Environmental science is a broad research area that covers several subjects and methods. Basically, it deals with how living organisms reside and reproduce in a changing environment as a result of release of hazardous chemicals or climate change. At the department these environmental challenges are studied in lakes, the sea an on land, that is in limnic, marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Environmental sciences combine many of the research areas at the department. Focus is on how plants and animals interact with and are affected by each other and the surrounding environment. This includes environmental monitoring, spanning over decades, as well as projects studying effects of environmental changes on physiological and molecular levels.
One focus area is ecotoxicology ranging from metagenomics, microbial and fish ecotoxicology, interactions in algal communities to aquatic biomonitoring.
Another focus area deals with the impact of climate change and increased ozone levels on plants, and on the exchange of carbon dioxide and water between vegetation, soil and atmosphere in terrestrial environments.