Wibke Peters

Academic interests

I joined CEES in October 2015 to work on the project “Climate effects on harvested large mammal populations”. My education background is in wildlife biology and I hold an undergraduate degree in forestry. My academic work to date as well as field- and personal experiences have inspired me to understand how particular species respond to environmental changes through movement and what limits such adaptive responses. For example, for my dissertation research at the University of Montana, USA, and the Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy, I focused on questions at different spatial and temporal scales to explain the plasticity of migratory behavior in ungulates. The combination of applied science, theory, and human dimensions of wildlife management are particularly fascinating to me and I enjoy linking fundamental questions and theories of ecology to empirical data.

For my postdoc I will be focusing on how spatio-temporal variation of abiotic and biotic factors affects ungulate movement and life-histories, and how ungulate harvest by humans may alter these relationships in northern environments. Understanding the complexity of climate effects on ungulates can benefit from multi-scale investigations, expanding from local studies to comparative landscapes and multi-species approaches. Therefore, I will be using movement data from ungulate species within and outside of Norway covering wide environmental gradients to answer interrelated research questions in a network of strong collaborations. 

Published Oct. 19, 2015 1:29 PM - Last modified Mar. 22, 2017 11:28 AM

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