University of Gothenburg
At the department we study plants and animals, and how they interact with and are affected by the environment
Photo: C. Olsson

Our research

The research the department covers topics spanning from cellular level to population and ecosystems. We study plants and animals both in the lab and in their natural habitats - on land, in the air or in the water - in Sweden and around the globe, from Arctic to Antarctic via the tropics.

At the department, there are about 100 scientists and PhD-students, working with questions that in one way or the other relate to plants and animals, and the environments in which they live. It spans from what happens within a single cell and how individuals from different species are built and function, to relationship between species and how populations interact with each other and their environment.

The research also includes questions about how factors in the surroundings and not least changes in the environment affect living organisms - here we study anything from chemical and physical factors, nutrients or population density to climate change and environmental pollutions.

Our research areas and topics

Research at BioEnv has its base in a number of classic research subjects, from which we have identified five main research areas. These spans in many case of several of the classic subject, but van also be specializations within a single subject.

Within each research area you often find several smaller research groups and more or less well defined projects.