The ongoing human-caused disruptions to nature and society are changing climate and driving thousands of species to extinction every year. In my research I aim at disentangling how human-induced disturbances, including climate and land-use changes, are affecting species composition, diversity, and distribution in natural ecosystems. As in computers, where change in some components will affect their functionality, so will the ongoing changes in species affect the way nature works, including its multiple services that we heavily depend on. I also analyse how species characterisitcs (their functional traits) and changes to biodiversity can affect ecosystem services and functions.
I obtained my PhD degree in Ecology within Björn Malmqvist’s team at Umeå University (Sweden), under the supervision of Brendan McKie (SLU-Uppsala) and Roland Jansson (Umeå University) with the Thesis ‘Ecosystem functioning in streams: Disentangling the roles of biodiversity, stoichiometry, and anthropogenic drivers‘.
Now, I am a permanent research scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), and associate researcher at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway, both located in Tromsø, northern Norway. This is my CV.