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Emma Holmström

Emma Holmström
Forester and Ph D in forest management.

Presentation

I am a docent in forestry sciences and have currently a position divided between  the SLU research platform Cropping systems and the platform Future Forests. I try to divide my time equally on research, teaching and supervison and interactions with the forest sector and society.

Research topics and projects that I am involved:

  • Modeling of forest production and site index.
  • Establishment and management of mixed forest.
  • Modeling the natural regeneration of birch; seed dispersal and forest
    management.
  • Ungulate browsers impact on regeneration and forest management.
  • Retention forestry, management in thinnings and clearfellings.

 

 

Teaching

Sustainable forestry in southern Sweden
Are you interested in taking the course 2021? I´m the course leader so feel free to email me (in Swedish or English) if you have any questions or concerns before the course starts. See you soon!

I teach regularly on other  courses held by the department:
Introduction to forest management research, basic data handling and statistical analysis, phD course
Sverigeresan, Jägmästarprogrammet
Skoglig grundkurs, Lantmästarprogrammet
Planning in Sustainable Forest Management, master course
Urban forestry, master course
Supervision of master thesis in forest management

Cooperation

I am part of the research program FRAS, which is a collaboration with Linneaus University and Skogforsk. 

Background

I have been employed at the department as research assistant since 2007, working with projects in forest management and forest conservation biology, among them Ädellövskogsprogrammet that ended 2009.  Since 2007 I have also  been working with Snogeholm landskapslaboratorium, which is a joint long term project for forest and landscape management including all Swedish native tree species.
I made my PhD studies at the department between 2011-2015 and have continued with research and teaching at the department since then.

Supervision

Supervision of master thesis

I supervise master thesis work with 2-3 students/year, mainly in the subjects of regeneration, mixed forest or management with increased biodiversity concerns. Examples on recent master thesis: 

Kristjan Täll. Accuracy of mobile forest inventory application KatamTM Forest : evaluation of accuracy in different forest types and comparison to conventional inventory methods. https://stud.epsilon.slu.se/15936/7/tall_k_200824.pdf

Teresa López-Andújar Fustel. Phenotypic differences between plus-tree progenies of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) and a comparison with Norway spruce (Picea abies). https://stud.epsilon.slu.se/14951/1/fustel_t_190826.pdf

Kristian Tufvesson. Comparison of annual response to weather for Norway spruce (Picea abies) and Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris).https://stud.epsilon.slu.se/13957/

Fredrik Hörnsten. External timber quality of birch in birch-spruce mixtures. https://stud.epsilon.slu.se/13950/

I have also the great pleasure to co-supervise some PhD-students, all of them doing interesting research:

Lisa Petersson Defended her thesis January 2020: Replacing Scots pine with Norway spruce  https://pub.epsilon.slu.se/16504/ 

Delphine Lariviere

Magnus Persson

Felicia  Dahlgren  Lidman

Alex  Appiah  Mensah

Amanda de Castro Segtowich

Selected publications

Siipilehto, J., Allen, M., Nilsson, U., Brunner, A., Huuskonen, S., Haikarainen, S., . . . Hynynen, J. (2020). Stand-level mortality models for Nordic boreal forests. 54(5). doi:doi:10.14214/sf.10414

Lariviere, D., Holmström, E., Brunet, J., & Weslien, J. (2021). Release of retained oaks in Norway spruce plantations. A 10-year perspective on oak vitality, spruce wood production and ground vegetation. Forest Ecology and Management, 480, 118670. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118670

Appiah Mensah, A., Holmström, E., Petersson, H., Nyström, K., Mason, E. G., & Nilsson, U. (2021). The millennium shift: Investigating the relationship between environment and growth trends of Norway spruce and Scots pine in northern Europe. Forest Ecology and Management, 481, 118727. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118727

Appiah Mensah, A., Petersson, H., Saarela, S., Goude, M., & Holmström, E. (2020). Using heterogeneity indices to adjust basal area – Leaf area index relationship in managed coniferous stands. Forest Ecology and Management, 458, 117699. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2019.117699

