Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SE
Researcher, Associate Senior Lecturer at the Department of Ecology; Forest entomology unit
Maartje Klapwijk has always been interested in the question anthropogenic effects influence interactions between species within ecosystems. During her PhD at Oxford University, she worked with effects on climate and habitat fragmentation on herbivorous insects and their predators. After moving to SLU in Sweden, her research became focused on the forest ecosystem and the risk of damage by pest insects. She developed research investigating forest management methods and its effect on outbreak risk. The realisation that forests are socio-ecological systems in which decisions are based on many different arguments, sparked an interest in multidisciplinary research. Within the Future Forest research program collaborations with researcher working with forest science, social scientists and humanists opened up a whole suit of research questions that could be investigated. Currently, the main focus of her ecological research is feeding interactions between species in the context of forest management and outbreak risk. Connected to this is her interest in risk perception, attitude towards management by the general public and acceptance of forest management actions. The discussion about adaptation of forest management in the light of climate change has fuelled many of the research questions that she is currently working with. The main overarching question guiding her research interests: ‘What will the future of forestry be, what role will forests play in climate mitigation and what will the ecological implications be’.
The Science-Stakeholder Dialogue will stimulate exchange of scientific knowledge and the stakeholders’ perspective on bioeconomy. The dialogue will be introduced by a Science Keynote by Maartje J. Klapwijk, reporting back from the scientific sessions followed by a discussion with five panelists from policy, industry and CSOs.