I work both as a postdoctoral reseracher at the department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Sciences at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå and at the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the USA (http://labs.russell.wisc.edu/landscape/). I focus my research on the impact of climate change on ecosystems and biodiversity. Please also see my personal website http://anouschkahof.weebly.com/
I also lead an ongoing project aimed at the conservation of the locally endangered black guillemot population in the Baltic Sea region in collaboration with The Ume River Delta Field Station and others. You can read all about this project on the following website http://project-black-guillemot.weebly.com/
I am interested in nature conservation and wildlife ecology, and have a special interest in predator-prey relationships, meta-populations and interactions between taxa and their environment. I like to combine modelling techniques with fieldwork to get a better understanding of how species are faring, now and in the future. Although I work with a variety of taxa, I mostly focus on mammals and birds.
- 2011 - 2015: Postdoctoral researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå. Assessing the impact of future climate change on boreal forest ecosystem communities (50% up to December 2014, 100% from January 2015, shared with a position as researcher at Umeå University, see below).
- 2012 - 2014: Researcher at Umeå University. Assessing the impact of future changes in land use and climate subarctic biodiversity (50%, shared with a position as researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, see above).
- 2010 - 2012: Postdoctoral researcher at Umeå University. Assessing the impact of future climate change on the biodiversity of protected areas in the Barents region.
- 2009: Postdoctoral researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London. The impact of predator presence and food availability on location and behaviour of hedgehogs.
- 2006 - 2009: PhD: Mammal ecology, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
- 2005 - 2006: Research technician at international nature conservation organisation A Rocha Portugal.
- 1997 - 2004: BSc and MSc: Tropical Landuse, specialisation nature conservation tropics, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Summary: 18 peer-reviewed papers in international scientific journals, books and book chapters, 2 Non peer-reviewed publications with international coverage, 9 Proceedings and other scientific reports, and 1 popular science publication. Invited speaker at 12 (inter)national conferences and symposia. Speaker/presenter at 14 (inter)national conferences, 3 invited popular science oral presentations. Citation statistics: Google Scholar: 236 citations, H-index = 9, i10 = 9.
Peer reviewed articles and communications in international journals and book chapters
18) Hof AR, Rodríguez-Castañeda G, Allen AM, Jansson R, Nilsson C. Online first. Ecological Applications. The vulnerability of Subarctic and Arctic breeding birds. Doi: 10.1002/eap.1434
17) Hof AR, Bright PW. 2016. Quantifying the long-term decline of the West European hedgehog in England by subsampling citizen-science datasets. European Journal of Wildlife Research 62: 407. Doi:10.1007/s10344-016-1013-1
16) Fuentes-Hurtado M, Hof AR, Jansson R. 2016. Paleodistribution modeling suggests glacial refugia in Scandinavia and out-of-Tibet range expansion of the Arctic fox. Ecology and Evolution 6:170-180. Doi: 10.1002/ece3.1859
15) Hof AR, Svahlin A. 2016. Not erroneous but cautious conclusions about the potential effect of climate change on the geographical distribution of insect pest species in the Swedish boreal forest. Response to Björklund et al. (2015) Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. 31:128-129. Doi: 10.1080/02827581.2015.1079644
14) Hof AR, Svahlin A. 2016. The potential effect of climate change on the geographical distribution of insect pest species in the Swedish boreal forest. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research, 31:29-39. Doi: 10.1080/02827581.2015.1052751
13) Hof AR, Jansson R, Nilsson C. 2015. Future biodiversity in the Barents Region. TemaNord, ISSN 0908-6692; 2015:519. Copenhagen: Nordisk Ministerråd, pp. 101. Doi: 10.6027/TN2015-519.
