Ulrika Alm Bergvall

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Ulrika Alm Bergvall

Forskare, Docent

Everything that involves ungulates or animal behaviour fascinates me. My research interests span from ungulate foraging behaviour to animal personality.


Zoologiska institutionen: Etologi
08-16 41 33
08-16 77 15
Svante Arrheniusväg 18 B
D 512a
Stockholms universitet
Zoologiska institutionen: Etologi
106 91 Stockholm


The interactions between plants and herbivores are among the most important and intriguing in nature and the scientific field of plant-herbivore interactions is rapidly developing. In my current FORMAS funded project I investigate foraging psychology and small to medium scale foraging decisions in fallow deer (Dama dama), red deer (Cervus elaphus) and moose (Alces alces). I spent my VR financed postdoc time at the Department of Psychology at the University of Edinburgh, and after that I spent some years at Grimsö Wildlife research station, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). I have been involved in animal personality research in Fallow deer, Rabbit, European Mink and Roe deer. At the moment I’m also involved in a large project (RåFäst, P. Kjellander, Grimsö) about roe deer, ticks, rodents and tick-borne diseases including people from several disciplines from Linköping, SVA, Public Health Agency of Sweden, among others. I’m also a member of the EURODEER group (http://www.eurodeer.org/), collaborating with European Roe deer researchers. I also work for Grimsö, SLU, as a coordinator for The Swedish Environmental protection Agency with testing new traps for wildlife. I teach at several courses in Ethology (basic to master level) at Stockholm University just because it is fun.



Rebecca S. Stutz, Simen Pedersen, Malin Teräväinen, Petter Kjellander, Olof Leimar, Louisan Verschuur, Ulrika A. Bergvall. 2019. Efficient application of a browsing repellent - Can associational effects within and between plants be exploited? European Journal of Forest Research 138: 253-262.

Rebecca S. Stutz, Louisan Verschuur, Olof Leimar, Ulrika A. Bergvall. 2019. A mechanistic understanding of repellent function against mammalian herbivores. Ecological processes 8.

Rebecca S. Stutz, Ulrika A. Bergvall, Olof Leimar, Juha Tuomi, Pasi Rautio. 2018. Cohesiveness reduces foraging efficiency in a social herbivore. Animal Behaviour 135: 57-68.

Nadège C. Bonnot, Ulrika A. Bergvall, Anders Jarnemo, Petter Kjellander. 2018. Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Variation in the stress response among personalities and populations in a large wild herbivore. Oecologia 188: 85-95.

Ulrika A. Bergvall, Olof Leimar. 2017. Directional associational plant defense from Red deer (Cervus elaphus) foraging decisions. Ecosphere 8.

Marianne Haage, Tiit Maran, Ulrika Alm Bergvall, Bodil Elmhagen, Anders Angerbjörn. 2017. The influence of spatiotemporal conditions and personality on survival in reintroductions-evolutionary implications. Oecologia 183: 45-56.

Rebecca S. Stutz, Benjamin M. Croak, Olof Leimar, Ulrika A. Bergvall. 2017. Borrowed plant defences - Deterring browsers using a forestry by-product. Forest Ecology and Management 390: 1-7.

O. Borg, M. Wille, P. Kjellander, Ulrika A. Bergvall, P.-E. Lindgren, J. Chirico, Å. Lundkvist. 2017. Expansion of spatial and host range of Puumala virus in Sweden - an increasing threat for humans? Epidemiology and Infection 145: 1642-1648.

Ulrika A. Bergvall, Lars Jäderberg, Petter Kjellander. 2017. The use of box-traps for wild roe deer - behaviour, injuries and recaptures. European Journal of Wildlife Research 63.

Nikolaus Huber, Sebastian G. Vetter, Alina L. Evans, Petter Kjellander, Susanne Küker, Ulrika A. Bergvall, Jon M. Arnemo. 2017. Quantifying capture stress in free ranging European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). BMC Veterinary Research 13.

Ulrika Alm Bergvall, Lisa Svensson, Petter Kjellander. 2016. Vigilance adjustments in relation to long- and short term risk in wild fallow deer (Dama dama). Behavioural Processes 128: 58-63.

Martin O. Andersson, Ulrika A. Bergvall, Jan Chirico, Madeleine Christensson, Per-Eric Lindgren, Jonas Nordström, Petter Kjellander. 2016. Molecular detection of Babesia capreoli and Babesia venatorum in wild Swedish roe deer, Capreolus capreolus. Parasites & Vectors 9.

L. Debeffe, J. F. Lemaitre, Ulrika A. Bergvall, A. J. M. Hewison, J. M. Gaillard, N. Morellet, M. Goulard, C. Monestier, M. David, H. Verheyden-Tixier, L. Jäderberg, C. Vanpe, P. Kjellander. 2015. Short- and long-term repeatability of docility in the roe deer: sex and age matter. Animal Behaviour 109: 53-63.

