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  • Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson i eik på Jomfruland
    Morten Johannesen, FMTe

I am a professor of conservation biology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences NMBU as well as a scientific advisor at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research NINA.

My research is within nature management and biodiversity, especially the ecological role of insects in trees and forests. I work both with boreal and temperate forest, spanning from old-growth taiga to remaining legacy trees in urban landscapes.I am especially intrigued by the hidden biodiversity, like insects and fungi - species we rarely see and hardly think about, even though they are crucial for important processes in nature and therefore important to us humans.

I teach courses in nature management, insect ecology and forest biodiversity. I am also active in outreach activities, mainly for the Norwegian audience.

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Here are links to my ongoing projects (with English summaries at the end):

Scientific papers:

(You can also find my papers on my profile on Research Gate or Google Scholar)


  • Gillespie, M. A. K., Birkemoe, T. & Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 2017. Interactions between body size, abundance, seasonality, and phenology in forest beetles. - Ecology and Evolution 7: 1091-1100.
  • Jacobsen, R. M., Kauserud, H., Sverdrup-Thygeson, A., et al. 2017. Wood-inhabiting insects can function as targeted vectors for decomposer fungi. - Fungal Ecology 29: 76-84.
  • Skarpaas, O., Blumentrath, S., Evju, M. & Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 2017. Prediction of biodiversity hotspots in the Anthropocene: The case of veteran oaks. - Ecology and Evolution: n/a-n/a.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A., Skarpaas, O., Blumentrath, S., et al. 2017. Habitat connectivity affects specialist species richness more than generalists in veteran trees. - Forest Ecology and Management 403: 96-102.


  • Evju, M. & Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. In press, 2016. Spatial configuration matters – a test of the Habitat Amount Hypothesis for plants in calcareous grasslands. - Landscape Ecology. (online early)
  • Pilskog, H. E., Birkemoe, T., Framstad, E. & Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 2016. Effect of Habitat Size, Quality, and Isolation on Functional Groups of Beetles in Hollow Oaks. - Journal of insect science 16.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A., Ørka, H. O., Gobakken, T. & Næsset, E. 2016. Can airborne laser scanning assist in mapping and monitoring natural forests? - Forest Ecology and Management 369: 116-125.



  • Evju, M., Blumentrath, S., Skarpaas, O., Stabbetorp, O. E. & Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 2014. Plant species occurrence in a fragmented grassland landscape: the importance of species traits. - Biodiversity and Conservation 24: 547-561.
  • Fedrowitz, K., Koricheva, J., Baker, S. C., Lindenmayer, D. B., Palik, B., Rosenvald, R., Beese, W. J., Franklin, J. F., Kouki, J., Macdonald, E., Messier, C., Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. & Gustafsson, L. 2014. Can retention forestry help conserve biodiversity? A meta-analysis. - Journal of Applied Ecology 51 (6): 1669-1679.
  • Gough, L., Birkemoe, T. & Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 2014. Reactive forest management can also be proactive for wood-living beetles in hollow oak trees. - Biological Conservation 180: 75-83.
  • Laksforsmo Vindstad, O. P., Schultze, S., Jepsen, J. U., Biuw, E. M., Kapari, L. T., Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. & Ims, R. A. 2014. Numerical responses of saproxylic beetles to rapid increases in dead wood availability following geometrid moth outbreaks in sub-arctic mountain birch forest. - PLoS ONE 9 (6).
  • Røed, K. H., Birkemoe, T., Sverdrup-Thygeson, A., Horak, J., Midthjell, L. & Leinaas, H. P. 2014. Isolation and characterization of ten microsatellite loci for the wood-living and threatened beetle Cucujus cinnaberinus (Coleoptera: Cucujidae). - Conservation Genetics Resources 6 (3): 641-643.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A., Bendiksen, E., Birkemoe, T. & Larsson, K.-H. 2014. Do conservation measures in forest work? A comparison of three area-based conservation tools for wood-living species in boreal forests. - Forest Ecology and Management 330: 8-16.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A., Gustafsson, L. & Kouki, J. 2014. Spatial and temporal scales relevant for conservation of dead-wood associated species: Current status and perspectives. - Biodiversity and Conservation 23 (3): 513-535.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A., Søgaard, G., Rusch, G. & Barton, D. N. 2014. Spatial overlap between environmental policy instruments and areas of high conservation value in forest. - PLoS ONE 9 (12).


