The Writers

About Sam


I’m an Australian researcher at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology, just trying to survive in Norway, one winter at a time.

I study the impact of climate change on freshwater ecosystems as part of the Odysseus project. We look at species that are shifting their distribution as a response to temperature warming and their impact on the habitats they colonise.

I teach R, freshwater ecology and biogeography.

About Adam

I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of host-parasite interactions. I work with Dr. Adam Siepielski at the University of Arkansas.

I completed my M.Sc. at the University of Bremen and conducted my master’s research on morph differences in larval survival at Lund University with Dr. Erik Svensson. As an undergraduate I worked with Dr. Carl Gerhardt at the University of Missouri on a project examining the effects of anthropogenic noise on anuran communication.

My research focuses on examining 1) how spatial variation in predator composition affects host-parasite interactions and 2) how host and parasite density affects parasitism. I work with a host-parasite system consisting of odonates (dragonflies and damselflies, the hosts) and their parasitic water mites (Arrenurus spp.).

About Lara


I am a PhD student hailing from California in the Center for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD) at NTNU. My thesis focuses on studying the population dynamics and life history evolution of managed populations of wild boar (Sus scrofa) in Europe. In my research, I explore how populations respond to different hunting and climatic conditions using statistical modelling techniques as part of an international collaboration between France, Italy, and Norway.

I teach courses in statistics, coding in R, study design, and natural resource management both at the bachelors and masters levels. I brew kombucha, make bread, ski, boulder, and conquer mountains in my free time. So feel free to ask me about any of those topics for way too much information.