Dr. Blas Mola

Biomass production and bioenergy



About me

My name is Blas Mola Yudego, I am Senior Researcher in Biomass and Bioenergy Production at the University of Eastern Finland. My main field of research has been bioenergy production systems, including forest biomass, logistics and operations, fast growing plantations and energy policy and economics. In addition, in the last years I have been working on forest production and management, particularly related to risks and disturbances. 

Find more information about me and my research activities at my uef page and publications. Alternatively, my recent activities are listed on my research gate profile or google scholar

School of Forest Sciences,
Faculty of Science and Forestry
University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus
PO Box 111 (Yliopistokatu 7), FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland
Tel +358 50 4422 974e-mail: firstname.lastname@uef.fi
Office: Borealis building, room 376

Research Network

The strategic partners of this research network include the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Assoc Prof Ioannis Dimitriou), the Catalonian Forest Science and Technology Centre (Dr José Ramón González-Olabarria, Dr Jordi García Gonzalo), the North-West Agriculture & Forest University (Prof Guangzhe Liu, Prof Tianjian Cao), Federal University of Piauí (Prof Antonio Carlos Ferraz Filho) and University of Chile (Prof Andrés Weintraub). During the last years I participated in shared projects and publications, courses and supervision of students. 

Curriculum vitae

Degrees, dates and places, major subject, topic of doctoral dissertation: Degree of DSc (Agr. & For.), 2009; MSSc (Social Sciences) Human Geography, 2014; MSc (Agr. & For) European Forestry, 2005, University of Eastern Finland and MSc (For) Forest Engineering, 2004; BSc (For) Forest Engineering, 1999; ETSEA, University of Lleida.

Adjunct proferssorhips, universities, years of appointments: Professor Competence (SKO1183) in Forest Production, 2014, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway; Associate Professor (docent) in Biology with emphasis Ecology, 2014, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Adjunct Professor (docent) in Biomass Production and Bioenergy, 2012, University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Finland.

Present employment relationship (incl. start and end dates): 2015-2023. Senior Researcher Biomass production and Bioenergy at the University of Eastern Finland, at Joensuu, Finland (contact person Prof Jyrki Kangas).

Most important previous employment relationships (incl. start and end dates)

2013- 2016. Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute for Bioeconomy (NIBIO) at Ås, Norway at the section of Forest Production (contact person Dr Gunnhild Søgaard, Dr Rasmus Astrup). Sep. 2015-Dec. 2016. Associate on 20% basis. 2011-2013 Post-doctoral Researcher at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Joensuu, Finland. (contact person. Prof Timo Tokola). Since 2012, Adjunct Professor (docent) in “Biomass Production and Bioenergy”. 2010-2011 Researcher at SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences), department of Crop Production Ecology. Uppsala, Sweden; in the same institution, since 2014, Associate Professor, since Sept 2016, associate on 20-25% basis. (contact person Asc Prof Pär Aronsson). 2008-2009 Researcher at METLA (now LUKE, contact person Prof Antti Asikainen), 2004-2008, Part-time Project Coordinator (UEF) for international forest education projects: SILVA Network, EU-Canada TRANSFOR, MSc European Forestry, ASEFOREP (contact person Prof Paavo Pelkonen).

Most important visits abroad

U. de Chile, Santiago de Chile (Marie Curie Scholar, 1 month, 2019), U. de Chile, Santiago de Chile (Marie Curie Scholar, 1 month, 2018), North West Agriculture and Forest University, Yangling, China (regular annual visits since 2011, 9 visits ranging from 1 week to 1 month), CNR-Ivalsa, Florence, Italy (1 month, 2012), Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil, Scholar and lecturer (3 months, 2010). Several additional visits abroad due to participation in international research collaboration projects and conferences, workshops or lectures. Recurrent research visits at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden), Catalonian Forest Science Centre (Spain) and Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University (Russia). Periods: ca 3 yrs Norway, ca 3 years Sweden, ca 11 years Finland.

