Three new PhD theses from the Bear Project in fall/winter 2017
We are happy to announce that 32 PhD theses have now been produced within or in cooperation with the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project. We congratulate the following new doctors who defended excellent PhD degrees and thank them for their important cooperation to the Bear Project. They are:
Shane Frank, with a thesis entitled “The effects of harvest on the sociospatial and genetic structure of a solitary-living large carnivore, the brown bear Ursus arctos” defended at the University College of Southeast Norway, Bø,
Annelies De Cuyper, with a thesis entitled “Prey selection and digestive processing in terrestrial carnivorous mammals” defended at Ghent University, Belgium,
Núria Fandos Esteruelas, with a thesis entitled “Short and long-term physiological effects of capture and handling on free-ranging brown bears (Ursus arctos)” defended at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Evenstad.
Shane and Núria’s theses were produced solely within the Bear Project, whereas Annelies’ thesis was in cooperation with our project. We wish these new doctors all the best in their academic careers.
We congratulate the following new doctors who wrote and defended excellent PhD degrees and thank them for their important cooperation to the Bear Project. They are:
Therese Sivertsen, who defended her thesis entitled “Risk of brown bear predation on semi-domesticated reindeer calves – Predation patterns, brown bear-reindeer interactions and landscape heterogeneity” at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala.
Anne Gabriela Hertel, who defended her thesis entitled “The effect of berry abundance and mortality risk on behavior and life history in Scandinavian brown bears” at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås.
Therese and Anne are the 28th and 29th PhD candidates, respectively, to complete their PhD thesis in the Bear Project.
Andreas, who is a central researcher with the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project and member of its Steering Committee, has been elected president of the IBA. This is the largest worldwide organization that promotes the research, management, and conservation of bears. Andreas is the first president that is not based in North America. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southeast Norway in Bø. Good luck, Andreas!!
In 2016, three PhD students who did part of their theses (at least one chapter) in cooperation with the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project defended their theses successfully. We would like to congratulate these cooperators on their well-deserved PhD degrees and thank them for their excellent cooperation. They are:
Aimee Tallian, who defended her thesis entitled “The behavior and ecology of cursorial predators and dangerous prey: integrating behavioral mechanisms with population-level patterns in large mammal systems” at Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA.
Ellinor Sahlén, who defended her thesis entitled “Indirect effects of predation in human-modified landscapes” at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden
Cyril Milleret who defended his thesis entitled “Spatial ecology of wolves in Scandinavia – from spatio-temporal dynamics of wolf pairs to wolf population dynamics” at the Hedmark University of Applied Sciences, Evenstad, Norway.
Welcome to Björnsymposium 2016 at Orsa Grönklitt.
Date: 14th – 15th December 2016
Start: 8:00 AM
Prel. Contributors (the final list will be send to all participnts at Nov 30th):
- Naturvårdverkets nya viltstrategi. (Maria Hörnell-Willebrand, Naturvårdsverket)
- Det Skandinaviska Björnprojektet till nytta för förvaltningen (Jon Swenson, Björnprojektet)
- Hur rovdjursförvaltningen ser ut på nationell nivå (Michael Schneider, Naturvårdsverket)
- Beståndsstatus och övervakning av björnstammen i Sverige och Norge (Jonas Kindberg, Björnprojektet)
- Hur har björndödligheten förändrats över åren? (Tomas Meijer, SVA)
- Björnens reaktion på jakthundar (Ole Gunnar Støen, Björnprojektet)
- Björnjaktens utveckling de senaste 20 åren (Rasmus Boström, Björnjägare)
- What happens when bears and wolves share a forested landscape? (Andrés Ordiz, Björnprojektet)
- Kan studier av björnens fysiologi hjälpa oss lösa humanmedicinska problem? (Ole Fröbert, Örebro Universitetssjukhus)
- Hur björnar skydda sig mot att tappa muskulatur och benstyrka trots njursvikt och immobilisering (Peter Stenvinkel, Karolinska Institutet)
- Kan vi ha nytta av att forska på björnar i en djurpark? (Andreas Zedrosser, Björnprojektet)
- Effekter av bly i slakterester: får bjørnen ADHD og nedsatt IQ? (Jon Arnemo, Björnprojektet)
The symposium will be held in Swedish/Norwegian language.
In case you would like to participate or know somebody who would like to, please download/share our invitation below (pdf-file)
Inbjudan Björnsymposium 2016
Your SBBRP – Team
In December, Marine Plumel successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled “Optimization of quantitative proteomics analytical strategies: application to studying metabolic adaptive responses in various organisms” at the Institut pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien in Strasbourg, France. Then March was a big moth for the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project, when three candidates successfully defended their theses. The first was Inge G. Revsbech on 4 March. The title of her thesis was “Molecular mechanisms regulating oxygen transport and consumption in high altitude and hibernating mammals in Northern Europe”. The thesis defense was conducted at Aarhus University in Denmark. Two additional candidates were examined on 18 March, Alina Lynn Evans defended her thesis entitled “Ecophysiology of brown bears; basic physiology and effects of hibernation, pregnancy, body mass, and capture” at Hedmark University College in Evenstad, Norway, and Anita J. Norman defended her thesis entitled “Genomic studies of contemporary processes in wild populations with the Scandinavian brown bear as a model” at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå. We want to congratulate Marine, Inge, Alina, and Anita on their well-deserved PhD degrees. Doctoral students in the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project have now produced 24 PhD theses.
….who successfully defended her PhD thesis on October 23, 2015. Julia is the twentieth person to have completed a PhD within the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project. The title of her thesis was “Genetic structure and gene flow in a continuously distributed large terrestrial carnivore – the brown bear (Ursus arctos) in Northern Europe”. The thesis defense was conducted at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås.
… who with the successful defense of her PhD thesis on February 4, 2015 became the nineteenth person to have completed a PhD within the Scandinavian Brown Bear Research Project. The title of her thesis was “Winter ecology of brown bears” and it was defended at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
We have finally a new logo! It depicts a female brown bear with a dependent offspring. The idea behind the logo is that the bear family shown represents our study species, the brown bear, as well as our main research method, which is to follow females and their offspring.