CV page

Matts Lindbladh

Matts Lindbladh


My research focuses on forest conservation and forest history.

I have for 25 years done research in conservation biology and paleoecology (historical ecology) and the interface between these subjects. My research focuses on the use of paleoecological data as a basis for understanding natural and anthropogenic impacts on forest ecosystems, and as a platform for addressing issues pertaining to the maintenance of biodiversity in forest ecosystems.

Over the years I have become increasingly interested in conservation within managed forests, such as dead wood, green tree retention and tree species compositions. Evaluating the biodiversity effects of current and future management regimes in production forests will continue to be an important research area. The results of my research are of interest to the forestry sector in southern Sweden, but it is also relevant for the management of production forests internationally. I focus on the species groups for which I have experience in, namely birds and wood dependant beetles.

Link to Google Scholar Citations


I teach several different courses in ecology, forest conservation and vegetation history. Two courses in forest conservation are part of Euroforester Masters Programme. The course language is English.

Selected publications

Lindbladh M et al. (in press) Broadleaf retention benefits to bird diversity in mid-rotation conifer production stands. Forest Ecology and Management. 

Izdebski A, Lindbladh, M et al (2022) Palaeoecological data indicates land-use changes across Europe linked to spatial heterogeneity in mortality during the Black Death pandemic. Nature Ecology & Evolution 6:297-306

Felton et al. (2022) Forest biodiversity and ecosystem services outcomes from spruce-birch mixtures in Fennoscandia: The potential importance of tree spatial arrangement. Environmental Challenges 6

Felton, A, Hedwall, P-O, Trubins, R, Lagerstedt, J, Felton, AF, Lindbladh, M (2021) From mixtures to monocultures: Bird assemblage responses along a production forest conifer-broadleaf gradient. Forest Ecology and Management 494

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

Drobyshev, I, Niklasson, M, Ryzhkova, N, Götmark, F, Pinto, G, Lindbladh, M. (2021) Did forest fires maintain mixed oak forests in southern Scandinavia? A dendrochronological speculation. Forest Ecology and Management 482

Biber, P, Felton, A, Nieuwenhuis, M, Lindbladh, M, Black, K et al (2020) Forest Biodiversity, Carbon Sequestration, and Wood Production: Modelling Synergies and Trade-Offs for Ten Forest Landscapes across Europe. Frontiers Ecology And Evolution. 8: 1-21 

Lindbladh, M., Hedwall, P.-O., Holmström, E., Petersson, L. & Felton (2020) How generalist are these forest specialists? What Sweden’s avian indicators indicate. Animal Conservation 23: 762-773

Felton A. Petersson, L., Nilsson, O., Lindbladh, M. et al (2020) The tree species matters: Biodiversity and ecosystem service implications of replacing Scots pine production stands with Norway spruce. Ambio 49: 1035-1049.

Felton, A Löfroth, T., Angelstam, P., Lindbladh, M. et al (2019) Keeping pace with forestry: Multi-scale conservation in a changing production forest matrix. Ambio.

Felton A. Petersson, L., Nilsson, O., Lindbladh, M. et al (2019) The tree species matters: Biodiversity and ecosystem service implications of replacing Scots pine production stands with Norway spruce. Ambio.

Hedwall (2019) Concealed by darkness: How stand density can override the biodiversity benefits of mixed forests. Ecosphere 10(8)

Nordström E-M et al (2019) Forest decision support systems for the analysis of ecosystem services provisioning at the landscape scale under global climate and market change scenarios. European Journal of Forest Research 138: 561-581

Petersson, L, Holmström, E, Lindbladh, M& 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 488: 330-345

Lindbladh, M, Pettersson, L, Hedwall, PO, Holmström, E & 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: 1429-1440

Jonsell M, Abrahamsson M, Widenfalk L, Lindbladh M (2019) Increasing influence of the surrounding landscape on saproxylic beetle communities over 10 years succession in dead wood. Forest Ecology and Management 440: 267-284

