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Christian Fohringer

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PhD Student at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies. Conducting research on the cumulative effects of land-use and climate change on animals and local communities in the Arctic.

Presentation

My PhD project is embedded in Research Task 2 of Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities (REXSAC): Impacts of multiple pressures on Arctic landscapes and societies. My research focusses on how reindeer and moose are affected by land-use and climate change in Swedish Sapmi. Therefore, I model GPS positions of animals and look into underlying physiological processes in response to their exposure to a multitude of stressors by including Sami knowledge.

The goal is to develop a social-ecological movement modelling approach that goes beyond correlative or species distribution models and provides a predictive tool that can be used in developing diverse future land use scenarios, developed with and for community users and geared toward adaptation strategies in a changing world.

I have a diverse background in aquatic and terrestrial ecology as well as behavioural ecology conservation medicine. My research interests are in the area of applied ecology, especially in relation to animal’s adaptive capacities to extreme environments, such as the Arctic. I advocate for community-based participatory research to be combined with developing models that integrate the effects of climate change and disturbances associated with land use changes and pollution.

Teaching

2017: Ecology for non-ecologists, Conservation ecology (2 ECTS, Advanced level), Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, SLU Umeå.

Background

2014-2016: M.Sc. in Wildlife Ecology and Wildlife Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

2012-2016: 1st Dipl. in Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria

2009-2013: B.Sc. in Biology, University of Innsbruck, Austria

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May – June 2016: Conservation Science and Leadership Course Pacific Biodiversity Institute, Washington, USA

March-May 2014: Master‘s courses in Arctic Biology, The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway

Links

https://www.rexsac.org/