Theoretical Ecology Group

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Our aim is to understand how processes at the level of individuals drive dynamics of populations and communities. We focus on individual trade-offs and use trait-based models to explain ecological and evolutionary patterns. Please navigate through our pages to read more about our Research, our Publications, and us.

The group is well connected and networked. Most of us are members of the Hjort Centre for Marine Ecosystem Dynamics". We are a node in the Nordic Centre of Excellence NorMER - Nordic Centre for Research on Marine Ecosystems and Resources under Climate Change, and work package leaders in the EU training network MARmaED.
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Open positions: Two PhD Students
We are currently seeking two PhDs (3 and 4 years) in evolutionary modelling to model animal decision-making for the project Adapted heuristics and architecture: towards an understanding of personalities and phenotypic diversity.
[2 April 2015]

Rebecca Holt Is Blogging for National Science News
Rebecca Holt, PhD student in the Theoretical Ecology Group, recently initiated her blog at, the national online science news.
[8 December 2014]

Daniel Sellæg Defends Masters Thesis
Daniel Sellæg defended his Masters thesis Inferring female extra-pair mating behaviour from observed patterns of extra-pair paternity with a process-based model on Thursday 30 October.
[7 December 2014]


Dag L. Aksnes
Sergey Budaev
Sigrunn Eliassen
Group Leader, Professor
Øyvind Fiksen
PhD Student
Nadia Fouzai
Jarl Giske
PhD Student
Rebecca E. Holt
Associate Professor
Christian Jørgensen
Adjunct Professor
Marc Mangel
Adèle Mennerat
Anders F. Opdal
Selina Våge