Adam Felton

Adam Felton



I am a forest ecologist and senior lecturer based at the Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, and responsible for ecosystem services assessments in the EU Horizon 2020 project ALTERFOR.

To learn more about ALTERFOR, please see: 


I am involved with the teaching of two master's level courses.

Sustainable forestry in southern Sweden (15 credits, Alnarp, Aug-Oct)

Broadleaves: Forest dynamics, biodiversity, and management for multiple goals (15 credits, Alnarp, Mar-Jun)


My primary research interests involve the maintenance of biodiversity and associated ecosystem services in managed forest systems, and climate change ecology. This focus is driven by the growing immediacy of addressing such issues in Sweden and globally. To effectively retain forest biodiversity and associated services requires that such values are not relegated to limited protected forest areas, but integrated within production forest landscapes at the stand and landscape scale. How to reach these goals, while acknowledging the constraints of production forest targets, is the focus of my research.

I also conduct research with my partner Annika Felton on moose and primate nutritional ecology. Prior to 2008 most of my research was conducted in Australia and South America.



Lisa Petersson: The loss of Scots pine forests in Southern Sweden: An emerging threat to biodiversity and aesthetics


Isak Lodin: Evaluation of existing and alternative forest management models in Southern Sweden 


Publikationer i urval

Selected Scientific Publications

Keskitalo, E., Bergh, J., Felton, A., Björkman, C., Berlin, M., Axelsson, P., Ring, E., Ågren, A., Roberge, J.-M., Klapwijk, M., Boberg, J., 2016. Adaptation to Climate Change in Swedish Forestry. Forests 7, 28.

Felton, A., Nilsson, U., Sonesson, J., Felton, A.M., Roberge, J.-M., Ranius, T., Ahlström, M., Bergh, J., Björkman, C., Boberg, J., Drössler, L., Fahlvik, N., Gong, P., Holmström, E., Keskitalo, E.C.H., Klapwijk, M.J., Laudon, H., Lundmark, T., Niklasson, M., Nordin, A., Pettersson, M., Stenlid, J., Sténs, A., Wallertz, K., 2016. Replacing monocultures with mixed-species stands: Ecosystem service implications of two production forest alternatives in Sweden. Ambio 45, 124-139.

Felton, A., Hedwall, P.O., Lindbladh, M., Nyberg, T., Felton, A.M., Holmström, E., Wallin, I., Löf, M., Brunet, J., 2016. The biodiversity contribution of wood plantations: Contrasting the bird communities of Sweden's protected and production oak forests. Forest Ecology and Management 365, 51-60.

Felton, A.M., A. Felton, D. Raubenheimer, S.J. Simpson, S.J. Krizsan, P.-O. Hedwall and C. Stolter, 2016. The Nutritional Balancing Act of a Large Herbivore: An Experiment with Captive Moose (Alces alces L). Plos One 11: e0150870.

Johansson, V., A. Felton and T. Ranius, 2016. Long-term landscape scale effects of bioenergy extraction on dead wood-dependent species. Forest Ecology and Management 371: 103-113.

Rist, L., Felton, A., Mårald, E., Samuelsson, L., Lundmark, T., Rosvall, O., 2016. Avoiding the pitfalls of adaptive management implementation in Swedish silviculture. Ambio 45, 140-151.

Roberge, J.-M., Laudon, H., Björkman, C., Ranius, T., Sandström, C., Felton, A., Sténs, A., Nordin, A., Granström, A., Widemo, F., Bergh, J., Sonesson, J., Stenlid, J., Lundmark, T., 2016. Socio-ecological implications of modifying rotation lengths in forestry. Ambio 45, 109-123.

Felton, A., Gustafsson, L., Roberge, J.M., Ranius, T., Hjältén, J., Rudolphi, J., Lindbladh, M., Weslien, J., Rist, L., Brunet, J., Felton, A.M., 2016. How climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies can threaten or enhance the biodiversity of production forests: Insights from Sweden. Biological Conservation 194, 11-20. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2015.11.030

Löf, M., J. Brunet, A. Filyushkina, M. Lindbladh, J.P. Skovsgaard and A. Felton, 2016. Management of oak forests: striking a balance between timber production, biodiversity and cultural services. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management 12: 59-73.

Gustafsson, L., Felton, A., Felton, A.M., Brunet, J., Caruso, A., Hjältén, J., Lindbladh, M., Ranius, T., Roberge, J.-M., Weslien, J., 2015. Natural Versus National Boundaries: the Importance of Considering Biogeographical Patterns in Forest Conservation Policy. Conservation Letters 8, 50-57.