Scientific expert positions and scientific achievements

Memberships in editorial boards of scientific journals or positions as editor-in-chief or editor: Associate Editor CERNE, Editorial Board Member at Forests, Review Editor for Frontiers in Bioenergy and Biofuel, Associate member of the Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY), Associate Researcher at the Catalonian Forest Sciences Centre, (2012-2017, 2019-2021, Solsona, Spain), Founding member of EduSilva RY, Regular observer at the IEA Task 43. Formerly, Associate Editor for the Journal of Forest Energy (2010-2011).

Referee of scientific journals: Biofuels, Bioenergy Research, Biomass and Bioenergy, Biosystems Engineering, Bioresources, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, Journal of Forestry Research, Canadian Biosystems Engineering, CERNE, Ecological Modelling, Environmental Education Research, Forest Policy and Economics, Forstarchiv, Forests, Forest Systems, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Forest Energy, Open Geography Journal, Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, Science of the Total Environment.

Preliminary examiner or opponent of doctoral dissertations: Oskar Englund (Chalmers University, Sweden, 2016), Søren Larsen (University of Copenhaguen, Denmark, 2016)

Selected Publications

Risk and Disturbances

DÍAZ-YÁÑEZ O., MOLA-YUDEGO B., GONZÁLEZ-OLABARRIA J.R. (2019) Modelling damage occurrence by snow and wind in forest ecosystems. Ecological Modelling. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2019.108741

DÍAZ-YÁÑEZ O., ARIAS-RODIL M., MOLA-YUDEGO B., GONZÁLEZ-OLABARRIA J.R., PUKKALA T. (2019). Simulating the effects of wind and snow damage on the optimal management of Norwegian spruce forests. Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research. doi:10.1093/forestry/cpz031

CARDIL A, MOLA-YUDEGO B, BLÁZQUEZ-CASADO A, GONZALEZ-OLABARRIA JR. 2019. Fire and burn severity assessment: calibration of Relative Differenced Normalized Burn Ratio (RdNBR) with field data. Journal of Environmental Management 235:342-349. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.01.077

DÍAZ-YÁÑEZ O, MOLA-YUDEGO B, GONZALEZ-OLABARRIA, J R. PUKKALA T. 2017. How does forest composition and structure affect the stability against wind and snow?Forest Ecology and Management. In Press. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.06.054

GONZÁLEZ-OLABARRIA J R, GARCÍA-GONZALO J, MOLA-YUDEGO B, PUKKALA T. 2017. Adaptive management rules for Pinus nigra Arn. salzmannii stands under risk of fire. Anals of Forest Science. In Press. doi: 10.1007/s13595-017-0649-7

DÍAZ-YÁÑEZ O, MOLA-YUDEGO B, GONZALEZ-OLABARRIA, J R. 2017. What variables make a forest stand vulnerable to browsing damage occurrence? Silva Fennica 51(2):1693 doi: 10.14214/sf.1693.

DÍAZ-YÁÑEZ O, MOLA-YUDEGO B, ERIKSEN R, GONZALEZ-OLABARRIA, J R. 2016. Assessment of the main natural disturbances on Norwegian forest based on 20 years of national inventory. Plos ONE. In Press. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161361

GONZÁLEZ-OLABARRIA, J.R, MOLA-YUDEGO B, COLL, LL. 2015. Different factors for different causes: Analysis of the spatial aggregations of fire ignitions in Catalonia (Spain). Risk Analysis. doi: 10.1111/risa.12339

GONZALEZ-OLABARRIA J R, RODRÍGUEZ F, FERNÁNDEZ-LANDA A, MOLA-YUDEGO B Mapping fire risk in the Model Forest of Urbión (Spain) based on airborne LiDAR measurements. Forest Ecology and Management 282: 149-156. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2012.06.056

GONZALEZ-OLABARRIA J R, MOLA-YUDEGO B, PUKKALA T, PALAHÍ M. 2011. Using multi-scale spatial analysis to assess fire ignition density in Catalonia, Spain. Annals of Forest Science 68(4): 861-871. doi:10.1007/s13595-011-0082-2

SELKIMÄKI M, MOLA-YUDEGO B. 2011. Estimating and modelling the resistance of nature to path erosion in Koli National Park, Finland. Boreal Environment Research 16:218-228. http://www.borenv.net/BER/pdfs/ber16/ber16-218.pdf

