Irene studies the habitats of moose and roe deer

Last changed: 24 January 2020

Where do moose and roe deer choose to be during different parts of the year? Irene Hjort has looked into this in her thesis.

Who am I?

I am Irene, 29-year-old and mother of a 1-year-old daughter, living in Jämtland and are doing my last year at the Master program for Science in Forestry. This last year I am doing at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies at SLU in Umeå.

What is your Master's thesis about?

It´s about habitat selection by moose and roe deer. I take a closer look at where they chose to be during different parts of the year.

My result showed that access to forage is a very important factor when it comes to habitat selection, except for during the rut in moose.

Why did you choose that topic?

I am very interested in animals and nature from a holistic perspective. Add the fact that I am a hunter from the north of Sweden and it is not that strange that I have a high interest in ungulates.

Access to forage is a very important factor when it comes to habitat selection. Photo: Jimmy Pettersson

How did you experience your time as a student at our Department?

Extremely fun an incredible good treatment when I needed to bring my daughter to school, wonderful!

What's happening next?

Now I will be doing a Master´s thesis in forestry about the movement patterns in moose during rut, also at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies.

 

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