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Research interests

Prof. Forbes has a background in applied ecology and geography in northern high latitudes, with special emphasis on permafrost regions. His experience is circumpolar, encompassing studies of rapid land use and climate change in Alaska, the Canadian High Arctic, various regions of northern Russia, and northernmost Fennoscandia. His approach is strongly interdisciplinary and participatory, aiming for the co-production of knowledge, particularly concerning local and regional stakeholder-driven research questions. He has conducted fieldwork annually in the Arctic for over 35 years.

Field of science

  • Geosciences
  • Social and economic geography
  • Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Multidisciplinary


  • Arctic social-ecological systems
  • Rangifer systems
  • Tundra disturbance
  • Arctic rangelands
  • Reindeer governance
  • Dendroclimatology
  • Tundra greening
  • Shruibification
  • Resilience
  • Pastoralism
  • Rapid climate change
  • Rapid landuse change


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