I am an Associate Professor and have been based at the University of Southern Denmark since 2013. My primary interests are explaining and describing demographic patterns across the “tree of life”. However, my research interests are varied and range from climate change, macroevolution and macroecology, to senescence and population dynamics.
Before my appointment at the University of Southern Denmark I spent a couple of years working on similar things as a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany. In addition, I spent some time working with Dr Jinliang Wang at the Institute of Zoology (London) on population genetics.
My first post-doc, based at Imperial College London, was on the LITS project, a database of UK-based long-term individual-based time series data sets.
You can find my CV here.
Danielle is doing a PhD (co-supervised by Johan Dahlgren) on plant demography. She is focussed on the implications of trade-offs for ageing. Her work will involve field work on orchids in Scandinavia and the Pyrenees, lab work to study growth rings in herbaceous plants and analysis using the COMPADRE Plant Matrix Database to study trade-offs from a large-scale macroevolutionary perspective. Danielle is funded by a MaxNetAging scholarship.
Sophie is doing a PhD (co-supervised by Thomas Bjørneboe Berg) hedgehog population biology. Her project collects roadkill fatalities of hedgehogs from all over Denmark, and uses them to gain knowledge of various aspects of hedgehogs health and well-being across Denmark.You can read more about her project at www.sdu.dk/pindsvin.
Iain is a systems ecologist, broadly interested in answering interesting ecological and evolutionary questions from a whole-system perspective, using mathematical and statistical tools. Mostly, he works with demographic models and population-level data, usually in plants.
His academic interests are in feedbacks between demography and evolution, particularly the consequences of environmental disturbance for shaping life histories. His applied interests are in using demographic tools to improve forecasting of population and community dynamics, for conservation and ecosystem services management.
The following people have now left, or have finished their studies.
Emilie Marie Hansen
Emilie was co-supervised by Thomas Bjørneboe Berg and did her masters project on the the predation behaviour of domestic cats on Fyn. Cat predation on birds is well known thanks to popular TV programs like the BBC’s “Secret life of the cat”. Her project was a “citizen science project” involving hundreds of participants and used methodology including GPS collars and cameras alongside traditional biological work like surveys and conducting necropsies on prey items. She built a detailed picture of cat behaviour in both urban and rural areas on the island of Fyn. She successfully defended her thesis, obtaining the highest possible grade, in September 2016 and is now writing up some of that work as research papers.