Forest Policy and Economics

DELGADO-MATAS C, MOLA-YUDEGO B, GRITTEN D, KIALA-KALUSINGA D, PUKKALA T. 2015. Land use evolution and management under recurrent conflict conditions: Umbundu agroforestry system in the Angolan Highlands. Land Use Policy. In Press. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.07.018

KHANAM T, RAHMAN A, MOLA-YUDEGO B, PELKONEN P, PEREZ Y, PYKÄLÄINEN J. 2017. Achievable or unbelievable? Expert perceptions of European Union targets for emissions, renewables, and efficiency. Energy Research & Social Science. In Press. doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2017.06.040

KHANAM, T, RAHMAN A, MOLA-YUDEGO B, PYKÄLÄINEN J. 2015. Identification of structural breaks in the forest products markets: how sensitive are to global changes? Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. In Press. doi: 10.1007/s11027-015-9681-9

AREVALO, J. OCHIENG, R., MOLA-YUDEGO B. & GRITTEN, D. 2014. Understanding bioenergy conflicts: case of a jatropha project in Kenya's Tana Delta. Land Use Policy 41(2014): 138-148. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.05.002

KHANAM T, MATERO J, MOLA-YUDEGO B, SIKANEN L, RAHMAN, A. 2016. Assessing external factors on substitution of fossil fuel by biofuels: model perspective from the Nordic region. 21 (3), 445-460. doi: 10.1007/s11027-014-9608-x

GRITTEN D, MOLA-YUDEGO B, DELGADO-MATAS C, KORTELAINEN J. 2013. A quantitative review of the representation of forest conflicts across the world: resource periphery and emerging patterns. Forest Policy and Economics 33:11-20. doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2012.06.008.

GRITTEN D, GONZALEZ-OLABARRIA J R, MOLA-YUDEGO B, DOMINGUEZ G. 2012. Environmental campaigns against forest companies: What are the campaigns trying to achieve? Forest Systems 21(2):247-258. doi:10.5424/fs/2012212-02664

FABRA-CRESPO M, MOLA-YUDEGO B, GRITTEN D, ROJAS-BRIALES E. 2012. Public perception on forestry issues in the Region of Valencia (Eastern Spain): diverging from policy makers? Forest systems 21(1): 99-110. doi:10.5424/fs/2112211-11309

GRITTEN D, MOLA-YUDEGO B, DELGADO-MATAS C. 2012. Media coverage of forest conflicts: A reflection of the conflicts’ intensity and impact? Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. 27: 143-153. doi: 10.1080/02827581.2011.635074

MOLA-YUDEGO B, GRITTEN D, DELGADO-MATAS C. 2013. Quantitative investigation of forest conflicts using different data collection methods. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 27(2): 130-142. doi: 10.1080/02827581.2011.635081

GRITTEN D. MOLA-YUDEGO B. 2011. Exploration of the relevance of geographical, environmental and socio-economic indicators on forest conflict types. International Forestry Review 13(1) 46-55. doi: 10.1505/146554811798201189

MOLA-YUDEGO B. GRITTEN D. 2010. Determining forest conflict hotspots according to academic and environmental groups. Forest Policy and Economics 12(8) 575–580 doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2010.07.004

SELKIMÄKI M, MOLA-YUDEGO B, RÖSER D, PRINZ R, SIKANEN L. 2010. Present and future trends in pellet markets, raw materials, and supply logistics in Sweden and Finland. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 14: (9) 3068-3075. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2010.06.009

MOLA-YUDEGO B., PELKONEN P. 2008. The effects of policy incentives in the adoption of willow short rotation coppice for bioenergy in Sweden. Energy Policy, 36: (8) 3062-3068. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2008.03.036

Forest Biomass Production and Operations

HERNANDO A, PUERTO L, MOLA-YUDEGO B, MANZANERA J, ANTONIO G, MALTAMO M, VALBUENA R. 2019. Estimation of forest biomass components through airborne LiDAR and multispectral sensors IFOREST - Biogeosciences and Forestry.

