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Grzegorz Mikusiński

Grzegorz Mikusinski
My research encompasses different dimensions of biodiversity conservation and other environmental issues, in Sweden and worldwide.


Research interest

• Conservation and management of forest biodiversity

• Forest birds

• Environmental sustainability

• Forest fires

• Ecology of woodpeckers and their conservation


Selected publications


Mikusiński, G. & Niedziałkowski, K. 2020. Perceived importance of ecosystem services in Białowieża Forest for local communities – does proximity matter? Land Use Policy 97, 104667. Link

Svensson, J., Bubnicki, J.W., Jonsson, B-G., Andersson, J. & Mikusiński, G. 2020. Conservation significance of intact forest landscapes in the Scandinavian mountains green belt. Landscape Ecology 35: 2113–2131. Link

Blicharska, M., Angelstam, P., Giessen L., Hilszczański, J., Hermanowicz, E., Holeksa, J., Jacobsen, J.B., Jaroszewicz, B., Konczal, A., Konieczny, A., Mikusiński, G. et al. 2020. Between biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest management – a multidisciplinary assessment of the emblematic Białowieża Forest case. Biological Conservation 248, 108614. Link

Angelstam, P., Manton, M., Green, M., Jonsson, B.G., Mikusiński, G., Svensson, J. & Sabatini, F. 2020. Sweden does not meet agreed national and international forest biodiversity targets: a call for adaptive landscape planning. Landscape and Urban Planning 202, 103838. Link

Versluijs, M., Eggers, S., Mikusiński, G., Roberge, J-M. & Hjältén, J. 2020. Foraging ecology of Eurasian three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus) in burned and unburned boreal forest. Avian Ecology and Conservation 15, 6. Link

Basile, M., Asbeck, T., Jonker, M., Knuff, A.K., Bauhus, J., Braunisch, V., Mikusiński, G. & Storch, I. 2020. The relationship between tree-related microhabitats and biodiversity in managed forest. Journal of Environmental Management 264, art. number 110401. Link

Garrido, P., Edenius, L., Mikusiński, G., Skarin, A., Jansson, A. & Thulin, C-G. 2020. Experimental rewilding with horses may mitigate wood-pasture abandonment if policy allows. AMBIO 49, 1320. Link

Blicharska, M., Smithers, R., Mikusiński, G., Rönnbäck,P., Harrison, P., Nilsson, M., Sutherland, W. 2019. Biodiversity’s contributions to sustainable development. Nature Sustainability 2: 1083–1093. Link

Svensson, J., Andersson, J., Sandström, P., Mikusiński, G., Jonsson, B-G. 2019. Landscape trajectory of natural forest loss - what's left to build a functional boreal green infrastructure? Conservation Biology 33:152-163. Link

Gustafsson, L., Berglind, M., Granström, A., Grelle, A., Isacsson, G., Kjellander, P., Larsson, S., Lindh, M., Pettersson, L.B., Strengbom, J., Stridh, B., Sävström, T., Thor, G., Wikars, L-O. & Mikusiński, G.  2019. Rapid ecological response and intensified knowledge accumulation following a north European mega-fire. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 34: 234-253. Link 

Basile, M., Mikusiński, G. & Storch, I. 2019. Bird guilds show different responses to retention levels: a meta-analysis. Global Ecology and Conservation 18. Article e00615. Link

Żmihorski M, Hebda G, Eggers S, Månsson J, Abrahamsson T, Czeszczewik D, Walankiewicz W, Mikusiński G. 2019. Early post-fire bird community in European boreal forest: comparing salvage-logged with non-intervention areas. Global Ecology and Conservation 18. Article e00636. Link

Augustynczik, A.L.D., Asbeck, T., Basile, M., Bauhus, J., Storch, I., Mikusiński, G., Yousefpour, R., Hanewinkel, M. 2019. Diversification of forest management regimes secures tree microhabitats and bird abundance under climate change. Science of The Total Environment 650: 2717-2730. Link

Mikusiński, G., Bubnicki, J.W., Churski, M., Czeszczewik, D., Walankiewicz, W. & Kuijper, D. 2018. Is the impact of loggings in the last primeval lowland forest in Europe underestimated? The conservation issues of Białowieża Forest. Biological Conservation 227: 266-274. Link

Blicharska, M., Smithers, R.J., Kuchler, M., Agrawal, G.K., Gutiérrez, J.M., Hassanali, A., Huq, S., Koller, S.H., Marjit, S., Mshinda, H.M., Masjuki, H.H., Solomons, N.W., Van Staden, J. & Mikusiński, G. 2017. Steps to overcome the North-South divide in research relevant to climate-change policy and practice. Nature Climate Change 7: 21-27. Link

Orlikowska, E., Roberge, J-M., Blicharska, M. & Mikusiński, G. 2016. Gaps in ecological research on the world's largest internationally coordinated network of protected areas: A review of Natura 2000. Biological Conservation 200: 216–227. Link

Hedwall, P-O. & Mikusiński, G. 2015. Structural changes in protected forests in Sweden:  implications for conservation functionality. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 45: 1215–1224. Link

Mikusiński, G., Possingham, H. & Blicharska, M. 2014. Biodiversity important areas and religions - a global analysis of spatial overlap. Oryx 48: 17-22. Link

Blicharska, M. & Mikusiński, G. 2014. Incorporating social and cultural significance of large old trees in conservation policy. Conservation Biology 28: 1558-1567. Link


Researcher leave of absence at the Skogsmästarskolan Researcher at the Department of Ecology; S, Wildlife Ecology Unit
Telephone: +46581697329, +46707757161
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Skogsmästarskolan, BOX 43
Visiting address: Herrgårdsvägen 8, 739 31 Skinnskatteberg, Grimsö
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Inst för Ekologi, Grimsö forskningsstation
Visiting address: Grimsö forskningsstation, Grimsö