Wildlife and predators

Last changed: 05 December 2018

Our research provides a scientific basis for the management of Swedish wildlife and predators. Information is needed on how the animals live and where in Sweden they are found, alongside biological studies. We also conduct research on people’s attitudes to predators and what can be done to reduce the conflict between humans and wildlife.


All publications from the Department of Ecology.   Follow Facebook and our news flow  if you are interested in news about our projects and results. You can also find publications at researchers cv-pages.

Research groups

The department consists of eight major research groups  Contact the Wildlife Ecology Group

Examples of projects

Skandulv – the Scandinavian Wolf Project

Skandulvs web site 

Contact: Camilla Wikenros

Claws and laws

Laws and claws website

Contact: Guillaume Chapron

The Swedish Wolverine Project

The Wolverine Project 

Contact: Jens Persson

Demography, genetics and ecosystem effects of the Scandinavian wolf population

Contact: Håkan Sand

Do wind turbines influence capercaillie? - An international comparison      

Contact: Henrik Andren

When the snow melts: Carnivore ecology and management in changing times

Contact: Jens Persson

The return of the wolf – consequences for sustainable use of natural resources

Contact: Håkan Sand 

The scale and consequences of large carnivore lethal management

Contact: Guillaume Chapron

Dispersal patterns, genetic structure and forecasting establishment of lynx in expanding populations

Contact: Henrik Andren

Mitigating conflicts between conservation and farming: Predicting hotspots of crop damage caused by large grazing birds at national and local level

Contact: Johan Månsson

Movement and foraging patterns of large grazing birds in agriculture areas

Contact: Johan Månsson, Lovisa Nilsson


Those of us who research on wildlife and predators are based at Grimsö research station, situated in Lindesberg municipality in Bergslagen. The research station was established in 1974 as an ecological research station with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency as its accountable authority. Since 1992, Grimsö has been part of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). Grimsö constitutes the Wildlife Ecology section of the Department of Ecology. Today it is also a member of SITES, a national infrastructure of field research stations financed by the Swedish Research Council.

The Swedish Wildlife Damage Centre, which informs and educates authorities and farmers about damage caused by protected wildlife and how to prevent it, is also based at Grimsö. In our research we apply and provide new ecological knowledge in order to enable biological diversity to be preserved and allow us to make use of wildlife and forest natural resources in a sustainable way.


Henrik Andren, professor viltekologi
Department of Ecology, SLU
henrik.andren@slu.se   +46 (0)581-697302, +46 (0)70-2184406

Petter Kjellander, Professor
Department of Ecology, SLU
petter.kjellander@slu.se +46 (0)581-697337    

Camilla Wikenros, researcher, SKANDULV
Department of Ecology                       
camilla.wikenros@slu.se 0581-697344