VALBUENA R, HERNANDO A, MANZANERA JA, MARTÌNEZ-FALERO E, GARCIA-ABRIL A, MOLA-YUDEGO B. 2017. Most similar neighbour imputation of forest attributes using metrics derived from combined airborne LIDAR and multispectral sensors. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. In Press. doi: 10.1080/17538947.2017.1387183

MOLA-YUDEGO B, AREVALO J, DÍAZ-YÁÑEZ O, DIMITRIOU I, HAAPALA A, FERRAZ-FILHO A, SELKIMÄKI M, VALBUENA R. 2017. Wood biomass potentials for energy in northern Europe: forest or plantations? Biomass and Bioenergy. In Press. doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.08.021

VANBEVEREN S, SPINELLI R, EISENBIES M, SCHWEIER J, MOLA-YUDEGO B, MAGAGNOTTI N, ACUNA M, DIMITRIOU I, CEULEMANS R. 2017. Mechanised harvesting of short-rotation coppices. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 76: 90-104doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2017.02.059

MOLA-YUDEGO B, AREVALO J, DIAZ-YÁNEZ O, DIMITRIOUI, FRESHWATERE, HAAPALAA, KHANAMT, SELKIMÄKIM. 2017. Reviewing wood biomass potentials for energy in Europe: the role of forests and fast growing plantations. Biofuels. In Press. doi: 10.1080/17597269.2016.1271627

ANTON-FERNANDEZ C, MOLA-YUDEGO B, DALSGAARD L, ASTRUP R. 2016. Climate sensitive site index models for Norway. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. In Press. doi: 10.1139/cjfr-2015-0155 [This paper was selected editor’s choice, August 2016]

MOLA-YUDEGO B, RÖSER D, PICCHI G, SPINELLI, R. 2015. Assessing chipper productivity and operator effects in forest biomass operations. Silva Fennica. 49(5):1342. doi: 10.14214/sf.1342

GONZÁLEZ-GARCÍA, FEIJOO G, MOREIRA M T, MOLA-YUDEGO B. 2014. Cradle-to-gate Life Cycle Assessment of forest operations in Europe. Environmental and Energy profiles. Journal of Cleaner Production.66:188–198. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.11.067

MOLA-YUDEGO B, SELKIMÄKI M, GONZALEZ-OLABARRIA J R. 2014. Spatial analysis of the wood pellet production for energy in Europe. Renewable Energy 63: 76–83. doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2013.08.034.

WINDISCH J, RÖSER D, MOLA-YUDEGO B, SIKANEN L, ASIKAINEN A. 2013. Business process mapping and discrete-event simulation of two forest biomass supply chains. Biomass and Bioenergy 56: 370–381. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2013.05.022

DÍAZ-YAÑEZ O, MOLA-YUDEGO B, ANTTILA P, RÖSER D, ASIKAINEN A. 2013. Forest chips for energy in Europe: current procurement methods and potentials. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 21:562-571. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2012.12.016

RÖSER D, MOLA-YUDEGO B, PRINZ R, EMER B, SIKANEN L. 2012. Chipping operations and efficiency in different operational environments. Silva Fennica 46(2): 275–286. doi: 10.14214/sf.60

RÖSER D, MOLA-YUDEGO B, SIKANEN L, PRINZ R, GRITTEN D, EMER B, VÄÄTÄINEN K, ERKKILÄ A. 2011. Natural drying treatments during seasonal storage of wood for bioenergy in different European locations. Biomass & Bioenergy 35(10):4238–4247. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2011.07.011

COLL J, GONZALEZ-OLABARRIA J R, MOLA-YUDEGO B, PUKKALA T, MESSIER C. 2010. Predicting understory maximum shrubs cover using altitude and overstory basal area in different Mediterranean forest. European Journal of Forest Research. 130(1): 55-65.doi:10.1007/s10342-010-0395-y

Biomass production systems

ZALESNY, RS, BERNDES G, DIMITRIOU I, FRITSCHE U, MILLER C, EISENBIES M, GHEZEHEI S, HAZEL D, HEADLEE WL, MOLA-YUDEGO B, NEGRI MC, NICHOLS EG, QUINN J, SHIFFLET SD, THERASME O, VOLK TA, AND ZUMPF CR. 2019. Positive water linkages of producing short rotation poplars and willows for bioenergy and phytotechnologies. WIREs Energy and Environment doi: 10.1002/wene.345

