Background and activities

I have a background in population ecology from the Department of Biology at NTNU, with a focus on the effects of climate and density on population dynamics in Svalbard reindeer.

Currently I’m affiliated as a PhD candidate at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD) at NTNU. My research will focus on effects of climate and harvest on Svalbard reindeer population dynamics and genetics with relevance for management of large herbivores.This will be part of SUSTAIN – “Sustainable management of renewable resources in a changing environment: an integrated approach across ecosystems”, which is in close collaboration with Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) at University of Oslo (UiO), CBD at NTNU and Department of Arctic and Marine Biology at University of Tromsø (UiT).

I enjoy field work in remote areas, and have experience with reindeer and seabirds on Svalbard, as well as humpback whales and kangaroos in Australia. Some of my interests are population dynamics, population genetics, species interactions, R, biotelemetry, conservation and management.

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, Åshild Ønvik; Paulsen, Ingrid M.; Albon, Steven; Arntsen, Gustav Busch; Hansen, Brage Bremset; Langvatn, Rolf; Loe, Leif Egil; Le Moullec, Mathilde; Overrein, Øystein; Peeters, Bart; Ravolainen, Virve; Ropstad, Erik; Stien, Audun; Tyler, Nicholas J. C.; Veiberg, Vebjørn; van der Wal, René; Andersen, Roy; Beumer, Larissa Teresa; Eischeid, Isabell; Forchhammer, Mads C.; Irvine, R. Justin; Marolla, Filippo; Pigeon, Gabriel; Reimers, Eigil; Trondrud, Liv Monica. (2019) Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus). A status report. 2019. ISBN 978-82-7666-427-0. Rapportserie (Norsk polarinstitutt) (151).
  • Peeters, Bart. (2019) Population dynamics under climate change and harvesting: Results from the high Arctic Svalbard reindeer. Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet. 2019. ISBN 978-82-326-4133-8.
  • Peeters, Bart; Le Moullec, Mathilde; Pedersen, Åshild Ønvik; Rosvold, Jørgen; Hansen, Brage Bremset. (2019) Human impacts on the distribution, abundance and population genetics of the Svalbard reindeer. 2019.
  • Pedersen, Åshild Ønvik; Hansen, Brage Bremset; Loe, Leif Egil; Ropstad, Erik; Irvine, Justin R; Stien, Audun; Albon, Steve D.; Paulsen, Ingrid M.; Beumer, Larissa Teresa; Eischeid, Isabell; Le Moullec, Mathilde; Peeters, Bart; Soininen, Eeva M; Aanes, Ronny; Ravolainen, Virve. (2018) When ground-ice replaces fjord-ice: results from a study of GPS-collared Svalbard reindeer females. 2018. ISBN 978-82-7666-421-8. Norwegian Polar Institute Brief Report Series (049).
  • Veiberg, Vebjørn; Danielsen, Preben; Loe, Leif Egil; Stien, Audun; Peeters, Bart; Hansen, Brage Bremset; Irvine, R. Justin; Ropstad, Erik; Albon, Steve D.; Tveraa, Torkild; Varpe, Øystein. (2017) Klimaeffektar på svalbardreinens kalvingstidspunkt. 2017. ISBN 978-82-426-2999-9. NINA rapport (1311).
  • Peeters, Bart; Hansen, Brage Bremset; Sæther, Bernt-Erik; Veiberg, Vebjørn; Pedersen, Åshild Ø.. (2014) Effects of Climate and Animal Density on Adult Sex Ratio Variation in a Large Herbivore. 2014.