As managing director, Olsson executes overall long-term planning and daily operation of the centre, together with the other members of the leadership team. He supports the different heads of units in the management of the centre. Olsson’s research focuses primarly on marine ecology, including seabird research in the Baltic Sea.
Olsson holds a PhD in population ecology from Uppsala University (1995), and a BSc in biology and geological sciences from Lund University (1989). Olsson has also completed executive education (SSE/IFL), and a business leader program (FL) (2007-2008).
Olsson has been deputy/managing director of SRC since 2009. Between 2003 and 2008, he worked as programs director at Mistra (the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research) where he coordinating funding and evaluation of programs that manage natural resources. He also lead Mistra’s generation of new ideas and intelligence work. Before that Olsson worked at the Swedish Government Office as senior advisor at the Environmental Advisory Council (Miljövårdsberedningen). Between 1998 and 2002, he worked at three Swedish Governmental Research Councils – Formas, FRN, and NFR – as research secretary. His responsibilities as research secretary were mainly for interdisciplinary and environmental research funding, including outreach and stakeholder involvement.
Olsson has also engaged with a number of commissions, such as:
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Quality food more important than quantity for seabirds in the Baltic
2019 - Journal / article
Foraging behaviour in the Razorbill Alca torda during breeding was similar to that found elsewhere, aside from dive shape. The aim of this study is to investigate the foraging behaviour of Razorbills during the breeding season at the largest colony in the central Baltic Sea. We used a combination of global positioning system (GPS) and time-depth recorder (TDR) devices were used on Razorbills breeding on the island of Stora K...
2018 - Journal / article
Reproductive timing in many taxa plays a key role in determining breeding productivity, and is often sensitive to climatic conditions. Current climate change may alter the timing of breeding at different rates across trophic levels, potentially resulting in temporal mismatch between the resource requirements of predators and their prey. This is of particular concern for higher-trophic-level organisms, whose longer generation t...
2018 - Journal / article
They studied the at-sea distribution of two auks (Common Murre Uria aalge, Razorbill Alca torda), two gulls (Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus, Herring Gull Larus argentatus), and Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo during the peak breeding season of 2014 around Stora Karlsö, the main Baltic Sea seabird colony. Simultaneously, they quantified forage fish abundance and distribution using hydro-acoustics and pelagic trawli...
2017 - Journal / article
The island of Stora Karlsö hosts the largest colonies of fish-eating seabirds in the Baltic Sea. However, recent and reliable estimates of the number of breeding pairs of the main species have been missing. Based on a complete census in 2014, we estimated the number of Common Guillemots Uria aalge to 15 700 pairs, more than half (up to 70%) of the Baltic Sea population. The number has almost tripled since the early 1970s and t...