CBD in the news
NRK-program about Svalbard and extreme weather events
NRK will cover the article about Svalbard ecosystem recently publised in Science in a TV-program 7 February >>
Svalbard ecosystem attracts media
The study on climate events on Svalbard ecosystem recently published in Science has received interests among media.
Science Daily >>
Die Welt >>
Feature article about Darwin >>
Dr. Hanno Sandvik has written a feature article about Darwin and some of his political opinions in relation to his biological theories.
Concern about inbred island moose >>
Local managers raise concern about small island moose populations in northern Norway, which also are of interest to researchers at CCB.
Get a glimpse of the research at CCB >>
NRK has joined the house sparrow project in field, and learned how research at CCB addresses important questions related to environmental change.
The vision behind the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics at NTNU is to develop an interdisciplinary centre for research into changes in time and space of biological diversity at different organismal levels.
CBD focuses on seven primary research areas, in which we believe it is important to increase knowledge for the sustainable conservation of biodiversity in a changing world.
CBD-project gets funding from Norwegian Research Council (04-12-2013)
CBD is happy to announce that the project "Eco-evolutionary dynamics of thermal reaction norms" lead by professor Sigurd Einum was one of the 17 research projects that this year were funded by the Research Council of Norway through the FRIMEDBIO programme. The project will mainly focus on how metabolic rates of Daphnia are affected by environmental variation and population density, working both at ecological and evolutionary time scales and using a large number of experimental populations. The project will involve several people at CBD.
Warmer, wetter, wilder Svalbard winters (27-11-2013)
A new CBD project called «WINTER RAIN» has received support from the Svalbard Environmental Fund. This multidisciplinary project will analyse historical and future changes in winter climate in Svalbard, and explore the ecological and societal consequences of such changes. During recent decades the Svalbard winter has become milder, increasing the probability of precipitation falling as rain rather than snow. Extreme warm spells and rainfall has major impact on the environment by increasing the danger of avalanches, influencing the permafrost, and generating ground-ice on the tundra. Project leader is Brage B. Hansen, and collaborators are Akvaplan-NIVA, UNIS, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and University of Aberdeen.
CBD at the Climate Conference (31-10-2013)
On the Climate Conference of the Norwegian Research Council, Oslo 30 October, Bernt-Erik Sæther gave a talk: "A wilder, milder and wetter climate: does it matter for Norwegian animals?"
Successful opening conference (21-10-2013)
The opnening conference for the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics was held October 14-16. The faculty dean, Anne Borg, gave the opening speak on Monday, and the next two days were filled with interesting presentations and discussions. List of speakers and photographic highlights from the conference can be found here >>
The Norwegian Research Council prize for outstanding research to professors Bernt-Erik Sæther and Steinar Engen (18-09-2013)
Professors Bernt-Erik Sæther and Steinar Engen at the CBD are rewarded the Møbius prize. The prize is given annually by the Norwegian Research Council for outstanding research. The Research Council highlights Sæther and Engen's interdisciplinary and internationally outstanding research on modelling biological processes in time and space. The two winners will recieve the prize during the annual Evening of Excellence in Oslo Concert hall. Read more about the prize here >>
Opening conference (14-08-2013)
On October 14-18 2013 the opening conference of CBD entitled "The eco-evolutionary synthesis: status and future directions" will be held at NTNU. There will be a mixture of talks by CBD-people, members of the scientific board, and invited speakers. More info will come soon.
CBD's centre coordinator (12-06-2013)
Solveig Johnsen is now employed in full position as the centre coordinator at CBD. She has long experience with administrative work at the SFI at the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology. We all wish her welcome to the centre.
Opening of the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (10-06-2013)
The four new Centres of Excellence (SFF) at NTNU were officially opened today with a ceremony at NTNU. Representatives from the Norwegian Research Council of Norway, the Rectorate at NTNU, and the four centre leaders gave speaches, and highlighted the importance of SFF for research activity at NTNU. You can read more about the opening here (in Norwegian) >>
Official opening of the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (07-06-2013)
From June 1 2013 the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics is established as a Centre of Excellence (SFF-III). The official opening of all the four new SFFs at NTNU will occur on June 10. Program for the official opening can be found here >>.
