Ulrik Ilstedt

Ulrik Ilstedt

Associate Professor
Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management

Focus area

Biodiversity Carbon sequestration Tropical forests Water


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Ulrik Ilstedt

Associate Professor, Forest Ecology and Management, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå.


MSc in Forest Science and Biology, SLU, Umeå (2007); PhD Forest Soil Science, SLU, Umeå (2002); Post Doc at the Center for International Forestry Research, CIFOR, Bogor (2003-2006); Researcher, SLU (2006-2015).


Focus area:

My research focus 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 carbon and promotion of biodiversity.

Some examples of questions that I work 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 I am working on a project to restore degraded rainforest in Malaysia. In Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Kenya I study how trees can be used to improve soils and water resources.  

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