Kjetil Bevanger

Position:    Scientific Advisor

 Telephone: +47 934 66 767
 E-mail: kjetil.bevanger@nina.no
 Department:Terrestrial biodiversity

Knowledge areas

Population and behaviour ecology on birds and mammals, conservation ecology, urban and landscape ecology, game species and harvest ecology, red listed and exotic species, EIA assessment, Third World Countries

Key qualifications

• Behavioural and population ecology of mammals and birds • Terrestrial ecology; issues on population and habitat ecology and community structure. Major practical experiences cover a variety of bird and mammal census techniques (and invertebrate sampling) in several habitat types and ecosystems • Behavioural ecology of Norwegian game species and assessment of mortality and population impacts caused by e.g. game bird collisions with air wires and fences, wind turbines, hunting, predation, and issues relating to sustainable harvest of game populations in general • Biodiversity issues on mortality factors of red listed species and ecological impacts of exotic species • Urban and landscape ecology; restoration ecology and issues on habitat fragmentation and biodiversity preservation • Environmental impact assessment (EIA) - in particular related to bird and mammal communities following hydropower development in Norway, Africa and Asia • Professional assessments of conservation value and status of rivers and landscapes, developing and using ornithological and other conservation criteria • Extensive experience from working in Third World Countries, in particular East Africa; EIAs and project assessments for NORAD and international consultancy companies


1993: Dr. Scient. (Doctor Scientiarum), Zoology, University of Trondheim 1976: Master of Science (Candidatus Realium), Zoology, University of Trondheim 1976: Bachelor of Science (Candidatus Magisterii), Natural science. University of Trondheim


• 2003-present: Senior research scientist, NINA. Research on behavioural and population ecology of game and carnivore species; urban and landscape ecology, habitat fragmentation and biodiversity conservation • 1994-2002: Foundation for Nature Research and Cultural Heritage Research (NINA•NIKU). Research Director, Division of Terrestrial Ecology (DTE), NINA. Day-to-day responsibility for the division, i.e. about 30-40 employees (23 research ecologists) with about 100 projects and a yearly turnover of NOK 35-40 mill. (US$ 4-5 mill.). Main tasks: strategic, long-term, professional planning; attracting external funding to the institute; stimulating and advising research in progress, quality assessment of end products; staff management. • 1988-1994: NINA. Research ecologist and assistant Research Director (DTE, 1991-1994), including periods with full responsibility as Research Director. Research on behavioural and population ecology of small game and carnivore species; urban and landscape ecology, habitat fragmentation and conservation of biodiversity. Senior Project Manager. • 1984-1988: Norwegian Research Council (NAVF), Programme for Applied Ecological Research (ØKOFORSK), The Trondheim Unit. Project manager and senior advisor for a variety of projects mainly dealing with wildlife management and impact assessments. • 1977-1984: Department of Zoology, University of Trondheim, The Museum. Research ecologist. Responsibility at senior level for several major projects dealing with nature preservation, hydroelectric development and wildlife; responsible for the project administration of personnel, equipment and budgets for the field work planning of 15-20 persons. • 1970-1975: Norwegian Research Council (NAVF), Department of Zoology, University of Trondheim. Research assistant at the University involved planning of a special course on resources for postgraduate studies in environmental conservation, planning and implementation of excursions, holding examination etc. The post as research assistant in NAVF was connected to the IBP/CT (The Norwegian International Biological Programme, Conservation of Terrestrial Communities).


• Courses for Board Members in professional board work, Styreforeningen (2003, 2005) • Course in Laboratory Animal Science for Researchers, Norwegian College of Veterinary Medicine, Oslo (1998) • Course in use of computers and terminals, Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), Univ. of Trondheim (1984) • Special course in Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Education (KOMMIT), University of Trondheim (1973) • Course in Museology, Museum of Natural History and Archaeology, Trondheim (1972) • Honours course in Lichen Taxonomy, Univ. of Trondheim (1972) • Course in geology (Geology I), Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), University of Trondheim (1971)


Mother tongue: Norwegian; English (fluent); German (fair); French (some)

Worked in

Angola, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Botswana, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malawi, Mozambique, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Vietnam

Conference contributions

1982: Nordic Symposium 12-13 November, Helsinki, Finland on "The role of the Museums of Natural History in Environmental Protection Work" 1986: XIX International Ornithological Congress 22-29 June, Ottawa, Canada 1988: Nordic Congress on Game Research 5-9 September, Esbo, Finland. 1989: XIX Congress of the International Union of Game Biologists (IUGB), 8-13 September, Trondheim, Norway. 1990: XX International Ornithological Congress 2-9 December, Christchurch, New Zealand. 1991: XX Congress of the International Union of Game Biologists (IUGB), 21-26 August, Göddölö, Hungary. 1992: 1st Nordic meeting on Badger Research, 17-18 June, Grimsö, Sweden. 1992: International workshop on "Avian interactions with utility structures", 13-15 September, Miami, Florida 1992: International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC); "Workshop on Predation and Predators", 1-2 December, Dourdan, France 1993: 2nd Nordic meeting on Badger Research, 7-8 October, Trondheim, Norway 1994: II North European Symposium on the ecology of small and medium-sized carnivores, 8-11 April, Lammi, Finland 1994: 3rd Nordic meeting on Badger Research, 9-11 September, Denmark 1995: International Conference on Holarctic Birds of Prey. Badajoz 17-22 April, Spain 1995: 4th Nordic meeting on Badger Research, 29-30 September, Univ. of Lund, Sweden 1996: Norway/UN Conference on Alien Species. The Trondheim Conferences on Biodiversity. 1-5 July 1997: VIII Nordic Congress of Wildlife Research, Trondheim 7-9-February 1998: XXII International Ornithological Congress, 16-22 August, Durban, South Africa. 1998: Carnivore Conservation Symposium; 20-21 November The Zoological Society of London. 1998: Symposium on Raptors of South East Asia, Lake Biwa Museum, Japan, 12-14 December 1999: The 35th North American Moose Conference & Workshop, 15-20 May, Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, Grand Portage, Minnesota, USA 1999: The 3rd European Congress of Mammalogy, Jyväskylä, Finland. May 29-June 3. 1999: The 8th International Grouse Symposium, Rovaniemi, Finland. 13-17 September 2000: Hunting as sustainable resource utilisation: experiences and challenges. Rica Hotel, Trondheim, Norway February 14-16 2000: Beyond 2000: Realities of Global Wolf Restoration, 23-26 February, Duluth, Minnesota, USA 2002: 23rd International Ornithological Congress, Beijing, August 11-17 2005: Wind, Fire & Water: Renewable Energy & Birds, 1 -3 April 2005, University of Leicester, UK 2006: The improvement to bird's habitat of community importance and restoration of electrical systems". Cervia, Italy, June 10. Invited speaker for plenary session: Why distribution of electricity may be a problem to birds. 2006: Prediksjon av vertebratutbredelser - ekspertbaserte art-habitatassosiasjoner. Norsk-svensk workshop om habitatmodellering, Sunnersta, Uppsala 14.-17. februar. 2008: Bird interactions with utility structures: Who is at risk? 15th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society, Miami, FL.