Are you interested in plant-animal interactions and how to figure out the carrying capacity of a landscape for wild populations of large herbivores? Forestry and ungulate (moose and deer) browsing are both important drivers of forest biodiversity and ecosystem services. To better understand how these factors interact, and to predict the level of browsing damage in production forests, we need to fill some knowledge gaps: how much forage is there in the landscape and how can we measure it in a cost-efficient way? How can we use silviculture to promote forage availability and therefore reduce damage? Which landscape scale factors explain the development of browsing damage over time? The Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, SLU, is looking for a person who, as part of a PhD, will address these questions.

The doctoral student will be trained in three research fields which are connected in this project: ecology, remote sensing and forest production. The work includes for example field data collection, conducting forest experiments, working with data from remote sensing and the National Forest Inventory. The doctoral student will work with many plant species, relevant for all wild ungulate species living in Sweden. The doctoral student will be part of an active research group, and together we strive to maximize the impact of our research on practical game- and forest management, including outreach activities to forest owners and hunters.

Institution: Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Duty station: Alnarp, Sweden

Closing date: 15 August 2022

About The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is a world-class international university with research, education and environmental assessment within the sciences for sustainable life. Its principal sites are in Alnarp, Umeå and Uppsala, but activities are also conducted at research stations, experimental parks and educational establishments throughout Sweden. We bring together people who have different perspectives, but they all have one and the same goal: to create the best conditions for a sustainable, thriving and better world.