Eivin Røskaft

Professor in Evolutionary Biology

Education

1984: Post doctoral (Sociobiology) Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle USA.

1984: Dr. philos. in Zoology (Ethology / Sociobiology), University of Trondheim, Norway.

Scientific interests

·         The Evolution of Parental Investment, Mating Strategies, and Sex Roles in Rooks Corvus frugilegus.

·         The Evolution of Colour Signals and their Adaptive Significance in Birds.

·         The Coevolution of Host Parasite Interactions in Avian Brood Parasitic Systems.

·         Evolution of Parental Investment in Homo Sapiens

·         Evolutionary Biology as a Background for Studies in Conservation Biology and Biodiversity, in Carnivores and other Species.

·         Human-wildlife interaction.

Published Books

·         Bongard, T. & Røskaft, E. 2010. Det biologiske mennesket - individer og samfunn i lys av evolusjon, Trondheim, Norway, Tapir akademisk forlag.

·         Gereta, E. J. & Røskaft, E. (eds.). 2010. Conservation of natural resources: Some African & Asian Examples, Tapir academic press, Trondheim, Norway.

Selected Publications (2007-2010)

·         Antonov, A., Stokke, B. G., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2007. Aspects of breeding ecology of the eastern Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida. -Journal of Ornithology, 148: 443-451.

·         Antonov, A., Stokke, B. G., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2007. Factors influencing the risk of common cuckoo Cuculus canorus parasitism on marsh warblers Acrocephalus palustris. -J Avian Biol, 38: 390-393.

·         Antonov, A., Stokke, B. G., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2007. First evidence of regular common cuckoo, Cuculus canorus, parasitism on eastern olivaceous warblers, Hippolais pallida elaeica. -Naturwissenschaften, 94: 307-312.

·         Avilés, J. M., Stokke, B. G., Moksnes, A., Røskaft, E. & Møller, A. P. 2007. Environmental conditions influence egg color of reed warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus and their parasite, the commoncCuckoo Cuculus canorus. -Behav Ecol Sociobiol, 61: 475-485.

·         Holmern, T., Muya, J. & Røskaft, E. 2007. Local law enforcement and illegal bushmeat hunting outside the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. -Envir Cons, 34: 55-63.

·         Holmern, T., Nyahongo, J. W. & Røskaft, E. 2007. Livestock loss caused by predators outside the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. -Biol Conserv, 135: 518-542.

·         Kideghesho, J. R., Røskaft, E. & Kaltenborn, B. P. 2007. Factors influencing conservation attitudes of local people in Western Serengeti, Tanzania. -Biodiv Conserv, 16: 2213-2230.

·         Kleven, O., Øigarden, T., Foyn, B. E., Moksnes, A., Røskaft, E., Rudolfsen, G., Stokke, B. G. & Lifjeld, J. T. 2007. Low frequency of extrapair paternity in  the common redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus). -Journal of Ornithology, 148: 373-378.

·         Melis, C., Sundby, M., Andersen, R., Moksnes, A., Pedersen, B. & Røskaft, E. 2007. The role of moose Alces alces L. in a boreal forest - the effect on ground beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae) abundance and diversity. -Biodiv Conserv, 16: 1321-1335.

·         Røskaft, E., Händel, B., Bjerke, T. & Kaltenborn, B. P. 2007. Human attitudes towards large carnivores in Norway. -Wildl Biol, 13: 172-185.

·         Setsaas, T. H., Holmern, T., Mwakalebe, G. G., Stokke, S. & Røskaft, E. 2007. How does human exploitation affect impala populations in protected and partially protected areas? - a case study from the Serengeti ecosystem, Tanzania. -Biol Conserv, 136: 563-570.

·         Skarpe, C., Jansson, I., Seljeli, L., Bergström, R. & Røskaft, E. 2007. Browsing by goats on three spatial scales in a semi-arid savanna. -J Arid Environ, 68: 480-491.

·         Stokke, B. G., Hafstad, I., Rudolfsen, G., Bargain, B., Beier, J., Campas, D. B., Dyrcz, A., Honza, M., Leisler, B., Pap, P. L., Patapavicius, R., Prochazka, P., Schulze-Hagen, K., Thomas, R., Moksnes, A., Møller, A. P., Røskaft, E. & Soler, M. 2007. Host density predicts presence of cuckoo parasitism in reed warblers. -Oikos, 116: 913-922.

