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Ole Reidar Vetaas

Professor, Professoer of Biogeography
  • E-mailOle.Vetaas@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 93 24+47 958 76 455
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckelsgt. 6
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen
Academic article
  • 2019. Principal factors controlling biodiversity along an elevation gradient: Water, energy and their interaction. Journal of Biogeography.
  • 2019. GrassPlot v. 2.00 – first update on the database of multi-scale plant diversity in Palaearctic grasslands. Palaearctic Grasslands. 26-47.
  • 2019. Geophysical, evolutionary and ecological processes interact to drive phylogenetic dispersion in angiosperm assemblages along the longest elevational gradient in the world. Botanical journal of the Linnean Society. 333-344.
  • 2019. Effects of weather and hunting on wild reindeer population dynamics in Hardangervidda National Park. Population Ecology.
  • 2018. Weighted average regression and environmental calibration as a tool for quantifying climate-driven changes in vegetation. Journal of Plant Ecology. 460-473.
  • 2018. Scale sensitivity of the relationship between alpha and gamma diversity along an alpine elevation gradient in central Nepal. Journal of Biogeography. 804-814.
  • 2018. Remote sensing of ?-diversity: Evidence from plant communities in a semi-natural system. Applied Vegetation Science.
  • 2018. Phylogenetic classification of the world's tropical forests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 1837-1842.
  • 2018. Parapatric subspecies of Macaca assamensis show a marginal overlap in their predicted potential distribution: Some elaborations for modern conservation management. Ecology and Evolution. 9712-9727.
  • 2018. Downhill shift of alpine plant assemblages under contemporary climate and land-use changes. Ecosphere. 1-15.
  • 2017. Climatic variables determining Rhododendron sister taxa distri-butions and distributional overlaps in the Himalayas. Frontiers of Biogeography. 1-13.
  • 2017. An intercontinental comparison of niche conservatism along a temperature gradient. Journal of Biogeography. 1104-1113.
  • 2016. Water-energy dynamics, habitat heterogeneity, history, and broad-scale patterns of mammal diversity. Acta Oecologica. 176-186.
  • 2016. Topography-driven isolation, speciation and a global increase of endemism with elevation. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 1097-1107.
  • 2016. Land-use change under a warming climate facilitated upslope expansion of Himalayan silver fir (Abies spectabilis (D. Don) Spach). Plant Ecology. 993-1002.
  • 2016. Does tree canopy closure moderate the effect of climate warming on plant species composition of temperate Himalayan oak forest? Journal of Vegetation Science. 948-957.
  • 2016. Do composition and richness of woody plants vary between gaps and closed canopy patches in subtropical forests? Journal of Vegetation Science. 1129-1139.
  • 2016. Consumption patterns of fuelwood in rural households of Dolakha District, Nepal: reflections from community forest user groups. Small-scale Forestry. 16 pages.
  • 2015. Does agroforestry conserve trees? A comparison of tree species diversity between farmland and forest in mid-hills of central Himalaya. Biodiversity and Conservation. 2047-2061.
  • 2014. Pastoral abandonment, shrub proliferation and landscape changes: a case study from Gorkha, Nepal. Landscape Research. 53-69.
  • 2014. North Atlantic Islands with native and alien trees: are there differences in diversity and species-area relationships? Journal of Vegetation Science. 213-225.
  • 2014. Effects of topography and land use on woody plant species composition and beta diversity in an arid Trans-Himalayan landscape, Nepal. Journal of Mountain Science. 1112-1122.
  • 2014. Ecological consequences of land use change: Forest structure and regeneration across the forest-grassland ecotone in mountain pastures in Nepal. Journal of Mountain Science. 838-849.
  • 2014. Do vascular plants and bryophytes respond differently to coniferous invasion of coastal heathlands? Biological Invasions. 775-791.
  • 2013. Restoration potential of native forests after removal of Picea abies plantations. Forest Ecology and Management. 77-87.
  • 2013. Invasion of Calluna heath by native and non-native conifers: the role of succession, disturbance and allelopathy. Plant Ecology. 975-985.
  • 2013. Effects of invasion by introduced versus native conifers on coastal heathland vegetation. Journal of Vegetation Science. 744-754.
  • 2013. Effect of anthropogenic disturbance on plant species diversity in oak forest in Nepal, central Himalaya. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. 9 pages.
  • 2013. Asessment of carbon balance in community forest in Dolakha, Nepal. Small-scale Forestry. 507-517.
  • 2012. Vegetation Changes in the Red Sea Hills: from mist oasis to arid shrub. Plant Ecology & Diversity. 527-539.
  • 2012. Land-cover changes during the past 50 years in the semi-arid tropical forest region of northern Peru. Erdkunde. 57-75.
