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Lina A. Widenfalk

I'm interested in what determines where in the landscape certain species are living and how this information can be used in applied contexts. Currently I synthesize ecological knowledge trying to determine how we can optimize ecological compensation, how our conservation efforts can be adjusted in a changing climate and how prioritizations in forestry management affect the delivery of ecosystem services.


I work mainly in within three projects that will develop synthesizes with a connection to conservation biology, in these we will focus on:

·         Relevant knowledge, ecological and political, for adapting conservation strategies to effects of climate change.

·         Under which circumstances can a National Forest Program produce evidence-based and legitimate forest policies.

·         Optimization of ecological compensation practices by finding characteristics of species and habitats that have been shown to respond well to similar management and restauration, and to compare these with the ones most often managed within the framework of ecological compensation in Sweden today.

I defended my PhD-thesis in February 2017, in that project I focused on the spatial diversity pattern of springtail (Collembola) populations and communities. The aim is to understand at what scales communities are structured and how much of species turnover that can be explained by distance between sampling plots alone, compared with the effect of environmental variables. The importance of understanding functional diversity and species-diversity-patterns for biodiversity planning and management is the main reason why I find these questions interesting.


After five years of biology studies at bachelor- and master-level at Ultuna (SLU) I worked as a field and research assistant for Åsa Berggren within several of her projects, looking at dispersal patterns and invasive species. I started my PhD-education in April 2010. Since 2012 I have worked part time with my PhD-project and part time on parental leave or managing a consultancy bureau (Greensway AB), primarily working with nature conservation strategies and ecological planning during nature resource exploitation. 

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed articles

Widenfalk, L.A., H.P. Leinaas, J. Bengtsson, and T. Birkemoe. 2018. Age and level of self-organization affect the small-scale distribution of springtails (Collembola). Ecosphere 9(1). DOI 10.1002/ecs2.2058 (OA)

Widenfalk, L.A., A. Malmström, M.P. Berg, and J. Bengtsson. 2016. Small-scale Collembola community composition in a pine forest soil - Overdispersion in functional traits indicates the importance of species interactions. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 32/2016. DOI: (OA)

Widenfalk, L.A., J. Bengtsson, Å. Berggren, K. Zwiggelaar, E. Spijkman, F. Huyer-Brugman, and M. Berg. 2015. Spatially structured environmental filtering of collembolan traits in late successional salt marsh vegetation. Oecologia:1-13. DOI 10.1007/s00442-015-3345-z (OA)

Widenfalk, L. A., K. Ahrne, and A. Berggren. 2014. Using citizen-reported data to predict distributions of two non-native insect species in Sweden. Ecosphere 5 DOI: 10.1890/ES14-00212.1 (OA)

Ahlbäck, L. and Å. Berggren. 2013. The effect of landscape structure and habitat composition on the presence of the threatened parasitic sand-living beetle Apalus bimaculatus (Coleoptera: Meloidae). Canadian Entomologist 145:626-638.


Thesis and reports

Widenfalk, L.A. 2017.  Springtails in Space: Factors structuring Collembola populations and communities, revealed by trait-based analyses. Doctoral thesis. 2017:6 Swedish university of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala

Widenfalk, L. A. 2014. Traits or species – space or environment:  how to understand the spatial structure of springtail community composition. Licentiate thesis. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.

Ahlbäck, L. 2012. Diversity patterns in coniferous forest springtail assemblages., Introductory research essay. Dept. of Ecology, Uppsala.

Ahlbäck, L. 2010. Habitat preference and dispersal of a sand associated beetle, Apalus bimaculatus. Master thesis. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.

Ahlbäck, L. 2008. Blue monkeys' utilization of five tree species in relation to the abundance of each tree species. Bachelor thesis. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Skara.


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