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Mats Jonsell

Mats Jonsell
I do research and teaching about insects, mainly on conservation aspects and mainly about forests. I am also editor of Entomologisk Tidskrift ( and take care about our insect collections at department of Ecology.


I am teaching on several different courses in entomology, conservation and forests.


My research is also on insects and mainly conservation aspects.  The most important projects are:

* Impact from bioenergy harvest in forests (slash and stumps). 

* The value of high stumps (which are retained on most clear cuts in Sweden) for the fauna.

* The production of food (saproxylic insects) for white backed woodpecker at restoration of forest stands.

* Insects in bracket fungi (polypores).

* The insect-fauna values of veteran trees.

Gallery in wood.
Photo: Mats Jonsell
 Large and small beetles in boxes
Photo: Mats Jonsell
Photo: Mats Jonsell
Child drawings on red beetles.
Photo: Mats Jonsell
 Four people are looking for insects in a dead tree.
Photo: Mats Jonsell
 Shimmering green beetle in close-up.
Photo: Mats Jonsell
 Yellow-black beetle on tree trunk.
Photo: Mats Jonsell

Selected publications

Jonsell, M. 2012. Old park trees as habitat for saproxylic beetle species. – Biodiversity & Conservation 21: 619-642.

Lönnberg, L. & Jonsell, M. 2012. Sand pits as habitats for beetles (Coleoptera): does their area affect species number and composition? – Biodiversity & Conservation 21: 853-874.

Bouget, C., Lassauce, A. & Jonsell, M. 2012. Effects of fuelwood harvesting on biodiversity — a review focused on the situation in Europe. – Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42: 1421-1432.

Victorsson, J. & Jonsell, M. 2013. Stump-extraction induced species loss in sub cortical Coleoptera. – Forest Ecology & Management 290: 22-29.

Ols, C., Jonsell, M. & Victorsson, J. 2013. The retention of stumps on wet ground at stump harvest and its impacts on saproxylic insects. – Forest Ecology & Management 290: 15-21.

Victorsson, J. & Jonsell, M. 2013. Habitat loss and ecological traps, stump extraction effects in sub-cortical beetles. – Insect Conservation & Diversity 6: 483-493.

Ranius, T., Caruso, A., Jonsell, M., Juutinen, A., Thor, G. & Rudolphi, J. 2014. Effectiveness of compensation for habitat loss at intensified forestry by creation of dead wood. – Biological Conservation 169: 277-284. DOI:

Jonsell, M. & Schroeder, M. 2014. Proportions of saproxylic beetle populations that utilise clear-cut stumps in a boreal landscape – Biodiversity implications for stump harvest. Forest Ecology & Management 334: 313-320. DOI:

Jonsell, M,. González Alonso, C., Forshage, M., Achterberg, C.v. & Komonen, A. 2016 Structure of insect community in the fungus Inonotus radiatus in riparian boreal forests. – Journal of Natural history 50: 1613-1631.

Victorsson, J. & Jonsell, M. 2016. Overlooked subterranean saproxylic beetle diversity in clear-cut stumps and its implications for stump extraction. – Forest Ecology & Management 371: 59-66.

Manak, V. & Jonsell, M. 2016. Saproxylic beetles in fine woody debris: comparison between two types of twigs of Norway spruce. – Forestry 90: 82-87.

Steiner, M., Öckinger, E., Karrer, G., Winsa, M. & Jonsell, M. 2016. Restoration of semi-natural grasslands, a success for phytophagous beetles (Curculionidae). – Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 3005-3022.

Hiron, M., Jonsell, M., Kubartová, A., Thor, G., Schroeder, M., Dahlberg, A., Johansson, V., & Ranius, T. 2017. Consequences of bioenergy wood extraction for landscape-level availability of habitat for dead-wood dependent organisms. – Journal of Environmental Management 198: 33-42.


Senior Lecturer at the Department of Ecology; S, Forest entomology unit
Telephone: +4618672876, +46722086359
Postal address:
Inst för Ekologi, Box 7044
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls Väg 16, Uppsala