently Teaching

RES 500D: Navigating the divide between scientific practice and science studies

Enrollment: Graduate students that either conduct natural science studies or study scientific practices (or advanced undergraduates with instructor approval and completed G+PS form)

Description

For science students, the aim of this course is to grapple with the role of value-judgements in science and how it is plays out in their own field of research

For humanities students studying the scientific enterprise, the aim is to grapple with the communication barrier between science studies and the scientific practice.

Through the use of historic and contemporary cases, students will work in mixed groups to jointly seek ways to navigate the divide between the two communities.

Background: It is well documented that scientists on opposite sides of a policy-relevant scientific controversy commonly perceive the other side as biased but see themselves as objective. More data and rigorous analysis rarely resolve such conflicts, yet the expectation is that it is possible to reach consensus. This expectation hinges on the idea that the scientific enterprise is free of values and that science is a deliverer of irrefutable facts. Numerous studies show, however, that value-judgements are not only unavoidable but also a necessary component of rigorous science, particularly in areas defined by uncertainty (known unknowns) and ignorance (unknown unknowns), which are common in complex fields such as health, environment, communication, safety and planning. Value-judgements are a necessary part of rigorous science in such fields because 100% certainty will never reign. Different scientists will need to decide how much evidence — and what type – that is needed to draw a conclusion, and an inductive leap must be made from evidence to conclusion. Consensus is therefore not always possible and probably not even desirable. Yet, little is known about how to sensibly navigate this terrain.

While science studies scholars have demonstrated beyond doubt that value-judgements are an integral part of science, most scientists define ‘good’ science as objective and value-free in part because few scientists are familiar with these findings and in part because of a wide-spread distrust among scientists about claims made by philosophers. Even so, philosophy of science education rarely includes questions related to communication obstacles between practitioners of the natural sciences and science studies scholars. In this course, students will grapple with this double challenge.

Sustainability for Community and the World (SCIE420)

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Publications

Bronwyn McIlroy, Annegaaike Leopold and Gunilla Öberg 2021 The manufacturing of consensus: a struggle for epistemic authority in chemical risk evaluation. Environmental Science and Policy Volume 122, August 2021, Pages 25-34

Bronwyn McIlroy-Young, Annegaaike Leopold, Gunilla Öberg 2021 Science, Consensus and Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals: Re-thinking Disagreement in Expert Deliberations Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management DOI: 10.1002/ieam.4385

Marco Vazquez, Bronwyn McIlroy-Young, Amanda Giang, Daniel Steel, Gunilla Öberg 2021 Exploring scientists’ values by analyzing how they frame nature and uncertainty. Risk Analysis (vol: p)  DOI: 10.1111/risa.13701

Gunilla Öberg, Geneviève S. Metson, Yusuke Kuwayama and Steven Conrad. 2020. Conventional Sewer Systems are too Time-Consuming, Costly and Inflexible to meet the Challenges of the 21st Century. Sustainability 2020,12, 6518

Robin Harder, Rosanne Wielemaker, Sverker Molander, Gunilla Öberg 2020 Reframing human excreta management as part of food and farming systems. Water Research 175: 115601

Gunilla Öberg, Kevin Elliot and Annegaaike Leopold 2019 Science is Political But should Not be Partisan. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 16: 6-7.

Gunilla Oberg and Annegaaike Leopold 2019  On the role of review papers in the face of escalating publication rates – a case study of research on contaminants of emerging concern (CECs). Environment International 131: 104960

Robin Harder, Rosanne Wielemaker, Tove A. Larsen, Grietje Zeeman and Gunilla Öberg  2019 Recycling nutrients contained in human excreta to agriculture: Pathways, processes, and products. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 49(8): 695-743

Sarah A. Mason-Renton, Marco Vazquez, Connor Robinson, Gunilla Öberg 2019 Science for policy: A case-study of scientific polarization, values, and the framing of risk and uncertainty. Risk Analysis 39 (6): 1229-1242

Gunilla Oberg and Alice Campell 2019 Navigating the divide between scientific practice and science studies to support undergraduate teaching of epistemic knowledge. International Journal of Science Education 41(2):230-247

Noureddine Elouazizi, Gunilla Oberg, and Gulnur Birol 2018 Learning technology-enabled (meta)-cognitive scaffolding to support learning aspects of written argumentation. PALE 2018 http://adenu.ia.uned.es/workshops/pale2018/

