Steering Board

Last changed: 13 October 2020

This is the steering board for SLU Future Faculty. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Dr Magdalena Bieroza

Chair of the SLU Future Faculty
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Research: I am studying water quality controls in agricultural landscapes. These include mainly changing weather and flow conditions and land management. I focus on understanding pollution pathways of nutrients, phosphorus and nitrogen, in order to better mitigate their losses to streams.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • To provide a platform for networking for early career researchers (anyone between PhD and full professorship).
  • To organise networking and training events.
  • To work with other researchers in Sweden as part of the National Junior Faculty.
  • To meet other researchers and socialise.

Dr Maja Malmberg

Vice-chair of the SLU Future Faculty
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Research: I'm fascinated by infectious diseases, in particular the agents causing the diseases and their interactions with the surrounding microorganisms. The overall aim of my research is to address questions in infection biology using high-throughput sequencing technologies. Currently, this is done in two projects; 1) A project in Uganda where the focus is on ticks and tick-borne diseases, and 2) a project on viruses able to cause neurological disease in Swedish piglets.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • Create a network for young researchers at SLU.
  • Work towards a career development program at SLU and clearer career pathways.
  • Improve working conditions for young researchers.

Dr David A. Agar

Research: My research deals with energy and material applications and the feasibility of renewable energy technologies in industry. Areas of activity include pyrolysis of forest-based biomass and industrial by-products, pelleting and energy economics.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • Support inter-disciplinary collaboration and research
  • Improve the transparency of faculty/departmental decision-making
  • Promote an international academic environment

Dr Daiana De Oliveira

 

Research: I am an animal welfare and behavioural scientist and I work on developing translational research that ties basic science to practical outcomes of individuals exposed to a positive and enriched early life environment. My research focus on positive welfare and emotions, the benefits of pleasant experiences (physically and psychologically) and how it is expressed by domestic animals in practical conditions. Ultimately my general research goal is to promote and support an overall positive and sustainable life quality at the farm. My current projects are to assess the effects of early socialization of dairy calves and the potential benefits on health and stress coping development and to study cow-calf systems in dairy production and its potential benefits for the welfare of cows and calves.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • Contribute to disseminate information to early career researchers about opportunities for their career development at SLU
  • Increase networking of early career researchers within and across  faculties
  • Improve the work environment for young career researchers
  • Support international early career researchers with integration and accessibility to important information of SLU

Dr Anita J Norman

   

Research: I work with genetics to better understand wildlife populations and their population processes. For example, I use genetic relatedness to identify dispersal preferences (e.g. male-biased dispersal) in a population and whole genomes to infer how inbred a population is. I am also interested in wildlife diseases and how genetics can play a role in the susceptibility of individuals. My work is highly computational and you can almost always find me in front of my computer running scripts. That’s why in my personal time, I love to be outdoors.

 

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • Ensure that all early career researchers are equipped with the knowledge they need in order to advance in their careers here at SLU
  • Provide workshops and seminars that build-up important skills
  • Build a community that fosters support, networking, building collaborations, etc.

  Dr Ellinor Spörndly-Nees

 

Research: I am interested in how animals function, both at cellular and structural level. I am fascinated by the animal anatomy and physiology. Right now, I am studying horse hoofs. Why can some horses preform at high level without shoes and while others cannot? I am working with RNA sequencing and histology as well as functional anatomy.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • To create a platform for networking for young scientists at SLU.
  • To organize networking and training events.
  • To improve the interaction with the society and researchers by popular scientific events.
  • To improve career pathway by creating better sustainability for young scientists in early career.

Dr Ramesh Vetukuri

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Research: I am a researcher working on sustainable ways of controlling plant diseases at the Department of Plant Breeding in LTV faculty. I am currently focused on two projects, one of them is about understanding how oomycete and fungal pathogens manipulate plant defense. The other project is on exploiting the biological activity of beneficial bacterial and fungus for plant disease control.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • My goal is to create better conditions for collaboration and networking among young researchers.
  • At present, most young researchers (beyond postdocs) in SLU rely on 100% external funding, I want to try to convince SLU to support researchers to some extent (15-25%) through internal support.

 Dr Karin Eklöf

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Research: My research is about biogeochemistry of mercury in forest ecosystems. I am interested in the transformation and mobilization of mercury in both soils and waters and how these are influenced by man-made perturbations, such as forestry activities.

Goals for the Future Faculty:

  • Provide arenas for young researchers to meet, find future collaborations, and find support in each other.
  • To work for that SLU take responsibility for earlier career researchers.
  • Provide activities that could strengthen career development among earlier career researchers.  

