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Jean-Michel Roberge

Jean-Michel Roberge



Adjunct lecturer at the Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies

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I am adjunct lecturer within the Restoration Ecology research group at SLU-Umeå. My main employment is at the Swedish Forest Agency, where I work as a conservation specialist. Being some kind of a hybrid between a forester and an ecologist, I have a broad interest in ecology applied to conservation issues.



I work actively with collaboration involving SLU and the Swedish Forest Agency.



Martijn Versluijs: Restoration of forest set-asides to improve the conservation status of bird assemblages in northern forests (started 2014)

Ewa Orlikowska: Evaluating Natura 2000 sites for conservation of forest biodiversity in Sweden (started 2013)

Selected publications

(Please contact to request a pdf. Many full-text versions are available on ResearchGate.)



Andersson J, Domingo Gómez E, Michon S, Roberge J-M. 2017. Tree cavity densities and characteristics in managed and unmanaged Swedish boreal forest. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research [in press].

Versluijs M, Eggers S, Hjältén J, Löfroth T, Roberge J-M. 2017. Ecological restoration in boreal forest modifies the structure of bird assemblages. Forest Ecology and Management 401:75-88.

Hjältén J, Joelsson K, Gibb H, Work T, Löfroth T, Roberge J-M. 2017. Biodiversity benefits for saproxylic beetles with uneven-aged silviculture. Forest Ecology and Management 402:37-50.

Hjältén J, Hägglund R, Löfroth T, Roberge J-M, Dynesius M, Olsson J. 2017. Forest restoration by burning and gap cutting of voluntary set-asides yield distinct immediate effects on saproxylic beetles. Biodiversity and Conservation 26:1623-1640.

Felton, A, Ranius T, Roberge J-M, Öhman K, Lämås T, Hynynen J, Juutinen A, Mönkkönen M, Nilsson U, Lundmark T, Nordin A. 2017. Projecting biodiversity and wood production in future forest landscapes: 15 key modeling considerations. Journal of Environmental Management 197:404-414.

Felton A, Sonesson J, Nilsson U, Lämås T, Lundmark T, Nordin A, Ranius T, Roberge J-M. 2017. Varying rotation lengths in northern production forests: implications for habitats provided by retention and production trees. Ambio 46:324-334.

Beland Lindahl K, Sténs A, Sandström C, Johansson J, Lidskog R, Ranius T, Roberge J-M. 2017. The Swedish forestry model: More of everything? Forest Policy and Economics 77:44-55.

Joelsson K, Hjältén J, Work T, Gibb H, Roberge J-M, Löfroth T. 2017. Uneven-aged silviculture can reduce negative effects of forest management on beetles. Forest Ecology and Management 391:436-445.

Edenius L, Choi C-Y, Heim W, Jaakkonen T, de Jong A, Ozaki K, Roberge J-M. 2017. The next common and widespread bunting to go? Global population decline in the rustic bunting Emberiza rustica. Bird Conservation International 27(1):35-44.

Roberge J-M, Laudon H, Björkman C, Ranius T, Sandström C, Felton A, Sténs A, Nordin A, Granström A, Widemo F, Bergh J, Sonesson J, Stenlid J, Lundmark T. 2016. Socio-ecological implications of modifying rotation lengths in forestry. Ambio 45(Suppl.2):S109-S123.

Ranius T, Korosuo A, Roberge J-M, Juutinen A, Mönkkönen M, Schroeder M. 2016. Cost-efficient strategies to preserve dead wood-dependent species in a managed forest landscape. Biological Conservation 204:197-204.

Orlikowska EH, 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.

Blicharska M, Orlikowska E, Roberge J-M, Grodzińska-Jurczak M. 2016. Contribution of social science to large scale biodiversity conservation: a review of research about the Natura 2000 network. Biological Conservation 199:110-122.

Ladle RJ, Correia RA, Do Y, Joo G-J, Malhado ACM, Proulx R, Roberge J-M, Jepson P. 2016. Conservation culturomics. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14(5):269-275.

Felton A, Nilsson U, Sonesson J, Felton AM, Roberge J-M, Ranius T, Ahlström M, Bergh J, Björkman C, Boberg J, Drössler L, Fahlvik N, Gong P, Holmström E, Keskitalo ECH, Klapwijk MJ, Laudon H, Lundmark T, Niklasson M, Nordin A, Pettersson M, Stenlid J, Sténs A, Wallertz K. 2016. Replacing monocultures with mixed-species stands: Ecosystem service implications of two production forest alternatives in Sweden. Ambio 45(Suppl.2):S124-S139.

