Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)

I am involved in analysis of data from a variety of projects on reindeer. This includes semi-domestic reindeer and experiments done in collaboration with Øystein Holand, UMB and work with wild Svalbard reindeer. The Svalbard reindeer work was initiated by Rolf Langvatn that are now retired. Leif Egil Loe are my main contact on this work.
Svalbard reindeer - frontcover JAE

Papers on reindeer

I have marked in parenthesis whether study was done on wild reindeer from mainland or Svalbard, semi-domestic reindeer (mainly a research herd in Finland with unique life history data)
or caribou (North America).

23. Holand, Ø., Weladji, R.B., Mysterud, A., Røed, K., Reimers, E., and Nieminen, M. 2012. Who cares at what cost? Induced orphaning reveals post-weaning maternal care in reindeer. European Journal of Wildlife Research: in press. (semi-domestic reindeer)

22. Hegel, T.M., Mysterud, A., Huettmann, F., and Stenseth, N.C. 2010. Interacting effect of wolves and climate on recruitment in a northern mountain caribou population. Oikos: in press. (caribou)

21. Hegel, T.M., Mysterud, A., Ergon, T., Loe, L.E., Huettmann, F., and Stenseth, N.C. 2010. Seasonal effects of Pacific-based climate on recruitment in a predator-limited large herbivore. Journal of Animal Ecology 79: 471-482. (caribou)

20. Weladji, R.B., Holand, Ø., Gaillard, J.-M., Yoccoz, N.G., Mysterud, A., Nieminen, M., Kumpula, J., and Stenseth, N.C. 2010. Age-specific changes in different components of reproductive output in female reindeer: terminal allocation or senescence? Oecologia 162: 261-271. (semi-domestic reindeer)

19. Stien, A., Loe, L.E., Mysterud, A., Severinsen, T., Kohler, J., and Langvatn, R. 2010. Icing events trigger range displacement in a high-arctic ungulate. Ecology 91: 915-920. (wild reindeer - Svalbard)

18. Colman, J.E., Mysterud, A., Jørgensen, N.H., and Moe, S.R. 2009. Active land use improves reindeer pastures: evidence from a patch choice experiment. Journal of Zoology 279: 358-363. (semi-domestic reindeer)

17. Mysterud, A., Røed, K.H., Holand, Ø., Yoccoz, N.G., and Nieminen, M. 2009. Age related gestation length adjustment in a large iteroparous mammal at northern latitude. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 1002-1006. (semi-domestic reindeer)

16. Veiberg, V., Mysterud, A., Irvine, R.J., Sørmo, W., and Langvatn, R. 2009. Increased mass of reticulo-rumen tissue and contents with advancing age in Svalbard reindeer. Journal of Zoology 278: 15-23. (wild reindeer - Svalbard)

15. Weladji, R.B., Loison, A., Gaillard, J.-M., Holand, Ø., Mysterud, A., Yoccoz, N.G., Nieminen, M., and Stenseth, N.C. 2008. Heterogeneity in individual quality overrides costs of reproduction in female reindeer. Oecologia 156: 237-247. (semi-domestic reindeer)

14. Veiberg, V., Mysterud, A., Bjørkvoll, E., Langvatn, R., Loe, L.E., Irvine, J., Bonenfant, C., Couweleers, F., and Stenseth, N.C. 2007. Evidence for a trade-off between early growth and tooth wear in Svalbard reindeer. Journal of Animal Ecology 76: 1139-1148. [pdf] (wild reindeer - Svalbard)

13. Loe, L.E., Bonenfant, C., Mysterud, A., Severinsen, T., Øritsland, N.A., Langvatn, R., and Stenseth, N.C. 2007. Activity pattern of arctic reindeer in a predator-free environment – no need to keep a daily rhythm? Oecologia 152: 617-624. [pdf] (wild reindeer - Svalbard)

12. Røed, K.H., Holand, Ø., Mysterud, A., Tverdal, A, Kumpula, J., and Nieminen, M. 2007. Male phenotypic quality influences offspring sex ratio in a polygynous ungulate. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 274: 727-733. [pdf] (semi-domestic reindeer)

11. Weladji, R.B., Gaillard, J.-M., Yoccoz, N.G., Holand, Ø., Mysterud, A., Loison, A., Nieminen, M., Kumpula, J., and Stenseth, N.C. 2006. Good reindeer mothers live longer and become better in raising offspring. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 273: 1239-1244. [pdf] (semi-domestic reindeer)

10. Loe, L.E., Irvine, R.J., Bonenfant, C., Stien, A., Langvatn, R., Albon, S.D., Mysterud, A., and Stenseth, N.C.
2006. Testing five hypotheses of sexual segregation in an arctic ungulate. Journal of Animal Ecology 75: 485-496. [pdf] (wild reindeer - Svalbard)

9. Holand, Ø., Mysterud, A., Røed, K.H., Coulson, T., Gjøstein, H., Weladji, R.B., and Nieminen, M. 2006. Adaptive adjustment of offspring sex ratio and maternal reproductive effort in an iteroparous mammal. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 273: 293-299. [pdf]
(semi-domestic reindeer)

8. Chan, K.-S., Mysterud, A., Øritsland, N.A., Severinsen, T., and Stenseth, N.C. 2005. Continuous and discrete extreme climatic events affecting the dynamics of a high arctic reindeer population. Oecologia 145: 556-563. [pdf] (wild reindeer - Svalbard)

7. Pettorelli, N.P., Weladji, R.B., Holand, Ø., Mysterud, A., Breie, H., and Stenseth, N.C. 2005. The relative role of winter and spring conditions: linking climate and landscape-scale plant phenology to alpine reindeer performance. Biology Letters 1: 24-26. [pdf] (semi-domestic reindeer)

6. Reimers, E., Holmengen, N., and Mysterud, A. 2005. Life history variation of wild reindeer in the highly productive North Ottadalen region, Norway. Journal of Zoology 265: 53-62. [pdf] (wild reindeer - mainland)

5. Vik, J.O., Stenseth, N.C., Tavecchia, G., Mysterud, A., and Lingjerde, O.C. 2004. Living in synchrony on Greenland coasts? Nature 427: 697-698. [pdf]

4. Mysterud, A., Holand, Ø., Røed, K.H., Gjøstein, H., Kumpula, J.M., and Nieminen, M. 2003. Effects of age, density and sex ratio on reproductive effort in male reindeer. Journal of Zoology 261: 341-344. [pdf] (semi-domestic reindeer)

3. Holand, Ø., Røed, K.H., Mysterud, A., Kumpula, J.M., Nieminen, M., and Smith, M.E. 2003. The effect of sex ratio and male age structure on reindeer calving. Journal of Wildlife Management 67: 25-33. [pdf] (semi-domestic reindeer)

2. Weladji, R.B., Mysterud, A., Holand, Ø., and Lenvik, D. 2002. Age-related reproductive effort in reindeer (Rangifer tarandus): evidence of senescence. Oecologia 131: 79-82. [pdf] (semi-domestic reindeer)

1. Weladji, R.B., Klein, D.R., Holand, Ø., and Mysterud, A. 2002. Comparative response of Rangifer tarandus and other northern ungulates to climatic variability. Rangifer 22: 33-50. [pdf]