Lisa Malm is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Umeå University, Sweden. She is an ecologist who studies species interactions within ecosystems or food webs, and how human activities can impact on such interactions. Her current research investigates how metal pollution from mining affects aquatic invertebrate food for nestling birds, and the importance of aquatic food sources for nestlings.
Prior to that she completed her PhD at Newcastle University and the James Hutton Institute, where she looked at how changes in landscape management affects upland birds and arthropods, with focus on the breeding outcome and diet of meadow pipits. The study was carried out in Glen Finglas, Scotland, where a long term experiment examining the effects of different grazing intensities on upland plants and animals has been running since 2003. At Newcastle, she helped to develop metabarcoding techniques to identify prey DNA of insectivorous birds, which was then used to compare the diets of birds under different management types.