Felton A, Gustafsson L, Roberge J-M, Ranius T, Hjältén J, Rudolphi J, Lindbladh M, Weslien J, Rist L, Brunet J, Felton AM. 2016. How climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies can threaten or enhance the biodiversity of production forests: Insights from Sweden. Biological Conservation 194:11-20.

Johansson T, Hjältén J, Olsson J, Dynesius M, Roberge J-M. 2016. Long-term effects of clear-cutting on epigaeic beetle assemblages in boreal forests. Forest Ecology and Management 359:65-73.

Keskitalo ECH, Bergh J, Felton A, Björkman C, Berlin M, Axelsson P, Ring E, Ågren A, Roberge J-M, Klapwijk MJ, Boberg J. 2016. Adaptation to climate change in Swedish forestry. Forests 7(2):28.

Roberge J-M, Lämås T, Lundmark T, Ranius T, Felton A, Nordin A. 2015. Relative contributions of set-asides and tree retention to the long-term availability of key forest biodiversity structures at the landscape scale. Journal of Environmental Management 154:284-292.

Lindberg E, Roberge J-M, Johansson T, Hjältén J. 2015. Can airborne laser scanning (ALS) and forest estimates derived from satellite images be used to predict abundance and species richness of birds and beetles in boreal forest? Remote Sensing 7:4233-4252.

Gustafsson L, Felton A, Felton AM, Brunet J, Caruso A, Hjältén J, Lindbladh M, Ranius T, Roberge J-M, Weslien J. 2015. Natural versus national boundaries: the importance of considering biogeographical patterns in forest conservation policy. Conservation Letters 8:50-57.

Månsson J, Roberge J-M, Edenius L, Bergström R, Nilsson L, Lidberg M, Komstedt K, Ericsson G. 2015. Food plots as a habitat management tool: forage production and ungulate browsing in adjacent forest. Wildlife Biology 21:246-253.

Edenius L, Månsson J, Hjortstråle T, Roberge J-M, Ericsson G. 2015. Browsing and damage inflicted by moose in young Scots pine stands subjected to high-stump pre-commercial thinning. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 30:382-387.

Roberge J-M. 2014. Using data from online social networks in conservation science: which species engage people the most on Twitter? Biodiversity and Conservation 23:715-726.

Roberge J-M, Stenbacka F. 2014. Assemblages of epigaeic beetles and understory vegetation differ between stands of an introduced pine and its native congener in boreal forest. Forest Ecology and Management 318:239-249.

Edenius L, Roberge J-M, Månsson J, Ericsson G. 2014. Ungulate-adapted forest management: effects of slash treatment at harvest on forage availability and use. European Journal of Forest Research 133(1):191-198.

Roberge J-M, Mönkkönen M, Toivanen T, Kotiaho JS. 2013. Retention forestry and biodiversity conservation: a parallel with agroforestry. Nature Conservation 4: 29-33.

Angelstam P, Roberge J-M, Axelsson R, Elbakidze M, Bergman K-O, Dahlberg A, Degerman E, Eggers S, Esseen P-A, Hjältén J, Johansson T, Müller J, Paltto H, Snäll T, Soloviy I, Törnblom J. 2013. Evidence-based knowledge versus negotiated indicators for assessment of ecological sustainability: the Swedish Forest Stewardship Council standard as a case study. Ambio 42(2): 229-240.

Elo M, Roberge J-M, Rajasärkkä A, Mönkkönen M. 2012. Energy density and its variation in space limit species richness of boreal forest birds. Journal of Biogeography 39(8): 1462-1472.

Roberge J-M, Bengtsson SBK, Wulff S, Snäll T. 2011. Edge creation and tree dieback influence the patch-tracking metapopulation dynamics of a red-listed epiphytic bryophyte. Journal of Applied Ecology 48(3): 650-658.

Ranius T, Roberge J-M. 2011. Effects of intensified forestry on the landscape-scale extinction risk of dead-wood dependent species. Biodiversity and Conservation 20(13): 2867-2882.

Stighäll K, Roberge J-M, Andersson K, Angelstam P. 2011. Usefulness of biophysical proxy data for modelling habitat of an endangered forest species: the white-backed woodpecker Dendrocopos leucotos. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 26(6): 576-585.