Bajracharya, S., Carenini, G., Chamberlain, B., Chen, K. D., Klein, D., Poole, D., & Oberg, G. 2018. Interactive Visualization for Group Decision-Analysis. International Journal of Information Technology & Decision Making 17(6): 1839–1864. DOI: 10.1142/S0219622018500384

Gunilla Öberg and Sarah A. Mason-Renton . 2018. On the limitation of evidence-based policy: Regulatory narratives and land application of biosolids/sewage sludge in BC, Canada and Sweden. Environmental Science & Policy 84: 88-96.

Genevieve S. Metson, Steve M. Powers, Rebecca L. Hale, Jesse s. Sayles, Gunilla Öberg, G., Graham K. MacDonald, , … & Alexander F. Bowman 2018. Socio-environmental consideration of phosphorus flows in the urban sanitation chain of contrasting cities. Regional environmental change, 8:1 387–1401

Klein, D. R., & Öberg, G. 2017. Using Existing Municipal Water Data to Support Conservation Efforts. Journal‐American Water Works Association, 109(7), E313-E319.

Gunilla Öberg and Margaret del Carmen Morales 2016. Biosolids are wicked to manage: Land application regulations in Sweden and B.C. Canada. WEF Residuals and Biosolids Conference, April 3-6, 2016, Milwuakee, Wisconsin

Susanne Rostmark, Manuel Colombo, Sven Knutsson, and Gunilla Öberg 2016. Removal and re-use of tar-contaminated sediments by freeze-dredging: a case study of a coking plant in northern Sweden. Water Environment Research 88(9):847-851

Daniel R. Klein, Ghazal Ebrahimi, Lucas Navilloz,  Boris Thurm, and Gunilla Öberg 2014. Water Management at UBC. Background report for the project: Would it make sense to develop an integrated resource management strategy for UBC, using a water lens? Vancouver, BC: Program on Water Governance. Click here for a web-based version of the report.

Margaret del Carmen Morales*, Leila Harris and Gunilla Öberg. 2014. Citizenshit – The Right to Flush and the UrbanSanitation Imaginary. Environment and Planning A 46: 2816 – 2833

Gunilla Öberg, M. Gabriela Merlinsky, Alicia LaValle, Margaret Morales, and M. Melina Tobias. 2014. The Notion of Sewage as Waste – On Institutional Inertia and Infrastructure Change in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Vancouver, Canada. Ecology and Society 19(2)19

Per Bengtsson, David Bastviken and Gunilla Öberg. 2013. Possible roles of reactive chlorine II: Assessing biotic chlorination as a way for organisms to handle oxygen stress. Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology 15 (4): 991-1000

Brent C. Chamberlain, Giuseppe Carenini, David Poole, Gunilla Öberg, and Hamed Taheri 2013. A Decision Support System for the Design and Evaluation of Sustainable Wastewater Solutions. IEEE Transactions on Computer Science. Special issue on Computational Sustainability pp. 129-141

Gunilla Öberg, Louise Fortmann and Tim Gray 2013 Is interdisciplinary research a mashup? IRES Working Paper Series; No. 2013-2

Lauren Pickering, T. Andrew Black, Chanelle Gilbert, Matthew Jeronimo, Zoran Nesic, Juergen Pilz, Teresia Svensson, and Gunilla Öber., 2013. A Portable Chamber System for Measuring Chloroform Fluxes from Terrestrial Environments – Methodological Challenges. Enviromental Science and Technology 47 (24): 14298–14305

Jacqueline A. Belzile, and Gunilla Öberg 2012. Focus Groups. In: Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability. Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability 6/10.

Jacqueline A. Belzile and Gunilla Öberg 2012 Where to begin? Grappling with how to use participant interaction in focus group design. Qualitative Research 12 (4): 459-472

Malin Gustavsson, Susanne K. Karlsson, Gunilla Öberg, Per Sandén, Teresia Svensson, Valinia, S., Ives Thiry, David Bastviken, 2012. Organic matter chlorination rates in different boreal soils — the role of soil organic matter content. Environmental Science and Technology 46 (3): 1504–1510.