Ulrika A. Bergvall, Petter Kjellander, Per Ahlqvist, Örjan Johansson, Kent Sköld, Jon M. Arnemo. 2015. Chemical Immobilization of Free-ranging Fallow Deer (Dama dama) - Effect of Needle Length on Induction Time. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51: 484-487.

Susanne Küker, Nikolaus Huber, Alina Evans, Petter Kjellander, Ulrika A Bergvall, Krista L Jones, Jon M Arnemo. 2015. Hematology, serum chemistry, and serum protein electrophoresis ranges for free-ranging roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) in Sweden. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 51: 269-73.

Anastasia Andersson, Linda Laikre, Ulrika A. Bergvall. 2014. Two shades of boldness - novel object and anti-predator behavior reflect different personality dimensions in domestic rabbits. Journal of ethology 32: 123-136.

Marianne Haage, Ulrika A. Bergvall, Tiit Maran, Kairi Kiik, Anders Angerbjörn. 2013. Situation and context impacts the expression of personality: The influence of breeding season and test context. Behavioural Processes 100: 103-109.

Ulrika A. Bergvall, Michelle Co, Roger Bergström, Per J. R. Sjöberg, Monica Waldebäck, Charlotta Turner. 2013. Anti-browsing effects of birch bark extract on fallow deer. European Journal of Forest Research 132: 717-725.

Petter Kjellander, Ida Svartholm, Ulrika A Bergvall, Anders Jarnemo. 2012. Habitat use, bed-site selection and mortality rate in neonate fallow deer Dama dama. Wildlife Biology 18: 280-291.

Pasi Rautio, Ulrika A. Bergvall, Juha Tuomi, Kari Kesti, Olof Leimar. 2012. Food selection by herbivores and neighbourhood effects in the evolution of plant defences. Annales Zoologici Fennici 49: 45-57.

Ulrika A. Bergvall, Alexander Schäpers, Petter Kjellander, Alexander Weiss. 2011. Personality and foraging decisions in fallow deer, Dama dama. Animal Behaviour 81: 101-112.

Ulrika A Bergvall. 2009. Development of feeding selectivity and consistency in food choice over5 years in fallow deer. Behavioural Processes 80: 140-146.

Ulrika Alm Bergvall, Alexandra C.V. Balogh. 2009. Consummatory simultaneous positive and negative contrast in fallow deer: implications for selectivity. Mammalian Biology 74: 236-239.

Pasi Rautio, Kari Kesti, Ulrika Alm Bergvall, Juha Tuomi, Olof Leimar. 2008. Spatial scales of foraging in fallow deer: Implications for associational effects in plant defences. Acta Oecologica 34.

Ulrika A Bergvall, Pasi Rautio, Hanna Siren, Juha Tuomi, Olof Leimar. 2008. The effect of spatial scale on plant associational defences against mammalian herbivores. Ecoscience 15: 343-348.

Pasi Rautio, Ulrika Alm Bergvall, Maarit Karonen, Juha-Pekka Salminen. 2007. Bitter problems in ecological feeding experiments: commercial tannin preparations and common methods for tannin quantifications. Biochemical systematics and ecology 35: 257-262.

Ulrika Alm Bergvall. 2007. Development of feeding selectivity and behavioural syndromes in fallow deer. Book of abstracts of the International Union of Game Biologists XXVIII Congress. 106.

Ulrika A Bergvall, Pasi Rautio, Tuomas Luotola, Olof Leimar. 2007. A test of simultaneous and successive negative contrast in fallow deer foraging behaviour. Animal Behaviour 74: 395-402.

Ulrika A Bergvall, Pasi Rautio, Kari Kesti, Juha Tuomi, Olof Leimar. 2006. Associational effects of plant defences in relation to within- and between-patch food choice by a mammalian herbivore - neighbour contrast susceptibility and defence. Oecologia 147: 253-60.

Ulrika Alm Bergvall, Olof Leimar. 2005. Plant secondary compounds and the frequency of food types affect food choice by mammalian herbivores. Ecology 86: 2450-2460.

Ulrika Alm, Olof Leimar. 2002. The effect of food quality and relative abundance on food choice in fallow deer. Animal Behaviour 64: 439-445.

Björn Birgersson, Ulrika Alm, Björn Forkman. 2001. Colour vision in fallow deer: a behavioural study. Animal Behaviour 61: 367-371.

Marianne Haage, Tiit Maran, Ulrika Alm Bergvall, Bodil Elmhagen, Anders Angerbjörn. Evolutionary maintenance of personality – a field experiment on survival and personality. Oecologia.