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Anna Skarin

Anna Skarin


Research interests:

In my research, I focus on two main areas, partly to understand what influences the behavior of animals and the selection of grazing area in different situations, and partly how the animals themselves affect the vegetation and their foraging resource. I work primarily with these issues in relation to reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) and reindeer husbandry, but I also participate in projects that study how horses (Equine calabus) could be used in extensive animal husbandry systems to promote biodiversity.

Research Goal:

To understand drivers of animal behavior and habitat selection, and specifically how human impact (from both herders and from human caused disturbance) affect reindeer behavior and use of the landscape.

Research Skills: Associate Professor (Docent), PhD. Working with collecting, handling and analyzing large  (GPS) data set using open source software (R, QGIS, PostgreSQL), planning and conducting extensive fieldwork, design of pellet-group count inventories.

Activity in the scientific society:

Several referee-assignments for biological and ecological journals, such as Polar Biology, Ecography, Oecologica, Global Change Biology, Wildlife Biology, Mammalian biology, Ambio, PloSOne, Arctic, Rangifer and in the Scientific committee for conferences, such as Arctic Ungulate Conference - AUC, Røros August, 2015

Activity with stakeholders outside the scientific society:

Expert on management issues concerning reindeer husbandry and infrastructure impact, give lectures to stakeholders connected environmental management and reindeer husbandry in Sweden.


Teaching in PhD-courses (R and GIS courses at VH-faculty, SLU). Regularly give lectures in different topics related to reindeer husbandry and reindeer ecology. Supervise students conducting their Bachelor, Master thesis and various project works on reindeer topics in different courses.


Ongoing research projects and cooperations:

Title Responsible
REINFEED - feeding reindeer for future free-range functionality


Anna Skarin

Wind power in operation and impacts on reindeer and reindeer herding

Anna Skarin

Precision livestock breeding – improving both health and production in dairy cattle (2020-2022)

OneImpact 2020-2023


Coherent Modelling of Collective Movement

Prof. Lars Rönnegård

Bram van Moorter

Prof. Paul Blackwell

Gotland Russ for increased biodiversity 

Prof. Anna Jansson, SLU

Reindeer husbandry in a Globalizing North – resilience. Adaptations and pathways for actions

Holand, NMBU

Selected publications

Publication list (Google Scholar)


Researcher at the Department of Animal Nutrition and Management; Reindeer Husbandry
Telephone: +4618671954
Postal address:
Box 7024
750 07 Uppsala
Visiting address: Ulls väg 26, Uppsala