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2015 - present Author
Oslo, Norway
Ethics for a Full World or, Can Animal-Lovers Save the World?
2010 - present Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
Oslo, Norway
Country Director, Norway
  • Build a national program on steady state economics
2003 - 2007 DET NORSKE VERITAS (DNV)
Oslo, Norway
Senior Scientist, Ecological Risk Specialist
  • Build a new program on bio-risk management
  • Develop new services in biodiversity management and conservation
  • Develop useful approaches to ecological risk analysis and management
  • Research on ecological risk associated with genetically modified organisms, invasive species, ballast water (marine invasive species), aquaculture, etc.
1998 - 2001 United Nations Development Program
Papua New Guinea
Environment Program Manager, GEF Focal Point
  • Managed a portfolio of environmental projects and the GEF large and medium sized grants program in Papua New Guinea; including two ICAD projects (one Biosphere Reserve Initiative, one Integrated Coastal Management project) and the Papua New Guinea Climate Change Enabling Activities Project.
  • Environment Team Leader and Focal Point for Sustainable Development, environment and natural resources management
  • Responsible for strategic planning and program design and implementation within the areas of marine, terrestrial, biodiversity conservation, climate change and forestry
  • Responsible for liaison with environment and natural resources related departments of the Government of Papua New Guinea, and multilateral and bilateral partners
  • Preparation of background papers on the environmental situation of PNG and policy papers
  • Steering Committee Member for the Papua New Guinea Conservation Trust Fund, Climate Change Project, and two ICAD Projects. List serve manager/moderator for several e-groups
  • Resource person for Office Automation, Computer/Software training, Country Office Web page and Intranet, Editorial Committee member, Y2K Committee etc.
1996 - 1998 Center for Development and the Environment
Oslo, Norway
Postdoctoral Researcher, Principle Investigator
  • Investigated the relationships between deforestation rates across developing nations with tropical rainforest and socioeconomic coviariates
  • Studied and mapped patterns and rates of tropical deforestation in developing nations
  • Studied patterns of threatened and endemic species in developing nations, and the links between threatened biodiversity and deforestation, forest cover, protected areas and socioeconomic covariates
  • Mapped and identified conservation priorities in lowland Nepal, with respect to dispersal corridors and remnant habitat patches for tigers, elephants and rhinos
1996 The Norwegian Research Council
Oslo, Norway
Consultant
  • Wrote the English Version Report on Norwegian research activities in the follow-up of UNCED
1995 The World Bank
Washington DC
Consultant
  • Worked on a manual for Bank Managers: "Natural Habitats and Ecosystems Management Handbook"
  • Developed guidelines for Bank Managers, based on ecological principles, and tools for implementing ecologically responsible measures in Bank projects
1989 - 1995 Princeton University and
The Norwegian Research Council
Princeton NJ
Graduate Fellow/Pre-doctoral Fellow
  • Conducted research on extinction risk in fragmented landscapes, on maintenance of the high tree species diversity in tropical forests, on edge effects in seed and egg predation in tropical rainforest remnants, and species loss in island archipelagoes and East African nature reserves
  • Taught "Managing the Global Environment", "Biogeography and Conservation", and "Evolution of Biodiversity"

1989 The Directorate for Nature Managment
Trondheim, Norway
Consultant
  • Analyzed regional differences in reproduction and survival for Norwegian red deer, Cervus elaphus, and the relationship of these to climate variables along two geographic gradients

1987 The Directorate for Nature Managment
Trondheim, Norway
Consultant
  • Analyzed the viability of the Norwegian populations of brown bear, Ursus arctos, and wolf, Canis lupus, using simulation models
1987 University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway
Instructor, Field Ecology
  • Taught field techniques and taxonomy for fresh water ecosystems to undergraduate biology students
1984 - 1987 Landøya High-School
Asker, Norway
Substitute teacher
  • Taught Norwegian, English, French, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Physical Education to 7th, 8th and 9th graders

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