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Here at our department, we offer undergraduates and postgraduate students an opportunity to gain practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for shaping the future of management in our and the world's forests. 

Through our courses within the Forester program's framework and free-standing courses, you can develop advanced knowledge of research areas from basic process understanding to practical silviculture and forest management.


Our teaching and research are focused mainly on boreal forest ecosystems, however, we also do research in the temperate and tropical forests of the world in the following areas:

  • Silviculture
  • Forest soils
  • Forest landscape biogeochemistry
  • Forest vegetation ecology
  • Forest ecophysiology
  • Forest regeneration
  • Forest History

Ph.D. opportunities and PostDoc research

If you already have higher education and are interested in researching our subject areas as a doctoral student or continuing research as a PostDoc, then contact the department or one of our subject managers.

SLU Umea. Photo: Andreas Palmer and Johannes Tiwari

Student activities. Photo: Andreas Palmer

For more information Contact 


Head of undergraduate studies
Gustaf Egnell
Phone +46 (0)90-786 8455
Cellular +46 (0)70-322 8516

Postgraduate program

Maja Sundqvist, Researcher

Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Department of Forest Ecology and Management, joint staff

Published: 01 February 2023 - Page editor: tejshree.tiwari@slu.se

Department of Forest Ecology and Management 

Head of department Hjalmar Laudon, +46-90-786 8584

Deputy Head of department, premises & security Mats Öquist, +46-90-786 8525

Deputy Head of department, undergraduate studies Gustaf Egnell +46-90-786 8455

Deputy Head of department, post graduate studies Michael Gundale, +46-90-786 8427

Deputy Head of department, equal opportunities Kelley Gundale, +46-90-786 8444

Deputy Head of department, young researchers Lars Östlund, +46-90-786 8442 

Postal address: SLU, Skogens ekologi och skötsel, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden.
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgränd 17, Umeå


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