Hedwall P-O, Gustafsson L, Brunet J, Lindbladh M, Axelsson AL, Strengbom J (2019) Half a century of multiple anthropogenic stressors has altered northern forest understory plant communities. Ecological Applications 29:

Fredh, D, Lagerås, P, Mazier, F, Björkman, L, Lindbladh, M, Broström, A (2019) Farm establishment, abandonment and agricultural practices during the last 1300 years – a case study from southern Sweden based on pollen records and the LOVE model. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 28: 529–544

Drobyshev, I, Koch Widerberg, M, Andersson, M, Wang, X and Lindbladh, M (2019) Thinning around old oaks in spruce production forests: current practices show no positive effect on oak growth rates and need fine tuning. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 34: 126-132

Oswald, W., Foster, D., Shuman, B., Doughty, E., Faison, E., Hall, B., Hansen, B., Lindbladh, M., Marroquion, A., Truebe, S. (2018) Subregional variability in the response of New England vegetation to postglacial climate change. Journal of Biogeography 45:2375-2388

Seedre, M, Felton, A, Lindbladh, M. (2018) What is the impact of continuous cover forestry on biodiversity compared to clearcut forestry in boreal and temperate forest stands? A systematic review protocol. Environmental Evidence 7:28.

Koch Widerberg, M, Drobyshev, I, Ranius, T & Lindbladh M (2018) Oaks retained in production spruce forests help maintain saproxylic beetle diversity in southern Scandinavian landscapes. Forest Ecology and Management 417: 257-264

Lindbladh, M., Lindström, Å., Hedwall, P-O. and Felton A. (2017) Avian diversity in Norway spruce production forests – How variation in structure and composition reveals pathways for improving habitat quality. Forest Ecology and Management 397: 48-56.

Hultberg, T., Lagerås, P., Björkman, L., Sköld, E., Jacobson, G.L., Hedwall, P.-O. & Lindbladh, M. (2017) The late-Holocene decline of Tilia in relation to climate and human activities – pollen evidence from 42 sites in Southern Sweden. Journal of Biogeography 44: 2398-2409.

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

Löf, M., Brunet, J., Filyushkina, A., Lindbladh, M., Skovsgaard, J.P., Felton, A. (2016). Management of oak forests: Striking a balance between timber production, biodiversity and cultural services. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management 12: 59-73.

Trondman, A., Gaillard, M.-J., Sugita, S, Björkman, L., Greisman, A., Hultberg, T., Lagerås, P., Lindbladh, M., Mazier, F. (2016) Are pollen records from small sites appropriate for REVEALS model-based quantitative reconstructions of past regional vegetation? - An empirical test in southern Sweden. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 25: 131-151.

Felton, A., Hedwall, P-O, Lindbladh, M., Nyberg, T., Felton, A.M., Holmström, E., Wallin, I., Löf, M., & Brunet, J. (2016) The biodiversity contribution of wood plantations: Contrasting the bird communities of Sweden’s protected and production oak forests. Forest Ecology and Management 365: 51-60.

Trondman A.-K., Gaillard M.-J., Mazier F., Sugita S., Fyfe R., Nielsen A.B., Twiddle C., Barratt P., Birks, H.J.B., Bjune A.E., Björkman L., Broström, A., Caseldine C., David R., Dodson J., Dörfler W., Fischer E., van Geel B., Giesecke T., Hultberg, T., Kalnina L., Kangur M., van der Knaap P., Koff T., Kuneš P., Lagerås, P., Latalowa M., Lechterbeck J., Leroyer C., Leydet M., Lindbladh M., Marquer L., Mitchell F., Odgaard B.V., Peglar S.M., Persson T., Poska A., Rösch M., Seppä H., Veski S., Wick L. (2015) First pollen-based quantitative reconstructions of Holocene regional vegetation cover (plant functional types and land-cover types) in Europe suitable for climate modelling. Global Change Biology 21: 676-697

Hultberg, T, Gaillard, M-J, Grundmann, B & Lindbladh, M (2015) Reconstruction of past landscape openness using the Landscape Reconstruction Algorithm (LRA) applied on three local pollen sites in a southern Swedish biodiversity hotspot. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany 24: 253-266.

