University of Gothenburg

In the media

GGBC members are often featured in the media through their projects. Radio-inteviews, written interviews, short movies and social media is a great way to spread information about biodiversity and the threats against it to the general public. Browse below for everything from debate articles in international magazines to short movies about biodiversity.

In the press


One sentence in a book leads researchers to a species not seen in over 100 years

October 27, 2021
There are many species that the IUCN has categorised as “Data deficient.” The montane skink is one of them, having not been spotted in Lumbo, Mozambique in over 100 years. But some detective work through the Extinct or Shy project, led by Harith Farooq, has led to the first scientific record of this species in a century! Harith and Allison Perrigo wrote a short piece in The Conversation about the find.

Ecocide must be listed alongside genocide as an international crime

June 22, 2021
Alexandre Antonelli and Pella Thiel propose for ecocide to be recognised as an international crime alongside crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, in this article in the Guardian.

Preserve a Voucher Specimen! The Critical Need for Integrating Natural History Collections in Infectious Disease Studies

January 16, 2021
Magnus Gelang from Gothenburg Museum of Natural History is part of the CETAF-DiSSCo COVID-19 Task Force consisting of 15 biologists. The team urges researchers who conduct host-pathogen studies to adopt vouchering practices and to collaborate with natural history museums to permanently archive host specimens. This would lead to increased preparedness for novel viral zoonoses, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The publication was highlighted by Washington Post and EurekAlert!

What Happened to South America’s Missing Mega-Mammals?

Oct 9, 2020
The New York Times picked up on GGBC'er Juan Carillo's research on the Great American Interchange and why the majority of mammal immigrants go south, rather than the other way around?
Read the newsfeature in New York Times here

Bland fladdermöss och myrkottar

Oct 4, 2020
Listen to Magnus Gelang from the Gothenburg Natural History Museum as he talks with other scientists about how a threatened biodiversity connects to pandemics in this paneldiscussion during the International Sciencefestival in Gothenburg.
See the conversation on the swedish educational radio's website here

GGBC'ers involved in rescue operation for stranded basking shark

Sep 28, 2020
Two local marine biologists, and GGBC members, were on hand to guide the rescue efforts when a basking shark found itself stuck in teh shallow waters of the west coast of Sweden. See GGBC Steering Board member Björn Källström from Sjöfartsmuseet Akvariet - Göteborg speak about the effort in an interview with SVT. Lars Gamfeldt from the Dept of Marine Sciences, GU was on site as well and could give some information about the large shark in a feature on TV4.

Debunking longlasting myths about bats

Sep 17, 2020
Magnus Gelang from the Gothenburg Natural History Museum visited the popular radioshow P4 i Göteborg to talk about bats and some common myths around these creatures of the night.
Listen to the inteview in Swedish at P4 here

Mammal Extinction is caused by humans - not the climate

Sep 5, 2020
Tobias Andermann at the Dept. of Biological and Environmental sciences, GU lead the work behind a new scientific study in Science Advances that recieved a lot of medial attention both nationally and internationally. The study shows the alarming rate to which humans are causing mammalextinctions recieved a lot of medial attention with no less than a newsfeature in the local newspaper Göteborgsposten and two interviews with TRT World and BBC World.
Read the newsfeature in Göteborgsposten here
See the interview with TRT World here
See the interview in BBC world here

Heathlands a landscape created by man in need of management

Aug 26, 2020
Mattias Lindholm, one of Sweden's few reserachers on heathlands is interviewed as part of the popular Swedish radio show Naturmorgon. Listen to Mattias talk about one of Europe's most threatened habitats and their need for continued management.
Listen to the interview here

Ocean Blues on the radio

Aug 17, 2020
What can today's youth and future leaders do to turn their eco-anxiety into eco-action? That is the big question that Ocean Blues addresses and that is discussed in this radio interview with Malin Rosengren from the Centre for Sea and Society, and project leader for Ocean Blues. Listen to Amlin talk about how this project is inspiring students to take control, and even design their own actionable path forward.
Listen to the interview on Swedish Radio P4 (In Swedish)

What would happen to Earth if humans went extinct?

Aug 16, 2020
GGBC'er Søren Faurby was interviewed about the effects of humans on wildlife and biodiversity in this longer piece in LiveScience about what would happen if humans went extinct.
Read the feature in LiveScience here