Felton, A. M., Holmström, E., Malmsten, J., Felton, A., Cromsigt, J. P. G. M., Edenius, L., . . . Wam, H. K. (2020). Varied diets, including broadleaved forage, are important for a large herbivore species inhabiting highly modified landscapes. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1904. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-58673-5

Holmström, E., Nordström, E., Lariviere, D., & Wallin, I. (2020). Detection of Retention Trees on Clearcuts, a 50-Year Perspective. Open Journal of Forestry, Vol.10No.01, 14. doi:10.4236/ojf.2020.101008

Lindbladh, M., Hedwall, P.-O., Holmström, E., Petersson, L., & Felton, A. (2020). How generalist are these forest specialists? What Sweden’s avian indicators indicate. Animal Conservation, n/a(n/a). doi:10.1111/acv.12595

Saarela, S., Wästlund, A., Holmström, E., Mensah, A. A., Holm, S., Nilsson, M., . . . Ståhl, G. (2020). Mapping aboveground biomass and its prediction uncertainty using LiDAR and field data, accounting for tree-level allometric and LiDAR model errors. Forest Ecosystems, 7(1), 43. doi:10.1186/s40663-020-00245-0

Felton, A., Petersson, L., Nilsson, O., Witzell, J., Cleary, M., Felton, A. M., . . . Lindbladh, M. (2019). The tree species matters: Biodiversity and ecosystem service implications of replacing Scots pine production stands with Norway spruce. Ambio. doi:10.1007/s13280-019-01259-x

Goude, M., Nilsson, U., & Holmström, E. (2019). Comparing direct and indirect leaf area measurements for Scots pine and Norway spruce plantations in Sweden. European Journal of Forest Research, 138, 1033-1047. doi:10.1007/s10342-019-01221-2

Hedwall, P.-O., Holmström, E., Lindbladh, M., & Felton, A. (2019). Concealed by darkness: How stand density can override the biodiversity benefits of mixed forests. Ecosphere, 10(8), e02835. doi:10.1002/ecs2.2835

Holmström, E., Gålnander, H., & Petersson, M. (2019). Within-Site Variation in Seedling Survival in Norway Spruce Plantations. Forests, 10(2:181). doi:doi.org/10.3390/f10020181

Lindbladh, M., Petersson, L., Hedwall, P. O., Trubins, R., Holmstrom, E., & Felton, A. (2019). Consequences for bird diversity from a decrease in a foundation speciesreplacing Scots pine stands with Norway spruce in southern Sweden. Regional Environmental Change, 19(5), 1429-1440. doi:10.1007/s10113-019-01480-0

Petersson, L., Holmström, E., Lindbladh, M., & Felton, A. (2019). Tree species impact on understory vegetation: Vascular plant communities of Scots pine and Norway spruce managed stands in northern Europe. Forest Ecology and Management, 448, 330-345. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2019.06.011

Holmström, E., Goude, M., Nilsson, O., Nordin, A., Lundmark, T., & Nilsson, U. (2018). Productivity of Scots pine and Norway spruce in central Sweden and competitive release in mixtures of the two species. Forest Ecology and Management, 429, 287-293. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.07.008

Böhlenius, H., Fransson, T., Holmström, E., & Salk, C. (2017).             Influence of Cutting Type and Fertilization in Production of Containerized Poplar Plants. Forests, 8(5). doi:10.3390/f8050164

Holmström, E., Karlsson, M., & Nilsson, U. (2017). Modeling birch seed supply and seedling establishment during forest regeneration. Ecological Modelling, 352, 31-39. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.02.027

Mason, E. G., Holmström, E., & Nilsson, U. (2017). Using hybrid physiological/mensurational modelling to predict site index of Pinus sylvestris L. in Sweden: A pilot study. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 1-16. doi:10.1080/02827581.2017.1348539

