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Male brown bear (Ursus arctos) photographed during a summer night in Finland, close to the Russian border. See the paper by Snorre B. Hagen, Alexander Kopatz, Jouni Aspi, Ilpo Kojola and Hans Geir Eiken “Evidence of rapid change in genetic structure and diversity during range expansion in a recovering large terrestrial carnivore” published in Proceedings B. 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.0092

Photo credit: Alexander Kopatz.

 

Peer reviewed

 

Project reports

  • Kopatz A, Andreassen R, Kling D, Randa R, Forfang K, Hagen SB, Eiken HG (2017) Family groups of brown bears in Sør-Varanger, Finland. Application of SNP and STR markers to reconstruct pedigrees from DNA-samples non invasively collected 2004-2016. NIBIO Report 3 (160). Svanvik, 40 pages.
  • Kopatz A, Eiken HG, Randa R, Sotkajærvi E, Aspholm PE, Fløystad I, Schregel J, Aarnes SG, Hagen SB (2016) Påvisning av brunbjørn i den nordlige delen av Pasvikdalen i 2016 ved bruk av hårfeller og DNA analyse. NIBIO Report 2 (160). Svanvik, 16 pages.
  • Aspholm PE, Kopatz A, Sotkajærvi E, Aarnes SG, Schregel J, Tobiassen C, Fløystad I, Solem A, Ryeng T, Eiken HG, Hagen SB (2016) Resultater fra bjørnehårfeller i reinbeitedistrikt Beahceveai/Pasvik 5A/5C i 2016. NIBIO Report 2 (109). Svanvik, 32 pages.
  • Aarnes SG, Kopatz A, Eiken HG, Schregel J, Aspholm PE, Ollila T, Makarova O, Polikarpova N, Chizhov V, Hagen SB (2015) Monitoring of the Pasvik-Inari-Pechenga brown bear population in 2015 using hair-trapping. NIBIO Report 1 (69). Svanvik, 32 pages.
  • Aarnes SG, Kopatz A, Aspholm PE, Schregel J, Solem A, Sotkajærvi E, Eiken HG, Hagen SB (2015) Påvisning av bjørn og andre rovdyr i reinbeitedistrikt Beahceveai/Pasvik 5A/5C. NIBIO Report 1 (68). Svanvik, 33 pages.
  • Kopatz A, Aspholm PE, Rudolph A, Eiken HG, Schregel J, Aarnes SG, Hagen SB (2014) Testing hair sampling on power poles as a potential method for DNA identification and monitoring brown bears. Bioforsk Report 9 (168). Svanvik, 23 pages.
  • Kopatz A, Andreassen RJ, Eiken HG, Aarnes SG, Tobiassen C, Randa R, Wikan S, Hagen SB (2014) Female brown bears in Sør-Varanger, Norway: localities and mother-cub relationships analyzed by genetic methods. Bioforsk Report 9 (167). Svanvik, 25 pages.
  • Kopatz A, Østereng G, Hagen SB (2013) Joint border raccoon dog meeting - First joint-border meeting on preventive measures against an invasive mammal, the raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides). Bioforsk Report 8 (77). Svanvik, 143 pages.
  • Kopatz A, Aspholm PE, Eiken HG, Hagen SB (2012) Hair trapping of brown bears for management purposes in Neiden and Pasvik in 2012 - application of hair traps in a sheep grazing area and around sheep and moose carcasses. Bioforsk Report 7 (189). Svanvik, 19 pages.
  • Kopatz A, Eiken HG, Aspholm PE, Hagen SB (2012) Hair trapping versus field sampling of feces and hair – a comparison of two strategies to collect brown bear samples in 2007 and 2011 at the Pasvik Valley, Norway. Bioforsk Report 7 (128). Svanvik, 23 pages.
  • Kopatz A, Eiken HG, Aspholm PE, Tobiassen C, Bakken BB, Schregel J, Ollila T, Makarova O, Polikarpova N, Chizhov V, Hagen SB (2011) Monitoring of the Pasvik-Inari-Pechenga brown bear population in 2007 and 2011 using hair-trapping. Bioforsk Report 6 (148). Svanvik, 27 pages.
  • Eiken HG, Kopatz A, Aspholm PE, Tobiassen C, Bakke BB, Knappskog PM, Ollila L, Bjørn TA, Hagen SB (2011) Hårfeller og DNA-analyse brukt som metoder for å påvise bjørn i Hattfjelldal i Nordland i 2011. Bioforsk Report 6 (140). Svanvik, 24 pages (in Norwegian).
  • Eiken HG, Ollila L, Aspholm PE, Ollila T, Bergsvåg M, Smith ME, Kopatz A, Magga S, Sulkava P, Aspi J, Wartiainen (2009): Hair snares applied to detect brown bears in Øvre Anárjohka and Lemmenjoki National Parks. Bioforsk Report Vol. 4 No. 190. Bioforsk Svanhovd, 9925 Svanvik.
  • Smith ME, Ollila L, Bjervamoen SG, Eiken HG, Aspholm PE, Kopatz A, Aspi J, Kyykkä T, Ollila T, Sulkava P, Makarova O, Polikarpova N, Kojola, I (2007) Monitoring of the Pasvik Pasvik-Inari brown bear population using hair snares. Final report of the project “Development of the monitoring and research of brown bear population in North Calotte area. Bioforsk Svanhovd, 9925 Svanvik.