Margaret Morales and Gunilla Öberg, 2012.The Idea of Sewage as a Resource. An Introductory Study of Knowledge and Decision Making in Liquid Waste Management in Metro Vancouver, BC. Canada. UBC’s Program of Water Governance Report.

Gunilla Öberg, 2012. Qualitative and quantitative studies. In: Measurements, Indicators, and Research Methods for Sustainability. Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability 6/10.

Öberg, G. and Bastviken, D. 2012. Transformation of chloride to organic chlorine in terrestrial environments: variability, extent and implications. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology 42:2526-2545

Gunilla Öberg, Louise Fortmann and Tim Gray 201X Is interdisciplinary research a mashup? In: Interdisciplinary progress in environmental science and management. (ed. Nicholas V.C. Polunin) Cambridge University Press. (accepted)

Molodovskaya, M., Warland, J., Richards, B.K., Öberg, G. and Steenhuis, T. 2011. Nitrous oxide emission from heterogeneous agricultural landscape: analysis of source contribution by eddy covariance and static chambers. Soil Science Society of America Journal 75: 5: 1829-1838

de Boer, W., Folman, L., Bastviken, D., Svensson, T., Öberg, G., del Rio, J. and Boddy, L. 2010. Mechanism of antibacterial activity of the white-rot fungus Hypholoma fasciculare colonizing wood. Canadian Journal of Microbiology Volume 56, Number 5, 1 May 2010 , pp. 380-388.

Öberg, Gunilla, 2011. Interdisicplinary environmental studies – a primer. Blackwell & Wiley.

Wibeck, V., Abrandt Dahlgren, M. and Öberg, G. 2010 Learning in focus groups: an analytical dimension for enhancing focus group research. In “Data Collection” W. Paul Vogt (Ed) SAGE Benchmarks in Social Research Methods. SAGE Publications.

David Bastviken, Teresia Svensson, Susanne Karlsson and Gunilla Öberg. 2009. Temperature sensitivity indicates that chlorination of organic matter in forest soil is primarily biotic. Environmental Science and Technology 43, 3569–3573.

Per Bengtson, David Bastviken, Wietse de Boer and Gunilla Öberg. 2009. Possible role of reactive chlorine in microbial antagonism and organic matter chlorination in terrestrial environments. Environmental Microbiology 11: 1330–1339,(published on line doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2009.01915.x)

Kai Chan and Gunilla Öberg with Emily Anderson, Brent Chamberlain, Erin Empey, Carys Evans, Sarah Klain, Jordan Levine, Megan Mach, Rebecca Martone, Cathryn Clarke Murray, Julia Reckermann, Jordan Tam, Natasha Sihota, Gerald Singh 2009 An Ecosystem Services Approach to Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Report to UBC Sustainability Office. 

Öberg, G. 2009. Facilitating interdisciplinary work: using quality assessment to create common ground. Higher Education 57, no. 4, pp. 405-415

Bastviken, D., Thomsen, F., Svensson, T., Karlsson, S., Sandèn, P., Shaw, G., Matucha, M. and Öberg, G. 2007. Chloride retention in forest soil by microbial uptake and by natural chlorination of organic matter. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 71:3182-3192

Öberg, G. 2007. Praktisk tvärvetenskap – tankar om och för gränsöverskridande projekt (Interdisciplinarity in practice – thoughts concerning cross-boundary projects). Studentlitteratur.

Svensson T., Laturnus F., Sandén P., Öberg G. 2007 Chloroform in run-off water – a two-year study in a small catchment in south-east Sweden. Biogeochemistry 82: 139-151

Svensson, T., Sandén, P., Bastviken, B. and Öberg, G. 2007 Chlorine transport in a small catchment in southeast Sweden during two years. Biogeochemistry 82:181-199

Wibeck, V., Abrandt Dahlgren, M. and Öberg, G. 2007 Learning in focus groups: an analytical dimension for enhancing focus group research. Qualitative Research 7 (2): 249-267

Bastviken, D., Sandén, P., Svensson,T., Ståhlberg, C., Magounakis,M. and Öberg, G. 2006 Chloride retention and release in a boreal forest soil – effects of soil water residence time, nitrogen and chloride loads. Environmental Science and Technology 40:2977-2982

Lahsen, M. and Öberg, G. 2006. The role of unstated mistrust and disparities in scientific capacity – examples from Brazil. CSPR Reports. ISBN 91-25523-42-9

