Danish nature – University of Copenhagen

CMEC > Research > Danish nature

Production and development interests constantly threaten the Danish nature. Our research in Denmark mainly focuses on conservation and nature management.

Some of our research projects within Danish Nature are described below.



Habitat and species management

Conservation Science, including habitat and species management, is a broad biological discipline that covers all aspects of understanding how species, habitats and ecosystem services are changing in a world increasingly dominated by humans.

Tracking Golden Eagles

In this project, we track golden eagles with GPS technology to understand their movement patterns, habitat requirements and general use of non-breeding. The technology provides the possibility to explore their habitat use and home ranges across the annual cycle. The project also aims to determine the source population to the Danish breeding birds and investigate genetic relationship within the Danish population. Read more about the Golden Eagles.

Associate Professor Anders P. Tøttrup: aptottrup@snm.ku.dk

Conserving biodiversity in the Danish forests (FINISHED)

This project sheds light on what forest areas in Denmark should be given priority in a cost-effective effort for the conservation of biodiversity in the Danish forests. It also examines what such efforts will cost, and what it may mean for the provision of other ecosystem services from the forests. Download the final report.

Professor Carsten Rahbek: crahbek@snm.ku.dk
Special Consultant Anders Højgaard Petersen: anders.h.petersen@snm.ku.dk

Management and biodiversity of Danish beech forest

We combine experimental approaches to create deadwood and veteran trees with investigations of existing mature beech stands to understand the links between management, habitat diversity and biodiversity in Danish beech forests. The project has a multi-taxa approach (fungi, lichens, bryophytes, vascular plants, insects, birds) and include economic valuation with the aim to develop cost-effective evidence-based management tools for forest biodiversity.

Associate Professor Jacob Heilmann-Clausen: jheilmann-clausen@snm.ku.dk
Professor Carsten Rahbek: crahbek@snm.ku.dk

The Danish wolf

We study how and why the wolf population is growing and spreading across Europe. Based on this knowledge and data on population and occurrences, we make models to predict wolf dispersal and the number of wolves we can expect in each part of Europe, including Denmark. Read more about Ulve i Danmark (Wolves in Denmark).

Professor Carsten Rahbek: crahbek@snm.ku.dk


Citizen science projects

Citizen Science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by citizens without prior training or expert skills. The Citizen Science projects CMEC is involved in are described below.

Use of Citizen Science data 

We seek to explore the potential of data collected by citizens.

Professor Carsten Rahbek: crahbek@snm.ku.dk 
Postdoctoral Researcher Ben Holt: benhol@mba.ac.uk

The Anthunt (Myrejagten)

We investigate the ant's favorite food in Denmark. We compare this information with ants in the rest of the world. In this way, we get a better understanding of the impact of environmental and climatic changes. Read more about The Anthunt (in Danish).

Associate Professor Anders P. Tøttrup: aptottrup@snm.ku.dk

Biodiversitet.nu (NaturTjek)

We work to develop a set of biodiversity indicators to track changes in biodiversity over time across Denmark. Data are being collected by citizens without prior training or expert skills. We run yearly evaluations and finally an overall assessment by 2020. Read more about Biodiversitet.nu (in Danish).

Professor Carsten Rahbek: crahbek@snm.ku.dk
Associate Professor Anders P. Tøttrup: aptottrup@snm.ku.dk

Danish Fungi Atlas (Dansk Svampeatlas)

The project builds upon the atlas-project; Danmarks Svampeatlas, through which Danish fungi species, focusing on basidiomycetes, have been mapped throughout a five years period from 2009 to 2013. Read more about The Danish Fungi Atlas (in Danish).

Associate Professor Jacob Heilmann-Clausen: jheilmann-clausen@snm.ku.dk

The Insectmobile (Insektmobilen)

We investigate the biodiversity of flying insects in Denmark. During the summer 2018 and 2019, more than 150 volunteers will be collecting insects using large special designed insect net fitted to car roofs. Read more about The Insectmobile (in Danish).

Associate Professor Anders P. Tøttrup: aptottrup@snm.ku.dk

Real Science

The REAL SCIENCE project allows high school students to become creators of scientific knowledge in close collaboration with real scientists. The students themselves collect water samples and field notes from their local lake. Subsequently, they analyse the samples to identify from which species of fish and amphibian they find DNA clues. The scientific purpose of the project is to understand species communities on a national scale and effects of non-biological (e.g. lake temperature and physical environment) that influence species composition. Read more about REAL SCIENCE (in Danish).

Associate Professor Anders P. Tøttrup: aptottrup@snm.ku.dk 
Professor Carsten Rahbek: crahbek@snm.ku.dk 

Explore the Ocean 2.0 (Opdag Havet 2.0)

Explore the Ocean is an educational project by which we, in collaboration with WWF Verdensnaturfonden, ask volunteer divers to collect biological knowledge about the sea and marine life in Danish waters. Among other things, we want to compare the results to findings done by professional divers and thereby determine if volunteers can be responsible for some of the marine monitoring in Denmark. Read more about Explore the Ocean 2.0 (in Danish).

Associate Professor Anders P. Tøttrup: aptottrup@snm.ku.dk 
Professor Carsten Rahbek: crahbek@snm.ku.dk