 

Posters and presentations

  • Kopatz A (2017) Insights into 10 years of genetic monitoring. EDU-ARCTIC - Engaging students in STEM education through Arctic research. Online Lesson, October 11th, 2017.
  • Kopatz A (2017) How to pluck a brown bear? EDU-ARCTIC - Engaging students in STEM education through Arctic research. Online Lesson, June 14th, 2017.
  • Kopatz A (2017) Why and how to study brown bears? EDU-ARCTIC - Engaging students in STEM education through Arctic research. Online Lesson, May 31st, 2017.
  • Kopatz A (2017) What genetics can tell us about brown bears? Presentation at the brown bear evening in Northern Lapland, March 14, 2017, Siida, Inari, Finland.
  • Kopatz A, Schregel J, Eiken HG, Aspi J, Kojola I, Hagen SB (2016) Temporal Analyses of Effective Population Size during Recovery and Range Expansion in the Northern European Brown Bear. Poster at the 24th International Conference on Bear Research and Management, June 12-16, 2016, Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
  • Kopatz A (2015) Wildlife population recovery – What genetics can tell us. Presentation at the 2nd Svanhovd Brown Bear Seminar: The Future of Genetic Monitoring and Research on Large Carnivores. Transborder Monitoring and research of brown bears and other large carnivores in Northern Europe and across the Fennoscandian Green Belt. November 10-11, 2015, Svanhovd, Norway.
  • Kopatz A, Schregel J, Eiken HG, Aspi J, Kojola I, Hagen SB (2015) Male mediated gene flow and the carnivore comeback: Y-chromosomal patterns during range expansion in a recovering brown bear population. Presentation at the 7th European Congress of Mammalogy, August 17–21, 2015, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Kopatz A, Eiken HG, Schregel J, Aarnes SG, Hagen SB (2015) Hva for teller genetisk overvåkning om den voksende brunbjørnbestanden i Nord-Europa og deler av Russland? Grensekryssende perspektiver basert på ny genetisk forskning. Presentation at the Nasjonale Konferanse om Rovvilt, Beitedyr og Samfunn, January 12-13, 2015, Hamar, Norway.
  • Kopatz A, Eiken HG, Schregel J, Aspi J, Kojola I, Hagen SB (2014) Genetics of population recovery - Spatio-temporal analyses on the demographic and geographic expansion of the Finnish brown bear Ursus arctos. Presentation at the 23rd International Conference on Bear Research and Management, October 5-11, 2014, Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Eiken HG, Schregel A, Kopatz A, Hagen SB (2014) Development of Y-chromosomal markers to study male brown bear gene flow. Presentation at the 6th International Symposium on the Dynamics of Game Animal Populations in Northern Europe, March 31-April 4, 2013, Kirkkolahti, Karelia, Russia.
  • Eiken HG, Kopatz A, Schregel A, Aspi J, Kojola I, Hailer F, Tirronen KF, Janke A, Saarma U, Danilov PI, Swenson JE, Hagen SB (2013) Gene Flow and Connectivity among Brown Bear Populations in Northern Europe. Presentation at the 22nd International Conference on Bear Research and Management, September 15-20, 2013, Provo, Utah, USA.
  • Eiken HG, Kopatz A, Schregel, Hagen SB (2013) Genetic structure of brown bear populations in Northern Europe. Presentation at the BEAR in Mind Conference by Alertis – fund for bear and nature conservation, May 23-25, 2013, Ouwehand Zoo, The Netherlands.
  • Kopatz A, Hagen SH, Schregel, J, Eiken HG (2012) Genetic monitoring and research of brown bears in northern Europe. Presentation at the 86th Annual Conference of the German Society of Mammalogy - "THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF MAMMALIAN DIVERSITY" -  by the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum and the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BIK-F), September 4-8, 2012, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
  • Kopatz A, Hagen SB (2011) Genetic monitoring and research of brown bears in Northern Europe. Presentation at the meeting on Brown bear research, monitoring and management in Pasvik-Inari area and North Calotte area, December 7-8, 2011, Inari, Finland.
  • Andreassen R, Schregel J, Kopatz A, Knappskog PM, Schneider M, Kojola I, Aspi J, Rykov A, Tirronen KF, Hagen SB, Eiken HG (2011) A forensic DNA profiling system for Northern European Brown bear (Ursus arctos). Presentation at the 24th World Congress of the International Society for Forensic Genetics, August 29–September 3, 2011, Vienna, Austria.
