Kristine Lund Björnås
My research focus is on spatially explicit models to describe salmon and trout habitat in streams, with River Gullspångsälven as a case study. The thought is that if you can realistically describe ecological processes in the form of mechanistic models, you can also virtually experiment with different environmental management scenarios and predict which one(s) would be most useful in a given system. Models are also increasingly important to predict the effect that climate change will have on our watercourses. I particularly believe in individual-based/agent-based modelling (IBM/ABM) as a tool for making decisions in the face of complex issues.
I'm also interested in evidence-based environmental management and systematic literature reviews on a general basis.
I have been a TA in several ecology- and conservation biology courses within the bachelor program in Biology and master program in Conservation biology.
I believe that international relations and interdisciplinary research is important to tackle the global challenges of our time and age.
I'm involved in the KK Eflows project, with partners in the hydropower industry and in DHI (hydrological modelling consultancy). And I'm part of the Gullspång River Action Plan - a joint industry/science/management task force.
I also have ongoing collaborations with colleagues at Lund University, at the Finnish Natural History Museum and Jyväskylä University, among others.