There are plenty of opportunities to engage in our research. Bachelor and Master projects, PhD or postdoc positions or other collaborations. Please don't hesitate to write an email to kristoffer.hylander(at) or just drop by in my office at Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A, room N418.


Tip: if you are a master student, look at the Projects page and see if you get interested in any of those projects. See also titles of previous projects on the Alumni section in the People page.

Examples of possible master projects:


When do mosses grow and do that pattern vary with microclimatic positions in the landscape?

The climatic conditions that plants experience in the understory of trees in the forest determine how and when they grow, survive and reproduce.


In this project you will study:

  1. Do growth and vitality of understory plants relate to microclimatic conditions?

  2. When do mosses grow most and do microclimatic conditions affect the timing of moss growth?

Start of the project is spring/summer 2021


Want to know more?

Contact Kristoffer Hylander or Irena Koelemeijer

Effects of land-use change and climate change on forest understory plants

How forestry and climate warming interactively will affect forest plants is still largely an open question. For this master project, we will use a newly developed remote sensed forest map of Sweden and the Swedish forestry scenario model Heureka to combine different forestry management scenarios with contemporary and future climate warming.


The project is computer-based, and we are looking for you with interest in global change, plant ecology, statistics and who are on the lookout for opportunities to develop skills in coding in R. The project can be either 30, 45 or 60 ETCS.


Want to know more? Contact either Ditte Christiansen (, or Jacqueline Lima ( or check out to learn more about our lab!

The invasive Heath Star Moss –effects on native habitats and potential future expansion


Invasive alien species (IAS) are a major driver of the ongoing biodiversity loss. Many IAS also generate high costs to private owners, business and authorities, which led that damage control by IAS is highly prioritised both by the Swedish government and European agencies.

In this project, you will study the impacts of the invasive Heath Star moss:

  1. What are the environmental conditions (climate, habitat, substrate, etc.) at the current Swedish locations of the species?

  2. Which regions, natural biotopes / habitats or indigenous species are actually or potentially threatened by the expansion of the Heath Star moss?


Start of the project is spring / summer 2021.

Interested? Please contact Kristoffer Hylander ( or Irene Bisang (

Ant diversity in coffee agroforests. Join a field campaign in SW Ethiopia and explore how ant diversity varies along a coffee management gradient.