Researcher in freshwater and landscape ecology
My research focuses on our streams and lakes and how humans influence these systems in different ways. This, I have done primarily by studying climate impact on ice formation, channelization and restoration of streams, pollution, and its consequences for different types of organisms.
My current research focuses on the importance of scale, since what happens at the small scale is largely determined by the larger scale. This applies to geomorphological and biological processes such as forms and communities. Watercourses can be divided into process domains that are sections where specific geomorphological processes form biological communities. Examples of process domains are rapids, lakes and slow-flowing areas. In this project I study which processes control the dispersal of species in a catchment, the function of different domains and what factors that favor a high diversity and recovery when we restore rivers and streams.
A framework for predicting success of stream restoration
- As a postdoc at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences for Professor Hjalmar Laudon, I investigated how buffer zones affect watercourses in the agricultural landscape and how to optimize these (2016-2017).
- As a postdoc at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA and Professor Rick Relyeas Lab, I was a part of Jefferson Project were we studied how road salts and eutrophication affect freshwater communities.
- I conducted my graduate studies at Umeå University for Professor Christer Nilsson. I studied ice formation along streams and its impact on vegetation, in and around streams and rivers.