New paper from CBD in Science (26-04-2013)
Researchers from CBD has contributed to a paper on how great tits cope with climate change, recently published in Science. Earlier springs have caused an advanced peak emergence of caterpillars. Great tits have not been able to advance their timing of egg-laying to keep pace with the caterpillars. This has caused an increasing mismatch between the food peak and the hatching of newborns, and early offspring survival in great tits have consequently declined. Density dependent juvenile survival do however come to the rescue - the decline in early offspring survival have been offset by increased juvenile survival as well as increased immigration during winter. The mismatch have therefore so far not caused decline in pre-breeding population size.
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More news from CCB here >>.
Marlene Gamelon will give the talk "Evolutionary demography in wild boar (Sus scrofa)", at 10:00 in the CBD lunch room.
Monday 18 November we will discuss the paper by De Lisle and Rowe (2013): Correlated evolution of allometry and sexual dimorphism across higher taxa. American Naturalist 182: 630-639.
Tuesday 3 December. Henrik Pärn: The Hadley Wickham Universe (package: plyr) .
Recent publications from CBD
Sundin, J., Rosenqvist, G. & Berglund, A. 2013.
Altered oceanic pH impairs mating propensity in a pipefish. Ethology 119 (1): 86-93 >>
Aronsen, T., Berglund, A.B., Mobley, K.B., Ratikainen, I.I. & Rosenqvist, G. 2013.
Sex ratio and density affect sexual selection in a sex-role reversed fish. Evolution 67 (11): 3243-3257 >>
Haanes, H., Markussen, S.S., Herfindal, I., Røed, K.H., Solberg, E.J., Heim, M., Midthjell, L. & Sæther, B.-E. 2013
Effects of inbreeding on fitness-related traits in a small isolated moose population. Ecology & Evolution 3 (13): 4230-4242 >>
Holand, H., Jensen, H., Tufto, J., Sæther, B.-E. & Ringsby, T.H. 2013.
Temporal and spatial variation in prevalence of the parasite Syngamus trachea in a metapopulation of house sparrows (Passer domesticus). Parasitology 140 (10): 1275-1286 >>
Melis, C., Nilsen, E.B., Panzacchi, M., Linnell, J.D.C. & Odden, J. 2013.
Roe deer face competing risks between predators along a gradient in abundance. Ecosphere 4 (9): Art 111 >>
Pérez-Barrales, R., Bolstad, G.H., Pélabon, C., Hansen, T.F. & Armbruster, W.S. 2013
Pollinators and seed predators generate conflicting selection on Dalechampia blossoms. Oikos 122 (10): 1411-1428 >>
Firmat, C., Alibert, P., Losseau, M., Baroiller, J.-F. & Schliewen, U.K. 2013
Successive invasion-mediated interspecific hybridizations and population structure in the endangered cichlid Oreochromis mossambicus. PLoS ONE 8 (5): e63880 >>
Flatt, T., Amdam, G.V., Kirkwood, T.B.L. & Omholt, S.W. 2013
Life-history evolution and the polyphenic regulation of somatic maintenance and survival. The Quarterly Review of Biology 88 (3): 185-218 >>
Holand, A.M., Steinsland, I., Martino, S. & Jensen, H. 2013
Animal models and integrated nested Laplace approximations. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 3 (8): 1241-1251 >>
Linnerud, M., Sæther, B.-E., Grøtan, V., Engen, S., Noble, D.G. & Freckleton, R.B. 2013.
Interspecific differences in stochastic population dynamics explains variation in Taylor's temporal power law. Oikos 122 (8): 1207-1216 >>
Aronsen, T., Mobley, K.B, Berglund, A., Sundin, J., Billing, A.M. & Rosenqvist, G. 2013.
The operational sex ratio and density influence spatial relationships between breeding pipefish. Behavioural Ecology 24 (4): 888-897 >>
Engen, S., Sæther, B.-E., Armitage, K.B., Blumstein, D.T., Clutton-Brock, T.H., Dobson, F.S., Festa-Bianchet, M., Oli, M.K., Ozgul, A. & Gimenez, O. 2013.
Estimating the effect of temporally autocorrelated environments on the demography of density-independent age-structured populations. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 4 (6):573–584 >>
Basille, M., Van Moorter, B., Herfindal, I., Martin, J., Linnell, J.D.C., Odden, J., Andersen, R. & Gaillard, J.-M. 2013
Selecting habitat to survive: the impact of road density on survival in a large carnivore. PLoS ONE 8 (7): e654931 >>