Dr. Thea Bechshoft is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, Canada. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Copenhagen and the University Centre in Svalbard, and holds an M.S. from the University of Oslo and a Ph.D. from Aarhus University.
Dr. Bechshoft’s work focuses on ecotoxicology and the effects of pollutants on polar bear physiology, especially their hormonal system. Before joining the polar bear research group at the University of Alberta in Canada, she worked with the Svalbard Barents Sea polar bears and especially the East Greenland polar bears. As has been the case throughout her Ph.D., minimally-invasive sampling remains a central point of Dr. Bechshoft’s research. Over the next few years, she will be using these methods to investigate how stress levels in polar bears of the Canadian Arctic can be linked to pollution as well as climate variables, thereby helping us understand the complexity of these multiple stressors.