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PhD title: Mitigating conflicts between conservation and farming – large grazing birds and crop damage at wetlands
Supervisors: Johan Månsson, Tomas Pärt, Ingunn Tombre
Keywords: Large grazing birds, conflict mitigation, crop damage prevention, agriculture and wetland restoration
Start and end date of the PhD: 01/09/2016 – 01/09/2020
Research (max 300 words): Populations of large grazing birds have increased all over Europe in the last decades, with an increase of crop damage as a result. These birds often gather together on high concentrations in wetlands and use the surrounding agricultural landscape as a feeding ground. That supposes a loss of yield for farmers and therefore, a conflict arises.
I will study the mechanisms driving the spatiotemporal patterns behind crop damage at different spatiotemporal levels; develop spatial distribution models of large grazing birds at different scales; predict areas at risk; and finally, develop and asses preventive measures to reduce the risk of crop damage.