Forest vegetation ecology

Last changed: 21 November 2018

Forest vegetation ecology includes plant with biotic, abiotic and extrinsic disturbance factors, that control diversity, productivity, or ecosystem functioning.

The overarching goal of the forest vegetation ecology research effort is to better understand interactions of forest plants with each other, and with the other biotic and abiotic components of the forested ecosystem. This includes understanding interrelationships of plants with animals and microbes, feedbacks between plants and soil, and relationships of plants with extrinsic disturbance factors, notably fire. Research is also focused on the role of forest understory vegetation (e.g., shrubs, mosses) in driving forest community structure and ecosystem processes. The majority of the work is focused on the Swedish boreal forest and sub-arctic landscapes, but also include research activities across the world, including Central Europe, North America, South America, New Zealand, Australia, Africa, and China.









Fieldwork in Abisko and on islands in lake Hornavan


Senior Researchers
Michael Gundale
Marie-Charlotte Nilsson Hegethorn
Paul Kardol
Anders Granström

Research Assistant & Lab Contact 
Kelley Gundale 

Susan Nuske
Ludovic Henneron
Melissa Pingree
Kibrom Abreha
Roger Grau-Andrés

PhD students
Benjamin Forsmark
Clydecia Spitzer
Theresa Ibáñez