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Wibeck, V., Johansson, M., Larsson, A. and Öberg, G. 2005 Communicative aspects of environmental management by objectives – examples from the Swedish context. Env. Managment 37 (4):461-469

Lövbrand, E. and Öberg, G. 2005 Towards reflexive scientization of environmental policy. Environmental Science and Policy. 8(2):195-197

Öberg G, Holm, M. Parikka, M. Sandén, P. and Svensson, T. 2005. The role of organic-matter-bound chlorine in the chlorine cycle: a case study of the Stubbetorp catchment, Sweden. Biogeochemistry 75: 173–201

Öberg, G. and Sandén, P. 2005 Retention of chloride in soil. Hydrol Proc 19:2123-2136

Johansson, E., Xin, Z.B., Zhengyi, H., Sandén, P. and Öberg, G. 2004. Turn-over of organic chlorine in submerged paddy soil. Soil Use and Management 20:144-149.

Laturnus, L., Svensson, T. Wiencke, C. and Öberg, G. 2004. Ultraviolet Radiation Affects Emission of Ozone-Depleting Substances by Marine Macroalgae – Results From a Laboratory Incubation Study. Environmental Science and Technology 38: 6605-6609

do Nascimento, N.R, Nicola, S.M.C. Rezende, M.O.O. Oliviera, T.A. and Öberg, G. 2004. Pollution by hexachlorobenzene and pentachlorophenol in the coastal plain of São Paulo state, Brazil. Geoderma 121:221-232

Johansson, E., Sandén, P. and Öberg, G. 2003. Organic chlorine in deciduous and coniferous forest soil in southern Sweden. Soil Science 168:347-355.

Johansson, E., Sandén, P and Öberg, G. 2003. Spatial patterns of organic chlorine and chloride in Swedish forest soil. Chemosphere 52:391-397.

Karlsson, S.A. and Öberg, G. 2003. UV-light induced mineralization of organic matter bound chlorine in Lake Bjän, Sweden – a laboratory study. Chemosphere 52:463-469.

Rodstedth, M., Ståhlberg, C., Sandén, P. and Öberg, G. 2003. Chloride imbalances in soil lysimeters. Chemoshere 52:381-389.

Öberg, G. 2003. The biogeochemistry of chlorine in soil. In: The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry Vol. 3, part P. The Natural Production of Organohalogen Compounds (ed Gribble, G.), Springer-Verlag, pp 43-62.

Öberg, G. 2002. Old news about the chlorine cycle in soil. Science dEbate feb 21, 2002. (http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/eletters/295/5557/985?ck=nck)

Öberg, G. 2002. The natural chlorine cycle – fitting the scattered pieces. Requisitioned review. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 58 (5): 565-581.

Abrandt-Dahlgren, M. and Öberg, G. 2001. Questioning to learn and learning to question: Structure and function of PBL scenarios in environmental science education. Higher Education 41:263-282.

Johansson, E., Ebenå, G., Sandén, P., Svensson, T. and Öberg, G. 2001. Organic and inorganic chlorine in Swedish spruce forest soil: Influence of nitrogen. Geoderma 10: 1-13.

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Johansson, E., Krantz-Rülcker, T., Zhang, B.X. and Öberg, G. 2000. Chlorination and biodegradation of lignin. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 32:1029-1032.

Neidan, V., Pavasars, I., and Öberg, G. 2000. Chloroperoxidase-mediated chlorination of aromatic groups in fulvic acid. Chemosphere 41: 779-785.

Abrandt-Dahlgren, M. and Öberg, G. 1999. Structure and function of PBL scenarios in environmental science and education. In: Här och Nu! Hård af Segerstad, H. (ed). CUP rapport 5. ISBN 91-7219-625-4.

Abrandt-Dahlgren, M. and Öberg, G. 1999. Brief scenarios instead of authentic cases in environmental science education – does it work? Presented at AuDes 5e conference on environmental education. Zürich, Schweiz, april 15-17, 1999.

Hjelm, O., Johansson, E. and Öberg, G. 1999. Production of organically bound halogens by the litter-degrading fungus Lepista nuda. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 31:1509-1515.

Kokalj, S. and Öberg, G. 1999. Miljö till salu. I: Medier och modernisering. En antologi om utbildningsprogram och samhällsförändring (red. Bengt Sandin). Etermedierna i Sverige. pp 281-296.