Dr Elias Andersson

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Research: My research deals with various social and organisational aspects of forestry and natural resource management with a specific focus on gender. The overall focus of my research is on the intersection between work, nature and politics. Currently, I'm mainly engaged in the project Prosperous forest which explores forest-related service market in Northern Sweden and Finland from the perspective of forest owners and businesses.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • Build network for support, collaborations, etc.
  • Organize workshops and seminars to facilitate knowledge and dialogues on important issues and to increase transparency.
  • Improve working conditions for young researchers.

Steering Board 2018-2019

Dr Magdalena Bieroza

Chair of the SLU Future Faculty
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Research: I am studying water quality controls in agricultural landscapes. These include mainly changing weather and flow conditions and land management. I focus on understanding pollution pathways of nutrients, phosphorus and nitrogen, in order to better mitigate their losses to streams.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • To provide a platform for networking for early career researchers (anyone between PhD and full professorship).
  • To organise networking and training events.
  • To work with other researchers in Sweden as part of the National Junior Faculty.
  • To meet other researchers and socialise.

Dr Maja Malmberg

Vice-chair of the SLU Future Faculty
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Research: I'm fascinated by infectious diseases, in particular the agents causing the diseases and their interactions with the surrounding microorganisms. The overall aim of my research is to address questions in infection biology using high-throughput sequencing technologies. Currently, this is done in two projects; 1) A project in Uganda where the focus is on ticks and tick-borne diseases, and 2) a project on viruses able to cause neurological disease in Swedish piglets.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • Create a network for young researchers at SLU.
  • Work towards a career development program at SLU and clearer career pathways.
  • Improve working conditions for young researchers.

Dr Assem Abu Hatab

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Research: Economics and sustainable management of agricultural and natural resources; international food and agricultural trade and trade policy analysis; Demand analysis and commodity markets; the dynamics of urbanization in relation to resource use, agricultural production systems and food security in arid and semi-arid zones in developing countries.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

My overall goal is to contribute to developing active and energetic network of early career researchers at SLU to achieve the following:

  • Provide support and advice to early career researchers at SLU to make strategic career decisions.
  • Enhance career development and mentoring activities for early career researchers at SLU.
  • Encourage and facilitate collaboration among early career researchers.

Dr Maria Vilain Rørvang

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Research: I am interested in how animals perceive and interact with their physical and social environment. My research focus is in particular the motivations of animals and their cognitive capacities, which I aim will ultimately improve the housing systems and management, as well as enhance the enjoyment of humans and animals working/living together.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • To emphasise and highlight the challenges that young career researcher fase
  • To create awareness about these challenges
  • To help provide us with a voice in the university political debates
  • To provide a friendly and open-minded forum for early career researchers

  Dr Tim Horstkotte

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Research: The focus of my research lies on social-ecological systems and the management of natural resources in arctic and boreal multiple-use landscapes. Often related to resilience thinking, my case studies involve reindeer husbandry in Sweden, but also in Norway and Finland.

Goals for the Future Faculty:

  • Collaboration between early career scientist both academically and politically at SLU
  • Clarify future career paths for early career scientist and how to get there
  • Support and assistance of each other in being academically active

  Dr Kristina Karlsson Green

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Research: I work with evolutionary ecology and am currently studying phenotypic plasticity during range expansion of a pest insect. I’m very interested in exploring the possibility to apply knowledge from evolutionary ecology within agriculture, for example in my new project on the evolution of insecticide resistance.

Goals for the Future Faculty:

  • Provide career strengthening activities
  • Pursue questions to improve conditions for early career academics
  • Create support in the working environment, for example through mentoring
  • Increase the networks of early career academics within and across faculties

Dr Eliza Maher Hasselquist

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Research: I’m an ecologist who has a background in natural resource management, and uses tools from stream ecology, biogeochemistry, and hydrology to study the effects of ecosystem management on waterways and their riparian zones in order to ensure high water quality and biodiversity while balancing societal needs for forest products.

Goals for SLU Future Faculty:

  • Provide opportunities for networking and career development
  • Increase visibility of and appreciation for early career researchers
  • Support early career researchers to understand their future career paths

 Dr Karin Eklöf

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Research: My research is about biogeochemistry of mercury in forest ecosystems. I am interested in the transformation and mobilization of mercury in both soils and waters and how these are influenced by man-made perturbations, such as forestry activities.

Goals for the Future Faculty:

  • Provide arenas for young researchers to meet, find future collaborations, and find support in each other.
  • To work for that SLU take responsibility for earlier career researchers.
  • Provide activities that could strengthen career development among earlier career researchers.  
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