  • 2012. A comparison of systematic versus stratified-random sampling design for gradient analyses: a case study in subalpine Himalaya, Nepal. Phytocoenologia. 191-202.
  • 2012. A comparison of systematic versus stratified-random sampling design for gradient analyses: a case study in subalpine Himalaya, Nepal. Phytocoenologia. 191-202.
  • 2011. Orchid species richness along Himalayan elevational gradients. Journal of Biogeography. 1821-1833.
  • 2010. Farming flexibility and food security under climatic uncertainty: Manang, Nepal Himalaya. Area (London 1969). 228-238.
  • 2009. The forest ecotone effect on species richness in an arid trans-Himalayan landscape of Nepal. Folia Geobotanica. 247-262.
  • 2009. Temporal changes in species diversity and composition in abandoned fields in a trans-Himalayan landscape, Nepal. Plant Ecology. 383-399.
  • 2009. Medicinal plants of Nepal: Distribution pattern along an elevational gradient and effectiveness of existing protected areas for their conservation. Banko Jankari. 16-22.
  • 2009. Coefficient shifts in geographical ecology: an empirical evaluation of spatial and non-spatial regression. Ecography. 193-204.
  • 2008. Patterns of woody plant species richness in the Iberian Peninsula: environmental range and spatial scale. Journal of Biogeography. 1863-1878.
  • 2007. Risk management by communal decision in trans-Himalayan farming: Manang valley in central Nepal. Human Ecology (New York, N.Y.). 453-460.
  • 2007. Does Regulated Land Use Allow Regeneration of Keystone Forest Species in the Annapurna Conservation Area, Central Himalaya? Mountain Research and Development Journal. 345-351.
  • 2006. Establishment of Pinus wallichiana on a Himalayan Glacier Foreland: Stochastic Distribution or Safe Sites? Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine research. 584-592.
  • 2006. Can Rapoport's rule explain tree species richness along the Himalayan elevation gradient, Nepal? Diversity and Distributions: A journal of biological invasions and biodiversity. 373-378.
  • 2005. Pteridophyte richness, climate and topography in the Iberian Peninsula: comparing spatial and nonspatial models of richness patterns. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 155-165.
  • 2004. Relationship between plant species richness and biomass in an arid sub-alpine grassland of the Central Himalayas, Nepal. Folia Geobotanica. 57-71.
  • 2004. Fragile mountain - Fragile people? Understanding the fragility in the Himalayas. Mountain Research and Development Journal. 174-175.
  • 2004. Fern species richness along a central Himalayan elevational gradient, Nepal. Journal of Biogeography. 389-400.
  • 1997. The effect of canopy disturbance on species richness in a central Himalayan oak forest. Plant Ecology. 29-38.
  • 1997. Relationships between floristic gradients in a primary succession. Journal of Vegetation Science. 665-676.
  • 1996. En sammenligning av det biologiske og det antropologiske nisjebegrep, med utgangspunkt i Barths studier. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 12-12.
  • 1996. En Sammenligning av det biologiske og det antropologiske nisje begrep, med utgangspunkt i Barths studier. Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift. 12.
  • 1994. The influence of Acacia tortilis stands on soilproperties in arid north-eastern Sudan. Acta Oecologica.
  • 1994. Primary succession of plant assemblages on a glacier foreland - Bødalsbreen, southern Norway. Journal of Biogeography. 297-308.
  • 1993. Spatial and temporal vegatation changes along a moisture gradient in north-eastern Sudan. Biotropica. 164-175.
  • 1993. Primary succession of plant assemblages on a glacier foreland - Dødalsbreen, Southern Norway. Journal of Biogeography.
  • 1993. Effect of spatial arrangement of environmental variables on ordination results from a disturbed humidity gradient in north-eastern Sudan. Coenoses. 27-37.
  • 1992. Micro-site effects of trees and shrubs in dry savanna. Journal of Vegetation Science. 337-344.
  • 1992. Micro-site Effects of Trees and Schrubs in Dry Savannas. Journal of Vegetation Science. 337-344.
  • 1992. Gradients in field-layer vegetation on an arid misty mountain plateau in the Sudan. Journal of Vegetation Science. 527-534.
  • 1992. Gradients in Field-Layer Vegetation on an Arid Misty Mountain Plateau in the Sudan. Journal of Vegetation Science. 257-534.
  • 1991. Micro- and Meso-Gradients in Field-Layer Vegetation on Arid Misty Mountain, Erkowit, North-Eastern Sudan. Journal of Vegetation Science.
  • 1990. Landscape Ecology in a European Tradition. PM. 54-55.
Report
  • 1994. Survival on Meagre Resources: Hadendowa pastoralism in the Red Sea Hills. Final report The Red Sea Area Programme. .
  • 1991. Changes in Abundance of Perennial Species in Erkowit, North Eastern Sudan. 16. 16. .
  • 1985. Den gotlandske reisen. 1987. Hovedfagsekskursjon, rapport.Under ledelse av prof. Olav Gjærevoll og Thyra Solem. B 205 Regional plantegeografi. .
Lecture
  • 2005. Population Structure and Regeneration Status of Dominant Tree Species in Trans-himalayan Region, Nepal.
  • 2005. Population Structure and Regeneration Status of Dominant Tree Species in Trans-himalayan Region, Nepal.
Academic lecture