Edman T, Angelstam P, Mikusiński M, Roberge J-M, Sikora A. 2011. Spatial planning for biodiversity conservation: assessment of forest landscapes’ conservation value using umbrella species requirements in Poland. Landscape and Urban Planning 102(1): 16-23.

Törnblom J, Roberge J-M, Angelstam P. 2011. Rapid assessment of headwater stream macroinvertebrate diversity: an evaluation of surrogates across a land-use gradient. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 178(4): 287-300.

Angelstam P, Andersson K, Axelsson R, Elbakidze M, Jonsson BG, Roberge J-M. 2011. Protecting forest areas for biodiversity in Sweden 1991–2010: the policy implementation process and outcomes on the ground. Silva Fennica 45(5): 1111-1133.

Roberge J-M, Mikusiński G, Possingham HP. 2010. Has the term ‘Conservation Biology’ had its day? Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8(3): 121.

Honkanen M, Roberge J-M, Rajasärkkä A, Mönkkönen M. 2010. Disentangling the effects of area, energy and habitat heterogeneity on boreal forest bird species richness in protected areas. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19: 61-71.

Roberge J-M, Bokma F, Mönkkönen M, Jonsson BG. 2009. Calculating minimum discrepancy to assess the nestedness of species assemblages. Community Ecology 10(2): 141-145.

Roberge J-M, Angelstam P. 2009. Selecting species to be used as tools in the development of forest conservation targets. Pp. 109-128 in: Villard M-A, Jonsson BG (Eds). Setting Conservation Targets for Managed Forest Landscapes. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 411 pages.

Roberge J-M, Mikusiński G, Svensson S. 2008. The white-backed woodpecker: umbrella species for forest conservation planning? Biodiversity and Conservation 17(10): 2479-2494.

Roberge J-M, Angelstam P, Villard M-A. 2008. Specialised woodpeckers and naturalness in hemiboreal forests – deriving quantitative targets for conservation planning. Biological Conservation 141(4): 997-1012.

Roberge J-M, Angelstam P. 2006. Indicator species among resident forest birds – a cross-regional evaluation in northern Europe. Biological Conservation 130(1): 134-147.

Brazaitis G, Roberge J-M, Angelstam P, Marozas V, Pėtelis K. 2005. Age-related effects of clearcut - old forest edges on bird communities in Lithuania. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 20, Supplement 6: 59-67.

Lazdinis M, Roberge J-M, Kurlavičius P, Mozgeris G, Angelstam P. 2005. Afforestation planning and biodiversity conservation: predicting effects on habitat functionality in Lithuania. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 48(3): 331-348.

Angelstam P, Roberge J-M, Ek T, Laestadius L. 2005. Data and tools for conservation, management, and restoration of northern forest ecosystems at multiple scales. Pp. 269-283 in: Stanturf JA, Madsen P (Eds). Restoration of Boreal and Temperate Forests. CRC Press/Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, FL, USA. 569 pages.

Roberge J-M, Angelstam P. 2004. Usefulness of the umbrella species concept as a conservation tool. Conservation Biology 18(1): 76-85.

Roberge J-M, Desrochers A. 2004. Comparison of large snag characteristics between primeval and managed fir forest on the Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 34(11): 2382-2386. (In French with English abstract)

Angelstam P, Dönz-Breuss M, Roberge J-M (Eds). 2004. Targets and tools for the maintenance of forest biodiversity. Ecological Bulletins 51. Blackwell Science, Oxford. 510 pages.

Angelstam P, Roberge J-M, Dönz-Breuss M, Burfield IJ, Ståhl G. 2004. Monitoring forest biodiversity – from the policy level to the management unit. Pp 295-304 in: Angelstam P, Dönz-Breuss M, Roberge J-M (Eds.) Targets and Tools for the Maintenance of Forest Biodiversity – Ecological Bulletins 51. Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Angelstam P, Roberge J-M, Lõhmus A, Bergmanis M, Brazaitis G, Dönz-Breuss M, Edenius L, Kosiński Z, Kurlavičius P, Lārmanis V, Lūkins V, Mikusiński G, Račinskis E, Strazds M, Tryjanowski P. 2004. Habitat modelling as a tool for landscape-scale conservation – a review of parameters for focal forest birds. Pp 427-453 in: Angelstam P, Dönz-Breuss M, Roberge J-M (Eds.) Targets and Tools for the Maintenance of Forest Biodiversity – Ecological Bulletins 51. Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Angelstam P, Boutin S, Schmiegelow F, Villard M-A, Drapeau P, Host G, Innes J, Isachenko G, Kuuluvainen T, Mönkkönen M, Niemelä J, Niemi G, Roberge J-M, Spence J, Stone D. 2004. Targets for boreal forest biodiversity conservation – a rationale for macroecological research and adaptive management. Pp 487-509 in: Angelstam P, Dönz-Breuss M, Roberge J-M (Eds.) Targets and Tools for the Maintenance of Forest Biodiversity – Ecological Bulletins 51. Blackwell Science, Oxford.

