Katja’s Ph.D. project is about mapping and analyzing bundles of ecosystem services in the Helge å catchment in southern Sweden. She will use a combination of data analysis, stakeholder workshops and scenario development. The aim of the project is to increase the understanding for how the provision of ecosystem services varies across the catchment, if there are trade-offs in both ecosystem service provision and how different stakeholder groups benefit from the services, as well as how these conditions might change under different future management scenarios. As part of this work, Katja will conduct a resilience assessment together with the stakeholder group, focusing on the current and future sustainable provision of multiple ecosystem services for the benefit of multiple user groups in the Helge å catchment.
Katja has a BSc in geography from Stockholm University and a MSc in sustainability science from Stockholm Resilience Centre. Her MSc thesis focused on mapping ecosystem services in the multifunctional rural landscape in northern Burkina Faso using a combination of participatory methods and remote sensing.
After graduating, she went on to work as a research assistant in the WLE Innovation Fund (CGIAR) project Targeting Agricultural Innovation and Ecosystem Service Management in the Northern Volta Basin. The project focused on improving the capacity to identify and implement irrigated and rainfed technologies that increase adaptability and transformability of local livelihoods and close yield, nutrition and ecosystem service gaps in the Volta Basin (Burkina Faso and Ghana). Katja’s work in the project focused on developing a data-driven method to identify basin-scale social-ecological system archetypes, and to assess the potential to improve landscape-level food security in the different archetypes through interventions aimed at increasing water-use efficiency. Katja has extensive fieldwork experience in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Namibia and Sweden.
In her PhD project, Katja collaborates with Kristianstad Vattenrike, a UNESCO biosphere reserve in southern Sweden. Her methods include stakeholder workshops in which local managers and policy-makers from the Helge å catchment area are actively taking part in co-producing the research results. The project is funded by the Swedish environmental protection agency (Naturvårdsverket) and aims at developing ways to operationalize and implement the ecosystem services concept into local, regional and national policy in Sweden. Her case study in southern Sweden is also part of the PECS network of case studies.
From her Finnish grandmother, Katja inherited a love for baking and a passion for yarn. So, in her free time, she designs and knits mittens and cardigans for her friends, which you can check out on Instagram.
2017 - Journal / article
Among the most enduring ecological challenges is an integrated theory explaining the latitudinal biodiversity gradient, including discrepancies observed at different spatial scales. Analysis of Reef Life Survey data for 4127 marine species at 2406 coral and rocky sites worldwide confirms that the total ecoregion richness peaks in low latitudes, near +15°N and −15°S. However, although richness at survey sites is maximal near th...