Dr. Tomas Thierfelder

Tomas Thierfelder
Biometry, esp. Environmetrics and Geoinformatics


1. Curriculum Vitae:

Date of birth: 18th of December, 1955. Citizen: Swede. Degree/title: PhD, Associated Professor of Biometry, esp. Environmetrics and Geoinformatics. Office: Department of Energy and Technology (ET), SwedishUniversity of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Postal address: P. O. Box 7032, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden. Phone, fax: phone: +46 18 671793, mobile phone: +46 70 1720472, fax: +46 18 673529., Family: Wife Maria, daughter Emelie, son-in-law David, grandchildren Hilma, Hugo, and Hedda. Residence: Vattholma near Uppsala, as well as at the south-Swedish coast near Ronneby. Interests: Nature, gardening, birding, boating, foods and wines, literature, history, etc.

2. Overall academic profile

In order to review a biometrician, the concepts of biometry needs to be explained. A typical biometrician is statistically skilled, but do not necessarily develop new statistics (like mathematical statisticians do). Instead, a biometrician brings the latest statistical methodologies from the developers, into the applied disciplines of personal specialisation. A typical biometrician works with one foot in statistical inferens, and the other in applied science. This contributes to forwarding science disciplines into new methodological realms where, occasionally, deep fundamentals may be found. The personal science interests of TT span chronologically from coastal circulation and sediment transport, landscape hydrology and water resources, to animal and human behaviour, population entomology and integrated pest management, and forestry. Since inferential methodologies are shared across fields of application, biometricians may publish quite broadly while maintaining methodological focus. As an example, TT contributed to pioneering mixed linear models into applications of animal behaviour, physiotherapy, and forestry. Besides biometry, TT specialises in environmental informatics, information systems, and science infrastructures. TT is also a specialist in integrating collaborative interdisciplinary science efforts.

3. Present work (2016)

TT currently employs one full-time system developer, approximately 60% of a full time senior lecturer, part of three co-supervised doctoral students (whereof one in early initiation), and two undergraduate exam workers. The associated subjects are entomology and integrated pest management, forestry science, environmental informatics, and bird fauna management. Through the six month study period of November 2015 to April 2016, TT examined approximately 25 annual full-time study equivalents, mostly in the subjects of statistics, geographic information systems, and geographic analysis. TT is currently co-coordinating a major Nordic Centre of Excellence (CLINF), is the principal investigator of major international and national science infrastructures (INTERACT and SITES), is the principal investigator of a national Swedish agricultural decision support infrastructure for integrated pest management, and is engaged as a statistical expert in the development of forestry technologies.

4. Record of Academic Affiliations

Present: Professor assoc., docent, tenure scientist, tenure lecturer, at the Department of Energy & Technology, SLU Ultuna, from 2008. Past:Research fellow at the department of Energy & Technology (through various constellations), SLU Ultuna, from 2000. Temporarily appointed senior lecturer at the Department of Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Uppsala University from 1999. Temporarily appointed lecturer at the Institute of Earth Sciences, Department of Hydrology, Uppsala University from 1997. Ph.D. student at the Institute of Earth Sciences, department of Recent Sedimentology, UppsalaUniversity, from November 1992. Research assistant at the Institute for Thematic Research, Department of Water and Environmental Studies, LinköpingUniversity, from July 1990.

5. Selection of other affiliations and memberships

Long term resource person through the development of Environment Climate Data Sweden (ECDS:, the national Swedish infrastructure in support of environmental and climate research. Resource person in the development of a European meta-infrastructure of Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures (ENVRI-plus: Resource person in the development of the European research infrastructure Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems (AnaEE: Resource person through the development of The Arctic Spatial Data Infrastructure (Arctic SDI: Board member of local, regional and national organisations in support of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Member of organisations in support of nature management, ornithology, sail-sport, etc.

6. Education

Post doc (2000): Visiting Research Fellows Award granted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Catchment Hydrology at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering within The University of Melbourne, Australia.

University degrees: Professor assoc. (docent) of Biometry, esp. Environmetrics and Geoinformatics at the SwedishUniversity of Agricultural Sciences SLU, November 2008. Ph.D. Earth Sciences/Aquatic Environmental Physics at UppsalaUniversity, November 1998. Title of thesis: An Inductive Approach to the Modelling of Lake Water Quality. 146 p., ISBN 91-554-4309-5. Ph.Lic. Earth Sciences/Aquatic Environmental Physics at UppsalaUniversity, October 1995. Title of thesis: The Hydrodynamics of Near-shore Oceans. Geo-ecological Methods in Coastal Ecosystems. 185 p., ISBN 91-630-3795-5. Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (main) and Theoretical Physics (second) at LinköpingUniversity, 1989.

