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Oskar Franklin

Senior Research Scholar

Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services Research Group

Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program


Oskar Franklin joined the former IIASA Forestry Program in June 2004, where he developed large-scale models for the prediction of forest production in response to management options. He is currently associated with the Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services Research Group of the Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) Program. Recently, he worked on ecosystem theory and models of boreal forests as well as wildlife management under climate change. He also led an international working group on the development of a new generation of vegetation models that takes advantage of ecological and evolutionary principles to better constrain the predicted consequences of climate change.

Franklin received his PhD in systems ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala in 2003. His work involved optimal plant theory and forest growth responses to nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Prior to becoming involved in ecology, he earned an MSc degree in physics engineering at Uppsala University, and worked at the Swedish Radiation Protection Institute with nuclear power emissions and environmental effects.

Last update: 20 FEB 2023


Joshi, J., Hofhansl, F. , Singh, S., Stocker, B., Vignal, T., Brännström, Å., Franklin, O. , Blanco, C., Aleixo, I., Lapola, D., Prentice, I., & Dieckmann, U. (2023). Predicting the adaptive responses of biodiverse plant communities using functional trait evolution. In: Ecological Society of American 2023 Annual Meeting, 6-11 August 2023, Portland.

Henriksson, N., Marshall, J., Högberg, M.N., Högberg, P., Polle, A., Franklin, O. , & Näsholm, T. (2023). Re‐examining the evidence for the mother tree hypothesis – resource sharing among trees via ectomycorrhizal networks. New Phytologist 239 19-28. 10.1111/nph.18935.