Movement and Population Ecology

Movement and Population Ecology
Theme leaders: Francesca Cagnacci,  Øyvind Steifetten and Erlend Nilsen

Ecology is fundamentally spatial, as all processes, from individual survival to inter-individual competition, to population distribution, depend on the ecological context. The availability of outstanding tools to record and quantify both individual animal movement and ecosystem characteristics has spurred lots of interest in this domain. This Thematic group aims at training PhD students in the advanced technologies and methodologies that constitute the state-of-the-art of such research domain, while also focusing on the main applied questions that can be addressed by the study of animal movement and landscapes. Hence, we aim at translating general approaches of the ecological theory into problem-solving tools for current and pressing issues in applied ecology, such as, for example, connectivity, fragmentation, climate change impact, and effect of anthropogenic resources on wildlife communities.

Understanding how wildlife populations develop and function is becoming ever more important in a world where populations are increasingly subjected to new challenges. This especially concerns applied sciences such as wildlife management and conservation biology. The proposed group will be a sub-group of the “Movement and spatial ecology” group, but will focus more on how basic demographic and environmental factors affect the development, dynamics and viability of populations. However, the two groups are not completely separated, neither formally nor scientifically; topics covered in the former group are likely to also be relevant to members of this group. Teaching will have both a theoretical and a practical (e.g. methods/tools to estimate population density and viability) approach. Most importantly, the group will act as a forum where individual students can present their own research, and share with others any questions, problems or possible solutions related to different aspects of population ecology and dynamics.



Partner Institute Name Surname Contact
Aarhus University Henning Heldbjerg
Aarhus University Michael Munk
Aarhus University Nynne Hjort Nielsen
Aarhus University Simon Schowanek
Aarhus University Rune Skjold Tjørnløv
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment Anjan Katna
Fondazione Edmund Mach Johannes De Groeve
Fondazione Edmund Mach Cristina Fevola
Fondazione Edmund Mach Kaja Kandare
Fondazione Edmund Mach Nathan Ranc
Fondazione Edmund Mach Paola Semenzato
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences Degitu Endale Borecha
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences Ane Eriksen
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences Alina Evans
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences Anne Randi Græsli
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences Kaja Johnsen
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences Benjamin McKeown E-Mail
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences David Carricondo Sanchez
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences Bert van der Veen
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences Zea Walton
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research NINA Signe Christensen-Dalsgaard
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research NINA Lars R. Eriksen
Norwegian University of Life Sciences NMBU Rannveig Jacobsen
Norwegian University of Life Sciences NMBU Cathrine Torjussen
Norwegian University of Life Sciences NMBU Mahdieh Tourani
University College of Southeast Norway Jean-Marc Costanzi
University College of Southeast Norway Shane Frank
University College of Southeast Norway Martin Mayer
University College of Southeast Norway Niranjan Parulekar
University College of Southeast Norway Odbayar Tumendemberel
University College of Southeast Norway Ikumi Umetani
University of Aberdeen Andronikos Kafas
University of Aberdeen Ewan McHenry
University of Aberdeen William Morgan
University of Aberdeen Laura Williamson



