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Frauke Ecke

Frauke Ecke
Landscape ecologist with interest in especially small mammals, their predators and zoonoses, and how they are affected by environmental change

Presentation

I am an Associate Professor and work as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies at SLU, Umeå. Since July 2016, I am responsible for the Swedish National Environmental Monitoring Program for small rodents.

Forskning

Focus of my research is on the population dynamics and landscape ecology of small mammals and their zoonoses in the forest landscape and the small mammals’ trophic interactions in time and space. Another important task is the analysis of the effects of species on their environment (especially beaver) and how species are affected by changes in their environment (landscape, climate; small mammals, Tengmalm’s Owl, Golden Eagle). In the different projects, I take advantage of data sampled within the Swedish National Environmental Monitoring Program for small rodents. The monitoring data are complemented by targeted field studies and experiments.

Bakgrund

Researcher, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden, 2008-2016.

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, 2005-2008.

Postdoc, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Forestry Program, Laxenburg, Austria, 2004-2005.

PhD-student, Department of Civil Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, 1997-2003.

M. Sc. in Biology, University of Uppsala, Sweden, 1996.

Handledning

Main supervisor of PhD students:

Oded Levanoni, Biogeochemical and ecological processes in beaver dams, SLU 2011-2016.

Eva Husson, Landscape responses of aquatic vegetation, SLU 2010-2016.

Hussein Khalil, Ecological & environmental drivers of the emergence & transmission of the zoonosis nephropathia epidemica, SLU, 2013-2017.

Maidul Choudhury, Reduction of nitrogen discharges in mining processes and mitigating its environmental impact, SLU 2014-2018.

Publikationer i urval

Khalil, H., Ecke, F., Evander, M., Magnusson, M. & Hörnfeldt, B. (2016) Declining ecosystem health and the dilution effect. Scientific Reports, 6, 31314.

Khalil, H., Ecke, F., Evander, M. & Hörnfeldt, B. (2016) Selective predation on hantavirus-infected voles by owls and confounding effects from landscape properties. Oecologia, 181: 597-606. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-016-3580-y.

Levanoni, O., Bishop, K., McKie, B., Hartman, G., Eklöf, K. & Ecke, F. (2015) Impact of beaver pond colonization history on methylmercury concentrations in surface water. Environmental Science & Technology. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/ipdf/10.1021/acs.est.5b03146

Magnusson, M., Hörnfeldt, B. & Ecke, F. (2015) Evidence for different drivers behind long-term decline and depression of density in cyclic voles. Population Ecology 1-12 doi:10.1007/s10144-015-0512-3.

Khalil, H., Olsson, G., Ecke, F., Evander, M., Hjertqvist, M., Magnusson, M., Ottosson Löfvenius, M. & Hörnfeldt, B. 2014. The importance of bank vole density and rainy winters in predicting nephropathia epidemica incidence in northern Sweden. PLoS ONE, 9: e111663.

Husson, E., Hagner, O. & Ecke, F. (2014). Unmanned aircraft systems help to map aquatic vegetation. Applied Vegetation Science 17: 567-577.

Ecke, F., Henry, A. & Danell, K. (2014) Landscape-based prediction of the occurrence of the invasive muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus). Annales Zoologici Fennici 51: 325-334.

Ecke, F., Magnusson, M. & Hörnfeldt, B. (2013) Spatiotemporal changes in the landscape structure of forests in northern Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 28 (7): 651-667.

Cornulier, T., Yoccoz, N. G., Bretagnolle, V., Brommer, J. E., Butet, A., Ecke, F., Elston, D.A., Framstad, E., Henttonen, H., Hörnfeldt, B., Huitu, O., Imholt, C., Ims, R. A., Jacob, J., Jedrzejewska, B., Millon, A., Petty, S. J., Pietiäinen, H., Tkadlec, E., Zub, K., & Lambin, X. 2013. Europe-wide dampening of population cycles in keystone herbivores. Science. 5 April 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6128 pp. 63-66.

Bergsten, A., Bodin, Ö. & Ecke, F. (2013) Protected areas in a landscape dominated by logging – A connectivity analysis that integrates varying protection levels with competition–colonization tradeoffs. Biological Conservation 160: 279-288.

Rodushkin, I., Engström, E., Sörlin, D., Baxter, D., Hörnfeldt, B., Nyholm, E. & Ecke, F. (2011) Uptake and accumulation of anthropogenic Os in free-living bank voles (Myodes glareolus). Water Air and Soil Pollution 218: 603-610.

Ecke, F., Christensen, P, Rentz, R., Sandström, P., Nilsson, M. & Hörnfeldt, B. (2010) Landscape structure and the long-term decline of the grey-sided vole. Landscape Ecology: 25: 551-560.

Ecke, F., Christensen, P., Hörnfeldt, B. & Sandström, P. (2006) Identification of landscape elements related to local declines of a boreal grey-sided vole population. Landscape Ecology 21: 485 - 497.

Ecke, F., Löfgren, O. & Sörlin, D. (2002) Population dynamics of small mammals in relation to forest age and structural habitat factors in northern Sweden. Journal of Applied Ecology 39: 781-792.

Länkar

Environmental monitoring of small rodents: http://www.slu.se/mo-smagnagare

Complete list of publications


Kontaktinformation
Universitetslektor vid Institutionen för vilt, fisk och miljö
Telefon: 090-7868642, 070-2636155
Arbetsbeskrivning: My main research interest is the effect of land use and land use change on organisms in aquatic and terrestrial systems. In particular, I study the importance of habitat and landscape connectivity (or its antonym fragmentation) at different spatial scales for the population dynamics of macrophytes, mammals (voles, lemmings, shrews, muskrat, beaver) and birds of prey (golden eagle). In my research, I apply new remote sensing technologies (unmanned aerial vehicles, UAV, generating aerial photographs with a spatial resolution of <5 cm). Of special interest are also spatial and temporal variations in macronutrients and trace elements in biota and aquatic-terrestrial interactions.
Postadress:
Inst för vilt, fisk och miljö
901 83 UMEÅ
Besöksadress: Skogsmarksgränd, Umeå