  • 2007. Why are cultural landscapes rich in species and why do they have different conservation values in rich and poor countries?
  • 2005. Vetaas, O.R. Shrestha, K. B. & Panthi, M.P. 2005 Is gamma diversity able to predict variation in alpha diversity along an elevation range? IAVS symp. 2005 Lisboa.
  • 2005. Post Fire Natural Regeneration of Pinus wallichiana A.B. Jackson in Pisang, Manang, Nepal.
  • 2005. Globalisation processes in Himalayan mountain communities: more development than marginalisation.
Editorial
  • 2006. Biological relativity to water-energy dynamics: a potential unifying theory? Journal of Biogeography. 1866-1867.
Book review
  • 2017. Aune-Lundberg, Linda. 2016. Estimation Methods and Uncertainty in Area Frame Surveys of Land Cover. Thesis for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor (PhD). Series of dissertations submitted to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo No. 1780 Oslo: Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. 181 pp. ISSN 1501-7710. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift. 122-123.
Academic anthology/Conference proceedings
  • 2007. Local Effects of Global Changes in the Himalayas: Manang, Nepal. Tribhuvan University, Nepal and University of Bergen, Norway.
Non-fiction book
  • 2007. Local Effects of Global Changes in the Himalayas: Manang, Nepal. Tribhuvan University, Nepal and University of Bergen, Norway.
  • 1996. Survival on Meagre Resources: Hadendowa Pastoralism in the Red Sea Hills. Nordiska Afrikainstituttet, Uppsala.
  • 1996. "Survival on Meagre Resources". Nordiska Afrikainstituttet, Uppsala.
  • 1996. "Survival on Meagre Resources". Nordiska Afrikainstituttet, Uppsala.
Compendium
  • 1995. Survival on Meagre Resources - Hadendowa Pastoralism in the Red Sea Hills. Final Report on The Red Sea Programme.
Masters thesis
  • 2013. Regeneration of pine on the aeolian sand dunes in Starmoen nature reserve, south-east Norway.
  • 2013. Regeneration of Shorea robusta and Schima wallichii under Community Forest Management in Ludikhola watershed, Gorkha district, Nepal.
  • 2006. Species richness across the forest-line ecotone in an arid trans-Himalayan landscape of Nepal.
  • 2004. Succession and diversity in abandoned crop fields at high elevations in the Central Himalayas.
Popular scientific article
  • 2008. Kulturlandskap i nord og sør - betraktninger i rom. Naturen. 175-183.
  • 2008. Kulturlandskap i drastisk endring - betraktninger i tid. Naturen. 184-193.
  • 1998. Klimagrenser for Rhododendron i arboreter og Himalaya (Nepal). Årringen. 14-17.
  • 1992. Fraktaler - en ny måte å se naturen på. Naturen. 250-254.
  • 1991. Environmental Variability in the Sahel and its Constraints on Animal Husbandry. Forum for utviklingsstudier. 215-228.
Doctoral dissertation
  • 2019. Predicting decline of threatened species, invasiveness of alien species, and invasibility of seminatural habitats: A case study from threatened coastal heathlands and semi-natural grasslands in western Norway.
  • 2018. Spatiotemporal dynamics of plant assemblages under changing climate and land-use regimes in central Nepal Himalaya.
  • 2018. Spatial dynamics of species distributions in an anthropogenic landscape in the context of climate change.
  • 2016. The disturbance-diversity relationship: integrating biodiversity conservation and resource management in anthropogenic landscapes.
  • 1992. The interaction between biotic and abiotic factors controlling temporal and spatial dynamics of arid vegetation in Erkowit, north-eastern Sudan.
Interview
  • 2007. Amerikanske trær innvaderer Fløyen.
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • 2007. Species compostion and regeneration of coniferous forest in Manang. 9 pages.
  • 2007. Species composition and regeneration of coniferous forest in Manang. 8 pages.
  • 2007. Globalisation and peoples' livelihood: Assessment and prediction for Manang, trans-himalayas, Nepal. 23 pages.
  • 2007. Global changes and its effect on glacier and culture landscapes: historical and future considerations. 17 pages.
  • 1997. Tautologier - et problem eller ikke-problem i biologiske vitenskaper? 6 pages.
  • 1996. Vegetation dynamics in the Red Sea Hills - Continuties and changes. 22 pages.
  • 1996. Vegetation Dynamics in the Red Sea Hills - Continuities and Changes.
  • 1996. The natural environment of the Red Sea Hills - lessons in variability. 22 pages.
  • 1996. The Natural Environment of the Red Sea Hills - Lessons in Variability.
Poster
  • 2017. Spatial ecology and summer grazing areas of wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) in Hardangervidda, Norway.
  • 2016. Hardangervidda National Park (HNP), Norway.
Academic literature review
  • 2019. Global endemics-area relationships of vascular plants. 41-49.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Acharya, K.P., Vetaas O.R. ** and Birks, H. J. B.2011. Orchid species richness along Himalayan   elevational gradients, Journal of Biogeography 38: 1821–1833.
Aase, T.H., Chaudhary, R.P. & Vetaas, O.R.* 2010. Farming flexibility and food security under     climatic uncertainty: Manang, Nepal Himalaya, AREA 42: 228–238.