Gustafsson, L, Felton, A, Felton, A, 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.

Lindbladh, M, Axelsson, A-L, Hultberg, T, Brunet, J & Felton, A (2014 ) From Broadleaves to Spruce – The Borealization of Southern Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 29: 686-696.

Felton, A, Lindbladh, M, Elmberg, J, Felton , A, Andersson, E, Sekercioglu, CH, Collingham, Y & Huntley, B (2014) Projecting impacts from anthropogenic climatic change on the bird communities of southern Sweden’s spruce monocultures: Will the species-poor get poorer? Ornis Fennica 91: 1–13.

Lindbladh M, Hedwall, P-O, Wallin I, Felton A, B, H & Felton, A (2014) Short-rotation bioenergy stands as an alternative to spruce monocultures: Implications for bird biodiversity. Silva Fennica 48.

Lindbladh, M, Fraver, S, Edvardsson, J & Felton, A (2013) Past forest composition, structures and processes - How paleoecology can contribute to forest conservation. Biological Conservation 168: 116–127

Brukas, V, Felton, A, Lindbladh, M & Sallnäs, S (2013) Linking forest management, policy and biodiversity indicators – A comparison of Lithuania and Southern Sweden. Forest Ecology and Management 291: 181–189

Koch Widerberg, M, Ranius, T, Drobyshev, I, Nilsson, U & Lindbladh, M (2012) Increased openness around retained oaks increases species richness of saproxylic beetles. Biodiversity and Conservation 21: 3035-3059.

Brunet, J, Felton, A, Lindbladh, M (2012) From wooded pasture to timber production – changes in a European beech (Fagus sylvatica) forest landscape between 1840 and 2010. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 27: 245-254.

Felton, A., Andersson, E, Ventorp, D, Lindbladh, M. (2011) Avian biodiversity responses to retaining birch (Betula spp.) in Norway spruce (Picea abies) stands: An assessment from southern Sweden. Silva Fennica 45: 1143-1150.

Brunet, J, Valtinat K, Mayr, ML, Felton, A, Lindbladh, M, Bruun, HH. (2011). Undererstory succession in post-agricultural oak plantations: habitat fragmentation affects forest specialists and generalists differently. Forest Ecology and Management 262: 1863–1871.

Lindbladh, M, Felton, A, Trubins, R & Sallnäs, O (2011) A Landscape and Policy Perspective on Forest Conversion - Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) and the Allocation of Deciduous forests in Southern Sweden. European Journal of Forest Research 130: 861–869.

Lindbladh, M, Hultberg, T, Koch Widerberg, M & Felton, A, (2011) Halland’s Forests during the Last 300 Years – A Review of Malmström (1939). Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 26, 81-90

Lindbladh, M. & Foster, D. (2010) Dynamics of long-lived foundation species: the history of Quercus in Southern Scandinavia. Journal of Ecology 98: 1330–1345.

Bradshaw, RHW, Hannon, G & Lindbladh, M (2010) The role of fire in southern Scandinavian forests during the late Holocene. International Journal of Wildland Fire 19: 1040-1049

Hultberg, T, Brunet, J, Broström, A & Lindbladh, M. (2010) Forest in a cultural landscape - The vegetation history of Torup in southernmost Sweden. Ecological Bulletins 53: 141-154.

