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Fredrik Christiansen

Senior Researcher in Marine Biology, Aarhus University

Most of my past and current research focuses on assessing anthropogenic impacts on marine mammals, in particular baleen whales.

I am interested in how behavioural changes, caused by human disturbance can influence population dynamics by affecting individual survival and reproduction. Further, I’m interested in how such non-lethal effects can be incorporated into existing management frameworks to aid in conservation.

To understand the relationship between behaviour and population dynamics, I have worked in a number of research areas, including behavioural ecology, physiology, bioenergetics and reproductive biology.

Apart from whales, I have also done research on sea turtles (movement ecology), sharks (attacks rates), snakes (morphometrics and reproduction) and invertebrates. I have a strong interest in ecological modelling and statistics, in particular time series analyses, spatial analyses, and individual based models.


  • 2019–present
    Assistant Professor, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies
  • 2015–2019
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Murdoch University
  • 2013–2015
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Deakin University


  • 2013 
    University of Aberdeen, PhD in Zoology