Ecosystem conservation

– Røskaft Lab


  • Tanzania-NTNU Conservation Research Group. Currently the EU funded project (Horizon 2020; Grant Agreement 641918) AfricanBioServices occupies most of the time. This lab group consists of Dr. Gine Roll Skjærvø, Dr. Bård Gunnar Stokke, Dr. Frode Fossøy, Mr. Per Harald Olsen as well as prof Bente Jessen Graae. In addition, 5 phD students are working in this lab group (Wilfred Marealle, Franco Mbise, Emmanuel Clamsen Mmassy, Emmanuel Masenga, Louis Hunninck). More PhD students are currently registering for this group. Røskaft is coordinating this EU funded project consisting of 13 different partners from Europe and Africa. More about the project with the full name “Linking biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services in the Serengeti-Mara Region, East Africa: Drivers of change, causalities and sustainable management strategies” can be found on the AfricanBioServices webpage.
  • Additionally Røskaft is leading a coevolutionary project between avian brood parasites and their hosts. This is an ongoing project since 1984. Other persons in this group are Dr. Bård G. Stokke, Dr. Frode Fossøy and professor emeritus Arne Moksnes. Currently the group is engaged in projects in China (Hainan Normal University, Haikou) and Jahngirnagar University in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Currently one PhD student (Nahid, Mominul Islam) is connected to this lab.
  •  Finally, Røskaft’s third lab is group consisting of Dr. Gine Roll Skjærvø and Dr. Frode Fossøy. Their research is about “How environment affects human fitness in Norway”. The activity of this group is presently low, however, the group has a plan to increase it’s activity in near future. The group works closely with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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