SHEATHE: Xenobiotic substances and heavy metals in the environment – a threat to health, ecosystems and development in Ghana

Anne Mette Lykke








Institute of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Vejlsøvej 25, 8600 Silkeborg, Denmark






Anne Mette Lykke


PhD in biology (tropical ecology and ethnobotany), Aarhus University, 1997; Cand. scient., Aarhus University, 1993


Scientific Focus Areas

Multidisciplinary research with focus on ethnobiology, local ecological knowledge, savanna ecology and conservation in West Africa as well as application of research results in natural resource management, community-based rural development.



30 years research in West Africa (Ghana, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Benin)

- Citizen science, use of local peoples knowledge in science and natural resource management

- Participatory approaches to asses local preferences and plan natural resource management

- Applied and multidisciplinary research with focus on ethnobotany, ecology and conservation

- Capacity building in West Africa

- Project coordinator for several Danida and EU projects

- Applied and managed funding and co-supervision for 50 African PhD students

- Teaching especially courses in applied and multivariate statistics, scientific writing and botany

- Natural resource management and community-based carbon forestry

- Quantitative interview methods, statistical and multivariate analyses

- Tree planting and CO2 offsetting

- Biodiversity, conservation, ecology, agroforestry, natural resource management

- Multidisciplinary research


Research and Leadership Experience

2016- Researcher on SHEATHE

2016 Researcher on multidisciplinary projects (TREEFOOD, NEW AFRICAN OILS)

2011-2017 Project leader on Danida project (QUALITREE)

2010-2016 Project leader on EU project (UNDESERT, EU-FP7)

2006-2010 Project leader on EU project (SUN, EU-FP6)

2002-2005 Project leader on Danida project (ENRECA)

2000-2005 Consultancy, World Wildlife Foundation and Global Biodiversity Information Facility

1997-2004 Researcher on multidisciplinary projects (SEREIN, Forest and People in Thailand)

1991- Teaching and course development at Aarhus University (eg Multivariate analysis, Applied statistics, Vegetation ecology, Vegetation analysis, Scientific writing, Plant anatomy and morphology)





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