Department of Bioscience
Bioscience is about life in all respects. We teach, provide consultancy and research in life; right from bacteria to whales over genes to ecosystems and from basic research to applied biology in nature management and biotechnology. With approximately 500 staff and more than 500 students at Bachelor and Master levels as well as 130 thesis writing students the department is organised under the Faculty of Science and Technology.
The research in the section of Wildlife Ecology relates to birds and mammals, however, the work includes zoological population biology in general. Our task is to investigate and provide consultancy on species’ population dynamics and behaviour in general and when interacting with people and the society. Therefore, we study the spatial and seasonal movements of mammals and we study the migratory paths e.g. of waterfowl. We also study how hunting and hunting regulations, changing agricultural practices, land use and climate change, recreational activities (e.g. running, cycling, sailing and hunting), and major technical facilities (e.g. roads, bridges and windmills) affect the living conditions of the populations, and we also study how different species affect each other, e.g. by means of predation.
The research in the section of Wildlife Ecology forms the basis for preparing management plans and other science based consultancy to the authorities. The section is responsible for preparing the Danish statistics on hunting yield, wing analyses and monitoring stocks of e.g. ducks and geese. This represents a substantial part of the national monitoring of birds and mammals in Denmark. The section is involved in environmental impact assessments for authorities and private parties and we contribute to teaching and developing talent with the aim of educating master students and PhDs with the necessary expertise in nature and wildlife management.
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