Brunet, J., Hedwall, P.-O., Holmström, E., & Wahlgren, E. (2016). Disturbance of the herbaceous layer after invasion of an eutrophic temperate forest by wild boar. Nordic Journal of Botany. doi:10.1111/njb.01010

Felton, A., Hedwall, P. O., Lindbladh, M., Nyberg, T., Felton, A. M., Holmström, E., . . . Brunet, J. (2016). The biodiversity contribution of wood plantations: Contrasting the bird communities of Sweden’s protected and production oak forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 365, 51-60. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2016.01.030

Felton, A., Nilsson, U., Sonesson, J., Felton, A., Roberge, J.-M., Ranius, T., . . . Wallertz, K. (2016). Replacing monocultures with mixed-species stands: Ecosystem service implications of two production forest alternatives in Sweden. Ambio, 45(2), 124-139. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13280-015-0749-2

Holmström, E., Ekö, P. M., Hjelm, K., Karlsson, M., & Nilsson, U. (2016). Natural Regeneration on Planted Clearcuts—The Easy Way to Mixed Forest?. Open Journal of Forestry, 6, 281-294. doi: 10.4236/ojf.2016.64023. . Open Journal of Forestry, 6, 281-294. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojf.2016.64023

Holmström, E., Hjelm, K., Karlsson, M., & Nilsson, U. (2016). Scenario analysis of planting density and pre-commercial thinning: will the mixed forest have a chance? European Journal of Forest Research, 1-11. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10342-016-0981-8

Holmström, E., Hjelm, K., Johansson, U., Karlsson, M., Valkonen, S., & Nilsson, U. (2015). Pre-commercial thinning, birch admixture and sprout management in planted Norway spruce stands in South Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 1-10. doi:10.1080/02827581.2015.1055792

Brunet, J., Bukina, Y., Hedwall, P. O., Holmstrom, E., & von Oheimb, G. (2014). Pathogen induced disturbance and succession in temperate forests: Evidence from a 100-year data set in southern Sweden. Basic and Applied Ecology, 15(2), 114-121. doi:10.1016/j.baae.201.02.002

Brunet, J., De Frenne, P., Holmstrom, E., & Mayr, M. L. (2012). Life-history traits explain rapid colonization of young post-agricultural forests by understory herbs. Forest Ecology and Management, 278, 55-62. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2012.05.002

Appiah Mensah, A., Petersson, H., Saarela, S., Goude, M., & Holmström, E. (2020). Using heterogeneity indices to adjust basal area – Leaf area index relationship in managed coniferous stands. Forest Ecology and Management, 458, 117699. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2019.117699

Felton, A. M., Holmström, E., Malmsten, J., Felton, A., Cromsigt, J. P. G. M., Edenius, L., . . . Wam, H. K. (2020). Varied diets, including broadleaved forage, are important for a large herbivore species inhabiting highly modified landscapes. Scientific Reports, 10(1), 1904. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-58673-5

Holmström, E., Nordström, E., Lariviere, D., & Wallin, I. (2020). Detection of Retention Trees on Clearcuts, a 50-Year Perspective. Open Journal of Forestry, Vol.10No.01, 14. doi:10.4236/ojf.2020.101008

Lindbladh, M., Hedwall, P.-O., Holmström, E., Petersson, L., & Felton, A. (2020). How generalist are these forest specialists? What Sweden’s avian indicators indicate. Animal Conservation, n/a(n/a). doi:10.1111/acv.12595

Saarela, S., Wästlund, A., Holmström, E., Mensah, A. A., Holm, S., Nilsson, M., . . . Ståhl, G. (2020). Mapping aboveground biomass and its prediction uncertainty using LiDAR and field data, accounting for tree-level allometric and LiDAR model errors. Forest Ecosystems, 7(1), 43. doi:10.1186/s40663-020-00245-0

Felton, A., Petersson, L., Nilsson, O., Witzell, J., Cleary, M., Felton, A. M., . . . Lindbladh, M. (2019). The tree species matters: Biodiversity and ecosystem service implications of replacing Scots pine production stands with Norway spruce. Ambio. doi:10.1007/s13280-019-01259-x

