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New EALAT Phd Student - Eli Risten Nergård
Written by Philip Burgess   
Friday, 01 August 2008 00:00
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dscf5769Eli Risten Nergård is the most recent addition to the EALAT team. Eli Risten has started her Phd this summer and it will be a part of WP 6 'Reindeer Welfare and Nutrition: Herders' Observations and Scientific Data'. The objective of this work package is to determine the effects of local climatic variability and climate change on nutritional status and welfare of reindeer through understanding of physiological adaptation to change. The nucleus of Eli Risten's research will be the effects of castration on reindeer within the core themes within this work package and the working title of her Phd is Aspects of castration and animal welfare in the reindeer herd in a changing climate.

Eli Risten is a Sami, lives in Karasjok and is formally trained as a vet, a profession she practices in Karasjok. She is also a Major in the Norwegian Army, a position she will continue alongside her Phd studies. Her Phd supervisors are  Lars Moen, Rector of the Norges veterinærhøgskole, Svein Mathiesen, Sami University College / Norges veterinærhøgskole and Johan Mathis Turi of the Assn. of World Reindeer Herders/  International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry.


This summer has already seen her first season of field work as 17 reindeer were selected for further studies at recent calf markings in the municipality of Kautokeino. This work will continue in Tromso in cooperation with the Department of Arctic Biology, at the University of Tromso.




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