 Shrestha K.B.  & Vetaas O.R.** 2009 The forest ecotone effect on species richness in an arid    trans-Himalayan landscape of Nepal, Folia Geobotanica, 43: 44:247–262.

Acharya, R.K.,  Chaudhary, R.P. & Vetaas O.R. 2009. Medicinal plants of Nepal: Distribution        pattern along an elevational gradient and effectiveness of existing protected areas for       their conservation. Journal of forestry information for Nepal, Bankojankari, 19:16-22.

Baniya, C.B., Solhøy, T. & Vetaas, O.R.** 2009. Temporal changes in species diversity and         composition in abandoned fields in a Trans-Himalayan landscape, Nepal. Plant Ecology,     201:383–399.

Bini L.M.  et al. + Vetaas, O.R. & B. Hawkins 2009. Coefficient shifts in geographical ecology:      an empirical evaluation of spatial and non-spatial regression, Ecography, 32: 1-12.

Vetaas, O.R & Ferrer-Castan, D. 2008. Richness of woody plants in the Iberian Peninsula:  evaluating the importance of climate, topography and substrate at two spatial scales,     Journal of Biogeography, 35: 1863–1878.

Ghimire B.K., Lekhak, H.D., Chaudhary, R.P. & Vetaas, O.R.* 2008. Vegetation analysis along     an altitudinal gradient of Juniperus indica forest in southern Manang Valley, Nepal.      International Journal of Ecology & Development, 9: 20-29.

