Background and activities
Steinar Engen (1946) is a Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences. He belongs to Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics Research Group, and the Statistics Group at The Department of Mathematical Sciences. He is currently an advisor at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA). Professor Engen has an MSc in Physics with diploma in Statistics from NTNU. He also holds a D.Phil in the Department of Biomathematics, University of Oxford.
- 1990- Full Professor in Biostatistics, AVH/NTNU, Department of Math. and Stat.
- 1988- Advisor, 20% position at The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, (NINA)
- 1978-1990 Associate Professor, Norges Lærerhøgskole, University of Trondheim
- 1977 Assistant Professor, NTNU, Mathematical Institute
- 1975-1977 Scholarship, University of Trondheim
- 1971-1975 Scholarship, NAVF and the Royal Society in England
Honors and awards
- 2015 Recipient of the Wildlife Society Publication Award – Outstanding Article for Evolutionary Consequences of nonselective harvesting in density-dependent populations by Steinar Engen, Russell Lande and Bernt-Erik Sæther. American Naturalist 184(6):714-726, 2014
- 2013 The Norwegian Research Council Award for outstanding research (Møbius Prize) together with Professor Bernt-Erik Sæther
- 2005 The Norwegian Academy of Science, elected member
- 2003 Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Letters, elected member
- 2002 International Statistical Institute, member
Research Experience from Foreign Institutions
- 2001-2013 Frequent visits of 1-2 weeks at Eugene, Oregon, University of California, San Diego, University of Oxford and Imperial College, London and Silwood Park2001 4 weeks. Centre of Biodiversity Studies, Natural Museum, Milwaukee
- 2000 3 weeks. University of California, San Diego, Biological Institute
- 1998 2 weeks. University of California, San Diego, Biological Institute
- 1995 4 weeks. University of Oregon, Biological Institute
- 1993 4 months. University of Oregon, Biological Institute
- 1978 3 weeks. Penn State University, Statistical Institute
- 1972-75 Oxford, Department of Biomathematics
Scientific production and citations
173 papers in international journals, Web of science: h-index 39 (including two books), more than 4800 citations (including two books and some book chapters). Google scholar: More than 6500 sitations, h-index 46. (august 2015)
Professor Engen has supervised 12 cand.scient. students, 3 dr.scient. students in Statistics, and 6 dr.scient. in Biology. He has supervised 9 candidates with completed doctoral degree.
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
- (2017) Interactions between demography and environmental effects are important determinants of population dynamics. Science Advances. vol. 3.
- (2017) Reversal of response to artificial selection on body size in a wild passerine bird. Evolution.
- (2017) Demographic stochasticity and temporal autocorrelation in the dynamics of structured populations. Oikos. vol. 126 (4).
- (2016) Demographic buffering of life histories? Implications of the choice of measurement scale. Ecology. vol. 97 (1).
- (2016) Neutral or non-neutral communities: temporal dynamics provide the answer. Oikos. vol. 126 (3).
- (2016) Optimal age of maturity in fluctuating environments under r- and K-selection. Oikos. vol. 125 (11).
- (2016) Phenotypic evolution by distance in fluctuating environments: The contribution of dispersal, selection and random genetic drift. Theoretical Population Biology. vol. 109.
- (2016) Spatial synchrony in population dynamics: The effects of demographic stochasticity and density regulation with a spatial scale. Mathematical Biosciences. vol. 274.
- (2016) Density dependence in an age-structured population of great tits: identifying the critical age classes. Ecology. vol. 97 (9).
- (2016) Harvest-induced phenotypic selection in an island population of moose, Alces alces. Evolution. vol. 70 (7).
- (2016) Effective size of density-dependent populations in fluctuating environments. Evolution. vol. 70 (11).
- (2016) Characteristics of temporal changes in communities where dynamics differ between species. Theoretical Population Biology. vol. 111.
- (2016) Demographic routes to variability and regulation in bird populations. Nature Communications. vol. 7.
- (2016) Evidence for r-and K-selection in a wild bird population: A reciprocal link between ecology and evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. vol. 283 (1829).
- (2015) An integrated population model for a long-lived ungulate: more efficient data use with Bayesian methods. Oikos. vol. 124 (6).
- (2015) Guidelines when estimating temporal changes in density dependent populations. Ecological Modelling. vol. 313.
- (2015) The concept of fitness in fluctuating environments. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. vol. 30 (5).
- (2014) Distance decay of similarity, effects of environmental noise and ecological heterogeneity among species in the spatio-temporal dynamics of a dispersal-limited community. Ecography. vol. 37 (2).
- (2014) Estimating phenotypic selection in age-structured populations by removing transient fluctuations. Evolution. vol. 68 (9).
- (2014) Evolutionary consequences of nonselective harvesting in density-dependent populations. American Naturalist. vol. 184 (6).