Fredrik Christiansen – new member to the School / CIE

Fredrik ChristiansenPlease join us in welcoming new member to the Centre of Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Dr Fredrik Christiansen – Postdoc Research Fellow – based on the Warrnambool Campus.

A brief background on Fredrik’s research…….

Fredrik’s work at Deakin will focus on movement ecology of sea turtles, where he will be working with Dr Graeme Hays with a number of data sets and biological questions.

Fredrik completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, which is his country of origin. Before starting his PhD he was involved in a number of research projects around the world, focusing on cetaceans. Fredrik conducted his PhD in Zoology at the University of Aberdeen, UK, under the supervision of Dr David Lusseau and Dr Marianne Rasmussen (University of Iceland). His main research interest is in behavioural ecology, and how variation in the behaviour of individual animals can influence their vital rates, and ultimately population dynamics. In particular, he is interested in the indirect non-lethal effects of anthropogenic disturbance on wildlife and its consequences for wildlife management. His PhD focused on informing the mechanistic links between behavioural changes and vital rates in minke whales in Iceland, to measure the indirect bioenergetic effects of whale watching activities and how this influence reproduction (i.e. foetus development). To answer this he used a combination of behavioural, bioenergetic and physiological studies. He is also very interested in ecological modelling and statistics, and in particular animal movement models and time series analyses.

If you are interested in his research and would like to discuss it further, or discuss potential research collaborations, please don’t hesitate to contact Fredrik via email:

We are very pleased to have Fredrik on board!