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Lisa Petersson

Lisa Petersson


I am a forest ecologist at the Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre. My research interests include land use history, nature conservation, biodiversity - and more specifically the impact of forestry on forest plant communities. During my PhD, I studied the ecosystem services and biodiversity, e.g. vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens in managed stands of Scots pine and Norway spruce. My current project is about how the sika deer browsing affects the forest microclimate, and epiphyte communities in Nikko national park in Japan


I am teaching biodiversity and nature conservation at the bachelor program Forest and Landscape and Euroforester master program.


2021 - 2023 Postdoctoral researcher. Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Alnarp Sweden and Forest department of Utsunomiya University, Utsunomiya, Japan.

2020 - 2021 Research assistant Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Alnarp Sweden.
SLU crop platform project ESSLA: Ecosystem Services in Sweden – At the Landscape Level

2015 - 2020 PhD-student at Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Alnarp Sweden

2015 MSc Environmental Science. Lund university

2013 BSc Landscape Science. Kristianstad university

Selected publications

Petersson, L., Lariviere, D., Holmström, E., Fritz, Ö, & Felton, A. 2022. Conifer tree species and age as drivers of epiphytic lichen communities in northern European production forests. The Lichenologist, 54(3-4), 213-225.

Ara, M., Felton, A. M. Holmström, E. Petersson, L. Berglund, M. Johansson, U. Nilssona, U. 2022. Pre-commercial thinning in Norway spruce-birch mixed stands can provide abundant forage for ungulates without losing volume production. Forest Ecology and Management 520 120364.

Felton, A., Felton, A. M.,  Wam, H. K., J. Witzell, Wallgren, M., Löf, M., Sonesson, J., Lindbladh, M., Björkman, C., Blennow, K., Cleary, M., Jonsell, M. Klapwijke, M., Niklassona, M., Petersson, L., Rönnberg, J., Ode Sang, Å., Wrethling, F. and Hedwall, P-O. 2022. Forest biodiversity and ecosystem services from spruce-birch mixtures: The potential importance of tree spatial arrangement. Environmental Challenges 2022 Vol. 6 Pages 100407

Petersson, L., Nilsson, S., Holmström, E., Lindbladh, M. & Felton, A. 2021. Forest floor bryophyte and lichen diversity in Scots pine and Norway spruce production forests. Forest Ecology and Management 493.

Lindbladh, M., Hedwall, P.-O., Holmström, E., Petersson, L. and Felton, A. 2020. How generalist are these forest specialists? What Sweden’s avian indicators indicate. Anim Conserv, 23: 762-773.

Petersson, L. 2019. Replacing Scots pine with Norway spruce. Implications for biodiversity in production forests. Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880; 2019:85 [Doktorsavhandling]

Petersson, L., Holmström, E., Lindbladh, M., and Felton, A. 2019. Tree species impact on understory vegetation: Vascular plant communities of Scots pine and Norway spruce managed stands in northern Europe. Forest Ecology and Management 448 p. 330-345.

Lindbladh, M., Petersson, L., Hedwall, P.-O., Trubins, R., Holmström E. and Felton, A. 2019. Consequences for bird diversity from a decrease in a foundation species—replacing Scots pine stands with Norway spruce in southern Sweden. Regional Environmental Change 19 p. 1429-1440.

Felton, A., Petersson L., Nilsson, O. Witzell, J. Cleary, M., Felton, A. M., Björkman, C., Sang, Å. O. Jonsell, M., Holmström, E., Nilsson, U., Rönnberg, J., Kalén, C. and Lindbladh, M. 2019. The tree species matters: Biodiversity and ecosystem service implications of replacing Scots pine production stands with Norway spruce. Ambio.

Petersson, L. and Andersson, S. 2015. Vegetationsförändringar på Lilla Smörstack 1982-2015 (populärvetenskaplig artikel). Botaniska notiser 148(3) p. 15-22