Meet the Ambio Editors!


Bo Söderström
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

New Content ItemBo is Associate Professor in Conservation Biology. His main research interests are in landscape biology of threatened species, especially of butterflies, bumble bees and birds. He has written six popular science books and more than 100 articles. During the last 15 years Bo has been working as editor in different capacities: the Swedish Species Information Centre (2005 to 2009), the journal of Biological Conservation (2009-2010), and since 2010 as Editor-in-Chief of Ambio.


Erik Andersson
Stockholm University, Sweden

New Content ItemErik is Associate Professor in Sustainability Science. He has a background in landscape studies, natural resource management, systems and landscape ecology, geography, urban studies, participatory research, transdisciplinary research and facilitation. Erik’s core interest is in understanding interactions between people and nature - what shapes them, and what they mean for people’s wellbeing and worldviews as well as for resilience and ecosystem integrity. Other than research, Andersson has 15 years of experience of working in the interface between academia and the wider society and has led several larger European projects investigating broad sustainability issues.

Wynand Boonstra
Uppsala University, Sweden

New Content ItemWynand is an Associate Professor in Sociology, and he works as a rural sociologist at the Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden. He studies the lives, work and environments of people, in country-sides of the global North and South, in relation to sustainability outcomes and transitions. He is interested especially in applying sociological theory to help understanding social-ecological interactions.

Nils Droste

New Content Item (1)Nils is associate professor with the Environmental Politics Research Group and the Centre for Innovation Research at Lund University. He works on land use policy and conservation governance, particularly in forests. He has published on ecological fiscal transfers, green economy transitions, and ecosystem services. While originally from Germany and with a degree from the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, he has worked in Brazil, Portugal, the US before coming to Sweden. Being trained as an ecological economist in public finance, he values methodological pluralism. Currently, he is deputy theme leader for biodiversity in the Strategic Research Area Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service in a Changing Climate between Lund and Gothenburg Universities.

Alice C. Hughes
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences

New Content ItemAlice is a Professor and leads the Landscape Ecology group at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She has worked extensively across the Tropics, and previously held positions in Thailand, Australia, Costa Rica, and the UK before moving to China. Alice is the author around 90 papers. Alice also works with a number of NGOs, the Biodiversity committee of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the biodiversity special policy study of CCICED. Alice aims to ensure that biodiversity policy reflects the best of biodiversity science and works to actively communicate conservation standards and tools on a regional and global basis. Her work aims to span the gap between conservation science and conservation action, understanding the threats to diversity and analyzing effective targets to be developed which provide a practical path to stemming global and regional drivers of diversity loss, and maximizes synergies with climate goals and ecosystem service provision.

Ulrik Ilstedt
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Umeå, Sweden

New Content ItemUlrik is an Associate Professor of Forest Ecology and Management. His research focuses on how trees can be used to restore degraded land and creating sustainable land management practices that take advantage of the ecosystem values that trees can provide. Examples of such services include increased ground water recharge, enhanced soil fertility, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity. He is involved in field work in several countries, including Malaysia, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda and Brazil. He has published more than 50 scientific papers, book chapters, reports and policy briefs.

Arne Jernelöv

New Content ItemArne has held Professorships in Environmental Toxicology, Biotechnology, Environmental Protection and Analysis of Natural Systems. His research focus has been on heavy metals, especially mercury, and persistent organic pollutants. He has studied and provided advice in connection with some fifty huge oil spills and other environmental disasters, including wars. He published more than 250 scientific articles, some 40 book chapters and 20 books. Currently, his scientific focus is on invasive species. He has been director of research at IVL (Swedish Institute for Water and Air Pollution Research), executive director of MRI (Environment and Space Research Institute) and IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) as well as head of FRN (Swedish Council for Planning and Coordination of Research).

