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Ulrik Ilstedt

Ulrik Ilstedt
Ulrik Ilstedt is an Associate Professor of Forest Ecology and Management. He studies the use of trees and forests for global development. Land degradation due to unsustainable management practices is a major problem in many tropical areas, which results in the loss of carbon, nutrients, water, and biodiversity. This, in turn, affects food production and access to water.


Restoring tropical landscapes with trees

Ulrik Ilstedt is leading the research group "Trees and Forests for Global Development" at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management. His research is largely focused on using trees to restore different types of degraded land and creating sustainable land management practices that take advantage of the environmental services that trees can provide. Examples of such services include increased water infiltration, enhanced fertility, higher soil organic matter, the presence of soil-stabilizing rooting systems and promotion of biodiversity. Some examples of questions that he works with are:

– What management practices and what tree traits contribute most to ecosystem services?

– Can we use a more diverse set of indigenous tree species rather than a few exotics and is there an added value in doing this?

Currently, Ulrik is working on a project to restore degraded rainforest in Malaysia. In Burkina Faso and Kenya he studies how trees can be used to improve soils and water resources. Ulrik teaches forest ecology, hydrology, and soil science. He is also the coordinator for an advanced level course on site productivity and production ecology and the research school “Forest Ecology and Management in a Changing Environment”.

Selected publications

See Ulrik Ilstedt's CV and publications at Research Gate and Google Scholar


Researcher at the Department of Forest Ecology and Management; Department of Forest Ecology and Management, joint staff
Telephone: +46907868390, +46701510075
Postal address:
Skogens ekologi och skötsel
901 83 Umeå
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgränd 17, Umeå