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Navinder J Singh

Navinder Singh


​​I am a spatial ecologist with broad interest in the interactions of animals with their environment, including humans. I enjoy linking ecological and evolutionary theory with data, developing new analytical and data collection methods, and improving visualization of ecological data. I currently work with species such as large ungulates, saiga, eagles, swifts, elephants, zebras, bears and seals. I also work on conservation issues worldwide, assisting with science and ground based conservation. Some of the agencies i regularly work with are UNEP-CMS, IUCN Species Specialist Groups, Saiga Conservation Alliance (SCA), UNDP, Snow Leopard Trust and many more. ​I am also the PhD coordinator at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies, SLU and a Lecturer at Ecology of Animal Migration PhD level course, Lund University.


Master programme in Fish and Wildlife Management

Animal Migration Course - Lund University




Christian Fohringer (2017-) Global change and animal movements. SLU

Sabine Pfeffer (2016-) Ecosystem impacts of ungulate communities. SLU

Andrew M Allen (2016) Linking movement ecology with the management of mobile species. Swedish University of agricultural sciences.

Alina Evans (2015) Ecophysiology of brown bear. Hedmark University College, Norway. Cosupervised with Prof. Jon Arnemo.

Joseph Bull (2014) Biodiversity offsets for moving conservation targets. Imperial College London. Cosupervised with Prof. E.J. Milner-Gulland.


Master Theses

Eirini-Lamprini Daouti (2017) Breeding dynamics of Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) population in the boreal forest of Sweden. (SLU). 

Linnéa Näsén (2015) Synchronizing migration with birth: An exploration of migratory tactics in female moose. (SLU).

Rebecka Hedfors (2014) Movement ecology of Golden eagles (Aquila crysaetos) and risks associated with wind farm development. SLU.

Augusta Dorey (2014) Habitat-performance relationships on an island: fitness landscape of moose in Öland, Sweden. Imperial College London. U.K.

Mattias Nilsson (2014) Movement ecology of the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and the semi-domesticated reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) - Synchronous movements in a boreal ecosystem. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå.

Vera Steinberg (2013) Predicting spatio-temporal patterns of human-wildlife conflicts in a Trans-Himalayan landscape for dynamic conservation. University of Freiburg, Germany.

Benno Dillinger (2013) Impact of natural and man-made fires on female moose movement and resource selection. BOKU, Austria.

Peter Lojander (2013) Site fidelity of a migratory species towards its annual range. Master Thesis, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå.

Jens Lindberg (2013) Selection of habitat and resources during migration by a large mammal. Master Thesis, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå.

Alexandra Haydn (2012) Calving site selection by moose (Alces alces) along a latitudinal gradient in Sweden. BOKU, Vienna.

Matthew Brown (2010) A trophy hunting model for saiga antelope. Imperial College London. U.K.

Aigual Temirzhanova (2010) Timing of green up and saiga antelope migrations in Kazakhstan. University of Aberdeen. U.K.

Selected publications


[39] Bagchi, S., Singh, N.J., Bestelmeyer, B.T., McClaran, M.P., Briske, D. D. Quantifying long-term plant community dynamics using animal movement models: implications for ecological resilience. Ecological Applications. (accepted).

[38] Singh, N.J., Hipkiss, T., Ecke, F, Hörnfeldt, B. (2017) Betydelsen av kungsörnars hemområden, biotopval och rörelser för vindkraftsetablering Del 2 / Movement patterns of golden eagles and importance for wind power development in Sweden Part 2. (Technical Report).

[37] Bårdsen, B-J., Næss, M. W., Singh, N.J., Åhman, B. (2017) The pursuit of population collapses - long term dynamics of semi domestic reindeer in Sweden. Human Ecology. doi:10.1007/s10745-016-9880-3.

​[36] Cui, S., Milner-Gulland,E.J., Singh,N.J., Chu,H., Li,C., Chen,J., Jiang, Z. Historical range, extirpation and prospects for reintroduction of saigas in China. Scientific Reports. (accepted).

[35] Evans, A., Singh, N.J., Fuchs, B., Blanc, S., Friebe, A., Laske, T., Frobert, O., Swenson, J., Arnemo, J. (2016) Physiological reactions to capture in hibernating brown bears. Conservation Physiology 4 (1):cow061doi: 10.1093/conphys/cow061.

