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Tim Hofmeester

Postdoc within the Scandcam and Beyond Moose projects. Interested in human-wildlife conflict, predator-prey interactions and zoonotic diseases. Camera trapper

Presentation

I am an animal ecologist interested in human-wildlife conflict in the broadest sense (including browsing damage, zoonotic diseases, and traffic accidents). In this aspect, I am also interested in predator-prey interactions and how people influence these interactions.

My main tool to study animals are camera traps, although I don't shy away from other sources of information such as GPS collars or genetic data. I am involved in further development of camera trap deployment and data analysis.

I gave a TED talk at TEDx Ede in 2016, which can be viewed here:

The carnivore effect - from fairy tales to reality

Teaching

I give some lectures in the Applied Population Ecology course (MX0121)

I coordinate a series of PhD courses entitled 'Ecology for non-ecologists' which is organised by the department of wildlife, fish and environmental studies and the research school ECOS (Ecology & Society). The series contains three courses: 'populations, communities and ecosystems', 'resources, competition and predation' and 'conservation ecology'.

Research

My work is currently focussed on two projects.

Scandcam (https://www.researchgate.net/project/SCANDCAM) is a collaboration between SLU and NINA in Norway that studies mammal communities using camera traps. Our main goal is to utilize data from a camera trapping grid that was deployed to study Lynx family groups to study interactions between species within the whole mammal community.

Beyond Moose (http://www.wildliferesearch.se/beyond-moose.html) studies the interactions between different ungulate species in multi-species communities. I am mainly involved in using camera traps to study these interactions.

Cooperation

I work together with researchers at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)

Background

2012-2016 PhD in disease ecology at Wageningen University, the Netherlands

2009 - 2011 MSc (with distinction) in Ecology at Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Supervision

Currently I (co-)supervise one PhD student Nannet Fabri and several MSc students. 

If you are interested in doing an MSc thesis topic with me, please feel free to contact me.

Selected publications

Tim R Hofmeester, Patrick A Jansen, Hendrikus J Wijnen, E Claudia Coipan, Manoj Fonville, Herbert H T Prins, Hein Sprong & Sip E van Wieren (2017) Cascading effects of predator activity on tick-borne disease risk. Proceedings of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences 284: 20170453. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0453

Tim R Hofmeester, J Marcus Rowcliffe & Patrick A Jansen (2017) A simple method for estimating the effective detection distance of camera traps. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 3: 81-89. doi: 10.1002/rse2.25

Tim R Hofmeester, Hein Sprong, Patrick A Jansen, Herbert H T Prins & Sip E van Wieren (2017) Deer presence rather than deer abundance determines the population density of the sheep tick, Ixodes ricinus, in Dutch forests. Parasites & Vectors 10: 433. doi:10.1186/s13071-017-2370-7.

Tim R Hofmeester, J Marcus Rowcliffe & Patrick A Jansen (2017) Quantifying the availability of vertebrate hosts to ticks: a camera-trapping approach. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 4: 115. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2017.00115.


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