Background and activities

I am a Danish 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 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 main PhD superdupervisor is Thor Harald Ringsby, co-supervisors are Thomas Kvalnes, Henrik Jensen and Jonathan Wright.

Contact me if you like avian insularity, telomere biology or are interested in master projects involving hyggelig field work – projects range wide; insects, parasites, feeding rates or ecophysiology.

I teach the following 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

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • Pedersen, Michael Pepke. (2016) Phylogeny and biogeography of Campephagidae (Aves: Passeriformes): Great speciators, supertramps and taxon cycles. Master thesis. 2016.
  • Pedersen, Michael Pepke. (2013) Fabrication and Characterization of As-Grown, Suspended Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes, Bachelor Thesis. 2013.