Dr Dana Bergstrom

Dr Dana Bergstrom
Dr Dana Bergstrom

Dr Dana Bergstrom: BSc, MSc, PhD
Applied Antarctic ecologist

Research interests

I am an applied Antarctic ecologist with a focus on understanding and protecting Antarctica at the highest level, while communicating the global importance of the region and its science to the world. My work revolves around studying how Antarctic organisms and ecosystems work, identifying risks to these Antarctic ecosystems and finding solutions to mitigating such risks, especially in terrestrial ecosystems. I'm particularly focused on the impact of humans in Antarctica on large scales (e.g. climate change) as well as regional and local scales (e.g. the impact of non-native species and human footprint).

I have played major leadership roles in international science in the area by initiating programs and driving the construction of science plans for three major international Antarctic science programs: Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) 'Regional Sensitivities to Climate Change'; SCAR 'Evolution and Biodiversity in Antarctica'; and the International Polar Year (IPY) 'Aliens in Antarctica'. Approximately 70-80% of all researchers in my field globally have participated in one of these programs over the last 10 years. As a result, I have a history of bringing together large groups of scientists to address specific regional-based topics and working with them to produce comprehensive outputs and outcomes. For example, the Aliens in Antarctica project has resulted in major changes in how most national programs and tourist operations operate with regard to biosecurity measures in Antarctica.

Recent research has focused on evidence-based conservation planning and the understanding rapid ecosystem collapse in alpine areas of Macquarie Island.

National and international representations/collaborations 

  • Instigator and member – SCAR-ANTOS (Antarctic Nearshore and Terrestrial Observing System) Action Group (2014–present)
  • Australian Delegate – SCAR (2011-2014)
  • Co-Chair – SCAR Open Science Conference International Steering Committee Auckland 2014
  • Instigator and Co-Chair – IPY Aliens in Antarctica International Science project (2006–2011)
  • Executive Member – SCAR, Evolution and Biodiversity of Antarctica (2006–2011)
  • Member – SCAR Life Sciences Standing Scientific Group (2004–2005, 2010–present)
  • Member – SCAR International Steering Committee, various conferences (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011)
  • Member – International science review committee, South African Antarctic Program (2009)
  • Member – Editorial Advisory Council Polar Science (2008–present)
  • Member – SCAR Special Program Development Group – Evolution and Biodiversity in Antarctica (2003–2004)
  • Chief Officer – SCAR Regional Sensitivity to Climate Change in Antarctic Terrestrial and Limnetic Ecosystems (2003–2005)
  • Member – Steering Committee SCAR Regional Sensitivity to Climate Change in Antarctic Terrestrial and Limnetic Ecosystems (1999–2002)
  • Instigator – SCAR Regional Sensitivity to Climate Change in Antarctic Terrestrial and Limnetic Ecosystems (1999)

Selected Publications

Bergstrom, D.M., Bricher, P.K., Raymond, B., Terauds A., Doley, D., McGeoch M.A., Whinam, J, Glen, M. , Yuan Z., Kiefer K., Shaw, J.D., Bramely-Alves, J., Rudman, T., Mohammed, C., Lucieer, A., Visoiu M., Jansen van Vuuren B., Ball, M.C (2015) Rapid collapse of a sub-Antarctic alpine ecosystem: the role of climate and pathogens. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52: 774-783.

Bennett, J.R., Shaw, J.D. Terauds, A., Smol, J.P., Aerts, R., Bergstrom, D.M., Blais, J.M., Cheung, W.W.L, Chown ,S.L., Lea, MA., Nielsen, U.N., Pauly, D., Reimer, K.J., Riddle, M.J., Snape, I., Stark, J.S., Tulloch, V.J., and Possingham H.P. (2015) Polar lessons learned: long-term management based on shared threats in Arctic and Antarctic environments. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 2015 13:6, 316-324

Rolland, V, Bergstrom, D.M., Lenné, T., Bryant, G., Chen, Hua, Wolfe, J., Holbrook, N.M., Stanton, D.E. and Ball, M.C (2015) Easy come, easy go: capillary forces enable rapid refilling of embolized primary xylem vessels. Plant Physiology DOI:10.1104/pp.15.00333

Chown, L.,S., Huiskes, L., A.H., Gremmen, M., N.J., Lee, E., J., Terauds, A, Crosbie, K., Frenot, Y, Hughes, A., K., Imura, S., Kiefer, K., Lebouvier, M., Raymond, B., Tsujimoto, M., Ware, C., Vijver, V.d., B., Bergstrom, D.M. (2012) Continent-wide risk assessment for the establishment of non-indigenous species in Antarctica. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 4938-4943.

Terauds, A., Chown, S.L., Morgan, F., Peat, H.J., Watts, D.J., Keys, H., Convey, P., Bergstrom, D.M. (2012) Conservation biogeography of the Antarctic. Diversity and Distributions, 18, 726-741.

Bergstrom D.M., Lucieer, A., Kiefer, K., Wasley, J., Belbin, L., Pedersen T.K. &. Chown, S. (2009) Indirect Effects of Invasive Species Removal Lead to Regime Shift in an Island Ecosystem. Journal of Applied Ecology 46: 73-81.

Bergstrom, D.M., Huiskes, A., Convey, P. (Eds) (2006) Trends In Antarctic Terrestrial And Limnetic Ecosystems: Antarctica as a Global Indicator. Springer.

Nevitt, G.A., Bergstrom, D.M., Bonadonna, F. (2006). The potential role of ammonia as signal molecule for procellariiform seabirds, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 315: 270-277.

Frenot, Y., Chown, S.L., Whinam, J.,Selkirk, P.M., Convey, P., Skotnicki, M., & Bergstrom, D.M. (2005). Biological invasions in the Antarctic: extent, impacts and implications. Biological Reviews. 80:45-72.

Bergstrom, D.M. & Chown, S.L (1999) Life at the front: history, ecology and change on southern ocean islands. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 14(12). 472-477.