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 and carbon forestry.



- 25 years of experience working in West Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Benin and Ghana)

- 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 as project coordinator for several Danida and EU projects

- Applied and managed funding and co-supervision for 47 African PhD students

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

- Application of research results for natural resource management and community-based carbon forestry

2011- Project coordinator on QUALITREE, Research-based tree oil production in West Africa (Danida research and development project with 30 participants from Burkina Faso, Mali and Denmark)

2010- Project coordinator on UNDESERT, Understanding and Combating Desertification to Mitigate its Impact on Ecosystem Services (EU-FP7 research project with 60 participants from Benin, Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso, Germany, Scotland and Denmark)

2007-2010 Project coordinator on SUN, Sustainable Use of Natural Vegetation in West Africa (EU-FP6 research project with 50 participants from Benin, Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso, Germany, Italy and Denmark)

2006-2007  Development of and teaching on four new courses in data analysis, applied statistics, multivariate analysis and scientific writing at the Institute of Biological Sciences, Aarhus University

2005 Appraisal for a GBIF, Global Biodiversity Information Facility, node in Ghana

2002-2005 Project coordinator on ENRECA, Enhancement of Research Capacity in West Africa (Danida capacity building project with 30 participants from Senegal, Burkina Faso and Denmark)

2001-2004 Associate professor on SEREIN 2, Sahel-Sudan Environmental Research Initiative (Danida financed multidisciplinary research project in Burkina Faso)

2000 Consultant for WWF, World Wildlife Foundation, evaluation of nature quality and possibilities of nature protection in Northern Niger

1999-2000 Research Fellow on Forest and People in Thailand, natural resource management in Northern Thailand (Ministry of Environment financed multidisciplinary research project in Thailand)

1997-1999 Research Fellow on SEREIN, Sahel-Sudan Environmental Research Initiative (Danida financed multidisciplinary research project in Burkina Faso)

1991-1996 PhD (and master) project on tropical ecology, ethnoecology, vegetation, sustainable use and natural resource management in Senegal (incl. 2 maternal leaves)

1991-  Teaching and course development at Universities in Aarhus (Denmark), Dakar (Senegal), Ouagadougou(Burkina Faso), Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso), Abomey-Calavi (Benin), Niamey (Niger), Morogoro (Tanzania) and Sikasso (Mali). Subjects: Human Security, Ethnobotany, Vegetation ecology, Vegetation analysis, Multivariat analysis, Applied statistics, Biological data analysis, Scientific writing, Tropical ecology, Approaches to development, Plantgeography, Field methods, Plant anatomi and morphology, Plant identification


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