Luis Andrés Guillén Alm

Postdoctor in Forest Policy and Planning


I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Forest Policy and Planning Group. My outmost aspiration is to improve the management of forest resources for the provision of ecosystem servicers through research and teaching. Being open to collaborations and to learning new skills, have provided me with a broad scope of expertise and interests, from analysing hydrologic data in R to qualitative research. 


I am the course leader of the Forest and Landscape Planning course (15 ECTS Credits) of the International Bachelor in Forest & Landscape Management (F&L). One of the goals within the course is to give students a comprehensive understanding of the planning processes at different time and spatial scales, with recognition of owners' goals and consequences to other interests. The course will center on practical skills through the development of a management plan based on fieldwork and other data sources. Please contact me if you are interest in more information or e.g. if you are a stakeholder involved in planning and would like to share your experience in our course.

I collaborate in the National and International Forest Policy Course (15 ECTS Credits) within the Euroforester Master Program. This course's goal is to improve student's understanding the complex and interesting intricacies of forest governance, with comparisons between different countries and systems in Europe. I assist with lectures on the Swedish forest governance and with pedagogic activities, such as roll play and reflective journals. 


My current research focuses overall on the Swedish Forest Advisory systems that collectively represent a key policy instrument for sustainable and multi-use forest management. Within SLU’s Future Forest research platform, I investigate the policy processes around forest related Green Infrastructure policies lead by the different Swedish regional authorities (Lännstyrelsen) and in cooperation with other forest actors.

I am part of WP2 in the project "Co-creating advisory services and planning for diversified management in Swedish family forestry, Co-Creator", funded by FORMAS. My work within the project focuses on investigating how the present service provision by the private and public actors can help to shape new forest management practices.

I  am currently starting a pilot study on the challenges and potentials for more Active Management of Beech forests in Southern Sweden, with the aim of developing a more comprehensive study on the subject. I am looking for interested students to start the project and stakeholders to understand their perceptions on the issues that affect beech management. This research is supported by the Stiftelsen Seydlitz MP bolagen.



I hold a PhD in Natural Resources Science with a focus in Forest Resources Science, from West Virginia University (WVU), USA. Moreover, I have wide knowledge of forest systems, and have carried out forestry research in Sweden, USA and Venezuela, using a plethora of quantitative and qualitative methods e.g. forest, hydrology, GIS, biodiversity studies, forest policy research and during my latest work I used models to study the interactions between forests, climate and water.


PhD student Co-Supervisor:

- Keeli Curtis. Instrumentation of the Swedish Forest Policy with a focus on advisory services.

- Edzus Roman

Master Students:

 - Karlsson, Anna, 2022. The Participatory Process behind the Green Infrastructure Plan in Scania, Sweden. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre



Publikationer i urval

Karlsson, A., Guillén, L.A., & Brukas, V. Planning forest green infrastructure in southern Sweden – lessons for collaborative governance. (In review). 

Curtis, K., Guillén, L. A., & Brukas, V. (2023). Creating the landscape, one stand at a time: The dual roles of timber buyers in the nested domains of Swedish forestry. Forest Policy and Economics, 147, 102884.

Guillén, L. A., Brzostek, E., McNeil, B., Raczka, N., Casey, B., & Zegre, N. (2022). Sap flow velocities of Acer saccharum and Quercus velutina during drought: Insights and implications from a throughfall exclusion experiment in West Virginia, USA. Science of The Total Environment, 850, 158029.

Gallagher, M. R., Maxwell, A. E., Guillén, L. A., Everland, A., Loudermilk, E. L., & Skowronski, N. S. (2021). Estimation of Plot-Level Burn Severity Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning. Remote Sensing, 13(20), 4168.

Guillén, L. A., Fernández, R., Gaertner, B., & Zégre, N. P. (2021). Climate and Landscape Controls on the Water Balance in Temperate Forest Ecosystems: Testing Large Scale Controls on Undisturbed Catchments in the Central Appalachian Mountains of the US. Water Resources Research, 57(9), e2021WR029673. 

Maxwell, A. E., Warner, T. A., & Guillén, L. A. (2021). Accuracy Assessment in Convolutional Neural Network-Based Deep Learning Remote Sensing Studies—Part 1: Literature Review. Remote Sensing, 13(13), 2450.

Maxwell, A. E., Warner, T. A., & Guillén, L. A. (2021). Accuracy Assessment in Convolutional Neural Network-Based Deep Learning Remote Sensing Studies—Part 2: Recommendations and Best Practices. Remote Sensing, 13(13), 2591. 

Guillén, L.A., Adams, M.B., Elliot, E., Hubbart, J., Kelly, C., McNeil, B., Peterjohn, W., Zegre, N.P. 2021. The Fernow Experimental Forest, West Virginia, USA: Insights, datasets, and opportunities.  Hydrological Processes. 35(4) 

Maxwell, A. E., Bester, M. S., Guillén, L. A., Ramezan, C. A., Carpinello, D. J., Fan, Y., Hartley, F. M., Maynard, S. M., & Pyron, J. L. (2020). Semantic Segmentation Deep Learning for Extracting Surface Mine Extents from Historic Topographic Maps. Remote Sensing, 12(24), 4145. 

Guillén, L.A., Wallin, I. and Brukas, V. 2015. Social Capital in small-scale forestry: a local case study in Southern Sweden. Journal of Forest Policy and Economics (53), pp. 21-28 doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2014.12.006


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