Meet your wild neighbours

My latest research project – Meet your wild neighbours – was featured on Swedish national television (TV4). You can see the item here (in Swedish).

Interview with TV4 © Susanna Bergström SLU

Meet your wild neighbours is a citizen science project, which means that everyone can participate. We invite inhabitants of Umeå municipality to borrow a camera trap from SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences) to put it up in on their property. In that way, we hope to get a better view of which animals live in our municipality and how people think about these animals.

You can find more information about the project and a way to participate here (in Swedish).

First paper from postdoc

I am really happy to announce that the first paper from my postdoc was just published online as early view.

It deals with a conceptual framework for dealing with detection issues when using camera traps to study animals. See:

Here is the graphical abstract showing the six orders of detection

The processes that determine the probability of identifiably detecting an animal species divided into six spatial scales. Four scales for the probability that an animal passes a CT:1st order or distribution range scale, 2nd order or landscape scale, 3rd order or habitat patch scale, 4th order or microsite scale. The 5th order or CT scale for the probability that the animal triggers the PIR sensor of the camera and the 6th order or image scale for the probability that the animal is identifiably detected.

First day of field work in northern Sweden

I just had my first day in the field for my new job as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Although my work will mainly consist of analysing consisting datasets, I am also collecting new data. Most of the work is done my research assistants, but sometimes I get the opportunity to join them in the field!

A grid of sticks allows us to estimate effective detection distance and angle as well as animal speed.