Bengt-Gunnar Jonsson
Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden

New Content ItemBengt Gunnar Jonsson is professor in plant ecology. His research focus on forest history, dynamics and biodiversity conservation with a special interest in landscape ecology and restoration. In addition to basic understanding of forest ecosystems, he has also worked at the interface to applied conservation, landscape planning and policy. This include the role as advisor and expert in numerous national and international fora, for instance as a member in the Swedish Government Advisory Board on Biodiversity and as a representative at IPBES meetings. Recently he has also been involved in projects on climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Zahra Kalantari
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

New Content ItemZahra is an Associate Professor in Environmental and Engineering Geosciences for Sustainability in the Anthropocene at department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering (SEED) at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). She is director of Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO) and research area leader of Bolin Centre for Climate Research. She has successfully led and carried out interdisciplinary research with focus on understanding of earth and human systems to develop science, technology and innovation solutions to planet’s most pressing environmental challenges associated with the combined effects of changes in climate, land-use and water-use in terrestrial environments.

Thomas Kätterer
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden

New Content ItemThomas is Professor in ecosystem ecology and elected fellow of The Royal Swedish Agricultural Academy (KSLA). He has a background in agronomy, soil science, ecology and environmental sciences. His research focuses on carbon and nutrient cycling in agroecosystems, particularly on agricultural management practices related to mitigation and adaption to climate change. He has (co-) authored about 200 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and is very active in communicating his research with stakeholders along the food chain and the public. 

E. Carina H. Keskitalo
Umeå University, Sweden

New Content ItemCarina is Professor of Political Science with a focus on environmental policy and in particular climate change adaptation. She is (co) editor or author of eight books and (co) author of over a hundred peer-reviewed scientific articles/book chapters.

Emma Kritzberg
Lund University, Sweden

New Content ItemEmma is a professor in Aquatic ecology at the Department of Biology. She has a background in limnology, and has an interest in biogeochemistry - particularly the link between terrestrial, limnic and marine systems - and effects of environmental change. Much of her research revolves around terrestrial export of organic matter and iron to surface waters - what is controlling that export, and what the consequences are to the receiving system. Her research output overlaps the fields of biogeochemistry, microbiology, analytical chemistry and bacterial community structure/diversity, and the study systems include soils, lakes, streams, rivers brackish and marine environments.

Claudia Mohr
Stockholm University, Sweden

New Content ItemClaudia is an Associate Professor in Atmospheric Science at the Department of Environmental Science at Stockholm University and Wallenberg Academy Fellow. Her research focuses on air quality and climate change, more specifically on the chemical composition and lifecycle of aerosol particles and atmospheric trace gases. She has (co-) authored over 70 peer reviewed publications. She also serves as an Associate Editor for RSC Environmental Science: Atmospheres.

Tero Mustonen
University of Eastern Finland, Finland

New Content ItemTero is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland. He is a Lead Author for the 6th IPCC Assessment. He works for the Snowchange Cooperative, Finland. He is a winter seiner and the head of the Kesälahti fish base. Professionally he has worked on questions of ecology, nature protection, climate change and Indigenous issues in Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden, Finland and in Russian Arctic territories.

Madelene Ostwald
Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

New Content ItemMadelene is Associate Professor of Physical Geography at Gothenburg centre for sustainable development and Environmental Systems Analysis at Chalmers. She focuses her work on land use, forestry and food security often in combination of climate change, sustainability, as well as the processes of translating science into policy and practice. With experiences from research primarily in low- and middle-income countries and with a strong multidisciplinary approach, she has published more than 50 scientific papers, books, book chapters, reports and policy briefs.

Victoria Reyes-García
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

New Content ItemVictoria is ICREA Research Professor at the Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). Her research focuses on Indigenous and local knowledge systems, including their benefits, drivers of change, and potential contributions to resource management. She has (co)authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and coedited three books. She has also been Lead author for the IPBES Global Assessment. Her current research on Local Indicators of Climate Change Impacts is funded by the European Research Council.

Graciela Rusch
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Trondheim, Norway

New Content ItemGraciela is an ecologist with research interests in cross disciplinary research about socio-ecological systems, ecosystem services, and ecosystem accounting. She has research experience from South, Central and North America, Eastern and Western Africa, and Scandinavia.  She has written more than 130 articles and is a lead author of the Global Assessment Report of The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Angelina Sanderson Bellamy
University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom

New Content ItemAngelina is Associate Professor of Food Systems. Her expertise encompasses food production systems, land use and land cover change, ecological resilience and ecosystem services. Her experience draws from working across Latin American and UK food landscapes, and she is the Principle Investigator for TGRAINS, a UKRI-funded project on how to make UK regional food systems healthier and more environmentally sustainable and Maya Food RESULTS, a UKRI-funded project on how to strengthen Mayan biocultural food resilience. Angelina is also a board member of the Food Policy Alliance Cymru and part of the Expert Advisory Board to Welsh Government on Ecosystem Resilience and Restoration.

