My research is focused on the dynamics of bird population size and distribution, not least how the birds are influenced by climate and land use change. Both in Sweden and in Europe, birds are responding quickly to a warming climate. They are generally moving north with rising summer temperatures, but not fast enough to completely track the climate. Further, habitat specialists are slowly replaced by habitat generalists. This work is directly related to my position as head of the Swedish Bird Survey, a nationwide program for monitoring the breeding birds in Sweden.
Im also since long interested in bird migration, in particular the behaviour, physiology and energetics of fuel deposition and flight. Through the years this has meant much work in the field, not least in the Arctic, as well as wind tunnel, laboratory and literature studies, and some theoretical work. The present focus is on migratory Great Snipes and their migration strategy, which we study by geolocators. Since long I also study the population ecology, moult and fuel deposition of passerines in Swedish Lapland.
2004- Professor at Department of Ecology, Lund University, Sweden
2002- Head of the Swedish Bird Survey
1991-1992 Post Doc at Zoological Laboratory, University of Groningen, Holland
1990 PhD at Department of Ecology, Lund University, Sweden (“Stopover ecology of migrating birds”)
The Swedish Bird
Survey a nationwide monitoring scheme
Behaviour, physiology and energetics of fuel deposition and flight in birds
Population ecology, moult and fuel deposition of passerines in Lapland
Lindström, Å., Dänhardt, J., Green, M., Klaassen, R. & Olsson, P. 2010. Can intensively farmed arable land be favourable for birds during migration? The case of the Eurasian golden plover Pluvialis apricaria. J. Avian Biol. 41:154162.
Dänhardt, J., Green, M., Lindström, Å., Rundlöf, M. & Smith, H.G. 2010. Migrating birds in farmland effects of organic farming and landscape structure. Oikos 119:11141125.
Jiguet, F., Devictor, V., Ottvall, R., van Turnhout, C., van der Jeugt, H. & Lindström, Å. 2010. Bird population trends are linearly affected by climate change along species thermal ranges. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 277: 36013608.
Lindström, Å., Gill, R. E. Jr, Jamieson, S. E., McCaffery, B., Wennerberg, L., Wikelski, M. & Klaassen, M. 2011. A puzzling migratory detour: are fueling conditions in Alaska driving the movement of juvenile sharp-tailed sandpipers? Condor 113:129139.
Klaassen, R. H. G., Alerstam, T., Carlsson, P., Fox, J. W. & Lindström, Å. 2011. Great flights by Great Snipes: long and fast non-stop migration over benign habitats. Biol. Lett. 7:833835.
Devictor, V., van Swaay, C., Brereton, T., Brotons, L., Chamberlain, D., Heliölä, J., Herrando, S., Julliard, R., Kuussaari, M., Lindström, Å., Reif, J., Roy, D. B., Schweiger, O., Settele, J., Stefanescu, C., Van Strien, A., Van Turnhout, C., Vermouzek, Z., WallisDeVries, M., Wynhoff, I. & Jiguet, F. 2012. Differences in the climate debts of birds and butterflies at a continental scale. Nature Climate Change 2:121124.
Le Viol, I., Jiguet, F., Brotons, L., Herrando, S., Lindström, Å., Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Reif, J., Van Turnhout, C. & Devictor, V. 2012. More and more generalists: two decades of changes in the European bird fauna. Biol. Lett.8:780782.
Lindström, Å., Green, M., Paulson, G., Smith, H.G. & Devictor, V. 2012. Rapid changes in bird community composition at multiple spatial scales in response to recent climate change. Ecography, published online 7 September 2012.
Stjernman, M., Green, M., Lindström, Å., Olsson, Ola, Ottvall, R. & Smith, H. G. 2013. Habitat-specific bird trends and their effect on the Farmland Bird Index. Ecological Indicators 24:382391.