Background and activities

I am a PhD student at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics and I have a broad interest in molecular ecology, ornithology, life-history evolution, phylogenetics and biogeography. In my PhD project, I investigate telomere dynamics and life-history trade-offs in populations of free-living (wild) house sparrows in northern Norway, where I do field work. I am collaborating with the University of Glasgow (telomere ecology), the University of Copenhagen (avian diversification) and the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (DNA barcoding).

I have an undergraduate background in nanoscience and a master in ecology and evolution from the University of Copenhagen. My PhD supervisor is Thor Harald Ringsby, co-supervisors are Thomas KvalnesHenrik Jensen and Jonathan Wright.

Contact me if you like avian insularity, telomere biology or are interested in master projects involving field work – projects range wide within ecology and eco-evolutionary dynamics; insects, parasites, feeding rates, ecophysiology.

I am teaching in these courses at NTNU:

Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Ethology BI1003

Genetics and Evolution I BI2017

Evolutionary and Ecological Genetics BI8082

Experimental Study Design BI3052

Natural Resource Management RFEL3081

Experts in Teamwork - Sustainable aquaculture in feeding the future BI2097


Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications


  • Pedersen, Michael Pepke. (2016) Phylogeny and biogeography of Campephagidae (Aves: Passeriformes): Great speciators, supertramps and taxon cycles. Master thesis. 2016.


  • Pepke, Michael Le. (2019) Stories of Træna. Maja Bygdén & Emma Lysholm [Tidsskrift]. 2019-07-01.
  • Pedersen, Michael Pepke. (2018) Long-term spatio-temporal variation in early-life telomere length of a wild passerine. 27th International Ornithological Congress (IOC) ; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 2018-08-18 - 2018-08-26.
  • Kvalnes, Thomas; Pedersen, Michael Pepke. (2017) Sporene etter oppvekstforholdene kan vare livet ut.
  • Pedersen, Michael Pepke. (2017) Telomere dynamics and telomere ecology of house sparrows. Danish Oikos Ecological Society Meeting . OIKOS Denmark; Copenhagen. 2017-03-10 - 2017-03-11.
  • Pedersen, Michael Pepke. (2017) Telomere dynamics of wild house sparrows under opposing body size selection. International Conference on Understanding Diversity in Telomere Dynamics . University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh; Edinburgh. 2017-10-03 - 2017-10-05.
  • Pedersen, Michael Pepke; Kvalnes, Thomas; Rønning, Bernt; Boner, Winnie; Jensen, Henrik; Wright, Jonathan; Sæther, Bernt-Erik; Monaghan, Pat; Ringsby, Thor Harald. (2017) Consequences of opposing body size selection regimes on telomere dynamics in wild house sparrows. 16th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) . European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB); Groningen. 2017-08-20 - 2017-08-25.