The PhD students

Last changed: 03 June 2021

The research program FRAS, "future silviculture in southern Sweden will run 2018-2021. Six new PhD-students have been admitted are about to start. The 6 projects will target different silvicultural aspects during the stand rotation and include the tree main tree species in Swedish forestry, Norway spruce, Scots pine and birch. Communication with the forest sector is an important part of the research program.

Regeneration of Scots pine: Mikolaj Lula (SLU)

My PhD project is within the FRAS "future silviculture in southern Sweden" research program. More precisely, I am looking at the Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) regeneration in Southern Sweden. The project aims to examine different regeneration methods i.e. natural regeneration, sowing and planting in order to achieve fast and secure Scots pine establishment. My research puts also a strong emphasis on the effects of different shelter wood densities, soil scarification methods and browsing on Scots pine regeneration. The project is under the supervision of Prof.Urban Nilsson (SLU), Prof.Göran Örlander(Södra), Dr. Kristina Wallertz (SLU), Docent Anna Jensen (Linnaeus University) and Dr.Märtha Wallgren (Skogforsk).

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Manage biodiversity in forest thinnings: Delphine Lariviere (Skogforsk)

My PhD project within the FRAS "future silviculture in southern Sweden" research program. It will focus on biodiversity management in forest thinning. I will study the effect of different thinning regimes on different type of stands and/or forestry features as well as their repercussions on biodiversity and tree production. The aim is to understand how to adapt thinning templates to better suits todays more structurally complex new growing forest. Altogether my studies will allow us to draw an overview of the repercussions of thinning on forestry production while adding a consideration to biodiversity. These repercussions will be studied at different scales to better understand the challenges linked to biodiversity conservation. I will be one the student working both at SLU (Alnarp) and Skogforsk (Ekebo). The project is under the supervision of Jan-Olov Weslien (Skogforsk, Uppsala), Emma Holmström (SLU Alnarp), Rikard Jakobsson (Linnaeus University), and Babs Stuiver (Sveaskog).

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Effective regenerations: Per Nordin (Skogforsk)

Background
I come from Falkenberg on the Swedish west coast and I am 25 years old. During my studies I finished my bachelor's degree in forest science in Umeå and then moved to the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada for an exchange semester. There I took courses in risk and hazard management, social aspects of natural resource management and statistics. After returning from Manitoba I studied the remaining time of my master's studies at SLU Alnarp and wrote my master thesis. My thesis was focusing on browsing damages on naturally regenerated oak with different light availability with the topic "Browsing on naturally regenerated oak seedlings: The interaction between cervid browsing and light availability".

PhD project
My PhD project will focus on how different measures in the regeneration phase such as soil scarification, chose of plant material and tree species can result in higher seedling survival and growth. Through integrating previous knowledge with new GIS information this project will study the possibilities of smart planning for future forest establishment for sustainability environmentally and economically.

The supervisor group are constituted of Karin Hejlm (Skogforsk), Erika Olofsson (LnU), Matts Karlsson (SLU & Södra), Gisela Björse (Sveaskog) and Johan Bergh (LnU).

Contactdata: Per Nordin, PhD student
Per.Nordin@skogforsk.se

 

Pre-commercial thinning for diverse forest types: Mostarin Ara (SLU)

Ongoing Research (Jan, 2018-Jan, 2022)
I am doing my PhD within the frame of FRAS (Future Silviculture in Southern Sweden) project entitled "Precommercial thinning of diverse forest in Sothern Sweden". The project is collaborated by Skogforsk, Linnaeus University and Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU), Sweden. I will work full time in Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU), Alnarp campus under the supervision of Urban Nilsson (SLU) as main supervisor and Fahlvick Nills (Skogforsk), Erika Olofsson (Linnaeus University), Mattias Berglund (Skogssallskapet), Ignacia Barbeito (SLU), Line Djupstrom (Skogforsk) as co-supervisor.