Gaillard, M-J, Sugita, S, Mazier, F, Trondman, A-K, Broström, A, Hickler, T,. Kaplan, JO, Kjellström, E, Kuneš, P, Lemmen, C, Olofsson, J, Smith, B, Strandberg, G, Fyfe, R, Nielsen, AB, Alenius, T, Balakauskas, L, Barnekow, L, Birks, HJB, Bjune, A, Björkman, L, Giesecke, T, Hjelle, K, Kalnina, L, Kangur, M, van der Knaap, WO, Koff, T, Lagerås, P, Latałowa, M, Leydet, M, Lechterbeck, J, Lindbladh, M, Odgaard, B, Peglar, S, Segerström, U, von Stedingk, H & Seppä, H. (2010) Holocene land-cover reconstructions for studies on land cover-climate feedbacks. Climate in the Past 6: 483-499.

Felton, A, Lindbladh, M, Brunet, J & Fritz, Ö. (2010) Replacing coniferous monocultures with mixed-species production stands: An assessment of the potential benefits for forest biodiversity in northern Europe. Forest Ecology and Management 260: 939-947.

Hannon, G, Niklasson, M, Brunet, J, Eliasson, P & Lindbladh, M. (2010) How long has the hotspot been hot? Past stand-scale structures at Siggaboda Nature Reserve in southern Sweden. Biodiversity and Conservation 19: 2167-2187.

Abrahamsson, M, Jonsell, M, Niklasson, M. & Lindbladh, M, (2009) Saproxylic beetle assemblages in artificially created high-stumps of spruce (Picea abies) and birch (Betula pubescens/pendula) on clearcuts – does the surrounding landscape matter? Insect Conservation and Diversity 2: 284-294.

Lindbladh, M & Abrahamsson, M (2008). Beetle diversity in high-stumps from Norway spruce thinnings. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 23: 339 – 347.

Abrahamsson, M, Lindbladh, M & Rönnberg, J (2008) The influence of butt rot on beetle diversity in artificially created high-stumps of Norway spruce. Forest Ecology and Management 255, 3396-3403.

Lindbladh, M, Niklasson, M, Karlsson, M & Björkman, L (2008) Close anthropogenic control of Fagus establishment and expansion in a Swedish protected landscape – implications for forest history and conservation. Journal of Biogeography 35, 682-697.

Lindbladh, M, Abrahamsson, M, Seedre, M and Jonsell, M (2007) Saproxylic beetles in artificially created high stumps of spruce and birch within and outside hotspot areas. Biodiversity and Conservation 16, 3213-3226

Lindbladh, M, Oswald, W, Foster, D & Faison, E, Hou, J & Huang, Y (2007) A late-glacial transition from Picea glauca to Picea mariana in southern New England. Quaternary Research 67, 502-508.

Lindbladh, M, Brunet, J, Hannon, G, Niklasson, M, Eliasson, P, Eriksson, G, & Ekstrand, A (2007) Forest history as a basis for ecosystem restoration–a multi-disciplinary case-study in a south Swedish temperate landscape. Restoration Ecology 15:2, 284-295.

Arahamsson, M & Lindbladh, M (2006) Saproxylic beetles and man-made dead wood – a substrate comparison between high and low stumps of spruce (Picea abies). Forest Ecology and Management. 226: 230-237

Bradshaw, RHW & Lindbladh, M (2005). Regional Spread and Stand-scale Establishment of Trees in North-West Europe. Ecology 86: 1679–1686

Lindbladh, M, Jacobson, GL & Schauffler, M (2003) The postglacial history of three Picea species in New England, USA. Quaternary Research 59: 61-69.

Lindbladh, M, Niklasson, M & Nilsson SG (2003) Long-time record of fire and open canopy in a high biodiversity forest in southeast Sweden. Biological Conservation 114: 231-243

Niklasson, M, Lindbladh, M & Björkman, L (2002) A long-term record of Quercus decline, logging and fire history in a southern Swedish Fagus-Picea forest. Journal of Vegetation Science 13: 765-774

Lindbladh, M, Bradshaw RHW & Holmquist BH (2000) Pattern and process in south Swedish forests during the last 3000 years sensed at stand and regional scales. Journal of Ecology 88:113-128


If you like birds - click here