Kristine Bakke Westergaard

Stilling:    Forsker II

 Telefon: 980 72 974
 Arbeidssted:  Terrestrisk avdeling


My main research interests are historical and contemporary plant dispersal and plant conservation. My work spans the fields of biosystematics, plant geography, conservation genetics and genomics, landscape genetics, vegetation ecology, and floristics.

I focus mainly on arctic-alpine and boreal plants, especially the rare, disjunctly distributed and/or threatened species. I also focus on alien species and their dispersal to and establishment in Norway and in the Arctic.

A selection of current projects I lead or am involved in:

- Import of plant products to Norway: mapping and monitoring alien hitchhikers (2014-2018; PI)

- Ecological risk assessment of alien vascular plants in Svalbard and Jan Mayen (2018)

- Non-native vascular plants in the Arctic - diversity, characteristics and biogeography (2017-2018)

- Arctic Alien Species - risks, trends and pathways (2017-2018)

- Towards conservation genomics: studying ‘migration of adaptation’ in a threatened non-model plant species (2014-2019; PI)

Since 2002, I've been responsible for planning logistics, safety and carrying out botanical field expeditions in Arctic and northern regions:

2018 Svalbard, East Greenland, Iceland

2017 Svalbard

2016 Northeast Greenland National park, USA (Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota), northern Norway

2014 Northeast Greenland National park, USA (Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota), northern Norway

2013 Finnmark

2011 Middle and southern Norway

2009 Svalbard, Finnmark

2008 Nordland, Troms

2007 Northeast Greenland National park, Iceland, Scotland, northern Norway

2006 Svalbard, West and South Greenland, northern Norway

2004 Northern Norway, West Greenland and Arctic Canada

2003 Svalbard, northern Norway

2002 Svalbard, northern and southern Norway, Chile


Arktisk-alpin og boreal botanikk, biosystematikk, plantegeografi, bevaringsgenetikk, genomikk, vegetasjonsøkologi, floristikk.


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