Jiska Joanneke Van Dijk

Position:    Researcher

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 E-mail: jiska.van.dijk@nina.no
 Department:Terrestrial biodiversity

Knowledge areas

Wildlife biology, Predator ecology, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and their value pluralism, Science-Policy Interface and international cooperation (ALTER-Net & EKLIPSE), Environmental Education, Human evolution and behaviour, Sustainability science and Sustainablle Development Goals

Key qualifications
  • Completed course Transformational leadership for sustainability (cCHANGE, Oslo): 2019
  • Completed Teachers training (pedagogic & didactic) - Environmental Education: June 2015
  • Working in the field of inter and transdisciplinary research
  • Working in the field of Human behaviour and sustainability
  • Working in the field of Ecosystem Services and valuation
  • Strong in participatory prosesses and dialogues
  • Strong in Science-Policy Interface processes (ALTER-Net & EKLIPSE)
  • Otter expert - Norwegian representative IUCN-Otters SSG
  • Over 15 years of experience in wolverine, high alpine ecology, otter & mink: extensive field work and working in remote areas, data analyses and writing scientific papers, as well as dissemination of salient results
  • Over 15 years of experience in bear biology, species and nature conservation: coordination of scientific research and international projects, dissemination and encouragement of conservation-related topics
  • Over 15 years of experience in project coordination, teamwork and supervising students

  • 2019: Transformational leadership for sustainability, cCHANGE, Oslo, led by Karen O'Brien and Monica Sharma
  • June 2015: Teachers Training (Pedagogic and Didactic), Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • 2008: Philosophiae doctor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • 1996: Master of Science, Biology, Univ. of Amsterdam
  • 1991: Bachelor of Science, Biology, Univ. of Amsterdam

  • March 2008 - Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Trondheim (NINA), Norway
  • Feb. 2003 - March 2008: PhD student, NINA
  • Oct. 1996 - Jan. 2003: Staff member Research & Conservation at Alertis, fund for bear and nature conservation, Rhenen, The Netherlands
  • 1998/2000/2001:During field seasons field work for aerial line transect density estimation of a grizzly bear population in the Brooks Range, Alaska (voluntary)


Teachers Training (Pedagogic and Didactic), June 2015. Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Knowledge of English (fluently), Dutch (fluently), Norwegian (fluently), French (moderate) and Spanish (moderate).

Worked in

Partner in EU projects: KNEU, BESAFE, OpenNESS, IMAGINE (BiodivERsA)

Guest editor Ecosystem Service Journal (Elsevier) OpenNESS Special Issue

Conference contributions

Chair ALTER-Net 2017 conferense Nature and society: synergies, conflicts, trade-offs

- Leading a group of 44 people (scientific committee, session organizers and organizing committee)

Professional societies

1989-... IBA (International Bear Association)

2008-... IUCN Otter Specialist Group, Representative for Norway

2013-... ESP (Ecosystem Services Partnership): 2013-…

1998-2002: European Bear Taxonomy Advisory Group