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PhD Candidate in Arctic Ecology, Durham University

Ilona is currently doing a PhD student in the Durham Arctic Research Centre for Training and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (DurhamARCTIC). Her research focuses on how the Saami reindeer herders in northern Europe utilise the landscape around them in order to adapt to different climatic conditions, as well as how snow conditions affect the accessibility of vegetation for their reindeer. This research is interdisciplinary, using both biological and anthropological methods and collaborating with the reindeer herders themselves to allow for a greater and more relevant understanding of a system in which human influence is often inseparable from biological phenomena occurring there.

She is interested more generally in the relationships between rural and indigenous communities with the wildlife and landscape around them, as well as broader aspects of Arctic Ecology.


  • –present
    PhD Researcher in Arctic Ecology, Durham University