Aase, T.H. & Vetaas, O.R.* 2007. Risk management by communal decision in trans-Himalayan     farming: Manang Valley in Central Nepal. Human Ecology, 35: 453-460.
Chaudhary, Ram P., Aase, Tor H., Vetaas, O.R.* & Subedi, Bhim P. (eds.) 2007. Local Effects     of Global Changes in the Himalayas: Manang, Nepal. Kathmandu: Tribhuvan University,          Nepal and University of Bergen, Norway. 
Måren, I.E. & Vetaas, O.R.** 2007. Does regulated land use allow regeneration of keystone        forest species in the Annapurna Conservation Area, Central Himalaya? Mountain      Research and Development, 27: 345-351.
Panthi, M.P., Chaudhary, R.P. & Vetaas, O.R.** 2007. Plant species richness and composition      in a trans-Himalayan dry inner valley of Central Himalayas, Nepal. Himalayan Journal of          Sciences, 6: 31-38.
Bhattarai, K.R. & Vetaas, O.R**. 2006. Can Rapoport’s rule explain tree species richness  alongthe Himalayan elevation gradient, Nepal? Diversity and Distributions, 12: 373-378.
Mong, C.E. & Vetaas, O.R**. 2006. Establishment of Pinus wallichiana on a Himalayan      glacier foreland: stochastic distribution or safe sites? Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine         Research, 38:          584-592.
Vetaas, O.R. 2006. Biological relativity to water-energy dynamics: a potential unifying                theory? Journal of Biogeography, 33: 1866-1867.
Ferrer-Castan, D. & Vetaas, O.R. 2005. Pteridophyte richness, climate and topography at the      Iberian Peninsula: comparing spatial and nonspatial models of richness patterns.                Global  Ecology and Biogeography, 14: 155-165.

Bhattari, K. R. & Vetaas O.R**. 2005. Local factors influence herbaceous species diversity in       macro scale. Journal of forestry information for Nepal, Bankojankari, 15:26-32.

Vetaas , O.R. & Knudsen, A. 2004. Fragile mountain – Fragile people? Understanding the fragility   in the          Himalayas. Mountain Research and Development 24: 174-175.

Bhattarai, K.R., Vetaas, O.R.* & Grytnes, J.A. 2004. Fern species richness along a central           Himalayan elevation gradient, Nepal. Journal of Biogeography 31: 389-400.

Bhattarai, K.R., Vetaas, O.R.** & Grytnes, J.A. 2004. Relationship between plant species  richnessand  biomass in arid sub- alpine grassland of the central Himalayas, Nepal. Folia    Geobotanica 39: 57-71.

Ferrer-Castan, D. & Vetaas, O.R. 2003. Floristic variation, chorological types, and diversity: do    they correspond at broad and local scales? Diversity and Distributions, 9: 221-235.

Muhanguzi H.D.R., Obua J., Oryem-Origa H., & Vetaas O.R.* 2003. Tree fruiting phenology in      Kalinzu Forest, Uganda African Journal of Ecology, 41:171-178.

Bhattarai, K.R. & Vetaas, O.R.** 2003. Variation in plant species richness of different lifeforms   along a subtropical elevation gradient in the Himalayas, east Nepal. Global Ecology and        Biogeography, 12: 327-340.

Grytnes, J.A. & Vetaas, O.R. 2002. Species richness and altitude: a comparison between   simulation models and interpolated plant species richness along the Himalayan gradient,  Nepal. American Naturalist, 159: 294-204.

Vetaas, O.R. & Grytnes, J.A. 2002. Distribution of vascular plant species richness and endemic     richness along the Himalayan elevation gradient in Nepal. Global Ecology and    Biogeography, 11: 291-301.

Vetaas, O.R. 2002. Realized and potential climate niches: a comparison of four Rhododendron     tree species. Journal of Biogeography, 29: 545-554.
Vetaas, O.R. 2001. Niche, scale and stability: conceptual problems in nature-society analyses.     Norsk Sosiologisk Tidsskrift (Journal of Sociology) 9: 92-106

*= Publication from projects where I have been principal investigator and/or (**) supervised the first author. Thus I have had overall responsibility for sampling design, introduction, hypothesis formulation, interpretation and discussion.