Short CV/Education and training


  • Since 2022
    Senior Researcher, Department of Ecoscience, Aarhus University, Aarhus

  • 2009 – 2022
    Senior Researcher, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Silkeborg

  • 2001 – 2008
    Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Aarhus

  • 1997 – 2000
    Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Aarhus University, Aarhus


  • Since 2000
    Supplementary courses in Carbon Essentials and Greenhouse Gas Projects, Carbon Validation, Project Management, Statistics, Multivariate Analysis and Pedagogy for Teaching

  • 1996
    PhD in Tropical Ecology, Aarhus University, Denmark

  • 1993
    Cand. Scient. in Biology, Aarhus University, Denmark

Selected publications

  • Lykke AM, Gregresen SB, Padonou E, Bassolé I, Dalsgaard TK. 2021. Potentials of unconventional seed oils from West African trees: A review of fatty acid composition and perspectives. Lipids 56: 357-390 (IF 4.8)

  • Asibey MO, King RS, Lykke AM, Inkoom DKB. 2021. Urban planning trends on e-waste management in Ghanaian cities. Cities 108: 102943 (IF 5.8)

  • Bayen P, Lykke AM, Kagambèga FW, Bognounou F, Thiombiano A. 2021. Effect of water stress on growth and dry matter distribution of four dryland species used in tree planting in the Sahel. Forestry 13: 1-9 (IF 2.2)

  • Bayen P, Lykke AM, Moussa BM, Bognounou F, Thiombiano A. 2020. Effects of three different restoration techniques on soil water content, survival and growth of Senegalia seedlings on semi-arid degraded lands in Burkina Faso. Tropical Conservation Science 13:1-9 (IF 2.0)

  • Wireko-Gyebi RS, King RS, Braimah I, Lykke AM. 2020. Local knowledge of risks associated with Artisanal Small-scale Mining in Ghana. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics 28: 528-535 (IF 2.1)

  • Asibey MO, Lykke AM, King RS. 2020. Understanding the factors for increased informal electronic waste recycling in Kumasi, Ghana. International Journal of Environmental Health Research 32: 305–320 (IF 3.4)

  • Lykke AM, Padonou EA. 2019. Carbohydrates, proteins, fats and other essential components of food from native trees in West Africa. Heliyon 5: e01744 (IF 2.9)

  • Lankoandé B, Lykke AM, Boussim JI, Ouédraogo A. 2019. Structure, plant diversity and future management of Pentadesma butyracea stands, an endangered oil tree species in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Forestry cpz034 (IF 2.1)

  • Lankoande B, Ouédraogo A, Boussim JI, Lykke AM. 2017. Identification of determining traits of seed production in Carapa procera and Pentadesma butyracea, two native oil trees from riparian forests of Burkina Faso, West Africa. Biomass and Bioenergy 102: 37-43 (IF 5.1)

  • Greve M, Reyers B, Lykke AM, Svenning JC. 2013. Spatial optimization of carbon-stocking projects across Africa integrating stocking potential with co-benefits and feasibility. Nature Communications 4:2975 (IF 14.9)

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Innovative Forests for Curbing Climate Change while Integrating Biodiversity, Nutrient Retention, and Recreation in Denmark (INNO4EST). Partner, funded by Innovation Fund Denmark, since 2022

  • Development of and teaching international course in Environmental Governance at Local Level. Partner, funded by Danida, since 2022

  • Climate Change Resilience of Ecosystem Services in Ghana and Burkina Faso (CRES). Partner, funded by Danida, since 2021

  • From Research to Marketing of New African Oils for Food and Cosmetics (NEW AFRICAN OILS). Project leader, funded by Aarhus University Synergy Projects, 2018 – 2020

  • Reducing Malnutrition through Food Supplements from Native Tree Species in Sub-Saharan Africa (TREEFOOD). Partner, funded by Agropolis, Cariplo, Carasso Foundations, 2017 – 2020

  • Xenobiotics and Heavy Metals in Ghana (SHEATHE). Partner, funded by Danida, 2016 – 2021

  • Research-Based Tree Oil Production in West Africa (QUALITREE). Project leader, funded by Danida, 2011 – 2016

  • Understanding and Combating Desertification to Mitigate its Impact on Ecosystem Services (UNDESERT). Project leader, funded by EU-FP7, 2010 – 2016

  • Sustainable Use of Natural Vegetation in West Africa (SUN). Project leader, Project leader, funded by EU-FP6, 2007 – 2011

  • Appraisal for a Global Biodiversity Information Facility Node in Ghana. Partner, funded by Global Biodiversity Information Facility, 2005

  • Enhancement of Research Capacity in West Africa (ENRECA). Project leader, funded by Danida, 2002 – 2005

  • Sahel-Sudan Environmental Research Initiative (SEREIN 2). Partner, funded by Danida, 2001 – 2004

  • Evaluation of nature quality and possibilities of nature protection in Northern Niger (Aïr-Ténéré National Park). Partner, funded by World Wildlife Foundation, 2000

  • Natural Resource Management in Northern Thailand (Forest and People in Thailand). Partner, funded by Danish Ministry of Environment, 1999 – 2000

  • Sahel-Sudan Environmental Research Initiative (SEREIN). Partner, funded by Danida, 1997 – 1999

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Board member at B4Trees (Forest Certification Consultancy)

  • Chair and reveiwer for Swedish Research Council, Stockholm

  • Reviewer for International Foundation for Science, Stockholm

  • Reviewer for Academy of Finland

  • Vice-chair and reviewer for EU programs (Marie Skłodowska Curie, Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters, Research, Innovation and Science Policy)

  • Reveiver for European Joint Programme SOIL

  • Evaluator of Natural science master programs at University of Copenhagen

  • Reviever for several scientific journals

Media coverage

Additional qualifications

  • Teaching and development of several university courses (bachelor, master and Phd level) in Denmark and Africa, e.g. Multivariat Analysis, Applied Statistics, Tropical Ecology, Human Security, Ethnobotany, Field Methods, Vegetation Ecology, Vegetation Analysis, Approaches to Development, Scientific Writing, Plantgeography, Plant Anatomi and Morphology, Plant Identification

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Standard software for writing, calculations, presentatations, data handling as well as statistics (JMP) and multivariate analysis (PAST, PCORD)


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