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Johan Månsson

Johan Månsson
My main research interest is within the classical field of factors explaining differences in spatial distribution and foraging patterns of animals, from a small spatial level (e.g. foraging site) to a landscape level. My model organisms have mainly been moose, red deer, wild boar, wolf, common crane, whooper swan and several species of geese.


The foraging patterns of an animal is the results of its decisions about where and what to eat. These decisions may affect the animal's fitness, ecosystem processes and human use of natural resources. Thus, knowledge about animal foraging and distribution patterns is important in both ecology and wildlife management. I aim to have an applied approach with a strong connection between research and stakeholders. Many of the wildlife species within my fields (wildlife conflicts, forestry and agriculture) are increasing such as geese, cranes, wild boar, deer species and wolves and I predict an increased need of knowledge to resolve human-wildlife conflicts in the near future.

Selected publications

Scientific publications 2012-2016

Wikenros C., Balogh G., Sand H., Nicholson K., & Månsson J.  2016. Mobility of moose  – comparing the effects of wolf predation risk, reproductive status and seasonality.  Ecology and Evolution 6: 8870–8880. 

Allen A., Månsson J., Sand H., Malmsten J., Ericsson G., Singh N. 2016 Scaling up movements: from individual space use to population patterns. Ecosphere 7:1-16, article e01524.

Chapron G., Wikenros C., Liberg O., Wabakken P., Flagstad Ø., Milleret C., Månsson J., Svensson L., Zimmermann B., Åkesson M. & Sand H. 2016. Estimating wolf (Canis lupus) population size from number of packs and an individual based model. Ecological modelling 339:33-44

Fuchs B., Zimmermann B., Wabakken P., Bornstein S., Månsson J., Evans A., Liberg O., Sand H., Kindberg J., Ågren E.O. & Arnemo J.M. 2016. BMC Veterinary Research 12:156

Nilsson L., Bunnefeld N., Persson J. & Månsson J. 2016. Large grazing birds and agriculture- predicting field use of common cranes and implications for crop damage prevention. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environments 219:163-170.

Andrés O., Milleret C., Kindberg J., Månsson J., Wabakken P., Swenson J.E. & Sand H. 2015. Wolves, people, and brown bears influence the expansion of the recolonizing wolf population in Scandinavia. Ecosphere 6:1-14

Härkönen L., Kaunisto S, Månsson J., Hurme E., & Kaitala A. 2015. Host-specific variation in off-host performance of a temperate ectoparasite. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 116:902-910.

Månsson J., Roberge J.-M., Edenius L., Bergström R., Nilsson L., Lidberg M., Komstedt K. & Ericsson G. 2015. Food Plots as a Habitat Management Tool: Forage Production and Ungulate Browsing in Adjacent Forest. Wildife Biology 21:246-253.

Edenius L., Månsson J., Tobias Hjortstråle, Roberge J.-M  & Ericsson G.  2015. Browsing and damage inflicted by moose in young Scots pine stands subjected to high-stump precommercial thinning. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 30:382-387.

Frankowiack M., Olsson M., Cluff D.,  Evans A.L., Hellman L., Månsson J., Arnemo J.M. & Hammarström L. 2015.  IgA deficiency in wolves from Canada and Scandinavia. Developmental & Comparative Immunology 50(1):26-8.

Jarnemo A., Minderman J., Bunnefeld N., Zidar J. & Månsson J. 2014. Managing landscapes for multiple objectives: alternative forage can reduce the conflict between deer and forestry. Ecosphere 5:1-14.

Nicholson,  K. L., Milleret C., Månsson J. & Sand Håkan. 2014. Testing the risk of predation hypothesis: the influence of recolonizing wolves on habitat use of moose. Oecologia 176-69-80. 

Allen A., Jarnemo A., Månsson J. & Bunnefeld. 2014. The impacts of landscape structure on the winter movements and habitat selection of female red deer. European Journal of Wildlife Research 60:411-421

Edenius L., Roberge J.-M, Månsson J. & Ericsson G. 2014. Ungulate-adapted forest management: effects of slash treatment at harvest on forage availability and use. European Journal of Forest Research 133:191–198

Månsson J., Nilsson L. & Hake M. 2013. Territory size and habitat selection of breeding common cranes in a boreal landscape. Ornis Fennica 90:65–72.

Månsson J. & Jarnemo A. 2013 Bark-stripping on Norway spruce by red deer in Sweden: level of damage and relation to tree characteristics. Scandinavian journal of forest research 28:117-125.

Månsson J., Bunnefeld, N., Andrén, H. & Ericsson G. 2012. Spatial and temporal predictions of moose Alces alces winter distribution. Oecologia 170:411-419.

Månsson, J. & Hämäläinen, L. 2012. Spring stopover patterns of migrating whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus) at Lake Tyslingen, Sweden: consequences for predicting human-waterfowl conflicts. Journal of Ornithology 153:477-483.


Researcher at the Department of Ecology; NJ, Wildlife Ecology Unit
Telephone: +46581697325
Postal address:
Inst. för Ekologi, Viltskadecenter
Visiting address: Viltskadecenter, Grimsö forskningsstation, Grimsö 152, Grimsö