·         Stokke, B. G., Takasu, F., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2007. The importance of clutch characteristics and learning for antiparasite adaptations in hosts of avian brood parasites. -Evolution, 61: 2212-2228.

·         Antonov, A., Stokke, B. G., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2008. Does the cuckoo benefit from laying unusually strong eggs? -Anim Behav, 76: 1893-1900.

·         Antonov, A., Stokke, B. G., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2008. Getting rid of the cuckoo Cuculus canorus egg: why do hosts delay rejection? -Behav Ecol, 19: 100-107.

·         Antonov, A., Stokke, B. G., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2008. Unusually high losses to nest collapse in Black-headed Buntings Emberiza melanocephala nesting on a preferred plant species. -Bird Study, 55: 233-235.

·         Magige, F. J., Moe, B. & Røskaft, E. 2008. The white colour of the ostrich (Struthio camelus) egg is a trade-off between predation and overheating. -Journal of Ornithology, 149: 323-328.

·         Moksnes, A., Røskaft, E., Rudolfsen, G., Skjelseth, S., Stokke, B. G., Kleven, O., Gibbs, H. L., Honza, M., Taborsky, B., Teuschl, Y., Vogl, W. & Taborsky, M. 2008. Individual female common cuckoos Cuculus canorus lay constant egg types but egg appearance cannot be used to assign eggs to females. -J Avian Biol, 39: 238-241.

·         Ndibalema, V. G., Mduma, S. A. R., Stokke, S. & Røskaft, E. 2008. Relationship between road dust and ungulate density in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. -Afr J Ecol, 46: 547-555.

·         Stokke, B. G., Hafstad, I., Rudolfsen, G., Moksnes, A., Møller, A. P., Røskaft, E. & Soler, M. 2008. Predictors of resistance to brood parasitism within and among reed warbler populations. -Behav Ecol, 19: 612-620.

·         Antonov, A., Stokke, B. G., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2009. Evidence for egg discrimination preceding failed rejection attempts in a small cuckoo host. -Biol Lett, 5: 169-171.

·         Kideghesho, J. R., Kaltenborn, B. P. & Røskaft, E. 2009. Traditional African Wildlife Management Practices in Western Serengeti, Tanzania; Opportunities and Challenges. In: TAWIRI (ed.) The Sixth TAWIRI Scientific Conference, 3rd-6th December 2007. TAWIRI, Arusha, Tanzania, pp. 219-238.

·         Larsen, R., Holmern, T., Prager, S. D., Maliti, J. & Røskaft, E. 2009. Using the extended quarter degree grid cell system to unify mapping and sharing of biodiversity data. -J. Afr. Ecol., 47: 382-392.

·         Magige, F., Holmern, T., Stokke, S., Mlingwa, C. & Røskaft, E. 2009. Does illegal hunting affect density and behaviour of African grassland birds? A case study on ostrich (Struthio camelus). -Biodiv Conserv, 18: 1361-1373.

·         Magige, F. J., Sortland, R., Stokke, B. G. & Røskaft, E. 2009. Breeding biology of ostriches (Struthio camelus) in the Serengeti ecosystem, Tanzania. -Afr J Ecol, 47: 400-408.

·         Ndibalema, V. G., Mduma, S. A. R., Stokke, S. & Røskaft, E. 2009. Can Serengeti Migration Cause Variation in Wildebeest Body Condition? In: TAWIRI (ed.) The Sixth TAWIRI Scientific Conference, 3rd-6th December 2007. TAWIRI, Arusha, Tanzania, pp. 574-587.

·         Nyahongo, J. W., Holmern, T., Kaltenborn, B. P. & Røskaft, E. 2009. Spatial and temporal variation in meat and fish consumption among people in the Western Serengeti, Tanzania: the importance of migratory herbivores -Oryx, 43: 258-266.

·         Skjærvø, G. R., Stokke, B. G. & Røskaft, E. 2009. The rarity of twins: a result of an evolutionary battle between mothers and daughters. -Behav Ecol Sociobiol, 63: 1133-1140.

·         Vikan, J. R., Stokke, B. G., Frode, F., Huhta, E., Rutila, J., Jackson, C., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2009. Fixed rejection responses to single and multiple experimental parasitism in two Fringilla hosts of the common cuckoo. -Ethology, 115: 840-850.

