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Jesper Madsen

Professor and Head of Centre for Adaptive Nature Management



2011 onwards: Professor at Aarhus University; working with wildlife ecology; migratory waterbird ecology and management; adaptive natural resource management; scientific advisor of National Environmental Agency, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA/UNEP), European Commission

2017 onwards: Head of the Centre for Adaptive Nature Management, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University

2011-2014: Co-lead Arctic Research Centre, Aarhus University

2002-2011: Director of Department of Arctic Environment, National Environmental Research Institute (part of Aarhus University since 2007). Responsible for the management of the staff, economy, research strategy, fund-raising, advisory activities, educational engagement of the department, coordination of cross-departmental strategies and programmes as well as coordination of joint applications for national and international projects, liason with Danish and Greenland authorities, Arctic Council working groups

1991-2002: Senior researcher, National Environmental Research Institute, Department of Coastal Zone Ecology, Kalø, Denmark; Group leader of the Wetland Research Group, Department for Coastal Zone Ecology, responsible for coordination of work programmes, budgets, fund-raising, communication (terms of 2-year rotation)

1985-1991: Researcher, Game Biology Station; from 1990 onwards National Environmental Research Institute, Department of Coastal Zone Ecology, Kalø, Denmark

1985: Research assistant, Natural History Museum, Aarhus, working as consultant for the National Agency for Nature Conservation

1984: Research assistant, Zoological Museum, Copenhagen, working as consultant for the Greenland Fisheries and Environmental Research Institute

1982-1983: Parttime research assistant, Zoological Museum, Copenhagen, working under contract for the Greenland Fisheries and Environmental Research Institute

1979-1982: Parttime assistant, Natural History Museum, Aarhus

1977-1978: Full time observer at the scientific reserve Tipperne for the National Agency for Nature Conservation



2017 onwards: Head of the AEWA European Goose Management Platform Data Centre

2013 onwards: Chair of the Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group, Wetlands International

2010-2017: International coordinator of the first European international adaptive flyway management plan for migratory waterbirds, under the auspices of the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) under the Convention of Migratory Species. Includes scientific projects on local organisation of hunting, crippling of geese, population demographic modelling and individual-based modelling

2010-2014: Expert member of the Trilateral Wadden Sea Goose Management Working Group under the Wadden Sea Forum

1988 onwards: Principal investigator of a long-term study of the population ecology of the Svalbard-nesting pink-footed geese, including a capture-resighting programme and studies in the whole flyway range of the population. The programme has become a model case for state-of-the art research on hunting management, goose-agriculture conflict resolution, disturbance impacts, climate change effects on migration, breeding and wintering ecology and fundamental research on niche ecology and evolutionary biology. The programme has been composed of many projects with different national and international funding sources. Currently, collaboration with Norwegian partners (Dr. Ingunn Tombre, NINA) on projects funded by Norwegian Research Councils, the Environment Agency and the Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund. Long-term study of breeding colonies in Svalbard has been established since 2003. Coordinator of the 'Goose Module' under the Climate-ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra (COAT) in Svalbard.

2007-2008: Principal investigator on evaluation of disturbance effects of increasing tourism activities on breeding geese in Svalbard.

1997-2001: Leader of a multidisciplinary project under the Strategic Environmental Research Programme (SMP2) Center ‘Foranderlige Landskaber’, including studies of methods to buffer refuge areas for waterbirds and local public participation in management.

1987-1997: International (global) coordinator of ‘The Goose Specialist Group’ of Wetlands International, responsible for coordination of international research and monitoring activities within the global network, organisation of international workshops, symposia and conferences, editing proceedings, publishing bulletins, fund-raising, and coordination of an international action plan for the globally endangered lesser white-fronted goose.

1980-1995: Principal investigator of population biology studies of the Svalbard-nesting opulation of light-bellied brent geese, including breeding ecology studies in Svalbard, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 2018

1979-1990: Coordinator of national monitoring and studies of staging and wintering geese in Denmark (the Danish Goose Working Group)

1982-1985: Principal investigator of baseline studies (Environmental Impact Assessment connected to oil exploration) of geese in Jameson Land, East Greenland

1979: Participant in the British expedition ‘Greenland White-fronted Goose Study' to West Greenland (April-August): studies of goose behaviour and ecology; population biology study of passerines



2019 onwards: Course responsible for the graduate course 'Wildlife Ecology and Adaptive Management' (10 ECTS) at Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University

1996 onwards: Supervisor of undergraduates (5), Masters (7), PhD students (9) and postdocs (3).

Organizer of PhD courses and professional training courses in adaptive management.



Awarded the ‘Dana Lim’ Scientific Prize, 1994 (150,000 DKK) as a recognition for a significant effort in nature research to the benefit of the Danish society.



Speaker and invited speaker at several international scientific conferences and workshops and several national, international, including EU, policy meetings concerning waterbird flyway conservation and management, goose-agriculture conflict resolutions, reserve network planning, hunting management, Arctic climate change effects and challenges. Organizer of several international and national conferences, symposia and workshops.



Published more than 200 papers in scientific journals and books. Editor of scientific books and proceedings of symposia and international conferences. Produced more than 60 scientific reports and more than 50 popular articles. H-index (Google Scholar; March 2021): 48 (>9500 citations).