NameInstitutionProject titleE-mail
Victoria GonzálezUniversity of TromsøEcological role of the dwarf shrub Empetrum nigrum - what controls the expansion of an allelopathic plant?
Erla SturludóttirUniversity of IcelandStatistical analysis of trends in data from ecological
Robert FittUniversity of
Claire DaviesUniversity of AberdeenParasite dynamics and community richness in a naturally fragmented water vole (Arvicola amphibious)
Rupert HaughtonUniversity of
Sri Mulyati University of AberdeenGovernance of forest tenure & conflict in
Maria KayeUniversity of
Ewan McHenryUniversity of AberdeenDoing more with less: optimising invasive American mink control for conservation of water voles and other riparian
William MorganUniversity of AberdeenDispersal at low density: optimising strategies for species restoration and assisted
Rupert HoughtonUniversity of AberdeenBarriers of acting now to protect the future: American crayfish invasion of Scotland as a
Anastasia FountouliUniversity of AberdeenAre pH driven shifts to soil physical structure caused by chemical or biological processes?
Zara Morris-TrainorUniversity of AberdeenImpact of cashmere production on snow leopard and wild ungulate conservation in the South Gobi,
Dagma Nadja HennerUniversity of AberdeenModelling Ecosystem Service Impacts of Bioenergy Production in
Lynn Michele WilburUniversity of AberdeenBringing MARINe protocols to the south Pacific to determine community structure, biogeographic patterns, and regime change in Peruvian rocky intertidal
Patricia M. GrafUniversity College of Southeast NorwayBehavioural sex differences in the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber)
Helga V. TinnesandUniversity College of Southeast NorwayOlfactory communication in carnivores, a study of two different social systems – the brown bear (Ursus arctos) and European badger (Meles meles)
Eva M. StøaUniversity College of Southeast NorwayEnergy expenditure among obese and type II diabetics, training interventions, testing and genomic
Shea A. SundstølUniversity College of Southeast NorwayEcology of lichen heaths in Southern Norwegian mountains: substrate and climate characteristics and predictions of possible vegetation changes as a result of future climate
Kjersti S. KvieUniversity College of Southeast NorwayGenetic structure and gene flow in diverging populations of wild Norwegian reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) in fragmented
Asle ØkelsrudUniversity College of Southeast NorwayImpact of selenium on mercury concentration in
Anja GabrielsenUniversity College of Southeast NorwayEducation for sustainable development, teaching ecology as an introduction to student understanding?
Hannah B. CrossUniversity College of Southeast NorwayTerritoriality and olfactory communication in the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber)
Roisin Campbell-PalmerUniversity College of Southeast NorwayHow conservation projects can impact on the individual health and welfare of Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber)
Gauri BandekarUniversity College of Southeast NorwayImportance of air and soil temperatures for bioclimatic delimitations in Norwegian
Niranjan ParulekarUniversity College of Southeast NorwayOccurrence of heterotrophic bacteria in cyanobacteria blooms world
Marianne OlsenUniversity College of Southeast NorwayEcosystem effects of mercury contaminated
Valeriya FilipovaUniversity College of Southeast NorwayImproving the methods for estimating extreme floods for dam
Shane FrankUniversity College of Southeast NorwayThe social organization of brown bears: spatio-temporal life history strategies and their fitness
Martin MayerUniversity College of Southeast NorwayThe social organization in Eurasian
Priyank Sharad Nimje University College of Southeast NorwayThe effect of social organization on genetic estimates of fitness in Eurasian
Jean-Marc CostanziUniversity College of Southeast NorwayThe effect of habitat isolation on rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) population dynamics and
Ikumi UmetaniUniversity College of Southeast NorwayFatty acid production in
Örjan JohanssonSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences, GrimsöSpatial ecology and predation patterns of snow
Malin AronssonSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Grimsö
Lovisa NilssonSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Grimsö
Ann EklundSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Grimsö
Therese Sivertsen Swedish University of Agricultural SciencesReindeer and brown bear interactions and space use in the boreal
Pablo GarridoSwedish Universit of Agricultural Sciences, SkinnskattebergCultural oak landscapes as green infrastructures for biodiversity conservation and human well-being. Learning from a latitudinal north-south case study
Vladimir NaumovSwedish Universit of Agricultural Sciences, SkinnskattebergIntensification of wood production and conservation of forest biodiversity in boreal Europe: trade-offs towards sustainable forest
Natalie StryametsSwedish Universit of Agricultural Sciences, SkinnskattebergUse and governance of non-wood forest products in transition and market economies: case studies in Ukraine, Russia and
Elisabeth WallinSwedish Universit of Agricultural Sciences, SkinnskattebergSeedling vitality and field
Ewa OrlikowskaSwedish Universit of Agricultural Sciences, SkinnskattebergEvaluating Natura 2000 sites for conservation of
Anna JanssonNovia/
Julia ScheininNovia/AroniaUnderstanding changes in sea duck populations - role of food resources in the decline of the Baltic Sea Eider
Anna-Karin AlménNovia/
Karen LoeNorwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)LiDAR, habitat structure and the ecology of ungulates in a landscape of
Signe Christensen-DalsgaardNorwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)Offshore wind power plants - Effect on
Tania ZakowskiNorwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)Effect of hydropeaking on benthic macroinvertebrate communities in Norwegian
Øyvind SolemNorwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
Helene FigariNorwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
Kristin Odden NystuenNord-Trøndelag University CollegeAlpine plant community consequences of willow shrub
Anne HertelNMBUPotential effects of climate change on brown bear population ecology and bear-caused human
Erik Francis AcanakwoNMBUEcological significance of termites: Influence on large herbivores and bats in a Savanna
Daniel NyqvistKarlstad UniversityDownstream migration and passage of Atlantic salmon in regulated
Torfinn JahrenHedmark University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural SciencesSpatial and temporal factors affecting nest survival in capercaillie and black grouse – Perspective, mechanisms and
Rosemary MrambaHedmark University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural
Obeid MahenyaHedmark University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural SciencesBrowsing by giraffe in a heterogeneous savanna in Arusha National Park,
Kaja JohnsenHedmark University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural ScienceThe effect of climate on vole population
Marcel Schrijvers-GonlagHedmark University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural ScienceSignificance of vole browsing in plant-herbivore interactions in the boreal
Cyril MilleretHedmark University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural ScienceSpatio-temporal variation in individual performance and population dynamics of wolves in
Marius Hagen Hassve Hedmark University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural ScienceAssessing management units in the polymorphic arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus L.)
Degitu Endale Borecha Hedmark University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural ScienceRate of natal philopatry and dispersal in grouse
Jo Inge BreisjøbergetHedmark University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Applied Ecology and Agricultural ScienceFramtidens rypeforvaltning i,
Federico OssiFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Ecological determinants of roe deer spatial behaviour and movement in the
Rachele NieriFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)agricultural entomology
Cristina FevolaFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)virus evolution and
Emily PascoeFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)host-parasite
Matteo MarcantonioFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM) GIS and remote
Giovanni MariniFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)
Alessandro FranzoiFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Animal Ecology through Stable Isotope
Sajid PareethFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Rapid warming of large lakes in Italy: assessment of trends and impacts using long-term in situ and satellite-based data (WarmLakes)
Cleopatra LeontidouFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Biodiversity of alpine air samples: a high throughput plant species identification on environmental
Camilla CapelliFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Anatoxin producing cyanobacteria in the large lakes south of the Alps: colonization rates, detection of new producers and molecular identification methods (CYANO_-D)
Alexis MarchesiniFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Rana temporaria in the alpine region of Trentino: landscape genetics and study of the interactions between genetic diversity, amphibian species diversity and ecosystem
Mauro PaoliniFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Innovative methods for isotopic analysis in organic fractions of nitrogen to enable the traceability of
Johannes De GroeveFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)A wildlife journey in space and time: methodological advancements in the assessment and analysis of spatiotemporal patterns of animal movement in a changing European
Nathan RancFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Forecasting the effects of global change on ungulate spatial
Kaja KandareFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Remote sensing data fusion techniques for the analysis of forest
Jeroen PullensFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Peatland organic soil
Umberto SalvagninFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Genetic Engineering manuipulation of terpenes biosynthesis in Vitis vinifera for the control of the Grapevine Moth, Lobesia
Tiziana OppedisanoFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)New insights into the biology and ecology of the insect vetors of apple proliferation for the development of sustainable control
Adam CieplinskiFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Rotifer cryptic diversity along alitutude (RotiAlti)
Juan Sebastian Lopez FernandezFondazione Edmund Mach (FEM)Endophytes: a new therapy for healthy , high quailty]
Sylvie Pighini FEMEmission of Greenhouse Gas from lakes in the Alpine
Paola SemenzatoFEMMovement ecology of female Alpine ibex (Capra ibex)
Rikke Reisner Hansen Aarhus University, Department of BioscienceClimate change responses of insects and spiders on
Stine Højlund Pedersen Aarhus University, Department of BioscienceUpscaling climate change effects for Arctic terrestrial ecosystems to regional and continent scale using SnowModel, remote sensing and process knowledge from Greenland Ecosystem Monitoring
Pil Birkefeldt Møller PedersenAarhus University, Department of BioscienceEcological opportunities and consequences of a new approach towards nature management based on reestablishment of diverse wild megafauna (rewilding),
Nynne Hjort NielsenAarhus University Harbour porpoises in Greenland: abundance, movement, dive behaviour and
Rune Skjold TjørnløvAarhus UniversityEstimation of demographic parameters and population modelling of the Baltic-Wadden Sea flyway population of Common eiders Somateria
Henning HeldbjergAarhus UniversityCitizen Science based bird population
Valentina ImparatoAarhus UniversityLinks between microbial and protozoan diversity, and soil ecosystem
Rasmus Østegaard PedersenAarhus
Caroline Ernberg SimonsenAarhus UniversityModelling spatial distribution, the effect of scaring and economic cost of Pink-footed geese during spring staging in
Anjan KatnaAshoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the EnvironmentMovement strategies among sympatric mesocarnivores in human-dominated
Odbayar TumendemberelUniversity College of Southeast NorwayEcological genetics and taxonomy of Gobi bear (Ursus arctos)
Thida SweUniversity College of Southeast NorwayDevelopment of a classification system for lakes in Myanmar based on phytoplankton and aquatic macrophytes comparable to the
Sannija Goleva-FjelletUniversity College of Southeast NorwayPhysical activity and health: age, genes and
Svenja KroegerUniversity of
Amanda TraskUniversity of
Andronikos KafasUniversity of AberdeenSpace competition between marine resource users in Marine Spatial
Keziah HobsonUniversity of AberdeenAssessing the economic and conservation impacts of the pine marten, a recovering predator, on non-native grey squirrels, and forest land
José van PaassenUniversity of AberdeenUpland management to enhance carbon sequestration: the role of
Roman SusdorfUniversity of AberdeenModelling the Effect from Sea Lice on Population Dynamics in Wild Atlantic
Deon RoosUniversity of Aberdeen multi-scale bio-economic approach to optimising the management of emerging rodent crop
Laura WilliamsonUniversity of AberdeenSpatio-temporal variation in harbour porpoise distribution and
Francesca ManciniUniversity of AberdeenManaging the wildlife tourism