12) Hof AR. 2015. Alien species in a warming climate: a case study of the nutcracker and stone pines. Biological Invasions, 17:1533-1543. Doi: 10.1007/s10530-014-0813-z
11) Jørgensen D, Nilsson C, Hof AR, Maher Hasselquist E, Baker S, Stuart Chapin III F, Eckerberg K, Hjältén J, Polvi L, Meyerson LA. 2014. Policy language in restoration ecology. Restoration Ecology, 22:1-4. Doi: 10.1111/rec.12069
10) Hof AR, Jansson R, Nilsson C. 2012. How biotic interactions may alter future predictions of species distributions: future threats to the persistence of the arctic fox in Fennoscandia. Diversity and Distributions, 18:554-562. Doi: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00876.x
9) Hof AR, Jansson R, Nilsson C. 2012. The usefulness of elevation as a predictor variable in species distribution modelling. Ecological Modelling, 246:86-90. Doi: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2012.07.028
8) Hof AR, Jansson R, Nilsson C. 2012. Future climate change will favour non specialist mammals in the (Sub)arctics. PLoS ONE 7(12): e52574. Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0052574
7) Rodríguez-Castañeda G, Hof AR, Jansson R, Harding LE. 2012. Predicting the Fate of Biodiversity Using Species’ Distribution Models: Enhancing Model Comparability and Repeatability. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44402. (Joined first authorship) Doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044402
6) Hof AR, Snellenberg J, Bright PW. 2012. Food or fear? Predation risk mediates edge-refuging in an insectivorous mammal. Animal Behaviour, 83:1099-1106. Doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.01.042
5) Hof AR, Bright PW. 2012. Factors affecting hedgehog presence on farmland as assessed by a questionnaire survey. Acta Theriologica, 57:79-88. Doi: 10.1007/s13364-011-0044-y
4) Hof AR. 2011. European terrestrial gastropod distribution. How may climate change affect their diversity and current distribution. In: Bianchi, A. and Fields, J. (eds), Gastropods: Diversity, Habitat and Genetics. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, New York pp. 165-182.
3) Hof AR, Bright PW. 2010. The impact of grassy field margins on macro-invertebrate abundance in adjacent arable fields. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 139:280-283. Doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2010.08.014
2) Hof AR, Bright PW. 2010. The value of agri-environment schemes for macro-invertebrate feeders: hedgehogs on arable farms in Britain. Animal Conservation, 13:467-473. Doi: 10.1111/j.1469-1795.2010.00359.x
1) Hof AR, Bright PW. 2009. The value of green-spaces in built-up areas for hedgehogs. Lutra, 52:69-82.
Non peer-reviewed publications with international coverage
2) Hof AR. 2007. Monitoring the Little Owl Athena noctua on Quinta da Rocha. In: Simonson W. (ed.), A Rocha Portugal Observatory Report, 2005-06. Associação A Rocha, Portimão, Portugal pp. 3-9.
1) Hof AR. 2007. Cruzinha Weather report 2005. In: Simonson W. (ed.), A Rocha Portugal Observatory Report, 2005-06. Associação A Rocha, Portimão, Portugal pp. 66-71.
Proceedings and other scientific reports
9) Hof AR, Svahlin A. 2014. Increasing spread of pest species in the boreal forest. Report to the Anna och Nils Håkanssons Stiftelse.
8) Hof AR, Snellenberg J. 2010. Local variations in small scale movements of hedgehogs in rural areas. A report to Peoples’ Trust for Endangered Species, and British Hedgehog Preservation Society, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
7) Hof AR. 2009. A study of the current status of the hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus), and its decline in Great Britain since 1960. PhD thesis, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.
6) Hof AR, Bright PW. 2008. Changes in the occurrence of hedgehogs in Britain. Mammalian Biology, Special issue to volume 73:17-17. Conference proceedings of the 82nd Annual Meeting of the German Society of Mammalogy, Vienna, Austria.
5) Hof AR. 2006. Habitat mapping of the higher grounds of the Ria de Alvor, Algarve, Portugal. Report for A Rocha Portugal, Mexilhoeira Grande, Portugal.
4) Hof AR. 2004. The diet and habitat selection of the stingless bee Mellipona beecheii, La Palma, Chalatenango, El Salvador. MSc thesis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
3) Hof AR. 2004. NDVI in relation to the quality and quantity of the grassland vegetation, Okavango delta, Botswana. Extracurricular project report, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
2) Hof AR. 2003. The influence of heavy metals in the soil on territory size and the food availability of the black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa). (in Dutch) MSc thesis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
1) Hof AR. 2001. A study of the mineral quality and quantity of grassland vegetation in relation to the diversity of large herbivores, Okavango Delta Botswana. BSc thesis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Popular science publications
1) Hof AR. 2009. Research on English hedgehogs. Hedgehogs in trouble? Zoogdier, 20 (1):3-6 (In Dutch).