MARIA NORDBORG M, BERNDES G, DIMITRIOU I, HENRIKSSON A, MOLA-YUDEGO B, ROSENQVIST H. 2018.Energy analysis of willow production for bioenergy in Sweden. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 93: 473-482. doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2018.05.045

FERRAZ FILHO AC, MOLA-YUDEGO B, RIBEIRO A, SCOLFORO JRS, LOOS RA. 2018. Height diameter models for Eucalyptus sp. plantations in Brazil. CERNE 24:9-17. doi: 10.1590/01047760201824012466

MARIA NORDBORG M, BERNDES G, DIMITRIOU I, HENRIKSSON A, MOLA-YUDEGO B, ROSENQVIST H. 2018. Energy analysis of poplar production for bioenergy in Sweden. Biomass and Bioenergy 112: 110-120. doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2018.01.021

DIMITRIOU I, MOLA-YUDEGO B. 2017Impact of Populus plantations on water and soil quality.Bioenergy Research 10(3): 750–759. doi: 10.1007/s12155-017-9836-5

DIMITRIOU I. MOLA-YUDEGO B. 2017. Nitrogen Fertilization of Poplar Plantations on Agricultural Land: Effects on diameter increments and leaching. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. In Press. doi: 10.1080/02827581.2016.1264622

FERRAZ-FILHO A, MOLA-YUDEGO B, GONZALEZ-OLABARRIA J R, SCOLFORO J RS. 2017. Thinning regimes and initial spacing for Eucalyptus plantations in Brazil. Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências vol.89 no.3. doi: 10.1590/0001-3765201720150453

DIMITRIOU I. MOLA-YUDEGO B. 2016. Poplar and willow plantations on agricultural land in Sweden: area, yield, groundwater quality and soil organic Carbon. Forest Ecology and Management. In Press. doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.08.022

FERRAZ-FILHO A, MOLA-YUDEGO B, GONZALEZ-OLABARRIA J R, SCOLFORO J RS. 2016. Pruning effect in Eucalyptus grandis x Eucalyptus urophylla clone growth. Scientia Forestalis. 44(111) 729-738. doi:10.18671/scifor.v44n111.19

MOLA-YUDEGO B, RAHLFJ, ASTRUP R, DIMITRIOU I. 2016. Spatial yield estimates of fast-growing willow plantations for energy based on climatic variables in Northern Europe. GCB Bioenergy. 8: 1093–1105. doi: 10.1111/gcbb.12332. 

MOLA-YUDEGO B, DÍAZ-YÁÑEZ O, DIMITRIOU I. 2015. How Much Yield Should We Expect from Fast-Growing Plantations for Energy? Divergences between Experiments and Commercial Willow Plantations. Bioenergy Research. doi: 10.1007/s12155-015-9630-1

HJELM B, MOLA-YUDEGO B, DIMITRIOU I, JOHANSSON T. 2015. Diameter–Height Models for Fast-growing Poplar Plantations on Agricultural Land in Sweden. Bioenergy Research. doi: 10.1007/s12155-015-9628-8

MORALES, M. AROCA, G., MOLA-YUDEGO B. GONZÁLEZ-GARCÍA, S. 2015. Cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment of Eucalyptus globulus short rotation plantations in Chile. Journal of Cleaner Production. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.02.085

MOLA-YUDEGO B, DIMITRIOU I, GONZALEZ-GARCIA S, GRITTEN D, ARONSSON P. 2014. A conceptual framework for the introduction of energy crops. Renewable Energy 72: 29-38. doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2014.06.012

FERRAZ FILHO A, SCOLFORO J RS, MOLA-YUDEGO B. 2014. Coppice with standards silvicultural system applied to Eucalyptus plantations - a review. Journal of Forestry Research 25(2):237-248. doi: 10.1007/s11676-014-0455-0

GONZALEZ-GARCIA S, MOLA-YUDEGO B, MURPHY R J. 2013. Life Cycle Assessment of potential energy uses for short rotation willow biomass in Sweden. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 18(4): 783-795. doi:10.1007/s11367-012-0536-2

AREVALO J, MOLA-YUDEGO B, PELKONEN P, QU M. 2012.Students' views on forestry education: a cross-national comparison across three universities in Brazil, China and Finland. Forest Policy and Economics 25:123-131. doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2012.08.015

