The main aim of our work is to strengthen the quality of small game research at our campus, and to establish a system for integrating research and educational activities at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. We emphasize research activities that contribute to increased understanding of the dynamics of boreal and alpine ecosystems. Through monitoring of important ecosystem components we aim to quantify variation in species diversity and trophic interactions.
Important focal species include small- and medium-sized carnivores, such as red fox, pine marten, least weasel and stoat, and prey species such as small rodents, forest grouse, ptarmigan and mountain hares. By estimating densities and quantifying food web linkages we aim to learn about mechanisms that link the dynamics of small rodents to a broader spectrum of species. Through the development and use of various survey techniques, we monitor population dynamics of small game, and we intend to further investigate the relationships between spatial use, habitat selection and survival. An ambition of our research group is to establish Evenstad as a center in a Nordic small game network where annual meetings among managers and researchers can stimulate collaboration and exchange of knowledge.