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Lars Korslund

Associate Professor

J1019 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )

I have an M.Sc. in biology and a Ph.D. in ecology (2006) from the University of Oslo. I later worked as a researcher at Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) (2006-2007) and achieved a Postgraduate teacher training certificate at the same university. I have been working at the Department of Natural Sciences since 2009.

Academic interests

I have a broad interest in ecology and evolution, and my main research interest is ecological processes in highly seasonal environments, and how variation in local weather (short-term variation and long-term directional changes) might affect populations and processes in such ecosystems. I am also interested in parasite-host dynamics and transmission of zoonoses between animals and humans.

Currently teaching or co-teaching the following courses at UiA:

BIO113 - Evolutionary Biology

BIO300 - Bachelor's Thesis in Biology

BIO112 - Introduction to biology

MA143 – Biostatistics

Nat114 - Naturfag 1A fellesemne (in Norwegian)

Nat108 - Naturfag 2 (in Norwegian)


ScandTick Innovation

ScandTick Innovation is the largest research project on ticks and tickborne diseases in Scandinavia. The purpose of the project is to reduce the occurrence of tickborne diseases in humans and animals in Scandinavia. A total of 11 Swedish, Danish and Norwegian partner institutions participate in the project. Specialists in veterinary medicine, ecology, molecular biology, microbiology, medicine, health economics and environmental modeling work together to reduce the number of infected infections in humans and animals. 

Spatial ecology of ticks

Tick (Ixodes spp.) is regarded as a major disseminator of infection of so-called zoonoses (infections transmitted between animals and humans) in the northern parts of Europe. Knowledge of the distribution of the sheep tick in Norway is incomplete, but the species appears to be increasingly common further inland, towards the north, and at higher altitudes. Such an increase in distribution can, in turn, lead to increased risk of infection and the appearance of infections in new regions. Thus, it is of great importance to ascertain the current, and hopefully be able to predict the future, distributional range of the sheep tick, in order to mitigate the impact of tick-borne diseases by providing information to the public and medical services. Based on several different approaches, we study the distribution of the sheep tick and other tick species at small and large scale and seek to identify ecological drivers for the current distribution. The project is a collaboration with Dr. Øyvind Steifetten at the University College of Southeast Norway.

Scientific publications

  • Lydersen, Espen; Holtan, Marijanne; Korslund, Lars; Raddum, Gunnar; Dolmen, Dag; Wærvågen, Svein Birger; Fjeld, Eirik (2020). Water chemistry, zooplankton and benthos in small lakes within the distribution area of the rare European pool frog Pelophylax lessonae (Camerano) in Norway. Vann. ISSN: 0042-2592. 55 (1). s 37 - 51.
  • Kjær, Lene Jung; Soleng, Arnulf; Edgar, Kristin Skarsfjord; Lindstedt, Heidi Elisabeth H.; Paulsen, Katrine Mørk; Andreassen, Åshild Kristine; Korslund, Lars; Kjelland, Vivian; Slettan, Audun; Stuen, Snorre; Kjellander, Petter; Christensson, Madeleine; Teräväinen, Malin; Baum, Andreas; Klitgaard, Kirstine; Bødker, René (2019). Predicting and mapping human risk of exposure to ixodes ricinus nymphs using climatic and environmental data, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, 2016. Eurosurveillance. ISSN: 1025-496X. 24 (9). doi:10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2019.24.9.1800101.
  • Jung Kjær, Lene; Soleng, Arnulf; Edgar, Kristin Skarsfjord; Lindstedt, Heidi Elisabeth Heggen; Paulsen, Katrine Mørk; Andreassen, Åshild Kristine; Korslund, Lars; Kjelland, Vivian; Slettan, Audun; Stuen, Snorre; Kjellander, Petter; Christensson, Madeleine; Teräväinen, Malin; Baum, Andreas; Klitgaard, Kirstine; Bødker, René (2019). Predicting the spatial abundance of Ixodes ricinus ticks in southern Scandinavia using environmental and climatic data. Scientific Reports. ISSN: 2045-2322. 9 (1). doi:10.1038/s41598-019-54496-1.
  • Korslund, Lars (2018). Relative efficiency of two models of ugglan special live-traps for capturing small rodents in boreo-nemoral forest. Annales Zoologici Fennici. ISSN: 0003-455X. 55 (4-6). s 247 - 256. doi:10.5735/086.055.0607.
  • Milhano, Natacha Alexandra da Fonseca; Korslund, Lars; Evander, Magnus; Ahlm, Clas; Vainio, Kirsti; Dudman, Susanne Gjeruldsen; Andreassen, Åshild Kristine (2017). Circulation and diagnostics of Puumala virus in Norway: nephropatia epidemica incidence and rodent population dynamics. Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica (APMIS). ISSN: 0903-4641. 125 (8). s 732 - 742. doi:10.1111/apm.12712.
  • Kjelland, Vivian; Rollum, Rikke; Korslund, Lars; Slettan, Audun; Tveitnes, Dag (2015). Borrelia miyamotoi is widespread in Ixodes ricinus ticks in southern Norway. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. ISSN: 1877-959X. 6 (4). s 516 - 521. doi:10.1016/j.ttbdis.2015.04.004.
  • Flydal, Kjetil; Korslund, Lars; Reimers, Eigil; Johansen, Frode Berntin; Colman, Jonathan Edward (2009). Effects of power lines on area use and behaviour of semi-domestic reindeer in enclosures. International Journal of Ecology. ISSN: 1687-9708. 2009doi:10.1155/2009/340953.
  • Korslund, Lars (2006). Activity of root voles (Microtus oeconomus) under snow: social encounters synchronize individual activity rhythms. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. ISSN: 0340-5443. 61 (2). s 255 - 263. doi:10.1007/s00265-006-0256-3.
  • Korslund, Lars; Steen, Harald (2006). Small rodent winter survival: snow conditions limit access to food resources. Journal of Animal Ecology. ISSN: 0021-8790. 75doi:10.1111/j.1365-2656.2005.01031.
  • Kjelland, Vivian; Korslund, Lars; Slettan, Audun (2014). Fakta om flått. ISBN: 978-82-489-1414-3. Kagge Forlag AS. s 126.
  • Korslund, Lars (2019). Damfrosken – Norges mest truede dyr.
  • Korslund, Lars (2019). Jakter på øl-ingrediens i Setesdal.
  • Skår, Kari Løberg; Korslund, Lars (2019). Dette er Norges mest utrydningstruede dyr.
  • Aas, Tarald Reinholt; Korslund, Lars (2019). Lasten var dyrebar: Mandag ble 25 mer eller mindre voksne damfrosker skysset fra Dyreparken.
  • NRK, Dagsrevyen; Korslund, Lars (2019). Damfrosken skal reddes.
  • Korslund, Lars (2018). Damfrosk i Agder.

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