Wildlife Ecology

Last changed: 02 June 2021

Our research provides a scientific base for the Swedish management of wild animals and birds. This necessitates information on how the animals live, their location in Sweden and genetic studies. We also conduct research on the attitudes of human beings towards predatory animals and what you can do to reduce conflicts between humans and wildlife.

Our wildlife researchers are based on Grimsö Wildlife Research Station.

Wildlife in the agricultural landscape

Professor Petter Kjellander develops the subject of wildlife ecology with specialisation in wildlife and damage caused by wild animals in the agricultural landscape. This should be contextualised in the perspective of the ongoing development of new rural-based companies linked to hunting and ecotourism which recently are on the rise in much of Sweden as well as abroad.

Three major questions are:

  • Land use conflicts, such as between animal husbandry and a spreading and increasing wolf population or between agriculture and the increasing numbers of wild boar.
  • The spread of disease between people and animals and between food-producing animals and wildlife.
  • The restoration of lost ecosystems’ flora and fauna.

These issues are already important today, but a better foundation in modern biological, economic, medical and social sciences research is needed in order to find long-term, ecologically sustainable solutions which are acceptable to stakeholders in contemporary societies and landscapes under continuous transformation.

Staff at Wildlife Ecology - Agriculture (more about publications and projects at the researchers CV-pages)

Wildlife in forest

Henrik Andren´s research group focuses on population dynamics and ecology of wildlife, as well as the processes, which affect the distribution and density of wildlife in the forest landscape. Among other things, the research looks into the interaction between predators and their prey. We are investigating and predicting the impact of various management actions (such as hunting strategies) and land use (e.g., forestry and infrastructure) on wildlife populations.

Staff at Wildlife Ecology - Forest (more about publications and projects at the researchers CV-pages)

Part of SITES

Grimsö Wildlife Research Station is part of SITES ( Swedish Infrastructure for Ecosystem Science), where Grimsö is responsible for wildlife monitoring and data accessibility in order to study long-term changes in wildlife populations. This is also being carried out within the scope of FOMA.

Collaboration with Wildlife Damage Centre

The activities two wildlife ecology research groups and the Wildlife Damage Centre enjoy very close collaboration at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station. The centre provides information and education about management of protected wildlife, such as large carnivores and large grazing birds.

Read more:

SKANDULV - the Scandinavian Wolf Research Project

Grensevilt

Wolf in a snowy landscape.
The Scandinavian wolf population is shared by Sweden and Norway. SKANDULV works on scientific questions regarding basic and applied wolf ecology and management. Foto: Håkan Sand
Cranes on a field.
Cranes tend to concentrate in huge numbers in agricultural wetlands where they roost every evening, foraging on the surrounding crops. Our research can guide management where and when crop damage might occur, and what damage preventive measures to implement under variable environmental conditions. Photo: Johan Månsson
Houses and a grassland with yellow flowers.
This is the place where we do research on wildlife - Grimsö Wildlife Research Station. Photo: Jenny Svennås-GIllner
Sheep behind an elecric fence.
How can we protect domestic animals against carnivore attacks? We study, among other things how effective the methods are and what the animal owners think about the interventions. Photo: Hans Bjurling/Viltskadecenter, SLU
Three women in the forest.
We follow the movement patterns from GPS‐marked animals like roe deers, wolf and moose. It is an important part of our research. Foto: Jenny Svennås-Gillner
A tick on a stick.
We are studying the connections between ticks, their host animals, tick-borne diseases and climate. Foto: Chloé Gadacz
Big moose.
The overall goal of GRENSEVILT is to provide a solid base for a better transnational, inclusive, conflict-reducing multispecies management of moose, wolves and wolverines in Inner Scandinavia, across the national border outside reindeer herding areas. Photo: Johan Månsson
A snow leopard in the mountains.
For several years researchers from Grimsö Wildlife Research Station has followed snow leopards in the Tost Mountains in Mongolia in collaboration with Snow Leopard Trust. Photo: Snow Leopard Trust
Work in lab.
Genetic analysis is an important part of our research. Over the years, we have worked with samples from wolverine, raccoon dog, lynx, fallow deer, wild boar, crane, wolf and roe deer. Photo: Jenny Svennås-Gillner

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Contact

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    

Page editor: anna.lundmark@slu.se