Research team

Christer Nilsson –  Professor
Christer grew up in a small town north of Umeå in northern Sweden. He got his B.Sc. at Uppsala University and achieved his Ph.D. in botany at Umeå University. He is a professor of Landscape Ecology since 1998 and head of the Landscape Ecology Group at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University. Follow this link to see Christer’s research page.

Lina Polvi Sjöberg –  Assistant Professor
Lina earned her Bachelors of Science in Geology at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA and went on for a Masters of Science and Ph.D. in Earth Science with a focus on fluvial geomorphology at Colorado State University, Colorado, USA. She was born in Sweden but spent most of her life in the US before returning to Sweden for a postdoc in 2011 at Umeå University in Christer Nilsson’s landscape ecology group studying geomorphic complexity of restored streams in northern Sweden. Currently, Lina is an assistant professor at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University. Follow this link to see Lina’s research page.

Xiaolei Su –  Postdoctoral Fellow
Xiaolei grew up in a small village in Heilongjiang province in northeastern China, and studied Biology (B.Sc.) at Haerbin Normal University in Haerbin, China and Plant Ecology (M.Sc. & Ph.D.) at Southwest University in Chongqing, China. He is interested in the effects of human activities on running waters. Before coming to Sweden, he studied the impacts of the Three Gorges Reservoir impoundment on the riparian vegetation of the Yangtze River. In March 2016, he moved to Umeå to start a post-doctoral position with a focus on restoration ecology. Follow this link to go to Xiaolei’s project.

Lovisa LindPostdoctoral Fellow

LL_bioLovisa grew up in a small town in the Lapland Mountains. She obtained her master’s degree and doctorate in ecology at Umeå University. She then moved to the USA and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY for a postdoctoral research position in Professor Relyea’s research group to study lake ecosystems and anthropogenic effects. Thereafter, she returned to Sweden for a postdoctoral position in Professor Hjalmar Laudon’s research group at SLU, and now she returned to Umeå University and Christer Nilsson’s lab. Her research focuses on freshwater, the interaction between land and water, climate change and various types of            human impacts.


Aneliza MeloPostdoctoral Fellow

AM_bioAneliza is a Forest Development and Conservation Coordinator at the State Forest Institute (IEF-Brazil) in Brazil. She obtained her M.Sc & Ph.D in Plant Biology at Campinas University in Brazil and is a postdoctoral researcher at Umeå University. The focus of her collaborative work is on river restoration strategies, in order to propose territorial management, where there are simultaneous improvements to both ecological integrity and benefits to people through balancing multiple restoration goals across the landscape.


Henrik PerssonMasters Student

HP_bioHenrik is a student in the Master’s Programme in Ecology at Umeå University. He is currently working on his master’s thesis about macroinvertebrate recolonization patterns of restored rivers. More specifically, the focus of his study is to investigate what impact ”time since restoration” has on benthic invertebrate community composition, by relating temporal changes in environment to prevailing life history strategies. Henrik grew up in Helsingborg, southern Sweden, and earned his B.Sc. in biology at Stockholm University. His interest in riverine ecology and preservation of nature lead him to Umeå, and specifically towards the research areas of the Landscape Ecology group. Henrik also has a bachelor’s degree in                                                          Graphic Design (B.A.) from Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design in London (U.K.).

Previous Members

Francesca Pilotto –  Postdoctoral Fellow
Francesca is a postdoctoral researcher at Umeå University. She completed her undergraduate studies at University of Insubria in Varese (Italy). She obtained the Ph.D. in River Science at Freie Universität and Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin (Germany) and at Queen Mary University in London (U.K.).  She is interested in freshwater ecology: her current and previous research focuses on the responses of aquatic macroinvertebrates to various hydromorphological conditions, human-induced pressures and invasive species. Follow this link to go to Francesca’s project.

Wiebke Schulz –  PhD Student
Wiebke grew up in Quedlinburg, a small town in the eastern part of Germany, and studied Biology (B.Sc.) and Environmental Management (M.Sc.) in Göttingen and Kiel, Germany. She is interested in aquatic ecosystems and human impacts on the environment. Before coming to Sweden, she studied the impact of wind turbines on marine benthic organisms and worked in a consulting company that conducted Environmental Impact Assessment studies in the North and Baltic Seas.

Jelmer van Doorn Research Intern
Jelmer grew up in Wijchen, a village in the Netherlands and is currently studying Applied Biology (B.Sc.) at HAS University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands, with an interest in ecology. In February 2016, he moved to Umeå for six months for an internship as part of the BioRest project. Follow this link to learn more about Jelmer’s contribution in the BioRest project. Jelmer was also involved in designing the BioRest website.