Personalities in the reaction to human approach (Goose personality)

Measuring the return time of marked Barnacle Geese after being disturbed from the nest by a human approaching.

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  • terrestrial biology

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  • biosphere / ecological dynamics / species/population interactions
  • human dimensions / environmental governance/management / environmental assessments
  • biosphere / terrestrial ecosystems / wetlands
  • biosphere / zoology

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Geese differ in their reaction to human disturbance. Previous work has linked the degree of reaction to personality and habituation. In Kongsfjorden (near Ny-A?lesund), there is a marked population of barnacle geese which have been tested for different personality traits. Now, we want to make a link to management relevance by testing the amount of time the female goose, of which personalities are known, needs to return to incubation on her nest. Moreover, we want to repeat this study on the barnacle geese population near Longyearbyen as a pilot studies. This population is scarcely studied. All this will be executed in close collaboration with UNIS, to intensify the cooperation between University of Groningen and UNIS and to establish field work on the barnacle geese population near Longyearbyen which is suited for UNIS students and researchers to work on in the future.

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