Trond Simensen's research is focused on landscape ecology, physical geography, distribution modelling and the study of patterns of diversity in Earth's biotic and abiotic processes and features. Simensen is interested in drivers and effects of environmental change at the ecosystem and landscape level; distribution modelling of species and ecosystems; spatial planning; conservation strategies; nature management; remote sensing; geographical information systems (GIS).
Simensen is originally trained as a landscape architect and spatial planner (Cand. agric. University of Life Sciences in Norway 2001). He is currently working on a PhD-project in ecology at the University of Oslo. He also holds a position as a senior adviser at the Norwegian Environment Agency in Trondheim. He was a visiting scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison i 2019, where he worked with landscape ecology at the Turner lab. He has experience from nature management, conservation planning, landscape planning and environmental impact assessment related to large scale development projects.