DIMITRIOU J, MOLA-YUDEGO B, ARONSSON P. 2012. Impact of willow Short Rotation Coppice on water quality. Bioenergy Research 5(3): 537-545. doi: 10.1007/s12155-012-9211-5

DIMITRIOU J, MOLA-YUDEGO B, ARONSSON P, ERIKSSON J. 2012. Changes in organic carbon and trace elements in the soil of willow short-rotation coppice plantations.Bioenergy Research 5 (3): 563-572. doi: 10.1007/s12155-012-9215-1

GONZALEZ-GARCIA S, MOLA-YUDEGO B, DIMITRIOU J, ARONSSON, P, MURPHY R J. 2012. Environmental assessment of energy production based on long term commercial willow plantations in Sweden. Science of the Total Environment. 421:210-219. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.01.041

MOLA-YUDEGO B, PELKONEN P. 2011. Pulling effects of district heating plants on the adoption and spread of willow plantations for biomass: The power plant In Enköping (Sweden). Biomass & Bioenergy 35 (7): 2986-2992. doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2011.03.040

MOLA-YUDEGO B. 2011. Predicting and mapping productivity of short rotation willow plantations in Sweden based on climatic data using a non-parametric method.Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Forthcoming Volume 151(7): 875-881.doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2011.02.008

MOLA-YUDEGO B. 2011. Trends and productivity improvements from commercial willow plantations in Sweden during the period 1986–2000. Biomass & Bioenergy 35: 446-453. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2010.09.004

MOLA-YUDEGO B., GONZÁLEZ-OLABARRIA J. R. 2010. Mapping the expansion and distribution of willow plantations for bioenergy in Sweden: lessons to be learned about the spread of energy crops. Biomass and bioenergy, 34: 442-448. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2009.12.008

MOLA-YUDEGO B. 2010. Regional potential yields of short rotation willow plantations on agricultural land in Northern Europe. Silva Fennica 44:(1) 63–76. doi: 10.14214/sf.163

SPENCE J R, MACLEAN D. A, SPIECKER H, DRUMMOND A, JAEGER D, STADLER M, CAHALAN C, KARLSSON A, KENNY A, LARSON B, MOLA-YUDEGO B, STERNER M, WÄSTERLUND D, VALINGER E. 2010. The TRANSFOR Success Story: International Forestry Education through Exchange. Forestry Chronicle, 86: (1) 57-62. doi:10.5558/tfc86057-1

MOLA-YUDEGO B., ARONSSON P. 2008. Yield models from commercial willow plantations in Sweden. Biomass and Bioenergy, 32: (9) 829-837. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2008.01.002

Forest Education

AREVALO J, MOLA-YUDEGO B, PELKONEN P, QU M. 2012. Students' views on forestry education: a cross-national comparison across three universities in Brazil, China and Finland. Forest Policy and Economics 25:123-131. doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2012.08.015

QU M, AHPONEN PL, TAHVANAINEN L, GRITTEN D, MOLA-YUDEGO B, PELKONEN P. 2012. Practices and perceptions on the development of forest bioenergy in China from participants in national forestry training courses. Biomass and Bioenergy 40:53–62. doi:10.1016/j.biombioe.2012.01.050

QU M, AHPONEN PL, TAHVANAINEN L, GRITTEN D, MOLA-YUDEGO B, PELKONEN P. 2011. Chinese university students’ knowledge and attitudes regarding forest bio-energy. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 15(8):3649–3657. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2011.07.002

SPENCE J R, MACLEAN D. A, SPIECKER H, DRUMMOND A, JAEGER D, STADLER M, CAHALAN C, KARLSSON A, KENNY A, LARSON B, MOLA-YUDEGO B, STERNER M, WÄSTERLUND D, VALINGER E. 2010. The TRANSFOR Success Story: International Forestry Education through Exchange. Forestry Chronicle, 86: (1) 57-62. doi:10.5558/tfc86057-1


PhD theses supervised

Tahamina Khanam (2019). Structural shifts, fossil fuel substitution and attainability of climate targets in the Nordic forest-based bioeconomy. https://doi.org/10.14214/df.270 [PDF]