  • Schregel J, Kopatz A, Hagen SH, Aarnes SG, Tobiassen C, Wartiainen I, Smith ME, Kojola I, Ollila T, Ollila L, Makarova O, Polikarpova N, Wikan S, Aspi J, Eiken HG (2011) Viability of a small brown bear population at 70° North: Genetic analysis of the Pasvik-Inari-Pechenga population using 13 different STRs. Poster at the 20th International Conference on Bear Research and Management, July 17-23, 2011, Ottawa, Canada.
  • Kopatz A, Eiken HG, Aarnes SG, Tobiassen C, Ruokonen M, Esparza-Salas R, Smith ME, Ollila L, Wartianen I, Makarova O, Polikarpova N, Rendakov NL, Danilov PI, Rykov A, Schregel J, Kojola I, Aspi J (2010): Population structure of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) in north-eastern Europe. Presentation at the 5th International Symposium "Dynamics of game animal Populations in Northern Europe", September 1-5, 2010, Rabocheostrovsk, Russia.
  • Kopatz A, Eiken HG, Aarnes SG, Tobiassen C, Ruokonen M, Esparza-Salas R, Smith ME, Ollila L, Wartianen I, Makarova O, Polikarpova N, Rendakov NL, Danilov PI, Rykov A, Schregel J, Kojola I, Aspi J (2010): Population structure of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) in north-eastern Europe. Presentation at the seminar "Forskning på brunbjørn i Norge", Bioforsk Svanhovd, June 7-8, 2010, Svanvik, Norway.
  • Kopatz A, Eiken HG, Aarnes SG, Tobiassen C, Ruokonen M, Esparza-Salas R, Smith ME, Ollila L, Wartianen I, Makarova O, Polikarpova N, Rendakov NL, Danilov PI, Rykov A, Schregel J, Kojola I, Aspi J (2010): Population structure of the brown bear (Ursus arctos) in north-eastern Europe. Presentation at the 19th International Conference on Bear Research and Management, May 16-22, 2010, Tbilisi, Georgia.
  • Kopatz A (2010): How to pluck a bear? - Noninvasive sampling methods in brown bear research. Presentation at the 3rd Jyväskylä Winterschool international workshop “Current trends and future challenges in wildlife biology”, February 24-26, 2010, Konnevesi research station, Finland.
  • Eiken HG, Andreassen RJ, Kopatz A, Bjervamoen SG, Wartiainen I, Tobiassen C, Knappskog PM, Aspholm PE, Smith ME, Makarova O, Danilov PI, Aspi J (2009): Population data for 12 STR loci in Northern European brown bear (Ursus arctos) and application of DNA-profiles for forensic case-work. Poster at the 23rd International Society for Forensic Genetics World Congress, September 14-18, 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Kopatz A, Eiken HG, Bjervamoen SG, Wartiainen I, Tobiassen C, Smith ME, Makarova O, Danilov PI, Rykov A, Aspi J, Kojola I (2009): A look at the genetics of the brown bears in the north-eastern edge of Europe. Poster at the European Science Foundation Conservation Genetics Conference: Integrating Population Genetics and Conservation Biology, May 23-26, 2009, Trondheim, Norway.
  • Kopatz A (2009): A look at the brown bears in the northern edge of Europe. Presentation at the mini-symposium on Predator relationships - from hostility to co-operation, April 23, 2009, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Kopatz A (2008): Population genetics of brown bears at the north-eastern edge of Europe. Presentation at the 12th Kaamos Symposium, December 8-9, 2008, Oulu, Finland.
  • Kopatz A (2008): How to pluck a bear? - Noninvasive techniques in brown bear research. Presentation at the Game Management Colloquium, March 11, 2008, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Smith ME, Ollila L, Bjervamoen SG, Eiken HG, Aspholm PE, Kyykkä T, Ollila T, Sulkava P, Kopatz A, Aspi J, Kojola I, Makarova O, Polikarpova N (2007): Population monitoring in the Pasvik-Inari region of Norway, Finland and Russia using non-invasive hair sampling. Poster at the 18th International Conference on Bear Research and Management, November 4-11, 2007, Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Kopatz A, Aspi J, Ruokonen M, Kojola I (2006): Ecology and genetics of the brown bear in Finland. Presentation at the International Symposium "Dynamics of Game Animal Populations in Northern Europe", September 18-22, 2006, Petrozavodsk, Russia.
  • Kopatz A, Aspi J, Kojola I (2006): Ecology and genetics of the brown bear in Finland. Presentation at the Wildlife Ecology Seminar 2006, Jyväskylä, Finland.
  • Kopatz A, Aspi J, Kojola I (2006): Suomen karhun ekologiaa ja genettiikka. Presentation at the Riistapäivät, January 24-25, 2006, Kouvola, Finland (in Finnish).
  • Kopatz A, Kojola I, Pesonen M, Ruusila V (2005): Brown bear observations by moose hunters and population estimation in Finland. Poster at the 16th International Conference on Bear Research and Management, September 27 - October 1st, 2005, Riva del Garda, Italy.

