PhD candidate at NTNU, Department of Geography.
- Studying the relationship between citizen science and policy making
- Developing spatial methods using citizen science to address wildlife management issues
Still trying to understand what being a geographer means, my work focus mainly on species distribution modeling, spatial data science (GIS and spatial statistics) and science policy interface. Citizen science has helped ecologists to understand species ecology at scales they couldn’t even dream of but citizen science isn’t only about scientific results. In fact, what I found the most interested is the potential citizens holds in shaping policy decisions. This interest led me to study hunters’ contribution to citizen science. Hunters are a specific group of citizen scientists whose data have a direct impact on policy decision such as adjusting quotas for game species. They use a wide variety of methods to collect their data (some more rigorous than others) and the reason they are doing it differ. From simple monitoring ungulates population and health to helping scientists to study the migration patterns of birds, hunters play an important role in wildlife management, disease management as well as nature conservation in general.
When I am not in my office you can find me either at the climbing gym or running outside – when it’s not too cold. My other hidden hobby is magic card tricks, which didn’t help me much in doing science – yet.