Jesper Stage
Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

New Content ItemJesper is a Professor of Economics. His research interests include environmental valuation of issues linked to water use and water management, as well as research on the economics of environmental policy and natural resource management in developing countries with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. He has published over 60 papers and has been associate editor of Ambio since 2007.

Michael Tedengren
Stockholm University, Sweden

New Content ItemMichael is an Associate Professor in Systems Ecology at the department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences. He has a background in Marine Ecotoxicology and Ecophysiology, and has studied the effects of chemical pollution of coastal waters in temperate as well as tropical ecosystems. His current research focus is on environmental problems following aquaculture expansion in tropical seas.

David N. Thomas
University of Helsinki, Finland

New Content ItemDavid is Professor of Arctic Ecosystems Research in the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences. He is a marine scientist with a broad research background including the biology and chemistry of sea ice and associated waters in the Arctic and Southern Oceans and the Baltic Sea. He has also led research into the role of organic matter in aquatic systems and in particular land-ocean connections. He is widely published (>148 peer-reviewed papers) and has edited/authored 16 books, including several intended for non-specialist readerships. Previous to his role in Helsinki he was at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University for 24 years where he still holds an Honorary Professorship.

Maricela de la Torre Castro
Stockholm University, Sweden

New Content ItemMaricela de la Torre Castro (PhD) is a Professor at Stockholm University (Dept. of Physical Geography). Her main interest resides in human-nature interactions and how the world can transform towards a more sustainable and just society. This is investigated through in-depth case studies in which ecological goods and services, patterns of resource use, management and governance regimes as well as the ecosystem base are considered. Her projects include seagrass small-scale fisheries and poverty, high-valued marine products such as sea cucumbers, social aspects of climate change and the important topic of gender in coastal settings; all to better understand institutional, management and governance processes. Maricela has strong collaborations with social scientists, especially political scientists.

Angela Wulff
University of Gothenburg, Sweden

New Content ItemAngela is Professor in Marine Ecology (Marine Botany). Her research interests include ecophysiological effects of climate change, including ocean acidification and effects of UV radiation, on primarily marine microalgae and cyanobacteria, in polar as well as temperate regions. She has a special interest in interdisciplinary research and her publication record includes more than 90 articles and book chapters.


Neil Adger, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

Jesper H. Andersen, NIVA, Denmark

Alpina-Begossi, State University of Campinas & Fisheries and Food Institute, Brazil

Merete Bilde, Aarhus University, Denmark

Jayanta Biswas,  University of Kalyani, India

Erik Bonsdorff, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Alejandro Bortolus, National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina

Shixiong Cao, Minzu University of China

Terry Callaghan, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom; Tomsk State University, Russia

Cynnamon Dobbs, Universidad Mayor, Chile

Philip Fearnside, National Institute for Research in Amazonia (INPA), Brazil

Carl Folke, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and Stockholm University, Sweden

Dagmar Haase, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

Patricia Howard, University of Kent, United Kingdom, and Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Kerstin Johannesson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

James G. Kairo, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Kenya

Eszter Kelemen, Environmental Social Science Research Group, Budapest, Hungary

Birgit Kopainsky, University of Bergen, Norway

Michelle Lim, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Brenda Lin,  CSIRO, Brisbane, Australia

Roxane Maranger, Université de Montréal, Canada

Jerry M. Melillo, University of Chicago, USA

Mohan Munasinghe, Munasinghe Institute for Development, Sri Lanka

Eric Mungatana, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo, Norway

Vimal Pandey, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, India

Catherine Pickering, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia

Hemanthi Ranasinghe, University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka

Thomas Rudel, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA

Sybil Seitzinger, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Katriina Soini, Luke, Helsinki, Finland

Denis J. Sonwa, Center for International Forestry Research CIFOR, South Africa

Sverker Sörlin, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Sebastian Villasante University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Shuai Wang, Beijing Normal University, China

Gina Ziervogel, University of Cape Town, South Africa