Roberge, J.-M., Lämås, T., Lundmark, T., Ranius, T., Felton, A., Nordin, A., 2015. Relative contributions of set-asides and tree retention to the long-term availability of key forest biodiversity structures at the landscape scale. Journal of Environmental management 154, 284-292. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.02.040

Rist, L., Felton, A., Nyström, M., Troell, M., Sponseller, R.A., Bengtsson, J., Österblom, H., Lindborg, R., Tidåker, P., Angeler, D.G., Milestad, R., Moen, J., 2014. Applying resilience thinking to production ecosystems. Ecosphere 5, art73-art73.

Lindbladh, M., Axelsson, A.-L., Hultberg, T., Brunet, J., Felton, A., 2014. From broadleaves to spruce – the borealization of southern Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 29, 686-696.

Lindbladh, M., Hedwall, P.O., Wallin, I., Felton, A.M., Böhlenius, K., & Felton, A., 2014 Short-rotation bioenergy stands as an alternative to spruce plantations. Implications for bird biodiversity. Silva Fennica 48:5

Lindbladh, M., Fraver, S., Edvardsson, J., Felton, A., 2013. Past forest composition, structures and processes - How paleoecology can contribute to forest conservation. Biological Conservation 168, 116-127. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2013.09.021

Rist, L., Felton, A., Samuelsson, L., Sandström, C., Rosvall, O., 2013. A New Paradigm for Adaptive Management. Ecology and Society 18.

Felton, A., Boberg, J., Björkman, C., Widenfalk, O., 2013 Identifying and managing the ecological risks of using introduced tree species in Sweden's production forestry. Forest Ecology and Management 307:1 pg: 165-177 doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2013.06.059

Felton, A., Lindbladh, M., Elmberg, J., Felton, A.M., Andersson, E., Sekercioglu, C.H., Collingham, Y., & Huntley, B. 2013 Projecting impacts of anthropogenic climatic change on the bird communities of southern Swedish spruce monocultures: Will the species poor get poorer? Ornis Fennica 91:1-13

Felton, A.M., Felton, A., Rumiz, D.I., Shimooka, Y., Chapman, C., Lindenmayer, D., 2013 Commercial harvesting of Ficus timber – An emerging threat to frugivorous wildlife and sustainable forestry. Biological Conservation. 159:96-100 doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2012.10.025

Brukas, V., Felton, A., Lindbladh, M. & Sallnäs, O. 2013: Linking forest management, policy and biodiversity indicators – a comparison of lithuania and southern sweden. -- Forest Ecology and Management 291: 181 189.

Driscoll, D. A., Felton, A., Gibbons, P., Felton, A. M., Munro, N. T. & Lindenmayer, D. B. 2012: Priorities in policy and management when existing biodiversity stressors interact with climate-change. -- Climatic Change 111: 533-557.

Jonsson, R., Mbongo, W., Felton, A. & Boman, M. 2012: Leakage implications for European timber markets from reducing deforestation in developing countries. -- Forests 3: 736-744.

Lindenmayer, D.B., Hulvey, K.B., Hobbs, R.J., Colyvan, M., Felton, A., Possingham, H. Steffen,W., Wilson, K., Youngentob, K., Gibbons, P. 2012 Avoiding bio-perversity carbon sequestration solutions. Conservation Letters, 5(1): 28-36

Brunet, J., Felton, A. & Lindbladh, M. 2012: From wooded pasture to timber production - changes in a European beech (Fagus sylvatica) forest landscape between 1840 and 2010. -- Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 27: 245-254.

Felton, A., Andersson, E., Ventorp, D., Lindsbladh, M. 2011 Avian biodiversity responses to retaining birch (Betula spp.) in Norway spruce (Picea abies) stands: An assessment from southern Sweden. Silva Fennica

Brunet, J., K. Valtinat, M. L. Mayr, A. Felton, M. Lindbladh, and H. H. Bruun. 2011. Understory succession in post-agricultural oak forests: Habitat fragmentation affects forest specialists and generalists differently. Forest Ecology and Management 262:1863-1871.

Lindbladh, M., A. Felton, R. Trubins, and O. Sallnas. 2011. A landscape and policy perspective on forest conversion: Long-tailed tit (Aegithalos caudatus) and the allocation of deciduous forests in southern Sweden. European Journal of Forest Research 130:861-869.

