Lars Hillström has a PhD in Animal Ecology from Uppsala University and has a position as a Lecturer in Biology at the University of Gävle. I have a background in studying animal behavior in different species of birds. My PhD thesis was about studying behavior in relation to reproduction in the Pied Flycatcher. I have also been studying behavior in other birds, such as seabirds and raptors. During the last ten years I been working with different projects related to conservation biology, among them sustainable fishery in the Baltic Sea and ecological effects of wild boar in the boreal forest landscape. I am currently involved in three different projects.
Sustainable fishery in the Baltic Sea
This project aim is to increase the sustainability of coastal fishery in the Baltic sea, by developing new methods for making fish gear that are more sustainable in the sense that they decrease bycatch, are easier to handle and therefore more ergonomic for the fishermen. These and that are also more environmentally friendly, as less fuel consumption for boats is necessary and they cause less damage to the environment. This project is in cooperation with a small private company, Harmånger Maskin & Marin, located in the north of the Gävleborg county. The project is financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (Europeiska Havs- och Fiskefonden). Name of project in Swedish: Utveckling av sälsäker, flyttbar, ergonomisk, fångsteffektiv multifälla.
Using camera-traps for estimating local moose population in a boreal forest
The aim of this project is to use a new method for estimation of local moose population in boreal forests. This project is also tagged to the new special focus areas of research recently established at the University of Gävle, called DELSOH, with the motivation that it is a new type of learning to estimate local population variation in moose population, which in turn can be very useful for forest companies and hunters, as it can give better management in relation to the potential browsing damage in boreal forests, that cause big damage to forests, but moose hunting is also of huge economic value. This project is in cooperation with the Swedish Forest Agency and other authorities in Sweden, and financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. For a more detailed description in Swedish of this project, see the file Åtelkameror som verktyg för viltuppskattningar.
Ecological effects of Wild boar
Ecological effects of Wild boar in boreal forests in Sweden in relation to other terrestrial fauna of Sweden and their effects on the fungal guilds in the Swedish boreal forest. This is a project in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Cordoba and The Institute for Game and Wildlife Research (IREC) in Spain.
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