Background and activities
Eivin Røskaft is currently coordinating an EU funded project AfricanBioServices (Grant agreement 641918).
Eivin Røskaft (PhD) is a professor in evolutionary biology at the Department of Biology, NTNU. His scientific interest is to use evolutionary biology in conservation. Conservation of African and Asian protected areas is challenging because of human population increase, biodiversity encroachment and human activities /incl. tourism. Thus it is important to understand any kind of encroachment of natural resources in the light of evolution and human behaviour. Røskaft is leading projects in Africa and Asia related to human-wildlife conflict, population dynamics of animals, and animal behaviour in relation to human activities.
Additionally Røskaft is involved in a coevolutionary project between avian brood parasites and their hosts, as well as how environment affects human fitness in Norway.
Capacity building in Africa/Asia is one of Røskaft’s main interests; he has trained around 130 MSc students and 45 PhD students from most continents to their final degrees. Røskaft has published more than 250 papers of which more than 170 in per reviewed scientific journals. His h-index is 41.
Røskaft has been the Dean at the Faculty of life sciences, director of the centre for development and environment and head of department at NTNU, as well as director of NINA.
- Head of Department of Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology 2002-2009
- Professor in Evolutionary Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology 1999-present
- Director, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research 1994-1999
- Deputy Director, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research 1993-1994
- Professor (20 %), Norwegian University of Science and Technology 1991-1999
- Director, University of Trondheim, Centre for Environment and Development 1991-1993
- Dean, University of Trondheim, Faculty of Science 1990-1991
- Scientific Advisor, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research 1989-1993
- Associate Professor, University of Trondheim 1988-1991
- Associate Professor, University of Trondheim, Program for Applied Ecology 1986-1988
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
- (2016) Ancient origin and maternal inheritance of blue cuckoo eggs. Nature Communications. vol. 6.
- (2016) Evaluating habitat connectivity methodologies: a case study with endangered African wild dogs in South Africa. Landscape Ecology.
- (2016) Geographic variation in egg ejection rate by great tits across two continents. Behavioral Ecology.
- (2016) Can Enhanced Awareness Change Local School Children’s Knowledge of Carnivores in Northern Tanzania?. Human Dimensions of Wildlife.
- (2016) Insights into long-distance dispersal by African wild dogs in East Africa. African Journal of Ecology. vol. 54.
- (2015) Differential barrier and corridor effects of power lines, roads and rivers on moose (Alces alces) movements. Ecosphere. vol. 6 (4).
- (2015) Wildlife Induced Damage to Crops and Livestock Loss and how they Affect Human Attitudes in the Kwakuchinja Wildlife Corridor in Northern Tanzania. Environment and Natural Resources Research. vol. 5.
- (2015) Solar activity at birth predicted infant survival and women's fertility in historical Norway. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. vol. 282 (1801).
- (2015) Wealth and the opportunity for sexual selection in men and women. Behavioral Ecology. vol. 26 (2).
- (2015) Disappearance of eggs from non-parasitized nests of brood parasite hosts – the evolutionary equilibrium hypothesis revisited. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. vol. 118.
- (2015) Plaintive cuckoos do not select tailorbird hosts that match the phenotypes of their own eggs. Behavioral Ecology. vol. 27 (3).
- (2015) Deficiency in egg rejection in a host species as a response to the absence of brood parasitism. Behavioral Ecology. vol. 26 (2).
- (2014) Local communities' willingness to pay for sustaiable forest management in Ghana. Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Management. vol. 1.
- (2014) The poultry thief: Subsistence farmers' perceptions of depredation outside the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology. vol. 52 (3).
- (2014) Heading for the hills: Risk avoidance drives den site selection in African wild dogs. PLoS ONE. vol. 9 (6).
- (2014) Attitudes of Maasai pastoralists toward the conservation of large carnivores in the Loliondo Game Controlled Area of northern Tanzania. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation. vol. 6.
- (2014) Human-carnivore conflict over livestock in the eastern part of the Serengeti ecosystem, with a particular focus on the African wild dog Lycaon pictus. Oryx. vol. 48 (3).
- (2014) Factors affecting attitudes of local people toward the red-billed quelea (Quelea quelea) in Kondoa District, Tanzania. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation. vol. 6.
- (2014) Factors affecting local ecological knowledge and perceived threats to the kori bustard (Ardeotis kori struthiunculus) in the Serengeti Ecosystem, Northern Tanzania. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation. vol. 6.
- (2014) The impact of crop raiding by wild animals in communities surrounding the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation. vol. 6 (9).