Lindbladh, M., T. Hultberg, M. K. Widerberg, and A. Felton. 2011. Halland's forests during the last 300 years: a review of Malmstrom (1939). Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 26:81-90.

Felton, A., L. Ellingson, E. Andersson, L. Drossler, and K. Blennow. 2010. Adapting production forests in southern Sweden to climate change Constraints and opportunities for risk spreading. International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management 2:84-97

Felton, A., M. Lindbladh, J. Brunet, and O. Fritz. 2010. Replacing coniferous monocultures with mixed-species production stands: An assessment of the potential benefits for forest biodiversity in northern Europe. Forest Ecology and Management 260:939-947.

Felton, A., E. Knight, J. Wood, C. Zammit, and D. Lindenmayer. 2010. A meta-analysis of fauna and flora species richness and abundance in plantations and pasture lands. Biological Conservation 143:545-554.

Felton, A. M., A. Felton, W. J. Foley, and D. B. Lindenmayer. 2010. The role of timber tree species in the nutritional ecology of spider monkeys in a certified logging concession, Bolivia. Forest Ecology and Management 259:1642-1649.

Kris Murray, Richard Retallick, Keith R. McDonald, Diana Mendez, Ken Aplin, Peter Kirkpatrick, Lee Berger, David Hunter, Harry B. Hines, R. Campbell, Matthew Pauza, Michael Driessen, Richard Speare, Stephen J. Richards, Michael Mahony, Alastair Freeman, Andrea D. Phillott, Jean-Marc Hero, Kerry Kriger, Don Driscoll, Adam Felton, Robert Puschendorf, and Lee F. Skerratt, (2010) The distribution and host range of the pandemic disease chytridiomycosis in Australia, spanning surveys from 1956–2007. Ecology 91:1557.

Felton, A., J. Fischer, D. B. Lindenmayer, R. Montague-Drake, A. R. Lowe, D. Saunders, A. M. Felton, W. Steffen, N. T. Munro, K. Youngentob, J. Gillen, P. Gibbons, J. E. Bruzgul, I. Fazey, S. J. Bond, C. P. Elliott, B. C. T. Macdonald, L. L. Porfirio, M. Westgate, and M. Worthy. 2009. Climate change, conservation and management: an assessment of the peer-reviewed scientific journal literature. Biodiversity and Conservation 18:2243-2253.

Felton, A. M., A. Felton, J. T. Wood, W. J. Foley, D. Raubenheimer, I. R. Wallis, and D. B. Lindenmayer. 2009. Nutritional Ecology of Ateles chamek in lowland Bolivia: How Macronutrient Balancing Influences Food Choices. International Journal of Primatology 30:675-696.

Fischer, J., G. D. Peterson, T. A. Gardner, L. J. Gordon, I. Fazey, T. Elmqvist, A. Felton, C. Folke, and S. Dovers. 2009. Integrating resilience thinking and optimisation for conservation. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 24:549-554.

Manning, A.D., Fischer, J., Felton, A., et al. 2009 Landscape fluidity – A unifying perspective for understanding and adapting to global change. J. of Biogeo. 36:193-199.

Felton, A. M., A. Felton, D. Raubenheimer, S. J. Simpson, W. J. Foley, J. T. Wood, I. R. Wallis, and D. B. Lindenmayer. 2009. Protein content of diets dictates the daily energy intake of a free-ranging primate. Behavioral Ecology 20:685-690.

Felton, A.M., Felton, A., et al. 2009 Nutritional ecology of wild primates. Funct. Ecol. 23:70-78.

Lindenmayer, D.B., Fischer, J., Felton, A., et al. 2008 Novel ecosystems resulting from landscape transformation create dilemmas for modern conservation practice. Con. Letters 1:129-135.

Lindenmayer, D.B., Cunningham, R.B., MacGregor, C., Crane, M., Michael, D., Fischer, J., Montague-Drake, R., Felton, A., et al. 2008 Temporal changes in vertebrates during landscape transformation: A large-scale "natural experiment". Ecol. Mono. 78(4):567-590.

Gibbons, P., Zammit, C., Youngentob, K., Possingham, H.P., Lindenmayer, D.B., Bekessy, S., Burgman, M., Colyvan, M., Considine, M., Felton, A., et al. 2008 Some practical suggestions for improving engagement between researchers and policy makers in natural resource management. Ecol. Manage. & Restor. 9(3):182-186.