  • Nilsen, E. B., Finstad, A. G., Næsje, T. & Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 2013. Using mass scaling of movement cost and resource encounter rate to predict animal body size-Population density relationships. - Theoretical Population Biology 86: 23-28.


  • Gustafsson, L., Baker, S. C., Bauhus, J., Beese, W. J., Brodie, A., Kouki, J., Lindenmayer, D. B., Lõhmus, A., Pastur, G. M., Messier, C., Neyland, M., Palik, B., Sverdrup-Thygeson, A., Volney, W. J. A., Wayne, A. & Franklin, J. F. 2012. Retention forestry to maintain multifunctional forests: a world perspective. - BioScience 62: 633-645.
  • Lindenmayer, D. B., Franklin, J. F., Lõhmus, A., Baker, S. C., Bauhus, J., Beese, W., Brodie, A., Kiehl, B., Kouki, J., Pastur, G. M., Messier, C., Neyland, M., Palik, B., Sverdrup-Thygeson, A., Volney, J., Wayne, A. & Gustafsson, L. 2012. A major shift to the retention approach for forestry can help resolve some global forest sustainability issues. - Conservation Letters 5 (6): 421-431.


  • Birkemoe, T. & Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 2011. Stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans) and house fly (Musca domestica) densities: a comparison of three monitoring methods on pig farms. - Journal of Pest Science 84 (3): 273-280.
  • Skarpaas, O., Diserud, O. H., Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. & Ødegaard, F. 2011. Predicting hotspots for red-listed species: multivariate regression models for oak-associated beetles. - Insect Conservation and Diversity 4 (1): 53-59.


  • Gustafsson, L., Kouki, J. & Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 2010. Tree retention as a conservation measure in clear-cut forests of northern Europe: a review of ecological consequences. - Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 25 (4): 295-308.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 2010. Colonization of experimentally arranged resource patches - a case study of fungivorous beetles. - Entomologica Fennica 21 (3): 139-150
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A., Skarpaas, O. & Ødegaard, F. 2010. Hollow oaks and beetle conservation: the significance of the surroundings. - Biodiversity and Conservation 19 (3): 837-852.
  • Timonen, J., Siitonen, J., Gustafsson, L., Kotiaho, J., Stokland, J. N., Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. & Monkkonen, M. 2010. Woodland key habitats in northern Europe: concepts, inventory and protection. - Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 25 (4): 309-324.

 2009 and before

  • Fossestøl, K. O. & Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 2009. Saproxylic beetles in high stumps and residual downed wood on clear-cuts and in forest edges. - Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 24 (5): 403-416.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. & Birkemoe, T. 2009. What window traps can tell us: effect of placement, forest openness and beetle reproduction in retention trees. - Journal of Insect Conservation 13 (2): 183-191.
  • Engen, S., Sæther, B.-E., Sverdrup-Thygeson, A., Grøtan, V. & Ødegaard, F. 2008. Assessment of species diversity from species abundance distributions at different localities. - Oikos 117 (5): 738-748.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A., Borg, P. & Bergsaker, E. 2008. A comparison of biodiversity values in boreal forest regeneration areas before and after forest certification. - Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 23: 236-243.
  • Komonen, A., Jonsell, M., Økland, B., Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. & Thunes, K. 2004. Insect assemblage associated with the polypore Fomitopsis pinicola: a comparison across Fennoscandia. - Entomologica Fennica 15: 102-112.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. & Lindenmayer, D. B. 2003. Ecological continuity and assumed indicator fungi in boreal forest: the importance of the landscape matrix. - Forest Ecology and Management 174: 353-363.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 2002. Key habitats in the Norwegian production forest: A case study. - Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 17: 166-178.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. & Ims, R. A. 2002. The effect of forest clearcutting on the community of saproxyllic beetles on aspen. - Biological Conservation 10: 347-357.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 2001. Can 'continuity indicator species' predict species richness or red-listed species of saproxylic beetles? - Biodiversity and Conservation 10: 815-832.
  • Midtgaard, F., Rukke, B. A. & Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. 1998. Habitat use of the fungivorous beetle Bolitophagus reticulatus (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae): Effects of basidiocarp size, humidity and competitors. - European Journal of Entomology 95: 559-570.
  • Sverdrup-Thygeson, A. & Midtgaard, F. 1998. Fungus infected trees as islands in boreal forest: Spatial distribution of the fungivorous bettle Bolitophagus reticulatus (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae). - Ecoscience 5: 486-493.
Published 27. juni 2016 - 13:40 - Updated 29. desember 2017 - 23:32