Foto supplied by Jenny
What have you done before your masters programme?
I studied Biology at Lund University (BSc). Before that I did the military service for one year and worked as a guardian in Malmö.
What’s your first memory involving an animal?
When I was 2,5 years old I sat on a horse for the first time in my life. I think my interest for animals and nature has grown ever since.
What made you good to go for fish and wildlife?
I took the decision to apply for the program while I was doing an internship in Ghana. I knew that I wanted to focus on nature conservation, and my interest for mammals made me turn my nose northwards.
Fun hobby or fact you would like to share with us?
I have a big interest in photographing and communication/graphic design!
Dream job to land straight after graduation?
There is so many, but maybe wildlife manager at the CAB?
Fish, birds or wildlife?
This week we have been focused on a role-play based on the fictional island of “Ramandus”. The population on the island is solated from the rest of the world, and has undergone a strong population growth up until recently. Food is becoming more scarce and several citizens have expressed an increasing worry that we might be overexploiting the island. That’s where we come in – questions we have had to deal with include what policy instruments we could use to ensure that we don’t overuse our resources? How do we break the current population development trend? How do we ensure that by creating a government we are laying the cornerstones to a democracy and keeping several interest groups happy?
It’s been a week of turns and twists, but I think we’ve all come out of it with much more respect for the difficulties in creating effective and constructive policy, not to speak of trying to stem changing trends.
European Adder (Vipera berus) by Matej Dom
A major focus here at F/W is improving our general skills and making sure that we are continuously acquainted with real research data. In Applied Populations Ecology one of our major assignments included a research report in the form of a scientific article on melanism in the european adder (V. berus). This encompassed everything from getting up to date on research on melanism and dorsal coloration in snakes to analyzing our own data and discussing what the data might suggest!
For example, melanism may provide a thermoregulatory advantage to adult female snakes at high altitude (or latitude)! However, the loss of a cryptic coloration or one which signals that it is a venomous predator may also increase the risk of predation..