[34] Allen, A., Dorey, A., Malmsten, A., Edenius, L., Ericsson, G., Singh, N.J. Habitat-performance relationships of a large mammal on a predator-free island dominated by humans. Ecology and Evolution. (pdf) ​DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2594.

[33] Allen, A., Månson, J., Sand, H., Malmsten, J., Ericsson, G., Singh, N.J. (2016) Scaling up movements: from individual space use to population patterns? Ecosphere. Ecosphere 7(10):e01524. 10.1002/ecs2.1524.

[32] Ahmad, R., Mishra, C., Singh, N.J., Kaul, R., Bhatnagar Y.V. (2016) Forage and security trade-offs by markhor Capra falconeri mothers. Current Science. 110 (8): 1559-1563. ​

[31] Singh N.J., Moss, E., Hipkiss, T., Ecke, F., Dettki, H., Sandström, P., Bloom, P., Thomas, S., Hörnfeldt, B. (2016) Habitat selection by Golden eagles during breeding season and implications for wind farm establishment. Bird Study. doi:10.1080/00063657.2016.1183110

​[30] Singh, N.J.*, Allen, A.M.*, Ericsson, G. (2016) Quantifying migration using Net Squared Displacement approach: clarifications and caveats. PLoS ONE.11(3): e0149594. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149594 *(Joint First authors)​. ​

[29] *Evans, A. L.,* Singh, N.J., Friebe, A., Arnemo, J. M., Laske, T. G., Fröbert, O., Swenson, J.E. and Blanc, S. (2016) Drivers of hibernation in the brown bear. Frontiers in Zoology. 13:7. *(Joint First authors).

[28] Bagchi, S., Gupta, E., Murthy, K., Singh, N.J. (2016) A decadal picture of the vegetation phenology of high altitude wetlands of Ladakh, India. In Bird Migration Across the Himalayas: wetland functioning amidst mountains and glaciers. (in press).

[27] Allen AM and Singh NJ (2016). Linking Movement Ecology with Wildlife Management and Conservation. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:155. doi:10.3389/fevo.2015.00155


[26] Ericsson, G., Dettki, H., Neumann, W., Arnemo, J., Singh, N.J. (2015) Offset between GPS collar recorded temperature and ambient weather station data. European Journal of Wildlife Research. 10.1007/s10344-015-0968-7.

[25] Bull, J.W., Singh, N.J., Suttle, K.B., Bykova, E.L., Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2015) Creating a frame of reference for conservation interventions. Land Use Policy. 49: 273-286.

[24] Jachowski, D., Singh N.J. (2015) Towards a mechanistic understanding of animal migration: Incorporating physiological measurements in the study of moving animals. Conservation Physiology. 3:1. 10.1093/conphys/cov035.

[23] Milner-Gulland, E.J., Singh, N.J. (2015) Two decades of saiga antelope research: what have we learnt? Antelope Conservation in the 21st Century: From Diagnosis to action. Edited by Jakob Bro-Jorgensen. Wiley-Blackwell.


[22] Singh, N.J., Danell, K., Edenius, L., Ericsson, G. (2014) Tackling the motivation to monitor: success and sustainability of a participatory monitoring programme. Ecology and Society. 19 (4): 7.

[21] Bull, J.W., Milner-Gulland, E.J., Suttle, K.B., Singh, N.J. (2014) Comparing biodiversity offset calculation methods with a common case study from Uzbekistan. Biological Conservation.178, 2-10.

[20] Singh, N.J., Ericsson, G. (2014) Changing motivations during migration: linking movement speeds to reproductive status in a migratory large mammal. Biology Letters. 10 (06), 20140379.

[19] Singh, N.J., Leonardsson, K. (2014) Partial migration and transient coexistence of migrants and residents in animal populations. PLOS ONE.10.1371/journal.pone.0094750.

[18] Bragin, N., Singh, N.J., Reading, R.P. (2014) Creating a Ruggedness Layer for use in Habitat Suitability Modeling for Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, Mongolia. Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences.11(1-2): 19-23.


[17] Singh, N.J., Bhatnagar, Y.V., Lecomte, N., Fox, J.L., Yoccoz, N.G. (2013) No longer tracking greenery in high altitudes: Pastoral practices of Rupshu nomads and their implications for biodiversity conservation. Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice: 3:16. (Open access).

