Tanja Kofod Petersen
Background and activities
I am currently engaged as a PhD student at the NTNU University Museum. My project will model spatial and temporal dynamics of plant and animal species and communities within terrestrial habitats along gradients of human impact/urbanization. Red-listed- and alien species and species important for ecosystem function are of special interest. This project will focus on key questions for environmental sustainability, and the official aims are:
- Investigate spatio-temporal patterns in biodiversity, especially among threatened and/or invasive species, or species of importance for ecosystem functioning
- Investigate the effect of land use change on biodiversity
- Provide suggestions for how to develop cities in a more sustainable fashion, with respect to biodiversity.
My research deals with the impact of urbanization on biodiversity, thus involving a variety of stakeholders. I am experienced in biological modelling, statistical data analyses, and in designing and conducting field studies in various conditions. I have both a great interest in and experience with macroecology, conservation, biodiversity and interdisciplinary work.
- Teacher, Slotshaven Gymnasium (Biology C, Mathematics A)
- M.Sc. in Biology, University of Copenhagen, Section for Ecology and Evolution. Thesis title: “Zoochorous seed dispersal by red deer (Cervus elaphus): comparison of dung, fur and hooves”.
- Exchange student, B.Sc. University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Arctic Biology
- B.Sc. in Biology, University of Copenhagen, Natural History Museum of Denmark (Geological Museum). Thesis title: “Fossil elasmobranch teeth (Chondrichthyes) from Angola, Western Africa”.
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) Urban aliens and threatened near-naturals: Land-cover affects the species richness of alien- and threatened species in an urban-rural setting. Scientific Reports. vol. 10.
- (2019) Can plant traits predict seed dispersal probability via red deer guts, fur, and hooves?. Ecology and Evolution. vol. 9 (17).