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Zoologist with master thesis on spruce and spruce beetles from Univ. of Oslo. studies on insects, mammals and birds, behaviour and population ecology. Focus on boreal forest ecosystems. Employed as curator in zoology at the Natural History Museum (UiA) from 1995. I have built a scientific collection of skins of mammals and birds, but also tissue samples and bird eggs (unhatched eggs). Completed my PhD (2019) at Inland University (Evenstad) 2019: Molt stage, wing bar patterns and digital photography as tools for assessing age distribution and recognizing individuals of Great Grey and Snowy Owls. Also working on individual reconition of large butterflies based on photographies.

Work experience

Reports for Økoforsk (1985), Governmental reports 1985-86, Book editor at Kunnskapsforlaget and Aschehoug 1986-87, Freelance reporter for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK, radio - nature) 1983-1990, self-emplyed consultant 1990-95, Curator Zoology at Agder Natural History Museum from 1995 (under University of Agder since 2017). 

Academic interests

Life histories of birds and mammals, all continents. Specialise on owls, in particular Ural, Great Grey and Snowy Owl. Satellite telemetry on the last two species, focusing on migrations, life strategies and habitat selection. Spescial focus on ecology of coniferous forests.

General outreach

More than 400 titles written since 1971 (popular science, scientific papers, newpaper comments etc.). Made 115 radio programs on nature for Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) 1983-90, since then hundreds of radio and TV interviews on zoology. Have given 330 lectures on a wide range of topics on zoology, nature and management since 1975. 

