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
- (2020) Consequences of climate-induced vegetation changes exceed those of human disturbance for wild impala in the Serengeti ecosystem. Conservation Physiology. vol. 8 (1).
- (2020) A dead giveaway: Foraging vultures and other avian scavengers respond to auditory cues. Ecology and Evolution. vol. 10.
- (2020) Evaluating the use of local ecological knowledge (LEK) in determining habitat preference and occurrence of multiple large carnivores. Ecological Indicators. vol. 118.
- (2019) Vigilance Behaviour of Wild Herbivores when Foraging With or Without Livestock. Environment and Natural Resources Research. vol. 9 (1).
- (2019) Human-elephant interactions in areas surrounding the Rungwa, Kizigo, and Muhesi Game Reserves, central Tanzania. Oryx.
- (2019) Drivers of conservation crimes in the Rungwa-Kizigo-Muhesi Game Reserves, Central Tanzania. Global Ecology and Conservation. vol. 17.
- (2019) No evidence of handling-induced mortality in Serengeti's African wild dog population. Ecology and Evolution. vol. 9 (3).
- (2019) Influence of Multiple Linear Infrastructure on Diversity of Small Mammals in Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Environment and Natural Resources Research. vol. 9 (3).
- (2019) Household Reliance on Environmental Income in the Western Serengeti Ecosystem, Tanzania. Environment and Natural Resources Research. vol. 9 (1).
- (2019) The Importance of Bushmeat in Household Income as a Function of Distance from Protected Areas in the Western Serengeti Ecosystem, Tanzania. Environment and Natural Resources Research. vol. 9 (3).
- (2019) Schoolchildren as informants about bushmeat consumption in Western Serengeti. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation. vol. 11 (5).
- (2019) Servicescape of the Greater Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem: Visualizing the linkages between land use, biodiversity and the delivery of wildlife-related ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services. vol. 40.
- (2019) Human habituation reduces hyrax flight initiation distance in Serengeti. Ethology. vol. 126.
- (2019) Resource utilization by the Kori bustard in the Serengeti ecosystem. PLOS ONE. vol. 14 (9).
- (2019) Human-wildlife conflicts and their correlates in Narok County, Kenya. Global Ecology and Conservation. vol. 18.
- (2019) Trends in compensation for human-wildlife conflict losses in Kenya. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation. vol. 11 (3).
- (2019) Confirmation of House Crows Corvus splendens laying immaculate blue eggs. Bird Study. vol. 66 (1).
- (2019) Development and behavior of Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus) nestlings and their Common Tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) hosts. Avian Research. vol. 10 (1).
- (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).