 

Popular articles

  • Bidon T, Kopatz A, Hailer F (2013): Molekulare Bärenjagd - Geschlechtsbestimmung bei Wildtieren. Labor&More 8.13: 14-18 (in German).
  • Kopatz A (2012): Population fragmentation of wild animal populations in the north. Barentswatch 1: 26-27.
  • Kopatz A (2012): Bestandsfragmentering av villdyrbestander i nord. Barentswatch 1: 26-27 (in Norwegian).
  • Kojola I, Heikkinen S, Kopatz A (2006): Uusia tuulia karhukannan arvioinnissa. Metsästäja 3: 34-35 (in Finnish).

 

Public recognition (selection)

  • 29.05.2015, Bonde og Småbruker, Norway: Den russiske bjørnen er bra for den finske bamsen.
  • 21.04.2015, ScienceNews: Finland’s brown bears on surprise fast track to recover diversity.
  • 12.06.2014, Sør-Varanger Avis, Norway: Forsker på brunbjørn: Første med doktorgrad.
  • 05/2014, Suomen Luonto 5/2014, Finland: Suomi on kahden karhun maa.
  • 30.05.2014, NRK, Norway: Frisk bjørnestamme i nord.
  • 26.05.2014, Jakt & Jägare, Sweden: Inga genetikproblem för björnar.
  • 25.05.2014, forskning.no, Norway: Genetisk mangfold blant bjørn.
  • 20.05.2014, Science Nordic: Limited gene flow among brown bears in Northern Europe.
  • 05.03.2014, Science/news.sciencemag.org: Beware of Communists Bearing Gifts.
  • 22.05.2013, NDR, Germany: Expeditionen vor der Kamera - Die Rückkehr der Raubtiere. Wolf, Luchs und Bär auf dem Vormarsch. Scientific consultation.
  • 16.03.2012, EMBO reports 13, 308 - 312: Wildlife forensics - Genomics has become a powerful tool to inform conservation measures. Our work featured.
  • 12/2011, greentrousers.org, Germany: Interview with Irina from Greentrousers about me and my work with bears in the national park.
  • 13.10.2011, Finnmarken, Norway: Svanhovd i verdenseliten. Our collaborative effort of sequencing a male brown bear from Northern Norway.
  • 13.10.2011, Sør-Varanger Avis, Norway: Gjennombrudd for bjørneforskere. Our collaborative effort of sequencing a male brown bear from Northern Norway.
  • 12.10.2011, forskning.no, Norway: Bjørnen er genkartlagt. Our international, collaborative effort of sequencing a male brown bear from Northern Norway.
  • 12.10.2011, Bik-F, Germany: Genome of the brown bear is now sequenced - scientists hope to learn about adaptations to climate change. Press release by our German collaborator on sequencing the genome of a male brown bear from the Pasvik Valley, Norway.
  • 12.10.2011, Bioforsk, Norway: Har funnet bjørnens arvemateriale. Our Norwegian press release on sequencing the genome of a male brown bear from the Pasvik Valley, Norway.
  • 19.05.2011, Finnmarken, Norway: Gjør butikk på bjørn.
  • 26.07.2009, ZDF, Germany: Das Grüne Band Europas - Documentary on the green belt of Europe in German television.
  • 12.06.2009, A propos, Finland: Viestin viejät - Article on communicating science in the online magazine of the Academy of Finland.
  • 12.09.2008, Kainuun Sanomat, Finland: Kuhmosta löytyi DNA-analyysissä 46 karhua - Article on our population estimation of brown bears with non-invasive DNA sampling methods.