Background
Msc in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environment Modeling and Management, 2017. Twente University, Netherlands.
Msc in Geo-information Science and Earth Observation for Environment Modeling and Management, 2016. Lund University, Sweden.
MS in Forestry, 2015. Khulna University, Bangladesh.
BSc in Forestry, 2012. Khulna University, Bangladesh.

Research Experience
I have experienced to work on the estimation of large area above ground biomass of Trees Outside Forest (TOF) using very High and medium resolution satellite image in my master's thesis where I gained knowledge on statistical data management and analysis, image analysis and writing skill.
I have also worked as a Research Assistant in a project entitled "Sustainable Development of Forest and Biodiversity conservation" in mangrove forest, Bangladesh where I was responsible for data collection and analysis as well as to help on report writing.

Contactdata: Mostarin Ara, PhD student
Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, SLU, Alnarp
mostarin.ara@slu.se

 

 

Silviculture and wood quality in mixed stands: Grace Jones (LNU)

Background: Bachelors of Forestry Science with First Class Honours (University of Canterbury, NZ). The dissertation I completed in my 4th year of study investigated how the treatments; stocking, wind-sway, genetics, weed control and fertilizer application, influenced stiffness estimates for 10-year-old Pinus radiata stems.

I spent 2017 working as a Graduate Forester in the Silviculture team for OneFortyOne Plantations in South Australia's Green Triangle region. This was predominantly working with P.radiata but there is also management of remnant patches of native trees, cultural sites, and other sensitive features.

PhD project: The purpose of the PhD project is to increase our understanding of specific stem and wood qualitative aspects for mixed birch-spruce forest stands in Southern Sweden. I will be investigating the genotypic variations among selected birch clones in terms of external and internal wood properties. I will also look at the impact of stand composition and proportion of species mixture on stem quality and wood properties.

Understanding how a stand develops over time from juvenile tree characteristics, and if there is a correlation to the final harvested timber, could improve forest management strategies for timber production. Information gained from this project will help with predictions of forest suitability for production of different timber grades, and improve efficiency by accurately allocating raw materials earlier.

This project includes working with supervisors Dr. Stergios Adamopoulos (from LNU), Dr. Mateusz Liziniwicz (Skogsforsk) and Dr. Mikael Andersson (SLU) on a range of established thinning and genetics trials throughout southern Sweden.

Contactdata: Grace Jones (LNU), PhD student
grace.jones@lnu.se
+46 470 70 89 62
https://lnu.se/

 

Effective silvicultural treatments: Magnus Persson (LNU)

Background: I come from Kristianstad in southern Sweden and I am 26 years old and I hold a bachelor and a master's degree in Forest science from SLU. During my studies, I have been an Erasmus-student at BOKU in Vienna, Austria, where I studied courses within the master's program "Mountain Forestry". I conducted my master's thesis in forest remote sensing, and my topic was "Tree species classification using multi-temporal Sentinel-2 data". Additionally, I have worked at different forest companies with forest inventory and forest planning during my studies.

Phd project: The possibility to vary the thinning strategy arise with increased knowledge about how site quality and stand structure varies within stands. Effects of varying the thinning strategy within stands will be evaluated with forest production and economy in mind, with the goal to optimize the time of thinning. Models which estimate the optimal time for thinning – based on remote sensing data – will be formed and evaluated.

My view on the future:
I see great potential in combining the research fields of forest production and remote sensing to derive spatially explicit models that can aid small and large forest owners in forest planning. This information could assist forest owners, forest agencies, forest managers and NGO:s in deciding silvicultural and conservational treatments and policies.

The supervisor group is constituted of Johan Bergh (LnU, main supervisor), Emma Holmström (SLU, assistant supervisor), Johan Sonesson (Skogforsk) and Magnus Petersson (Södra).

Contactdata:Magnus Persson, PhD student
magnus.j.persson@lnu.se
+46 70 2508501
https://lnu.se/


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