Scientific publications

  • Sonerud, Geir A.; Solheim, Roar; Berg, Trond (2020). Age structure in a newly established and increasing population: initially high proportion of young birds among nesting Great Grey Owls.. Journal of Ornithology. ISSN: 2193-7192. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-020-01809-1.
  • Curk, Teja; Pokrovsky, Ivan; Lecomte, Nicolas; Aarvak, Tomas; Burnham, Kurt; Dietz, Andreas; Franke, Alastair; Gauthier, Gilles; Jacobsen, Karl-Otto; Kidd, Jeff; Lewis, Stephen B.; Øien, Ingar J.; Solheim, Roar; Wiebe, Karen; Wikelski, Martin; Therrien, Jean-François; Safi, Kamran (2020). Arctic avian predators synchronise their spring migration with the northern progression of snowmelt. Scientific Reports. ISSN: 2045-2322. 10doi:10.1038/s41598-020-63312-0.
  • Øien, Ingar Jostein; Aarvak, Tomas; Jacobsen, Karl-Otto; Solheim, Roar (2018). Satellite telemetry uncovers important wintering areas for Snowy owls on the Kola peninsula, northwestern Russia. Ornithologia / Орнитология. ISSN: 0474-7313. 42s 42 - 48.
  • Heggøy, Oddvar; Aarvak, Tomas; Øien, Ingar Jostein; Jacobsen, Karl-Otto; Solheim, Roar; Zazelenchuk, Dan; Stoffel, Marten; Kleven, Oddmund (2017). Effects of satellite transmitters on survival in Snowy Owls Bubo scandiacus. Ornis Norvegica. ISSN: 1892-9737. 40s 33 - 38. doi:10.15845/on.v40i0.1309.
  • Solheim, Roar (2016). Individual identification of Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) and Great Grey Owls (Strix nebulosa) based on wing bar patterns.. The Journal of raptor research. ISSN: 0892-1016. 50 (4). s 370 - 378. doi:10.3356/JRR-15-64.1.
  • Solheim, Roar; Stefansson, Ove (2016). Life span, dispersal and age of nesting Great Grey Owls (Strix nebulosa lapponica) in Sweden.. Ornis Svecica. ISSN: 1102-6812. 26s 125 - 134.
  • Solheim, Roar (2014). Age of Great Grey Owls Strix nebulosa observed in Scandinavia in 2012 as revealed by digital photos in the national species report archives.. Ornis Svecica. ISSN: 1102-6812. 24 (1). s 3 - 11.
  • Solheim, Roar; Hausknecht, Roland; Jacobs, Susanne; Mueller, Jorg; Zink, Richard; Frey, Hans; Vrezec, Al; Kristin, Anton; Mihok, Jozef; Kergalve, Ilze; Saurola, Pertti; Kuehn, Ralph (2014). Phylogeographic analysis and genetic cluster recognition for the conservation of Ural Owls (Strix uralensis) in Europe.. Journal of Ornithology. ISSN: 2193-7192. 155 (1). s 121 - 134.
  • Solheim, Roar; Lawicki, L.; Abramcuk, A. V.; Domashevsky, S. V.; Paal, U.; Chodkiewicz, T.; Wozniak, B. (2013). Range extension of Great Grey Owl in Europe.. Ringing & Migration. ISSN: 0307-8698. 35s 145 - 154. doi:10.1080/03078698.2001.9674268.
  • Solheim, Roar; Råberg, L.; Loman, J.; Hellgren, O.; van der Kooij, J; Isaksen, Kjell (2013). The origin of Swedish and Norwegian populations of the Eurasian harvest mouse (Micromys minutus).. Acta Theriologica. ISSN: 0001-7051. 58s 101 - 104. doi:10.1007/s13364-013-0160-y.
  • Solheim, Roar (2012). Wing feather moult and age determination of Snowy Owls Bubo scandiacus.. Ornis Norvegica. ISSN: 1892-9737. 35s 48 - 67. doi:10.15845/on.v35i0.289.
  • Solheim, Roar (2011). Molt pattern of primaries and secondaries during first and second flight feather molt in Great Grey Owls Strix nebulosa.. Ornis Svecica. ISSN: 1102-6812. 21 (1). s 11 - 19.
  • Solheim, Roar (2011). Moult pattern of primaries and secondaries in Eagle Owl Bubo bubo.. Ornis Norvegica. ISSN: 1892-9737. 34 (1). s 1 - 9. doi:71488733810002201.
  • Solheim, Roar; Jones, E. P.; van der Kooij, Jeroen; Searle, J. B. (2010). Norwegian house mice (Mus musculus musculuc/domesticus): distributions, routes of colonization and patterns of hybridization.. Molecular Ecology. ISSN: 0962-1083. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04874.x.
  • Solheim, Roar (2009). Age, sex and size of dead Tawny Owls Strix aluco found during winter famine 2006.. Ardea. ISSN: 0373-2266. 97 (4). s 597 - 601. doi:10.5253/078.097.0427.
  • Solheim, Roar; Bekken, Jon; Bjørnstad, Rune; Bye, Frode Norang; Hagen, Torger K.; Isaksen, Kjell; Strøm, Hallvard (2009). Ural Owls Strix uralensis at the border line: nesting places are not a limiting factor.. Ardea. ISSN: 0373-2266. 97 (4). s 515 - 518. doi:10.5253/078.097.0416.
  • Marthinsen, Gunnhild; Wennerberg, Liv; Solheim, Roar; Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2008). No phylogeographic structure in the circumpolar snowy owls (Bubo scandiacus).. Conservation Genetics. ISSN: 1566-0621. 10 (4). s 923 - 933. doi:10.1007/s10592-008-9581-6.
  • Porkert, Jan; Solheim, Roar; Flor, Arne (1998). Behaviour of hybrid male Tetrao tetrix male x T. urogallus female on black grouse and capercaillie display grounds.. Acta Soc. Zool. Bohemoslov. ISSN: 0862-5247. 62s 143 - 153.
  • Porkert, Jan; Solheim, Roar; Flor, Arne (1997). Behaviour of hybrid male Tetrao tetrix male X T. urogallus female on black grouse leks.. Wildlife Biology. ISSN: 0909-6396. 3s 169 - 176.
  • Schreiber, Rudolf L.; Diamond, Anthony W.; Solheim, Roar; Schei, Peter Johan (1989). Redd fuglene. Boken til verdensaksjonen "Save the birds".. ISBN: 82-588-0574-6. Aventura Forlag AS. s 384.
  • Solheim, Roar (1997). Fuglesamfunnet. P 355-426 i Norges Fugleliv. Hornugle p. 69, Haukugle p. 115, Lappugle p. 118, Jordugle p. 174, Snøugle p. 193, Opptak av fuglelåter p. 438-439. ISBN: 82-7010-301-2. Det Beste A/S. s 79.
  • Solheim, Roar; Vedum, Trond Vidar (2013). Fugleskole. Kurshefte for Norsk Ornitologisk Forening. 2013. 2. opplag reviderte bilder 2017.. ISBN: 978-82-78-52108-3. Norsk Ornitologisk Forening. s 87.
  • Solheim, Roar; Vedum, Trond Vidar (2017). Fugleglede - bli kjent med fuglene våre. ISBN: 978-82-03-29665-9. Aschehoug & Co. s 224.
  • Solheim, Roar (2017). Når de døde våkner - hva forteller døde dyr i museale magasiner..
  • Solheim, Roar (2017). Fugler og fjær - utstilling.
  • Solheim, Roar (2017). Flaggermus i Norge. Nattekskursjon..

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