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Dr Fredrik Christiansen

Position: Research Fellow (Grade 2) in Marine Science
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment
Department: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Campus: Warrnambool Campus
Email: f.christiansen@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Dr Fredrik Christiansen completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, his country of origin. He conducted his M.Sc. project on the effects of dolphin tourism on the behaviour of bottlenose dolphins in Zanzibar, Tanzania, through Stockholm University, Sweden. After his M.Sc. degree, Fredrik continued his work in Zanzibar with studying humpback whales to better understand the status of this previously unstudied population. During the same time period Fredrik was also involved in a number of research projects around the world, including the UK, Bahamas and Australia. Fredrik conducted his PhD in Zoology at the University of Aberdeen, UK, under the supervision of Dr David Lusseau and Dr Marianne Rasmussen (University of Iceland) where he continued to study the effects of whalewatching on cetaceans. Fredrik’s main research interest is in behavioural ecology, and how variation in the behaviour of individual animals can influence their energy budgets, body condition, and ultimately vital rates. In addition, Fredrik’s research interest focuses on the indirect non-lethal effects of anthropogenic disturbance on wildlife and its consequences for wildlife management. Fredrik’s PhD project focused on informing the mechanistic links between behavioural changes and vital rates in minke whales in Iceland, to measure the indirect bioenergetic effects of whalewatching activities and how this influence reproduction (i.e. foetus development). To answer this, Fredrik used a combination of behavioural, bioenergetic and physiological studies. Throughout his PhD Fredrik also developed a strong interest in ecological modelling and statistics, and in particular animal movement models and time series analyses. This led to his current fellowship at Deakin University, where he is currently working on movement ecology of sea turtles together with Professor Graeme Hays.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen, 2013


Academic

Conferences and seminars

Invited lectures and symposia:

The effects of non-lethal disturbance on the vital rates of a capital breeder. Invited seminar talk at University of St Andrews. St Andrews, UK. 28 Feb 2013.

Minke whales maximise energy storage on their feeding grounds. Invited talk at the International Whaling Commissions Icelandic Special Permit Expert Panel Review Workshop. Reykjavik, Iceland. 18-22 Feb 2013.

Female body condition affects foetal growth in a capital breeding mysticete. Invited talk at the International Whaling Commissions Icelandic Special Permit Expert Panel Review Workshop. Reykjavik, Iceland. 18-22 Feb 2013.

The effects of non-lethal disturbance on the vital rates of a capital breeder. Invited seminar talk at Newcastle University. Newcastle, UK. 3 Feb 2012.

The effects of tourist boats on the behaviour of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins off the South coast of Zanzibar. Invited talk at the Wild North Project Workshop. Husavik, Iceland. 9-10 Dec 2008.

Conferences and presentations:

Linking behavioural changes to vital rates in a capital breeding mysticete. Talk at the 20th biennial conference on the biology of marine mammals. Dunedin, New Zealand. 9-13 Dec 2013. Price won for overall best student presentation.

Informing the links between behaviour and vital rates in a capital breeding mysticete to measure the effects of whalewatching activities. Talk (presented by co-author David Lusseau) at the 33rd International Ethological Conference. Newcastle, UK. 4-8 August 2013.

Linking behavioural changes to vital rates in a capital breeding mysticete. Talk at the 9th Ecology & Behaviour Meeting. Strasbourg, France. 22-26 April 2013.

The effects of non-lethal disturbance on the vital rates of a capital breeder. Talk at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the UK Regional Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy. Oban, UK. 27-29 Jan 2013.

Measuring the effect of whalewatching boats on minke whale behavioural budget using a multivariate Hidden Markov Model. Talk at the 3rd European Congress of Conservation Biology. Glasgow, UK. 28 Aug-1 Sep 2012.

Measuring the effect of whalewatching boats on minke whale behavioural budget using a multivariate Hidden Markov Model. Talk at the International Statistical Ecology Conference. Sundvolden, Norway. 3-6 July 2012.

Whalewatching disrupts the foraging activities of Minke whales on a feeding ground. Talk at the Scottish Conference on Animal Behaviour at the University of Sterling. Sterling, UK. 10 Mar 2012.

Whalewatching disrupts the foraging activities of Minke whales on a feeding ground. Talk at the 19th biennial conference on the biology of marine mammals. Tampa, FL. 27 Nov-2 Dec 2011.

Inferring surface time of Minke whales from inter-surfacing interval data using a hidden Markov mode. Talk at the 19th biennial conference on the biology of marine mammals. Tampa, FL. 27 Nov-2 Dec 2011.

The effects of tourist boats on the behaviour of Indo-Pacific Bottlenose dolphins off the South coast of Zanzibar. Poster presentation (presented by co-author Per Berggren) at the 17th biennial conference on the biology of marine mammals. Cape town, South Africa, 29 Nov-3 Dec 2007.

Research

Research interests

Behavioural ecology - animal movement - bioenergetics - anthropogenic disturbance - population ecology - conservation - ecological modelling - statistics


Research page

http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fredrik_Christiansen3/?ev=hdr_xprf


Publications

Publications

Full list:

http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=vkA5Y3EAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra

http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fredrik_Christiansen3/?ev=hdr_xprf

 

Publications:

Christiansen, F. & Lusseau, D. 2014. Understanding the ecological effects of whale-watching on cetaceans. In: Whale-Watching, Sustainable Tourism and Ecological Management (Eds: Higham, J., Bejder, L., Williams, R.) Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, UK.

Christiansen, F., Vikingsson, G.A., Rasmussen, M. & Lusseau, D. 2013. Female body condition affects foetal growth in a capital breeding mysticete. Functional Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12200.

de Vos, A., Christiansen, F., Harcourt, R.G. & Pattiaratchi, C.B. 2013. Surfacing characteristics and diving behaviour of blue whales in Sri Lankan waters. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 449: 149-153.

Christiansen, F., Rasmussen, M. & Lusseau, D. 2013. Inferring activity budgets in wild animals to estimate the consequences of disturbances: Effects of whalewatching boat interactions on minke whales. Behavioural Ecology 24: 1415-1425.

Christiansen, F., Rasmussen, M. & Lusseau, D. 2013. Whalewatching boats disrupt the foraging activities of Minke whales in Faxaflói bay, Iceland. Marine Ecology Progress Series 478: 239-251.

Christiansen, F., Vikingsson, G.A., Rasmussen, M. & Lusseau, D. 2013. Minke whales maximise energy storage on their feeding grounds. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 427-436.

Christiansen F, Lusseau D, Stensland E, Berggren P. 2010. Effects of tourist boats on the behaviour of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins off the south coast of Zanzibar. Endangered Species Research 11:91-99

Reports:

Lusseau, D., Christiansen, F., Harwood, J., Mendes, S., Thompson, P.M., Smith, K., Hastie, G.D. 2012. Assessing the risks to marine mammal populations from renewable energy devices - an interim approach. Report to JNCC.

Christiansen, F., Rasmussen, M. & Lusseau, D. 2011. Inferring surface time of Minke whales from inter-surfacing interval data using a hidden Markov model. The Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, Tromsø, Norway, p. Document SC/63/RMP6

Lusseau, D., Williams, R., Bejder, L., Stockin, K. A., Bain, D. E., Auger-Méthé, M., Christiansen, F., Martinez, E., and Berggren, P. 2008. The resilience of animal behaviour to disturbance. The Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, Santiago, Chile, p. Document SC/60/WW9


Link to publications

http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=vkA5Y3EAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra


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