Olalla Diaz-Yáñez, (2018). Integrating the risk of natural disturbances into forest management in Norway. https://doi.org/10.14214/df.258 [PDF]

Birger Hjelm (2015). Empirical models for estimating volume and biomass of poplars on farmland in Sweden. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Uppsala : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis Agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2015:1 [PDF]

Antonio C. Ferraz-Filho (2013). Management of eucalyptus plantations for solid wood production. Lavras: UFLA, 2013. [PDF]

Teaching activities

Introductory studies in Forest Sciences

3513061 Academic Skills in Forest Sciences (1.5 ECTS)
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to explain the principles of the scientific method (i.e. systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses), as well as conduct assignments following the principles of good scientific practice, identify and analyse the main elements of a scientific article and a MSc thesis in forest sciences, as well as write an academic abstract and identify the main elements of an oral academic presentation, as well as design and conduct a presentation in front of a live audience. [link to the course]

3513148 Research Methods in Forest Sciences (3.5 ECTS)
Upon a successful completion of this course, the students are expected to be able to understand the principles of research methodology in forestry, taking into account the research issue and objective formulation as well as choosing an appropriate research approach, experimental set-up, and sampling technique. The students will be able to understand basic biometric and ecosystem modeling concepts, and to apply basic commands of R statistics to model and analyse the collected data For tools, the students will get familiar with R and ArcMap (GIS). [link to the course]

Advanced studies in Forest Sciences

3513129 Production and energy use of lignocellulosic biomass (6 ECTS)
Essentials: Basic concepts of lignocellulosic biomass supply and production from managed forests, plantations and sources of different industrial by-products. Research and analysis tools for evaluation and estimation of existing biomass resources and potentials. Basics for analysis of harvesting and transportation logistics of energy wood. Complementary knowledge: Heat production technologies; introduction to bio-energy conversion technologies, with focus on thermal combustion and gasification. [link to the course]

3513019 Bioenergy markets and policy (6 ECTS)  
Essentials:  Overview of the markets for biomasses for energy production and biomass based value chains globally and within the European Union (EU), including the supply, quantity, demand, and consumption as well as consumer market aspects. Fundamentals of the policies that have impacts on the supply and consumption of wood energy biomass. Complementary knowledge: Bioenergy governance at local and global level. International bioenergy business, role of bioenergy for the development of rural areas and entrepreneurship. [link to the course]

Advanced studies in partner institutions

Production of non-food biomass (3 ECTS)
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sweden)

The major focus of the course is on the available and potential sources of non-food biomass from forestry, agriculture, residues and other sources that can be used in a biobased economy, for biofuels, biomaterials etc., in a Swedish and global perspective. Additional issues addressed are the further use of these resources and their potential implications on sustainability. [link to the course]

Economics of local and global wood biomass production for energy (5 ECTS)
Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University (Russia)

The course is a jointly organised by all CBU-FOR partner universities with St. Petersburg State Forest Technical University being the host university and the University of Easter Finland as the coordinating university of CBU-FOR. Bringing together CBU FOR students from Russia and Finland this course is an essential part of the studies included in the CBU FOR Master’s Degree Programme. [link to the course]

Research methods applied to wood biomass production (3 ECTS)
North West Agriculture & Forestry University (China)

The course is organised by the North West Agriculture and Forestry University, at Yangling, Shaanxi, China, and it is the result of a long cooperation with the University of Eastern Finland, being offered annually since 2011. The course is a core course of the curriculum of the NWA&FU, open to exchange students, and focuses on all aspects of biomass production for energy, covering forest and plantations as sources, and entailing aspects of management, sustainability, policy, economics and trade. The course this year gives especial emphasis on research methods applied to the study of the estimation of bioenergy potentials. [link to the course]

International Winter School: management of natural resources
Kazakh National Agrarian University (Kazakhstan)

The course is part of the Winter School of the Kazakh National Agrarian University (Almaty, Kazakhstan). The purpose of the International Winter Master School is to obtain new knowledge, practical skills, the development of innovative technologies and methods of research. The programme is oriented to Master’s, Doctoral degree students and young scientists in order to increase their knowledge and acquire practical skills. The program includes lectures, master / training classes and round tables, which will allow forming professional and interpersonal competencies among students. [link to the course]