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Roger Mugerwa Pettersson

Roger Mugerwa Pettersson
Conservation Biologist working with ecological communities of forest invertebrates, mainly wood-living beetles in boreal forests. Researcher in the Restoration Ecology Group and teacher on the forestry program at SLU in Umeå.


Researcher and teacher in Conservation Biology and Community Ecology. The ecology of saproxylic insects is my profession and their taxonomy is my hobby. Mugerwa became a new part of my surname in 2016 and the tropical forests of Uganda has since then become interesting for me.


Has been teaching at both Umeå University and SLU in Umeå since 1991 with the position as the coordinator of Basic Education at the forestry program 2008-2017. Course convener for the course Forest Animals 7,5 credits and examinator on several courses as e.g. Bachelor thesis and Project based advanced level course.


Former projects ecology of the wood-living beetle Pytho kolwensis 1987-1991 and insects on pine in Sweden 2000-2002. Current research biodiversity of saproxylic insects in hollow aspen trees with cooperation of the forest company SCA.


I am working with The Swedish Species Information Centre, several Swedish counties and forest companies. For example with action plans for threatened species in Swedish forests and in the reference group of SCA biodiversity parks. Member in the specialist committé for red listed beetles in Sweden and IUCNs red list of saproxylic beetles in Europe. Vice-chairman of the entomological society in northern Sweden and activ member in the Nordic Coleoptera Group. Answering questions from the public about insects and other invertbrates at the home page "Skogssverige".


Born and raised in Söråker north of Sundsvall in northern Sweden. Master of Science in Biology in 1982 at the University of Umeå, Doctor of Philosophy in Animal Ecology 1998 and Associate Professor 2009 at SLU in Umeå.


Supervised six master thesis students and co-supervisor for one doctoral student. Supervisor for more than 10 Bachelor students at SLU in Umeå.

Selected publications

Author to two action plans for threatened species in Sweden written in Swedish with English summary. 80 publications in Swedish and 27 international, the latest as a co-author in: Milberg, P. et al. 2015. A burning desire for smoke? Sampling insects favoured by forest fire in the absence of fire. J. Insect Conserv. 19: 55-65.