Due to their high energy demand, large-bodied species can strongly influence ecosystem dynamics. However, their impact in ecosystems is often in conflict with human interests.

Our research group LARGE is committed to knowledge production to meet common goals for a sustainable management of large-bodied species and dampening wildlife-human conflicts. Our objectives are to

  1. Conduct scientific studies on large-bodied animals and their interactions with other species, including humans, thereby providing high-valued knowledge for management and conservation.
  2. Assess and evaluate management actions aimed at large-bodied species and related conflicts of interest.
  3. Synthesize and disseminate scientific knowledge on large-bodied animals to management, stakeholders, the scientific community and the public.
  4. Integrate students at all levels into our activities and projects

Large-bodied animals

To sustain a large body with energy is costly, but there are also many advantages of being large. Large-bodied species are for example better suited in winning or surviving predation and interference competition. Due to their high energy demand, large bodied species often compete with human beings and livestock for space and resources. Here, wild species usually loose the competition, partly because they are outnumbered. Livestock makes up 60%, human beings 36% and wild mammals only 4% of the mammalian biomass on Earth. Wild large-bodied species are also at stake because they are desired trophies or hated pests. A considerable amount of money is used to manage large-bodied species, both large carnivores and herbivores. Our research group LARGE is involved in several top-notch research projects concerning human-wildlife co-existence.

Project examples

GRENSEVILT (link navnet til vår nettside

The Scandinavian Wolf Research Project SKANDULV (link navnet til vår nettside

The Forest Wolverine Project SKOGSJERV

Moose and Forestry


INN: Research group E4 - Evenstad Ecology, Evolution and Environment: Associate professors Morten Odden and David Carricondo Sanchez, PhD-student Zea Walton

INN: Research group Ecophysiology: Professor Jon M. Arnemo, associate professor Alina Evans, PhD-students Anne Randi Græsli, Boris Fuchs, Technician Alexandra Thiel

Swedish Agricultural University SLU: Camilla Wikenros, Håkan Sand, Jens Persson, Malin Aronsson