Goude, M., Nilsson, U., & Holmström, E. (2019). Comparing direct and indirect leaf area measurements for Scots pine and Norway spruce plantations in Sweden. European Journal of Forest Research, 138, 1033-1047. doi:10.1007/s10342-019-01221-2

Hedwall, P.-O., Holmström, E., Lindbladh, M., & Felton, A. (2019). Concealed by darkness: How stand density can override the biodiversity benefits of mixed forests. Ecosphere, 10(8), e02835. doi:10.1002/ecs2.2835

Holmström, E., Gålnander, H., & Petersson, M. (2019). Within-Site Variation in Seedling Survival in Norway Spruce Plantations. Forests, 10(2:181). doi:doi.org/10.3390/f10020181

Lindbladh, M., Petersson, L., Hedwall, P. O., Trubins, R., Holmstrom, E., & Felton, A. (2019). Consequences for bird diversity from a decrease in a foundation speciesreplacing Scots pine stands with Norway spruce in southern Sweden. Regional Environmental Change, 19(5), 1429-1440. doi:10.1007/s10113-019-01480-0

Petersson, L., Holmström, E., Lindbladh, M., & Felton, A. (2019). Tree species impact on understory vegetation: Vascular plant communities of Scots pine and Norway spruce managed stands in northern Europe. Forest Ecology and Management, 448, 330-345. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2019.06.011

Holmström, E., Goude, M., Nilsson, O., Nordin, A., Lundmark, T., & Nilsson, U. (2018). Productivity of Scots pine and Norway spruce in central Sweden and competitive release in mixtures of the two species. Forest Ecology and Management, 429, 287-293. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.07.008

Böhlenius, H., Fransson, T., Holmström, E., & Salk, C. (2017).             Influence of Cutting Type and Fertilization in Production of Containerized Poplar Plants. Forests, 8(5). doi:10.3390/f8050164

Holmström, E., Karlsson, M., & Nilsson, U. (2017). Modeling birch seed supply and seedling establishment during forest regeneration. Ecological Modelling, 352, 31-39. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.02.027

Mason, E. G., Holmström, E., & Nilsson, U. (2017). Using hybrid physiological/mensurational modelling to predict site index of Pinus sylvestris L. in Sweden: A pilot study. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 1-16. doi:10.1080/02827581.2017.1348539

Brunet, J., Hedwall, P.-O., Holmström, E., & Wahlgren, E. (2016). Disturbance of the herbaceous layer after invasion of an eutrophic temperate forest by wild boar. Nordic Journal of Botany. doi:10.1111/njb.01010

Felton, A., Hedwall, P. O., Lindbladh, M., Nyberg, T., Felton, A. M., Holmström, E., . . . Brunet, J. (2016). The biodiversity contribution of wood plantations: Contrasting the bird communities of Sweden’s protected and production oak forests. Forest Ecology and Management, 365, 51-60. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2016.01.030

Felton, A., Nilsson, U., Sonesson, J., Felton, A., Roberge, J.-M., Ranius, T., . . . Wallertz, K. (2016). Replacing monocultures with mixed-species stands: Ecosystem service implications of two production forest alternatives in Sweden. Ambio, 45(2), 124-139. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13280-015-0749-2

Holmström, E., Ekö, P. M., Hjelm, K., Karlsson, M., & Nilsson, U. (2016). Natural Regeneration on Planted Clearcuts—The Easy Way to Mixed Forest?. Open Journal of Forestry, 6, 281-294. doi: 10.4236/ojf.2016.64023. . Open Journal of Forestry, 6, 281-294. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojf.2016.64023

Holmström, E., Hjelm, K., Karlsson, M., & Nilsson, U. (2016). Scenario analysis of planting density and pre-commercial thinning: will the mixed forest have a chance? European Journal of Forest Research, 1-11. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10342-016-0981-8

