Maria Johansson

Maria Johansson


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Works at Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences
Telephone 08-16 36 70
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 20 A
Room N 508
Postal address Institutionen för ekologi miljö och botanik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Research Profile

Fire ecology, interactions between livestock and fire regimes, especially in semi-natural wooded pastures in Africa. Relations between nature and traditional landuse in subalpine heathlands and forests and wooded savannas in Ethiopia.


Research Projects

Effects of carbon storage efforts in African silvo-pastoral systems on vegetation, local livelihoods and wildfire risk



Johansson, M. U., S. D. Senay, E. Creathorn, H. Kassa, and K. Hylander. 2019. Change in heathland fire sizes inside vs. outside the Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, over 50 years of fire-exclusion policy: lessons for REDD+. Ecology and Society 24(4):26.

Graciela Gil-Romera, Carole Adolf, Blas M. Benito, Lucas Bittner, Maria U. Johansson, David A. Grady, Henry F. Lamb, Bruk Lemma, Mekbib Fekadu, Bruno Glaser, Betelhem Mekonnen, Miguel Sevilla-Callejo, Michael Zech, Wolfgang Zech and Georg Miehe (2019). Biology Letters 15(7): 20190357. Long-term fire resilience of the Ericaceous Belt, Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. 

Johansson M.U., Frisk C.A., Nemomissa S., Hylander K., (2018) Global Change Biology 24: 2952-2964. Disturbance from traditional fire management in subalpine heathlands increases Afro-alpine plant resilience to climate change. doi/full/10.1111/gcb.14121

Johansson, M. U. & Granström, A. (2014) Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 1396–1405. Fuel, fire and cattle in African highlands: traditional management maintains a mosaic heathland landscape. doi/10.1111/1365-2664.12291/abstract

Johansson, M. U. (2013) Fire and grazing in subalpine heathlands and forests of Bale Mountains, Ethiopia. Doctoral thesis. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Umeå. Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880; 2013:14.

Johansson, M.U., Fetene, M., Malmer, A. & Granström, A. (2012) Ecology and Society 17(3): 19. Tending for cattle: Traditional fire management in Ethiopian montane heathlands.

Johansson, M., Rooke, T., Fetene, M. & Granström, A. (2009) Plant Ecology 207: 149-160. Browser selectivity alters post-fire competition between Erica arborea and E. trimera in the sub-alpine heathlands of Ethiopia.

Johansson, M.U. (1999) The baobab tree in Kondoa Irangi Hills, Tanzania. MSc thesis. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Uppsala. Minor Field Studies Issue:74.


Popular science

Johansson, M. (2013) Traditional Fire Management in the Ethiopian highlands – what would happen if it ends? Forest Facts, 2013:9, SLU Umeå.

Wim Carton, Elina Andersson, Maria Johansson (2017) Klimatkompensation är en tveksam strategi, Supermiljöbloggen.


Last updated: December 4, 2019

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