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Durham University

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Miss Ilona Kater

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Biosciences

(email at ilona.p.kater@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Ilona attended the University of Stirling and University of Fairbanks Alaska, receiving a BSc (Hons) in Ecology. Her research focused on human-wildlife interactions, specifically that of otters and fish farms in the Shetland Islands.

She is currently a PhD student in the Durham Arctic Research Centre for Training and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (DurhamARCTIC). Her research focuses on how the Saami reindeer herders in northern Europe utilise the landscape around them in order to adapt to different climatic conditions, as well as how snow conditions affect the accesibility of vegetation for their reindeer. This research is interdisclipinary, using both biological and anthropological methods and collaborating with the reindeer herders themselves to allow for a greater and more relevant understanding of a system in which human influence is often inseparable from biological phenomena occurring there.

She is interested more generally in the relationships between rural and indigenous communities with the wildlife and landscape around them, as well as broader aspects of Arctic Ecology.

Ilona is also a member of the Herbivory Network who study herbivory in arctic and alpine ecosystems: https://herbivory.lbhi.is/

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