Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Department of Ecology, SLU
Evaluating the behavioural response of wild boar and roe deer to acoustic stimuli
As we strive to create landscapes in which humans and wildlife can co-exist, it is essential to develop innovative and novel strategies to manage human-wildlife conflicts. One such method may be through acoustic deterrents, but to do so, we much first understand how wildlife respond to acoustic stimuli.
Billions of kronor are lost each year due to human-ungulate conflicts, such as crop damages and collisions with vehicles. To address this issue, many management tactics have been tested but proven ineffective. Thus, the need to develop a novel management strategy is apparent.
In this project were are testing if acoustic stimuli can be used to temporarily deter wildlife from areas of conflict. In the first phase of this project, we will be testing the behavioural response of wild boar and roe deer to acoustic signal, to observe differences in response based on demographic traits (i.e. sex and age), and experience (i.e. amount of exposure to the sound).
In the second phase, we will test the signals at areas of conflict, such as roads, railways and crops to determine if acoustic signals can be used to effectively to reduce the risk of damage.
There are many facets to this project that can satisfy BSc theses, MSc theses and internship requirements. We are seeking at least 1 BSc candidate, and either 1-2 MSc (one 60 hp project or two 30hp projects). Internships are also available. Exact research questions can be developed by the candidate, using available data or collecting new data.
Candidates will be based at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station for the duration of their project.
Submit CV and a statement of intent, including the type of project undertaking sought.