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Evolutionary ecology & conservation biology

Research within this area include on the one hand questions regarding selection and evolution, and on the other more applied questions within conservation biology.

Evolutionary ecology

Evolutionary ecology is the interplay between evolution and ecology, exploring historical and current ecological causes of selection and evolution, and their consequences for populations, species and ecosystems. We have strong roots and traditions in curiosity-driven basic research in evolutionary behavioural ecology, with ongoing studies of sexual selection, life-history biology, parental care, colour communication, ecological speciation, and personality traits. A wide range of study organisms are represented, from both terrestrial and aquatic (marine as well as freshwater) habitats.

Under each heading, we have listed the researchers involved, with links to contact information and possible additional group or project pages.

Staffan Andersson (professor)
Read more about the research at the ECCO page

 

Donald Blomqvist (researcher)
Read more about Donald's research

Mats Olsson (professor)
Read more at the external page for REBEL

Lotta Kvarnemo (professor)
Read more about the research at the external page Kvarnemo lab

Johan Höjesjö (professor)
Read more about the research at the SEG (Salmonid ecology group) page

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Photo: C. Olsson

Conservation biology

Within the field of conservation biologywe study land ecosystems like forests and more open habitats as well as freshwater  and marine ecosystems of many kinds. studies are conducted on threatened and vulnerable populations of fish, reptiles, birds, seals, invertebrates and various plants.

To understand how small populations function and are threatened, individuals are followed over time. Other projects focus on how species and habitats respond to management. We  also study long term effects of climate change, human activities and exploitation of ecosystems.

Under each heading, we have listed the researchers involved, with links to contact information and possible additional group or project pages.

Donald Blomqvist (researcher)
Read more about Donald's research

Frank Götmark (professor)
Read more about the Oak project (in Swedish)
Read more about the Overpopulation project

Karin Hårding (lecturer)
Read more about Karin's research

Lotta Kvarnemo (professor)
Read more about the research at the external page Kvarnemo lab

Johan Höjesjö (professor)
Read more about the research at the SEG (Salmonid ecology group) page

Johan Höjesjö (professor)
Read more about the research at the SEG (Salmonid ecology group) page

Peter Tiselius (professor)
Read more about Peter's research

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Incubating Northern lapwing (Vanellus vanellus).
Photo: J. Augustin

What is conservation biology?

Conservation biology can be defined as protection and management of habitat types and species with the overall goal to secure a rich biodiversity for the future. In Sweden, recreation in nature is also included.

To meet these goals, society requires knowledge about the habitats,  their functions and the many species living. But also how these habitats and species change over time, which species are threatened and why as well as how the threats can be eliminated.

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