7. Scientific Qualifications

Active in many research and consultancy projects since the late eighties, whereof some have included the coordination of international consortia. Current grants:Co-initiator, science coordinator and principal investigator in Nordic Centre of Excellence “Climate-change effects on the epidemiology of infectious diseases and the impacts on Northern societies” (CLINF: Granted by NordForsk for the period of 2016 - 2021. Principal investigator in EU infrastructure project “International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic” (INTERACT: Granted by the EU:s seventh framework programme for the period 2010 – 2016, with eventual continuation through to 2020. Principal investigator in research project “Web-based tortricid prognosis  - a pilot project on integrated insect control”. Granted by the Swedish Farmer’s Foundation for Agricultural Research through the period 2010 – 2017. Principal investigator in research project “New Statistical Methodologies for Measuring Timber in Large-Scale Forestry”. Granted by The Brattås Foundation for Forestry Science, for the period 2015 – 2017.

8.  Pedagogic qualifications

TT holds a considerable portfolio of pedagogic activities, containing a number of characterising elements such as having contributed to the introduction of interdisciplinary CASE-methodology into the basic subjects of mathematics and mathematical statistics at Uppsala University around year 2000, having contributed to the initiation of the educational SLU programme of “Ethology and Animal Welfare” around year 2008, particularly with respect to CASE-based statistical education, and having initiated and implemented most of the (CASE-based) GIS-education currently provided at the Uppsala-campus of SLU (2016). TT arranges and examines education at all levels, mainly across disciplines such as philosophy, scientific theory, information theory, inferential statistics, system theory, system development, environmental informatics, geographic and environmental information systems, and geographic analysis. TT specialises in CASE-pedagogy, has had dozens of course responsibilities through the years, holds formal examiner status at SLU, has formal pedagogical education, and is highly active in pedagogy and education. TT examined approximately 25 annual full-time study equivalents through the six-month winter semester of 2015/2016, and employs a small staff of teachers at his university department.

With the subject of biometry focusing on science methodology across traditional disciplines of applied science, most of TT’s research students were collaboratively supervised with the main supervisor representing the applied subject of the thesis. TT has supervised approximately 10 students through to doctoral examination under such conditions, being officially appointed as methodological supervisor in all cases except two (non-official supervision of Petheram and Ghafoor). This involves initial philosophical and scientific assessment, identification of testable hypotheses, experimental design, experimental implementation, statistical inference and hypotheses testing, identification and interpretation of results, and formal publishing. Hence, TT has provided much of the methodological (hypothetic-deductive) backbone to the theses of his supervision.

Record of Pedagogical Activities: Administrator of university education since 2004. Full university lecturer since 1997. Assistant university lecturer since the late 1980:s. Supervision at graduate levels of education: Supervision of approximately 15 master theses ranging from earth sciences, environmental impacts assessments, and landscape planning, to ethology, biology and biometric quality control. Supervision at doctoral levels of education:Petheram C., 2003: Development of a regional scale salinity risk method using a catchment classification – Melbourne School of Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Cederlund H., 2006: The microbiology of railway tracks. Towards a rational use of herbicides on Swedish railways – SLU AUAS 2006:44. Wretenberg J., 2006. The decline of farmland birds in Sweden – SLU AUAS 2006:113. Loberg J., 2007: Behaviour of Foster Cows and Calves in Dairy Production. Acceptance of Calves, Cow-Calf Interactions and Weaning – SLU AUAS 2007:122. Nielsen P., 2008. Behaviours related to milk intake in dairy calves – SLU AUAS 2008:11. Elmgren Frykberg G., 2010: Movement Control after Stroke. Studies on Sit-to-walk and on the Relations between Clinical and Laboratory Measures. UU AUUU 2010:593. Ghafoor A., 2013: Understanding the causes of spatial variation in pesticide sorption and degradation at the catchment scale – SLU AUAS 2013:8. Sjöberg P., 2016: Strategies for Integrated Pest Control in Nordic Apple Production – Preliminary title, dissertation planned at SLU for late 2016. Fridh L., from 2015: In-Situ Assessment of Timber Quality via Automated X-Ray Sensing – Preliminary title, dissertation planned at UU for 2018. Böhme, S., from 2016: Predicting and Depicting the Geographic Spread of Climate Sensitive Infections in Nordic Regions. A Statistical Proxy-Approach – Preliminary title, dissertation planned at SLU for 2020.

9. Scientific Copyrights and Patents

Approximately seventy peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, and book/booklets in international and national journals – a list of publications may be provided upon request. PI and copyright holder of major international web-based metadata infrastructure NordGIS (, which hosts a national Swedish infrastructure of nine scientific field-stations SITES (, and is constructed to host another 75 (approximately) INTERACT field stations spread across the entire Northern Polar region ( PI and copyright holder of international web-based decision support system concerning integrated pest management of Nordic apple orchards, “The Tortricidae Portal” ( – will be launched prior to the agricultural production season of 2017).


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