Mammal communities in Europe are changing, ungulates and carnivores are on the rise and this leads to increased conflict between wildlife and humans and the need for science-based conservation and wildlife management. As an animal ecologist, I am especially interested in interactions between mammal species, their environment and human-wildlife interactions. I study interactions between species in space and time, and relate (relative) abundance of animals to crop damage, zoonotic-disease risk and other human-wildlife conflicts.
I am increasingly interested in how humans affect animals and how animals affect humans with increasing urbanisation. Recently, I started collaborating with social scientists trying to better understand how people experience wildlife and how this influences human-wildlife interactions.
I currently work in five projects:
- My main project, Scandcam, is a collaboration between SLU and NINA (the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research) in which we aim to monitor Scandinavian mammal communities using a network of camera traps.
- Beyond Moose aims to study interactions between different ungulate species in Sweden, where an increase in fallow deer, red deer and wild boar is changing the landscape where formerly only roe deer and moose were present.
- ARCS aims to provide a citizen science platform in Sweden, see www.citizenscience.se for more info.
- Iller aims to develop monitoring tools for the Swedish polecat population estimating it’s current distribution and population status.
- Wildlife in the city is developing a citizen science program to study the effect of urbanisation on mammal communities in Northern Sweden. We are in the process of running a pilot study in collaboration with Umeå kommun.
You can find more about my current and past research on the pages below: