Background and activities
Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD) http://www.ntnu.edu/cbd
Main research interests
Population ecology, community ecology, behavioural ecology, trophic (e.g. plant-herbivore) interactions.
Current main focus
The project "Predicting effects of climate change on Svalbard reindeer population dynamics - a mechanistic approach" (REINCLIM) has received funding for the period 2012-2015 from the Norwegian Research Council (POLARPROG programme). The goal is to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to understand and predict climate change effects on arctic ungulates, using high-arctic reindeer populations at Svalbard as a model system. REINCLIM is run by CBD at NTNU (Brage B. Hansen), and project partners include the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, James Hutton Institute, University of Aberdeen, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norwegian Polar Institute, Northern Research Institute, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and the University Centre in Svalbard.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2014) Habituation to humans in a predator-free wild ungulate. Polar Biology.
- (2014) Warmer and wetter winters: characteristics and implications of an extreme weather event in the High Arctic. Environmental Research Letters. volum 9 (11).
- (2014) Svalbardreinen - økologi, parasitter og sjukdommer. Norsk Veterinærtidsskrift. volum 126 (2).
- (2013) Climate Events Synchronize the Dynamics of a Resident Vertebrate Community in the High Arctic. Science. volum 339 (6117).
- (2012) Kelp and seaweed feeding by High-Arctic wild reindeer under extreme winter conditions. Polar Research. volum 31.
- (2011) Climate, icing and wild arctic reindeer: past relationships and future prospects. Ecology. volum 92 (10).
- (2010) Feeding-crater selection by high-arctic reindeer facing ice-blocked pastures. Canadian Journal of Zoology. volum 88 (2).
- (2010) Partial seasonal migration in high-arctic Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus). Canadian Journal of Zoology. volum 88 (12).
- (2009) Winter habitat-space use in a large arctic herbivore facing contrasting forage abundance. Polar Biology. volum 32 (7).
- (2009) Functional response in habitat selection and the tradeoffs between foraging niche components in a large herbivore. Oikos. volum 118 (6).
- (2009) Scale dependency and functional response in moose habitat selection. Ecography. volum 32 (5).
- (2007) Ungulate impact on vegetation in a two-level trophic system. Polar Biology. volum 30.
- (2014) Jegernes egne data. Analyser av jaktstatistikk og kjevemateriale fra svalbardrein. 2014. ISBN 978 82 7666 304 4. Norwegian Polar Institute Brief Report Series (027).
- (2012) Material from harvested Svalbard reindeer: Evaluation of the material, the data and their areas of application for research and management. 2012. ISBN 978-82-7666-288-7. Norwegian Polar Institute Brief Report Series (24).
- (2008) The Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) and its food base: plant-herbivore interactions in a high-arctic ecosystem. 2008.
- (2002) Effects of forage depletion on spatial use and feeding strategy in the high arctic Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus). 2002.