We seek to understand the response of the Barents sea polar bear population to environmental changes using evolutionary demography.
Together with my students and collaborators, we investigate reproductive strategies in female polar bears, survival rates of young and adults, in response to disappearing sea ice due to global warming. Our aim is to gain better knowledge of the species demography and provide demographic predictions of the population status for the future years. This project is a collaboration with the Norwegian Polar Institute. More here.
- Cubaynes, S., Aars, J., Yoccoz, N., Pradel, R., Wiig, O., Ims, R. and Gimenez, O.Modeling the demography of species providing extended parental care: A capture-recapture multievent model with a case study on Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus). In revision in Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
- Folio, D. M., Aars, J., Gimenez, O., Derocher, A. E., Wiig, Ø., and Cubaynes, S. (2019). How many cubs can a mum nurse? Maternal age and size influence litter size in polar bears. Biology letters, 15(5), 20190070.