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Christian Fohringer

Ecophysiologist at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies. Conducting research on the effects of cumulative impacts from land use and climate change on northern wildlife.


I have a diverse background in aquatic and terrestrial ecology as well as behavioural ecology and conservation medicine. My research interests are in the area of ecophysiology, especially in relation to animal’s adaptive capacities to extreme environments, such as the Arctic. I advocate for community-based participatory research to be combined with models that integrate the effects of climate change and disturbances associated with land use changes and pollution. Therefore, I link data generated via biotelemetry and biomolecular approaches with indigenous and local knowledge to elucidate physiological processes of animals in response to their exposure to a multitude of stressors.


2021: Guest lecture: The value of indigenous and local knowledge in cumulative impact assessments within “Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management” (15 ECTS, Advanced level), VFM, SLU, Umeå, Sweden.

2021: Guest lecture: The effects of habitat loss and land-use change on Arctic wildlife within “Wildlife Ecology in a Changing World - Challenges” (7.5 ECTS, First cycle), VFM, SLU, Umeå, Sweden.

2020: Guest lecture: Arctic Biome within “Wildlife Ecology in a Changing World - Basics” (7.5 ECTS, First cycle), VFM, SLU, Umeå, Sweden.

2017: Guest lecture Conservation Medicine within “Ecology for non-ecologists” (2 ECTS, Advanced level), VFM, SLU Umeå, Sweden.


2021: PhD in Biology, SLU, Umeå

2016: MSc in Wildlife Ecology and Wildlife Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

2016: 1st Dipl. in Veterinary Medicine, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria

2013: BSc in Biology, University of Innsbruck, Austria


Extracurricular education

May – June 2016: Conservation Science and Leadership Course Pacific Biodiversity Institute, Washington, USA

March-May 2014: Master‘s courses in Arctic Biology, The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway

Selected publications

Christian Fohringer, Gunhild Rosqvist, Niila Inga and Navinder J. Singh (2021). Are reindeer the new canaries? - How extractive industries facilitate multiple pressures on an Arctic pastoral ecosystem. People and Nature.

Christian Fohringer, Ilona Dudka, Robert Spitzer, Fredrik Stenbacka, Olena Rzhepishevska, Joris P.G.M. Cromsigt, Gerhard Gröbner, Göran Ericsson, and Navinder J. Singh (2021). Adaptive capacity to environmental variation assessed by a combined omics approach in subarctic moose: an interplay of the diet and metabolism. Ecology and Evolution.

Robert Spitzer, Eric Coissac, Annika Felton, Christian Fohringer, Marietjie Landman, Navinder J. Singh, Pierre Taberlet, Fredrik Widemo, and Joris P.G.M. Cromsigt (2021). Small shrubs with large importance? Smaller deer may increase the moose-forestry conflict through feeding competition over Vaccinium shrubs in the field layer. Forest Ecology and Management, 480, 118768.