Congratulations to Veronica Sahlén

… who with the successful defense of his PhD thesis on the 31st of May 2013 became the seventeenth person to have completed a PhD within the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project. Her thesis title was “Encounters between brown bears and humans in Scandinavia – contributing factors, bear behavior and management perspectives”.

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Congratulations to Sam Steyaert…

… who with the successful defense of his PhD thesis on the 20th of August 2012 became the sixteenth person to have completed a PhD within the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project. His thesis title was “The mating system of the brown bear in relation to the sexually selected infanticide theory”.

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Blodprovstagning på björnar i idet 2012

I vecka 8 har vi fångat fem ungbjörnar i sina iden, för att ta blodprover till vårt samarbetsprojekt med Örebro Universitetssjukhus om fysiologin hos vintersovande björnar (se tidigare nyheter). Två 2-åriga björnar som är kullsyskon låg i samma idet – det är väldigt ovanligt. Deras mamma hade blivit skjuten förra hösten under björnjakten. Idesmärkningen gick bra och under midsommarveckan ska dessa björnar sövas åter en gång för att jämföra blodproverna.

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Den captures on SVT’s “Vetenskapens Värld”

This week we have been capturing subadult bears in their dens, to collect blood samples for our collaborative hibernation/physiology study (collaboration with Örebro University Hospital, see earlier news). With us on the captures was a reporting team from SVT’s program “Vetenskapens Värld” (“The World of Science, roughly translated). You can find more information on SVT’s website (in Swedish).

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Congratulations Richard Bischof…

…who successfully defended his PhD thesis on the 15th December 2009 (Selective harvesting: Short- and long term consequences for wild populations and their management). His thesis is the 12th PhD thesis published within the SBBRP and is available for downloading here

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Congratulations to Jonas Kindberg…

… who with the successful defense of his PhD thesis on the 30th of September 2010 became the fourteenth person to have completed a PhD within the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project. His thesis “Monitoring and Management of the Swedish Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) Population”, is available here

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Blood sampling of denning bears for human medicinal research

During spring of 2009 we started collaboration with doctors from Örebro University Hospital (link here). The initial results, which have recently been published (link to pdf here) were very interesting, and based on these it was decided that the collaboration should continue.

In February 2010 we carried out captures and blood sampling of seven subadult bears, while they were still in the den. ON June 21st and 22nd all of these seven bears were recaptured in order to do a follow-up of the blood samples taken in February. Everything looks good and now we are awaiting the results with great anticipation!

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Jodie Martin’s PhD thesis now available as pdf.

After a longer wait than intended, Jodie’s thesis is now available here.

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Allahott hit by train

W0501 Allahott was hit by a train on the 20th of April 2010 and was consequently tracked and put down. Allahott, born 1997, was first captured in 2005 weighing in at 231 kg and was subsequently referred to as a “record-breaking” bear.

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Congratulations to Andrés Ordiz…

…who successfully defended his PhD thesis on the 22nd of March 2010. The thesis “Reproductive patterns and human-influenced behavior in brown bears. Implications for the conservation of large carnivores” is the 13th thesis from the SBBRP and you will find a pdf of the thesis here.

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