Holmström, E., Hjelm, K., Johansson, U., Karlsson, M., Valkonen, S., & Nilsson, U. (2015). Pre-commercial thinning, birch admixture and sprout management in planted Norway spruce stands in South Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 1-10. doi:10.1080/02827581.2015.1055792

Brunet, J., Bukina, Y., Hedwall, P. O., Holmstrom, E., & von Oheimb, G. (2014). Pathogen induced disturbance and succession in temperate forests: Evidence from a 100-year data set in southern Sweden. Basic and Applied Ecology, 15(2), 114-121. doi:10.1016/j.baae.201.02.002

Brunet, J., De Frenne, P., Holmstrom, E., & Mayr, M. L. (2012). Life-history traits explain rapid colonization of young post-agricultural forests by understory herbs. Forest Ecology and Management, 278, 55-62. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2012.05.002

 

Oral presentations at international scientific conferences

Modeling birch seed supply and seedling establishment during forest regeneration. Forest Regeneration in Changing Environments, July, 2017 ,Corvallis, Oregon, USA.

The International Society for Ecological Modelling Global Conference, May 2016. Modeling birch seed supply and seedling establishment during forest regeneration.

 SNS Growth and Yield Network Conference, Simlångsdalen, Sweden. June 2015. Pre-commercial thinning, birch admixture and sprout management in planted Norway spruce stands in South Sweden.

 8th International Forest Vegetation Management Conference, Halmstad, Sweden. August 2014. Mixed forest– managing natural regeneration of birch in spruce plantations.

 Seed Ecology Ⅳ Conf. Shenyang China. June 2013. Modeling regeneration success of birch on clearcuts.

 2nd IUFRO Conf. on Complex Forest Ecosystems, New Orleans USA. Oct 2013. Combination of regeneration methods and multiple scenario analysis in order to achieve mixed stands.

 7th Int. Forest Vegetation Management Conf. Valdivia Chile. Nov 2011. Combination of regeneration methods to achieve mixed stands on clearcut areas in southern Sweden.

Related articles in forestry press (In Swedish)

1.       Fler faror när värmen stiger, Smålandsposten sep 2018, Johan Persson
2.       Grupper av björk bland granen, Nyhetsbrev SLU maj 2018. Pär Fornling
3.       Ta vara på den självföryngrade björken, Skogseko, 3, 2017. Maria Larsson
4.       Bonitering vid skrivbord ger bättre bedömning, ATL, 2017. Ulf Aronsson
5.       Björk och gran goda grannar, Skogen, 5, 2017. Teresia Borgman
6.       Räkna med självföryngrad björk, Nyhetsbrev SLU mars 2017. Pär Fornling
7.       Tema gallring. Tidningen Skogen, 2, 2017. Teresia Borgman
8.       Mer blandskog kan minska betesskadorna, Skog & Framtid, 2;216,Lars Klingström
9.       Snogeholm landscape laboratory, Scapé, 15:2016
10.   Hur får lövinblandning bäst resultat? ta-i Trä, Derome, 1:2016. Marie Axelsson.
11.   Låt naturen fixa blandskogen. Skog & framtid, 2:2015. Lars Klingström
12.   Regnbågsskogen omöjlig utan hägn. Skogsägaren, 2:2014. Pär Fornling.

Links

DOCTORAL THESIS
Title: Regeneration and early management of birch and Norway spruce mixtures in southern Sweden. December, 2015
ISBN 978-91-576-8442-4
eISBN 978-91-576-8443-1
http://pub.epsilon.slu.se/12829/
Link to thesis: Regeneration and early management of birch and Norway spruce mixtures in southern Sweden

Supervisors: Professor Urban Nilsson, Karin Hjelm (Skogforsk) Matts Karlsson (Södra skogsägarna). My phD was part of Future forest, a research program initiated by Mistra, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, and the program was a joint initiative between SLU, Umeå University and Skogforsk.

Snogeholm landskapslaboratorium, map and app:

 

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