The importance of Citizen Science – Can we improve the scientific use of Citizen Science data in Bird Population Studies?

PhD defence, Friday 8. December 2017. Henning Heldbjerg

2017.12.08 | Liselotte K Heller

Henning Heldbjerg

During his studies, Henning Heldbjerg aimed to make the best use of the data from existing Citizen Science bird monitoring programmes in Denmark. The papers included in this thesis demonstrate how citizen science based monitoring data contribute to our knowledge of bird populations. They include an assessment of how we can improve the use of the existing data through novel applications and how we might combine avian monitoring data with other data sources and modern techniques to obtain a better understanding of the drivers of observed changes in bird populations.

Overall, the thesis demonstrates how avian abundance information derived from different Citizen Science data sources can be extremely useful in directly supporting biodiversity conservation and management, providing vital support to meeting statutory obligations under national and international (e.g. EU) legislation.

The PhD degree was completed at Department of Bioscience, Kalø, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.


Time Friday 8. December 2017 at 13.00
Place: Building 1531, room 119, lecture theatre D2, Department of Mathematics, Ny Munkegade 118, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C.
Title of dissertation: Citizen Science Based Bird Population Studies
Contact information: Henning Heldbjerg, /, tel.: +45 24273250
Members of the assessment committee:
Dr Simon Gillings, Head of Population Ecology & Modelling, Principal Ecologist, British Trust for Ornithology, UK
Associate Professor Kasper Thorup, head of ringing centre, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen
Associate Professor Kurt Thomas Jensen, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University (chair)
Main supervisor:
Professor Anthony D. Fox, Department of Bioscience, Kalø, Aarhus University
Senior researcher Peter Sunde, Department of Bioscience, Kalø, Aarhus University
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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