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Malin Tälle

Malin Tälle
Malin Tälle is a researcher interested in conservation biology, mainly focusing on forests and agricultural landscapes. She has a particular interest in evidence-based conservation, where conclusions from previous studies aid decision making and help guide conservation efforts.


Currently, I am involved in a synthesis project regarding the correlation between different measures of biodiversity used for e.g. monitoring. Previously, my research has focused on the spatial allocation of protected areas in landscapes, and also the management of semi-natural grasslands. I have also been involved in a synthesis project focusing on sustainable food production in Sweden. 

Most of my current and previous research have focused on exploring results and conclusions from previous studies, and using these to provide recommendations that can, e.g., help guide management decisions in species-rich semi-natural grasslands or aid decision-making in terms of the type of areas to protect in the landscape.


Currently, I am working in a project titled "To what extent do measures of biodiversity correlate? A systematic synthesis to improve the assessment of biodiversity". Biodiversity is rapidly decreasing, but it is unclear how well commonly used measures of biodiversity correlate, and there is no general recommendations on the best way to assess the current state of and changes in biodiversity. The aim of this project is therefore to synthesize the correlation between different biodiversity metrics or different taxa used to assess the state of and temporal change in biodiversity, and how this varies across scales and in response to different processes such as climate change.

I am also finishing work in a project titled “Consequences of the spatial allocation of protected areas and disturbances on biodiversity” in collaboration with Thomas Ranius, Erik Öckinger and researchers from Lund University. The aim of this project is to compile existing knowledge on the effect of spatial allocation of protected areas and the intervening matrix on ecological processes affecting conservation of biodiversity at a landscape scale. Furthermore, the aim is to evaluate if area protection is an effective means of preserving species associated with grazing and other disturbances.


I have a MSc in Biology and a PhD in Ecology from Linköping University, Sweden. My thesis was titled “Conservation of semi-natural grasslands: effects of different management methods on biodiversity”.

After my defense, I continued working as a postdoc at Linköping University, with research focusing on conservation of bumblebees in the agricultural landscape, and a synthesis project on sustainable food production in Sweden.

Selected publications

My full publication list can be found on Google Scholar.

Tälle, M., Ranius, T., Öckinger, E. The usefulness of surrogates in biodiversity conservation: A synthesis. Biological Conservation, 288, 110384.

Milberg, P., Tälle, M. 2023. Maintaining an open landscape: Comparison of management methods for semi-natural grasslands: A Swedish multi-site study. Global Ecology and Conservation, 48, e02721.

Tälle, M., Öckinger, E., Löfroth, T., Pettersson, L.B., Smith, H.G., Stjernman, M., Ranius, T. 2023. Land sharing complements land sparing in the conservation of disturbance-dependent species. Ambio, 52, 571-584.

Milberg, P., Bergman, K.-O., Glimskär, A., Nilsson, S. and Tälle, M. 2020. Site factors are more important than management for indicator species in semi-natural grasslands in southern Sweden. Plant Ecology, 221, 577-594

Tälle, M., Wiréhn, L., Ellström, D., Hjerpe, M., Huge-Brodin, M., Jensen, P., Lindström, T., Neset, T.-S., Wennergren, U., and Metson, G. 2019. Synergies and trade-offs for sustainable food production in Sweden: an integrated approach. Sustainability, 22, 601.

Tälle, M., Deák, B., Poschlod, P., Valkó, O., Westerberg, L., and Milberg, P. 2018. Similar effects of different mowing frequencies on the conservation value of semi-natural grasslands in Europe. Biodiversity and Conservation, 27, 2451-2475.

Milberg, P.,  Fogelfors, H., Westerberg, L. and Tälle, M. 2018. Annual burning of semi-natural grasslands for conservation favours tall-grown species with high nectar production. Nordic Journal of Botany, 36, e01709.

Tälle, M. 2018. Conservation of semi-natural grasslands: effects of different management methods on biodiversity. PhD thesis. Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköping, Sweden.

Milberg, P., Tälle, M., Fogelfors, H. and Westerberg, L. 2017. The biodiversity cost of reducing management intensity in species-rich grasslands: Mowing annually vs. every third year. Basic and Applied Ecology, 22, 61-74.

Tälle, M., Deák, B., Poschlod, P., Valkó, O., Westerberg, L., and Milberg, P. 2016. Grazing vs. mowing: a meta-analysis of biodiversity benefits for grassland management. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 222, 200-212.

Tälle, M., Fogelfors, H., Westerberg, L., and Milberg, P. 2015. The conservation benefit of mowing vs grazing for management of species-rich grasslands: a multi-site, multi-year field experiment. Nordic Journal of Botany, 33, 761-768.

Tälle, M., Berman, K.-O., Paltto, H., Philgren, A., Svensson, R., Westerberg, L., Wissman, J, and Milberg, P. 2014. Mowing for biodiversity: grass trimmer and knife mower perform equally well. Biodiversity and Conservation, 23, 3073-3089.



Researcher at the Department of Ecology; S, Conservation Biology Unit
Postal address:
Inst för Ekologi, Box 7044
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls Väg 16, Uppsala