Svensson, T., Bastviken, D., Fredriksson, A. and Öberg, G. 1999. Problem-oriented laboratory work in environmental education: Experiences from a new master’s programme at Linköping University, Sweden. Presented at AuDes 5e conference on environmental education. Zürich, Schweiz, april 15-17, 1999. http://www.uns.umnw.ethz.ch/auDes/

Öberg, G. 1998. Chloride and organic chlorine in soil. Acta hydrochimica et hydrobiolobiologica 26:137-144.

Öberg, G., Johansen, C., and Grön, C. 1998. Organic halogens in spruce forest throughfall. Chemosphere 36:1689-1701.

Öberg, G. and Grön, C. 1998. Sources of organic halogens in spruce forest soil. Environ. Sci. Technol. 32:1573-1579.

Öberg, G, Brunberg, H. and Hjelm, O. 1997. Production of organically bound halogens during degradation of birch wood by common white-rot fungi. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 29:191-197.

Öberg, G. and Bäckstrand, K. 1997. Praktik och ideal i svensk försurningsforskning. VEST- tidsskrift för vetenskapsstudier-Journal for Science Technology Studies 1: 23-39.

Hjelm, O., Borén, H. and Öberg, G. 1996. Detection of halogenated organic compounds in soil from a Lepista nuda (wood blewitt) fairy ring. Chemosphere 32:1719-1728.

Öberg, G. and Bäckstrand, K. 1996. Conceptualization of the acidification theory in Swedish environmental research. Environmental Reviews 4:123-132.

Öberg, G., Nordlund, E. and Berg, B. 1996. In situ formation of organically bound halogens during decomposition of Norway spruce needles – effects of fertilization. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 26:1040-1048.

Öberg, G., Börjesson, I. and Samuelsson, B. 1996. Production and mineralisation of organically bound halogens in relation to soil pH. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 89:351-361.

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(Change of surname from Asplund to Öberg in 1996)

Asplund, G. 1995. Origin and occurrence of halogenated organic matter in soil. In: Grimvall, A. and deLeer, E.W.B. (Eds.) Naturally-Produced Organohalogens. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dortrecht. pp. 35-48.

Hjelm, O. and Asplund, G. 1995. Chemical characterization of organohalogens in a coniferous forest soil. In: Grimvall, A and deLeer, E.W.B (Eds.). Naturally-Produced Organohalogens. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dortrecht, the Netherlands. pp. 105-111.

Hjelm, O., Johansson, M-B. and Öberg-Asplund, G. 1995. An analysis of the sources and distribution pattern of organically bound halogens in soil from a coniferous forest soil. Chemosphere 30:2353-2364.

Asplund, G. and Grimvall, A. 1994. Organohalogen compounds in nature. Environ. Sci. Technol. 28:402A.

Asplund, G., Grimvall, A. and Jonsson, S. 1994. Determination of the total and leachable amounts of organohalogens in soil. Chemosphere 28:1467-1475.

Asplund, G., Christiansen, J.V. and Grimvall, A. 1993. A chloroperoxidase-like catalyst in soil: detection and characterization of some properties. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 25:41-46.

Asplund. G. 1992. On the origin of organohalogens found in the environment. Ph. D. Thesis. Linköpings universitet studies in Arts and Science, nr 177. ISBN

Hedrén, J. and Asplund, G. 1992. Den politiska ekologin – en granskning av dess överdeologiska funktion och förutsättningar VEST- tidsskrift för vetenskapsstudier 4/1992: 4-12.

Asplund, G. and Grimvall, A. 1991. Organohalogens in nature, more widespread than previously assumed. Environ. Sci. Technol. 25:1346-1350.

Grimvall, A and Asplund, G. 1991. Natural halogenation of organic macromolecules. Finnish Humus News. 3:41-51.

Lassen, P., Christiansen, J.V., Carlsen, L., Asplund, G. and Grimvall, A. 1991. Halogen lability of halogenated humic acids. Finnish Humus News. 3:53-58.

Asplund, G., Grimvall, A. and Pettersson, C. 1989. Naturally produced adsorbable organic halogens (AOX) in humic substances from soil and water. Sci. Tot. Environ. 81/82:239-248.

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