Felton, A., et al. 2008 Bird community responses to reduced-impact logging in a certified forestry concession in lowland Bolivia, Biol. Con., 141:545-555.

Felton, A.M., Felton, A., et al. 2008. Diet and feeding ecology of the Peruvian spider monkey (Ateles chamek) in a Bolivian semi-humid forest: The importance of Ficus as a staple food resource. Int. J. of Prim., 29:379-403.

Felton, A., et al. 2008 A comparison of bird communities in the anthropogenic and natural-tree fall gaps of a reduced-impact logged subtropical forest in Bolivia, Bird Cons. Int., 18:129-143.

Felton, A., et al. 2008 The Display of a Reddish Hermit (Phaethornis ruber) in a Lowland Rainforest, Bolivia. The Wilson J. of Orn., 120(1):201-204.

Felton, A., et al. 2007. Birds surveyed in the harvested and unharvested areas of a reduced-impact logged forestry concession, located in the lowland subtropical humid forests of the Department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Check List 3(1):43-50

Lindenmayer, D.B., Fischer, J., Felton, A., et al. 2007 The complementarity of single-species and ecosystem-oriented research in conservation research, Oikos, 116(7):1220-1226.

Fischer, J., Manning, A.D., Steffen, W., Rose, D.B., Daniell, K., Felton, A., et al. 2007 Mind the Sustainability Gap, Trends in Ecol. & Evol., 22(12):621-624.

Fischer, J., Lindenmayer, D.B., Blomberg, S.P., Montague-Drake, R., Felton, A., et al. 2007 Functional richness and relative resilience of bird communities in regions with different land use intensities. Ecosystems, 10(6):964-974.

Felton, A., et al. 2006. Vegetation structure, phenology, and regeneration in the natural and anthropogenic tree-fall gaps of a reduced-impact logged subtropical Bolivian forest. For. Ecol. & Manage., 235: 186-193.

Felton, A., et al. 2006. Identification, behavioral observations, and notes on the distribution of the Titi monkeys Callicebus modestus Lonnberg, 1939 and Callicebus olallae, Lonnberg 1939. Prim. Cons., 20: 41-46.

Felton, A., et al. 2006. Multiple mate choice criteria and the importance of age for male mating success in the microhylid frog, Cophixalus ornatus. Beh. Ecol. & Soc. 59(6): 786-795.

Wallace, R.B., Gomez, H., Felton, A., et al. 2006. On a new species of Titi monkey, Genus Callicebus Thomas (Primates, Pitheciidae), from western Bolivia with preliminary notes on distribution and abundance. Prim. Cons. 20: 29-39.

Garnett, S. T., Clarkson, J.R., Felton, A., et al. 2005. Habitat and diet of the Star Finch (Neochmia ruficauda clarescens) in the early wet season at Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York Peninsula, Australia. Emu 105(1): 81-85.

Read MA, Miller JD, Bell IP, & Felton A. 2004. The distribution and abundance of the estuarine crocodile, Crocodylus porosus, in Queensland. Wild. Res. 31: 527-534.

Felton, A.M., Engström, L., Felton, A., et al. 2003. Orangutan Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus population density, forest structure and fruit availability in hand-logged and unlogged peat swamp forests in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Biol. Cons. 114(1): 91-101.

Todd, M.K., Felton, A., et al. 2003. Morphological and dietary differences between common and uncommon subspecies of Crimson Finch Neochmia phaeton, and Star Finch Neochmia ruficauda in Northern Australia. Emu 103: 141-148.

Selected Popular Science Publications

Book chapter
Boman M., Felton A. 2011. Kitesurfing. In: Sandell K., Arnegård J., Backman E. (Eds.), Friluftssport och Äventyrsidrott: Utmaningar för lärare, ledare och miljö i en föränderlig värld. 194-195

PhD research
Reduced-impact Logging: The Right Direction, but There's Room for Improvement Nathan Brouwer Current Conservation (2009)3:2

Media coverage associated with primate nutritional ecology.

Media coverage associated with discovery of the Titi-monkey Callicebus aureipalatii.
-What's in a species name? More than $450,000. 2005 Science, 307:1399.
-Going ape over an Amazon treasure. 2005 CBS U.S. 60 Minutes. Broadcast February 2nd.
-Have your very own species, for a price. 2005 The New York Times. February 8th edition.

Media coverage of honours research
-Morell, V. 2001. The fragile world of frogs, National Geographic, May edition 106-123.