Kristine Bakke Westergaard

Stilling:    Forsker

 Telefon: +47 980 72 974
 Arbeidssted:  Terrestrisk naturmangfold


My main research interests are historical and contemporary species 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 on alien species and their dispersal to and establishment in Norway and in the Arctic. I also focus on arctic-alpine and boreal plants, especially the rare, disjunctly distributed and/or threatened species.

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

  • Monitoring alien stowaways along the pathway of imported ornamental plants (2014-2028; PI)åre-fagområder/Fremmede-arter/Planteimport-og-fremmede-arter
  • Towards conservation genomics: studying migration of adaptation in a threatened non-model plant species (2014-2019; 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 (2017-2019)

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

  • 2019 Svalbard, East Greenland, Iceland, China (Inner Mongolia)
  • 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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