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.
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:
|REINFEED - feeding reindeer for future free-range functionality
Coherent Modelling of Collective Movement
Prof. Lars Rönnegård
Bram van Moorter
Prof. Paul Blackwell
|Prof. Anna Jansson, SLU|
Publication list (Google Scholar)