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
- (2019) No evidence of handling‐induced mortality in Serengeti's African wild dog population. Ecology and Evolution.
- (2019) Confirmation of House Crows Corvus splendens laying immaculate blue eggs. Bird Study.
- (2019) Development and behavior of Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus) nestlings and their Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) hosts. Avian Research. vol. 10.
- (2018) The burning question: does fire affect habitat selection and forage preference of the black rhinoceros Diceros bicornis in East African savannahs?. Oryx.
- (2018) Community attitudes towards protected areas: insights from Ghana. Oryx. vol. 52 (3).
- (2018) Awareness and Attitudes of Local People towards Wildlife Conservation in the Rungwa Game Reserve in Central Tanzania. Human Dimensions of Wildlife. vol. 23 (6).
- (2018) Trophy Hunting Versus Ecotourism as a Conservation Model? Assessing the Impacts on Ungulate Behaviour and Demographics in the Ruaha-Rungwa Ecosystem, Central Tanzania. Environment and Natural Resources Research. vol. 8 (2).
- (2018) Livestock depredation by wild carnivores in the Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem, Tanzania. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation. vol. 10 (3).
- (2018) Breeding ecology of Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori strunthiunculus in the Serengeti National Park. Ostrich. vol. 89 (2).
- (2018) The impacts of human disturbances on the behaviour and population structure of impala (Aepyceros melampus) in the Serengeti ecosystem, Tanzania. Global Ecology and Conservation. vol. 16:e00467.
- (2018) Characteristics determining host suitability for a generalist parasite. Scientific Reports. vol. 8.
- (2017) Assessing crop and livestock losses along the Rungwa-Katavi Wildlife Corridor, South-Western Tanzania. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation. vol. 9 (8).
- (2017) Being stressed outside the park — conservation of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) in Namibia. Conservation Physiology. vol. 5 (1).
- (2017) Do impala really avoid tourist roads? A response to Mulero-Pázmány, D'Amico & González-Suárez (2016). Journal of Zoology. vol. 302 (4).
- (2017) Hotspot elephant-poaching areas in the Eastern Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology. vol. 55 (3).
- (2017) Medicinal and commercial uses of ostrich products in Tanzania. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine. vol. 13 (48).
- (2017) Communal knowledge and perceptions of African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) reintroduction in the western part of Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation. vol. 9 (5).
- (2017) Do hyraxes benefit from human presence in Serengeti?. African Journal of Ecology. vol. 55 (4).
- (2017) Perceptions of the Quality of Nature-Based Tourism in Sundarban in Local and Foreign Visitors: A Case Study from Karamjal, Mongla. Environment and Natural Resources Research. vol. 7 (1).
- (2016) Ancient origin and maternal inheritance of blue cuckoo eggs. Nature Communications. vol. 7.