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 three primary research areas, in which we believe it is important to increase knowledge for the sustainable conservation of biodiversity in a changing world.
CBD includes researchers primarily from the following institutions:
• Department of Biology, NTNU
• NTNU University Museum
• Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU
• Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
The steering board of NORDFORSK has decided to fund the project " Warming up for warming Arctic – adaptation and management of Rangifer in Changing Arctic". CBD is looking forward to be one of the Nordic research institutions involved in developing strategies for a sustainable management of semi-domestic reindeer in a new climate.
Postdoctoral position in evolutionary genomics
A two-year postdoctoral position in evolutionary genomics funded by a grant from the Norwegian Research Council to Assistant Professor Arild Husby is available at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD), Department of Biology, NTNU, Norway. Read more about the position here >>
PhD position available
"Seeking a MSc-candidate who is highly motivated for a PhD study (4 years) on the effects of parasites on a wild host passerine, the house sparrow." Read more here >>
PhD position in Quantitative Ecology available (13.11.2015)
The PhD candidate will work on quantitatively oriented research questions in ecology, often involving estimating and predicting how different environmental drivers or various kinds of human activity affect population dynamics and/or community dynamics. A full description of the position is available here >>
Erik Blystad Solbu - Defence of thesis 12 November 2015 (6.11.2015)
Erik Blystad Solbu has submitted his thesis entitled: «Modelling and statistical analysis of demographic and environmental changes in populations and communities»
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of PhD in Mathematical Sciences at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU. More information here>>
CBD welcomes PhD student Thomas Haaland (03.11.2015)
Thomas Haaland has joined CBD as a Ph.D student on dr. Irja Ratikainen’s new project “Evolutionary responses to variable and unpredictable environments: Conditions, interactions and consequences”. Thomas completed his MSc in Biology with Irja and Prof. Jonathan Wright in August, entitled “A general stochastic dynamic model of the differential allocation hypothesis”, and will continue working on stochastic dynamic models as well as individual-based simulation models for his Ph.D. He will be looking at well known adaptations to variability within individual lifetimes such as insurance, asset-protection and variance-sensitivity, and how these change when maximizing fitness over evolutionary time if environmental conditions vary across generations.
More news from CBD here >>.
Jarrod Hadfield, Edinburgh University will give a talk on "Selection & Inheritance in the Presence of Kin interactions" at 14:15 in DU2-150.
Thomas Kvalnes will defend his PhD-thesis, titled "Evolution by natural selection in age-structured populations in fluctuating environments". More info here >>
Visitors at CBD
January 24-31. 2016
Dr. Jane M. Reid and Amanda Elizabeth Trask, The University of Aberdeen
Recent publications from CBD
Engen, S. & Sæther, B.-E. 2016
Optimal age of maturity in fluctuating environments under r- and K-selection. Oikos, in press >>
Bleu, J., Gamelon, M. & Sæther, B.-E. 2016
Reproductive costs in terrestrial male vertebrates: insights from bird studies. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283 (1823):20152600 >>
Ruse, M.G., Hasselquist, D., Hansson, B., Tarka, M. & Sandsten, M. 2016
Automated analysis of song structure in complex birdsongs. Animal Behaviour 112 (1): 39-51 >>
Kropatsch, R., Melis, C., Stronen, A.V., Jensen, H. & Epplen, J.T. 2015
Molecular genetics of sex identification, breed ancestry and polydactyly in the Norwegian Lundehund breed. Journal of Heredity 106 (4): 403-406 >>
Ringsby, T.H., Jensen, H., Pärn, H., Kvalnes, T., Boner, W., Gillespie, R., Holand, H., Hagen, I.J., Rønning, B., Sæther, B.-E. & Monaghan, P. 2015
On being the right size: increased body size is associated with reduced telomere length under natural conditions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20152331 >>
Nossen, I., Ciesielski, T.M., Dimmen, M.V., Jensen, H., Ringsby, T.H., Polder, A., Rønning, B., Jenssen, B.M. & Styrishave, B. 2016
Steriods in house sparrows (Passer domesticus): Effects of POPs and male quality signalling. Science of the Total Environment 547: 295-304 >>
Sereni, L, Einum, S. 2015
No evidence for activity adjustment in response to increased density in Daphnia magna. PLoS ONE 10 (12): e0144759 >>