  • 17.06.2007, Lapin Kansa, Finland: Karvannyhtöasemat nappaavat karhujen DNA:n - Article on our international hair-snare-project at the Finnish-Norwegian-Russian border area in Inari-Pasvik.
  • 17.06.2007, Pohjolan Sanomat, Finland: Karvannyhtöasemat nappaavat pohjoisen karhujen DNA:n - Article on our international hair-snare-project at the Finnish-Norwegian-Russian border area in Inari-Pasvik.
  • 13.06.2007, suurpedot.fi, Finland: Karvannyhtöasemat ja kakkanäytteet karhuseurannassa - uusia menetelmiä testataan Inarissa - Information on our hair snare project on the large carnivore pages of the Finnish Board of Forestry.
  • 06.2007, Karjalainen, Finland: Karvannyhtöasemat taas maaston - Report on our field work with hair traps in Northern Karelia.
  • 2/2006, Apaja, Finland: Geenitekniikka tuo lisää tarkkuutta suurpetotutkimukseen (PDF) - Information on our hair snare project in the magazine of the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute.
  • 26.09.2006, Hufvudstadsbladet, Finland: Dna hjälper forskare att räknä våra björnar - Article on our research project and methods in the biggest Swedish newspaper in Finland.
  • 25.06.2006, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Germany: Für den Bären wird es eng. Finnen sollten "Bruno" lebend fangen. Jetzt geben sie auf - My opinion on the situation of the first brown bear in Germany since 170 years.
  • 17.06.2006, Karjalainen, Finland: Itärajan karhuja aletaan tutkia karvannyhtöasemien avulla - Article at the start of our first field season with hair traps in Eastern Finland.
  • 09.10.2006, NRK, Norway: Fanger bjørnehår med piggtråd - Information on our hair snare project in the Norwegian news.
  • 08.10.2006, NRK TV, Norway: http://www1.nrk.no/nett-tv/klipp/194625 Information on our hair snare project in the Norwegian TV news.
  • 12.06.2006, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland: DNA from fur helps in bear census - Information on our hair snare project.
  • 11.06.2006, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland: Itärajan karhuja aletaan laskea karvannyhtöasemien avulla - Information on our hair snare project.
  • 01.09.2004, Kuhmoisten Sanomat, Finland: Susi vienyt kaksi koiraa: Article and discussion on a wolf pack and the conflict with some local people.
  • 06.04.2004, Helsingin Sanomat - International Edition, Finland: The life and times of a lonely GPS wolf - Article about our research on the most western wolf pack near Kristiinankaupunki.
  • 05.04.2004, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland: Yksinäisen gps-suden kosiomatka - Article about our research on the most western wolf pack near Kristiinankaupunki, Finland.

Furthermore, several appearances of our research and findings in the news and prime time news of the Norwegian and Finnish media, such as NRK, YLE TV1, MTV3, Nelonen, YLE Radio and Sámi Radio.