·         Antonov, A., Stokke, B. G., Ranke, P. S., Fossøy, F., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2010. Absence of egg discrimination in a suitable cuckoo Cuculus canorus host breeding away from trees. -J Avian Biol, 41: 1-4.

·         Antonov, A., Stokke, B. G., Vikan, J. R., Fossøy, F., Ranke, P. S., Røskaft, E., Moksnes, A., Møller, A. P. & Shykoff, J. A. 2010. Egg phenotype differentiation in sympatric cuckoo Cuculus canorus gentes -Euro Soc Evol Biol, 23: 1170-1182.

·         Avilés, J. M., Vikan, J. R., Fossøy, F., Antonov, A., Moksnes, A., Røskaft, E. & Stokke, B. G. 2010. Avian colour perception predicts behavioural responses to experimental brood parasitism in chaffinches. -Euro Soc Evol Biol, 23: 293-301.

·         Bongard, T. & Røskaft, E. 2010. Det biologiske mennesket - individer og samfunn i lys av evolusjon, Trondheim, Norway, Tapir akademisk forlag.

·         Gereta, E. J. & Røskaft, E. (eds.). 2010. Conservation of natural resources: Some African & Asian Examples, Tapir academic press, Trondheim, Norway.

·         Melis, C., Bjerk-Olsen, C., Hylland, M., Gobbi, M., Stokke, B. G. & Røskaft, E. 2010. The effect of traffic intensity on ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) assemblages in central Sweden. -Journal of Insect Conservation, 14: 159-168.

·         Mfunda, I. M. & Røskaft, E. 2010. Bushmeat hunting in Serengeti, Tanzania: An important economic activity to local people. -International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation, 2.

·         Møller, A. P., Saino, N., Adamik, P., Ambrosini, R., Antonov, A., Campobello, D., Stokke, B. G., Fossøy, F., Lehikoinen, E., Martin-Vivaldi, M., Moksnes, A., Moskát, C., Røskaft, E., Rubolini, D., Schulze-Hagen, K., Soler, M. & Shykoff, J. A. 2010. Rapid change in host choice of the common cuckoo Cuculus canorus linked to climate change. -Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B- Biological Sciences, In-Press.

·         Pierce, E. P., Oring, L. W., Røskaft, E. & Lifjeld, J. T. 2010. Why don't female purple sandpipers perform brood care? A removal experiment. -Behav Ecol, 21: 275-283.

·         Polačiková, L., Stokke, B. G., Procházka, P., Honza, M., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2010. The role of blunt egg pole characteristics for recognition of eggs in the song thrush (Turdus philomelos). -Behaviour, 147: 465-478.

·         Sarker, A. H. M. R. & Røskaft, E. 2010. Human perceptions towards conservation of protected areas: a case study from four protected areas in Bangladesh. -Oryx, In-Press.

·         Sarker, A. H. M. R. & Røskaft, E. 2010.  Human Attitudes towards Conservation of Asian Elephants (Elephas maximus) in Bangladesh. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation (In- Press).

·         Stokke, B. G., Polačiková, L., Dyrcz, A., Hafstad, I., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2010. Do reed warblers Acrocephalus scirpaceus in sympatry with avian brood parasites show flexibility in responses against foreign non-mimetic eggs differing only in size? -Acta Ornithologica, 45: 98-104.

·         Vikan, J. R., Stokke, B. G., Rutila, J., Huhta, E., Moksnes, A. & Røskaft, E. 2010. Evolution of defences against cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) parasitism in bramblings (Fringilla montifringilla): A comparison of four populations in Fennoscandia. -Evol Ecol, 24: 1141-1157.

·         Yang, C., Liang, W., Cai, Y., Shi, S., Takasu, F., Møller, A. P., Antonov, A., Fossøy, F., Moksnes, A., Røskaft, E. & Stokke, B. G. 2010. Coevolution in action: disruptive selection on egg colour in an avian brood parasite and its host. -PLoS ONE, 5: e10816.

 

Eivin Røskaft. Photo: Per Harald Olsen

Contact Address 

Department of Biology
Realfagbygget, NTNU. NO-7491, Trondheim, Norway
E-mail: roskaft@bio.ntnu.no 
Telephone no: +47 73596291 (Work) 
Mobile: +47 90652883
Fax no: +47 73596100

Semievergreen Forest in Bangladesh. Photo: Professor M M Feeroze