The Herbivory Network is a collaborative research initiative that investigates the role of herbivory in Arctic and alpine ecosystems. The HN was established in 2014, as the first global initiative to start coordinated research on this topic. The goal of HN is to foster collaborations within and across disciplines, to facilitate multi-site comparisons, and to assist in understanding the complexity and variability of responses of tundra ecosystems to herbivory. Learn about our steering committee, current members, and how to join our group.
Ongoing changes in the composition of plant and herbivore communities are likely to have a large impact on the dynamics of Arctic and alpine ecosystems and their ability to respond to changes, including social, cultural and economic interactions with people living in these environments. Beyond its ecological relevance, herbivory is an important topic for many northern communities, as the main Arctic herbivores are herded (e.g. reindeer), tended as livestock (e.g. sheep) or hunted (e.g. caribou, geese and ptarmigan). The knowledge gained and methods developed in the Herbivory Network will ultimately benefit land use management and conservation around the Arctic.
Photo Credit: Lawrence Hislop, Norwegian Polar Institute