Øystein Wiig

Professor emeritus - Frontiers in Evolutionary Zoology
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Phone +47 41465054
Visiting address Haralds gate 3 4514 Mandal Norway
Postal address Natural History Museum University of Oslo PO Box 1172 Blindern 0318 Oslo


  • Machine engineer, Sørlandets Technical College, 1973
  • Cand. real. University of Bergen, 1978
  • Dr. philos. University of Bergen, 1994
  • Head of Zoological museum, UIO, 2000 - 2001
  • Head of Section for Zoology, Natural History Museum, UIO,  2001 - 2002
  • Board member Research Council of Norway Leiv Eriksson mobility program, 2005 - 2011
  • Board member Research Council of Norway International fellowship program, 2005 - 2011
  • Board member Norwegian Biodiversity Information Centre, 2006 - 2013
  • Chairman IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group, 1993 - 1997.
  • Chairman NAMMCO Scientific Committee Working Group on the Population Status of Belugas and Narwhals in The North Atlantic, 1999 - 2005
  • Invited Specialist IWC Scientific Committee (bowhead whales), 2008, 2010
  • IUCN Red List Authority Focal Point for Polar Bear, 2005 – 2016
  • Member Canada-Greenland Joint Commission on Polar Bears – Science Working Group, 2010 -  2018
  • Member Institute of Marine Research Marine Mammal Committee, 2009 –  
  • Chairman NAMMCO Scientific Committee Working Group on the population status of walrus in Greenland, 2013
  • PI Camera trap survey of redlisted mammals in the Hydro bauxite mine area in Paragominas, Brazil, 2014 -
  • PI Tracking jaguars in the Hydro bauxite mine area in Paragominas, Brazil, 2017 -

Special fields

Professor in mammalogy. Research primarily related to Arctic marine mammals, in particular polar bears, walrus and bowhead whales. The studies are management oriented and related to movement patterns and distribution of populations. Many of the studies have been related to effects of pollution in the marine environment. In later years the research has an increased focus on genetic analyses of ancient and contemporary tissue samples in order to assess population structure. The research has also been related to studies of systematics of terrestrial carnivores by application of craniometrical methods. Since 2014 I have been PI of projects investigating effects of mining activity on redlisted mammals (e.g. jaguars and tapirs) in the Amazon.

Tags: Zoology, Evolution, Management, Walrus, White whale, Narwhal, Arctic marine mammals, Polar bear, Mammalogy, Systematics, Ecology, Effects of climate change, Bowhead whales, Jaguars, Tapir, Amazon
Published May 31, 2011 9:17 AM - Last modified Feb. 26, 2021 12:42 PM