[16] Bull, J.W., Suttle, K.B., Gordon, A., Singh, N.J., Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2013) Biodiversity offsets in theory and practice. Oryx, 47, pp 369-380. (Review paper). The most downloaded paper of the journal.

[15] Singh, N.J.*, Bagchi, S.* (2013) Applied ecology in India: scope of science and policy to meet contemporary environmental and socio-ecological challenges. Journal of Applied Ecology. 50, 4-14. Review Paper. (*equal contributions). Open Access. 50th anniversary Issue of Journal of Applied Ecology.

[14] Bull, J.W., Suttle, K.B., Singh, N.J., Milner-Gulland, E.J (2013) Conservation when nothing stands still: moving targets and biodiversity offsets. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. 11, 203–210. Feature Article.


[13] Singh, N.J., Börger, L., Dettki, H., Bunnefeld, N., Ericsson, G. (2012) From migration to nomadism: movement variability in a northern ungulate across its latitudinal range. Ecological Applications: 22(7), pp. 2007–2020.

[12] Robinson, S., Michel, S., Wiedemann, C., Zhumabayev,Y., Singh, N.J. (2012) Pastoral Tenure in Central Asia: theme and variation in the five former Soviet republics, In Rangeland Stewardship in Central Asia: balancing Improved Livelihoods, Biodiversity Conservation and Land Protection. (Ed) Victor Squires. Springer. pg- 452.


[11] Singh, N.J., Amgalanbaatar, S., Reading, R.P. (2011) Grouping Patterns of Argali in Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, Mongolia. Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences: 8, 7-13.

[10] Singh, N.J., Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2011) Conserving a moving target: planning protection for a migratory species as its distribution changes. Journal of Applied Ecology: 48, 35-46. Science/AAAS - Editors Choice: 11 February 2011: 650-651. (pdf) Also included in the Virtual Issue: Climate change – from problem detection to solution design and implementation. Among the top Cited Articles from the Journal as at Nov 2015.

[9] Singh, N.J., Milner-Gulland, E. J. (2011) Monitoring ungulates in Central Asia: current constraints and future potentials. Oryx: 45, 38-49. Front cover article: February 2011 Issue.


[8] Singh, N.J., Grachev, I.A., Bekenov, A.B. & Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2010) Tracking greenery in central Asia - the migration of the saiga antelope. Diversity and Distributions: 16, 663–675. Front cover article: July 2010 Issue.

[7] Singh, N.J., Grachev, I.A., Bekenov, A.B. & Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2010) Saiga antelope calving site selection is increasingly driven by human disturbance. Biological Conservation: 143, 1770-1779.

[6] Singh, N.J., Yoccoz, N.G., Cote, S.D., Lecomte, N., Fox, J.L. (2010) Scale and selection of habitat and resources: Tibetan argali in High altitude rangelands. Canadian Journal of Zoology: 88, 436-447.

[5] Singh, N.J., Bonenfant, C., Yoccoz, N.G., Cote, S.D. (2010) Sexual segregation in Eurasian wild sheep. Behavioral Ecology: 21, 410–418.

[4] Singh, N.J., Amgalanbaatar, S.; Reading, R.P. (2010) Temporal dynamics of group size and sexual segregation in ibex. Erforschung Biologischer Ressourcen der Mongolei: 11, 315-322.

[3] Struve, J., Lorenzen, K., Blanchard, J., Borger, L., Bunnefeld, N., Edwards, C., Hortal, J., MacCall, A., Matthiopoulos, J., Van Moorter, B., Ozgul, Ap., Royer, F., Singh, N.J., Yesson, C., Bernard, R. (2010) Lost in space? Searching for directions in the spatial modelling of individuals, populations and species ranges. Biology Letters: 6, 575-578.

[2] Aiyadurai, A., Singh, N. J., Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2010) Wildlife hunting by indigenous tribes: a case study from Arunachal Pradesh, Northeast India. Oryx: 44, 564-572.


[1] Singh, N.J., Yoccoz, N.G., Bhatnagar, Y.V., Fox, J.L. (2009) Using habitat suitability models to sample rare species in high-altitude ecosystems: A case study with Tibetan argali. Biodiversity and Conservation: 18, 2893-2908.