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Helen Engelstad Kvalem

Medlem av faggruppen for forurensninger, naturlige toksiner og medisinrester.

Curriculum vitae


Head of the Norwegian Arboretum and the Botanical Gardens, University of Bergen


  • 2009: PhD, Plant Ecology, Department of Biology, University of Bergen “Effects of Management on Heathland Vegetation in Western Norway”
  • 1997: Cand. Scient. Quantitative Ecology, Department of Botany, University of Bergen “Community and Population Dynamics in Quercus semecarpifolia Forest Along a Disturbance Gradient in the Annapurna Area, Nepal”


  • 2012 – 2016: POSTDOC on Land-use Change and the Himalayan Agro-Ecological System: Limitation or Adaptation? Department of Geography, University of Bergen
  • 2013: SCIENTIFIC COORDINATOR of Bergen Summer Research School 2013 (www.uib.no/rs/bsrs); Food as a Global Development Challenge, 4 PhD courses, 70 students, 12 keynote speakers, UiB Global, University of Bergen
  • 2009 – 2012: POSTDOC on Legal frameworks for the Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Himalayas (HIMALINES, PROJECT NO 190153/V10), the Research Council of Norway, Uni Research
  • 2009 – 2009: SCIENTIFIC COORDINATOR for the Nile Basin Research Programme (www.nile.uib.no), Biodiversity and Land Use Change Working Group, Uni Research
  • 2003 – 2009: PHD CANDIDATE Effects of Management on Heathland Vegetation in Western Norway, Department of Biology & Bergen University Museum, University of Bergen
  • 1998 – 2003: NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, Norwegian Nature Information (NNI), Bergen, Norway
  • 2001 – 2006: MATERNITY LEAVES for a total of 26 months
  • 2000 – 2000: SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANT Long-term ecological effects of sheep grazing in alpine ecosystems and its integration with management, the Research Council of Norway, University of Oslo
  • 1998 – 1998: SCIENTIFIC ASSISTANT Effects of human utilisation of oak forests in the Middle Hills of Central Nepal, the Research Council of Norway, University of Bergen

Øvrig faglig bakgrunn:

  • 2015 – 2018: Member of the Norwegian Scientific Committee on Food Safety (VKM) – Scientific Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms
  • 2015 – 2016: Visiting Postdoc (Fulbright) at the University of California Berkeley; the Berkeley Food Institute, California, USA
  • 2010 – 2010: Visiting Researcher at Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 2003 – 2009: The Norwegian Arboretum at Milde, Bergen. Dissemination of research results and the production of information material for the Heather Garden
  • 2003 – 2009: The Arboretum at Lunde, Balestrand. Production of information material
  • 2003 – 2009: The Heathland Center at Lygra. Teaching, information material, and dissemination
  • 1998: The Natural History Museum in London and at the Royal Botanic Gardens
    Edinburgh, UK
  • 1995: Minor in Social Anthropology, University of Bergen

Utvalgte publikasjoner:

  • Behera R.N., Nayak D.K, Andersen H.P. & Måren I.E.* 2016. From jhum to broom: Agricultural land use change and food security implications on the Meghalaya Plateau, India. AMBIO. 45(1): 63-77. doi: 10.1007/s13280-015-0691-3
  • Vandvik V., Klanderud K., Meineri E.P.F., Måren I.E., Töpper J.P. 2016. Seed banks are biodiversity reservoirs: species–area relationships above versus below ground. OIKOS. 125: 218-228. doi: 10.1111/oik.02022
  • Vandvik V., Måren I.E., Ndangalasi H.J., Talpin J. & Lovett J.C. 2014. Back to Africa: Post hydropower-project mitigation effects on wetland vegetation in relation to the conservation of an endemic amphibian. Ecosphere. 5(8): 95. doi: 10.1890/ES14-00093.1
  • Vandvik V., Spindelböck J.P., Cook Z., Daws M.I., Heegaard E., Måren I.E. & Velle L.G. 2014. Management-driven evolution in a domesticated ecosystem. Biology Letters 10: 20131082, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.1082
  • Sharma L.N., Vetaas O.R., Chaudhary R.P. & Måren I.E. 2014. Pastoral abandonment, shrub proliferation and landscape changes: a case study from Gorkha, Nepal. Landscape Research 39(1): 53-69.
  • Måren I.E., Bhattarai K.R. & Chaudhary R.P. 2013. Forest ecosystem services and biodiversity in contrasting Himalayan forest management systems. Environmental Conservation 41: 73-83.
  • Måren I.E., Janovský Z., Spindelbock J., Daws M.I., Kaland P.E. & Vandvik V. 2010. Prescribed burning of northern heathlands: Calluna vulgaris germination cues and seed-bank dynamics. Plant Ecology 207: 245-256. Doi: 10.1007/s11258-009-9669-1
  • Måren I.E. & Vandvik V. 2009. Fire and regeneration: the role of seed banks in the dynamics of northern heathlands. Journal of Vegetation Science 20: 871-888. Doi: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2009.01091.x
  • Måren I.E., Vandvik V. & Ekelund K. 2008. Restoration of bracken-invaded Calluna vulgaris heathlands: Effects on vegetation dynamics and non-target species. Biological Conservation 141: 1034-1044. Doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2008.01.012
  • Måren I.E. & Vetaas O.R. 2007. Does regulated land use allow regeneration of keystone forest species in the Annapurna Conservation Area, Central Himalaya? Mountain Research and Development Journal 27: 345-351. Doi: 10.1659/mrd.0893

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