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Systematics & biodiversity

Research within systematics & biodiversity covers a broad spectra of organisms. Research topics include questions about relationship between species and why a certain species is found at a certain location.

Research topics

At the department, we study diverse eukaryotic organisms such as birds, worms, flowering plants, fungi, and many other groups. In many cases, questions are similar regardless of the organism ,and researchers collaborate closely.

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

Bengt Oxelman (professor)

Roger Eriksson (researcher)

Christine Bacon (lecturer)

Alexandre Antonelli (professor, director of science Kew Gardens, England)

Mari Källersjö (adjunkt professor, Gothenburg botanical garden)

Our expertise is focused on palms (mainly tropical) and campions (Sileneae, mainly temperate). We study the diversification history of plants in a phylogenetic framework. Our research investigates how diversity arises and how different biotic and abiotic factors affect diversity. In particular we use genomics combined with morphological and ecological information to address these questions.

Urban Olsson (professor) - especially birds

Christer Erséus (senior professor) - especially worms

Sören Faurby (lecturer)

Animal systematics is the study of the evolutionary history and relationships between animal species and populations. The relationships are represented by evolutionary trees.

Ellen Larsson (principal curator)

Henrik Nilsson (lektor)

Allison Perrigo (director GGBC)

Christine Bacon (lecturer)

Sören Faurby (lecturer)

Alexandre Antonelli (professor, director of science Kew Gardens, England)

We study the patterns and processes that shape terrestrial biodiversity around the globe. This includes understanding what drives speciation and extinction over both small and large areas and time scales, and why some areas are more diverse than others. Using primary data from fieldwork, phylogenetics, phylogenomics, and databases amassed by both amateurs and experts worldwide, we look at the distribution of organisms in an evolutionary context. From this we can explore what has happened in the past and what we can expect in the future. 

Herbarium GB

The history of our herbarium dates back to late 18th century. At that time, the first collections formed a part of a “Naturalie Cabinet” that belonged to the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg. Since 1995, the herbarium is located in the premises of the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, and in 2015 it became a research infrastructure at University of Gothenburg. Here preserved plants, fungi, algae etc are stored for comparative and evolutionary studies.

Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre (GGBC)

Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre aims to link science and society around biodiversity and enhance and accelerate biodiversity research through four pillars: exploration, education, research and preservation.

Flora of Ecuador

The Flora of Ecuador project publishes taxonomic treatments of vascular plants occurring in mainland Ecuador, based on original research.