Roberge J-M, Svensson S. 2003. How much time is required to survey land birds in forest-dominated atlas squares? Ornis Fennica 80(3): 111-120.

Angelstam PK, Bütler R, Lazdinis M, Mikusiński G, Roberge J-M. 2003. Habitat thresholds for focal species at multiple scales and forest biodiversity conservation – dead wood as an example. Annales Zoologici Fennici 40(6): 473-482.

Angelstam P, Mikusiński G, Rönnbäck B-I, Östman A, Lazdinis M, Roberge J-M, Arnberg W, Olsson J. 2003. Two-dimensional gap analysis: a tool for efficient conservation planning and biodiversity policy implementation. Ambio 32(8): 527-534.



Lämås T, Roberge J-M, Felton A, Gustafsson L, Jonzén J, Lundmark T, Nordin A, Olsson H, Ranius T, Sandström E. 2015. Generell naturhänsyn och frivilliga avsättningar: mängden död ved och grova träd i framtidens skogslandskap. Fakta Skog 10-2015. (In Swedish)

Ranius T, Roberge J-M. 2014. Är naturvården för jämnt utspridd? Pp. 145-155 in: Som man ropar i skogen. Formas Fokuserar #22. Formas, Stockholm. (In Swedish.)

Roberge J-M, Månsson J, Edenius L, Lindqvist S, Ericsson G. 2012. Vad visar inventeringar av älgskador och betestryck i skog? Fakta Skog 12-2012. (In Swedish.)

Bergquist J, Roberge J-M, Edenius L, Ericsson G. 2012. Referenshägn som instrument i viltförvaltningen. Fakta Skog 13-2012. (In Swedish.)

Edenius L, Roberge J-M, Månsson J, Ericsson G. 2012. Risseparering som foderskapande åtgärd för klövvilt vid föryngringsavverkning och gallring. Fakta Skog 14-2012. (In Swedish.)

Månsson J, Roberge J-M, Edenius L, Bergström R, Nilsson L, Komstedt K, Lidberg M, Ericsson G. 2012. Viltåkrar – foderproduktion och indirekta effekter på skogen. Fakta Skog 15-2012. (In Swedish.)

Ranius T, Roberge J-M. 2011. Hellre tredelat skogsbruk än tudelat. Skogsland 35: 12. (In Swedish.)

Andersson K, Angelstam P, Axelsson R, Degerman E, Elbakidze M, Roberge J-M, Törnblom J. 2011. Geografiska informationssystem – verktyg för att uppfylla nya krav på hållbart skogsbruk. Fakta Skog 29-2011. (In Swedish)

Angelstam P, Roberge J-M, Jonsson BG, Törnblom J. 2010. Hur mycket är nog för att bevara arterna? Fakta Skog 12-2010. (In Swedish.)

Roberge J-M. 2008. Biodiversity conservation: perspectives from European forests at the temperate-boreal transition. Acadian Forest Science Notes 1/2008. 4 pages.

Törnblom J, Degerman E, Roberge J-M, Angelstam P, Eriksson T. 2007. Vitrygg och lax – två paraplyarter för funktionella land- och vattenmiljöer? Fakta Skog 3-2007. (In Swedish.)

Månsson J, Roberge J-M. 2006. Svalorna svarar för bon på ditt hus – hur många arter står i bostadskön? Fåglar i Västmanland 1-2006: 4-7. (In Swedish.)

Roberge J-M, Angelstam P. 2004. Arter som verktyg i naturvården. Pp. 171-176 in: Jansson G, Seiler C, Andrén H (Eds). Skogsvilt III – Vilt och Landskap i Förändring. Grimsö forskningsstation, SLU, Riddarhyttan, Sweden. 289 pages. (In Swedish.) 

Uliczka H, Angelstam P, Roberge J-M. 2003. Naturvård i skogen kräver användarvänliga indikatorarter. Fakta Skog 14-2003. (In Swedish.)