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Jannie Fries Linnebjerg

I have quite a broad background ranging from intensive management of endangered species, eradication of invasive species to animal movement behaviour.

I’ve completed my B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD. degrees at Aarhus University, Denmark. Early in my career I got very interested in conservation and pursued this by working for Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) in Mauritius. During the 6 seasons spent working with MWF, I worked on two of its main programmes, the Pink Pigeon and Echo Parakeet projects, both of which are outstanding and globally renowned examples of successful conservation work. I also researched the Paradise Flycatcher and Red-whiskered bulbul for my B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses, respectively, both in close collaboration with MWF. After returning to Denmark I worked as a research assistant at the Department of Arctic Environment at Aarhus University. During this time I focussed on analysing data on pink-footed and barnacle geese to determine the effect of barnacle geese on goose feeding behaviour in its staggering area in Norway. Working in the Arctic is challenging but indeed very interesting and thus I was very happy to slightly change my career path and pursue new knowledge about foraging ecology of breeding seabirds in Greenland during my PhD. The work broadly concerned the foraging ecology of seabirds, but focused on how closely related and sympatric breeding species (common murre Uria aalge, thick-billed murre Uria lomvia, razorbill Alca torda, black guillemot Cepphus grylle and Atlantic puffin Fratercula arctica) utilise the marine environment. More specifically, in light of intra and interspecific competition, my research asked how the different sympatric breeding species share foraging habitats and thus food resources (both vertically and horizontally).

For my current post-doc project (funded by Carlsbergfondet) I will examine day-to-day movement behaviour and energy used to catch prey by recording bird’s movements and diving patterns and thereafter link this information to environmental variability. I will use two different model species, one pelagic seabird adapted to cold ocean environments (thick-billed murre) and one associated with temperate coastal and freshwater habitats (cormorants).


JannieFries Linnebjerg
E-mail: jannie.linnebjerg [at]

Visiting research fellow

Evolutionary ecology

+46 46 222 05 74




Centre for Animal Movement Research
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden