Coordinator of the Swedish National Phenology Network, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
PhD in Plant Ecology at Stockholm University
When I realised how deeply Swedes love springs signs, my scientific career took an important turn. My PhD was spent trying to understand the evolutionary ecology of timing – how pollinating insects, seed dispersing birds and plants interact – but when I found a farmer´s diary with 73 years of spring flowering data I understood that others may share with me a sincere and passionate interest in seasonal shifts. After that I broadened the scope of my research to include theoretical and practical aspects of climate change effects. More importantly I became involved in establishing citizen science monitoring networks, from school level mass experiments to international collaboration. Now, I am trying to understand how phenological change affects ecosystems, us and biodiversity, and to use information on spring signs, autumn signs etcetera to communicate the width and depth of climate change effects.