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To better understand how global change affects the marine environment in different ways, the Department for Marine Sciences now takes an initiative in research and education within Marine Global Change.
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Initiative in research and education to better understand Marine Global Change


Global change affects the marine environment in different ways: warming, acidification, eutrophication, threats to biodiversity. To increase the understanding of how these changes are interconnected, and how they affect the ocean, the Department of Marine Sciences is now making a large interdisciplinary initiative in the area of Marine Global Change.
“Global change is one of the biggest challenges of our time,” says Erik Selander, researcher and senior lecturer at the Department of Marine Sciences.

The initiative in Marine Global Change involves four new positions in the marine subjects biology, geology and chemistry. The initiative will add further focus to the current research about global challenges for the marine environment in these subjects at the Department.

“This thematic recruitment will give the research area a big boost, and we hope that the overall theme Marine Global Change will lead to enhanced collaborations between subjects,” says Erik Selander.

Also includes teaching

The researchers applying for these positions are expected to develop strong research environments in the area of ​​Marine Global Change, and make opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with other research areas – both within the Department and outside. The work also includes teaching students, and developing new teaching materials and a new course in Marine Global Change.

“Students are our future, and it’s important to link teaching and research. This applies undeniably to the area Marine Global Change. The ocean faces enormous challenges, and it’s important that humanity relates to the ocean in a sustainable way. This initiative is in accordance with this,” says Per Hall, deputy Head of Department at the Department of Marine Sciences.

Prioritized research focus

In winter of 2021, the Department has advertised two senior lectureships and one associate senior lectureship in marine biology and marine chemistry. A professorship in marine sedimentology will be announced later in the spring of 2021.

"Marine Global Change is an important and prioritized research focus that will continue to be important for a long time to come," says Erik Selander.

Suitable for research in Marine Global Change

The Department of Marine Sciences is a very suitable place for research and education in Marine Global Change for several reasons, as the Department conducts both broad and pioneering research in the Scandinavian coastal area, in polar oceans, and in the tropical ocean. The Department has a broad educational program in marine science, and the Department hosts a unique marine infrastructure that includes two large and modern research stations, as well as a new 49-meter research vessel that enables work on open seas.

"These new recruitments will work together to develop a strong research environment in the area of ​​Marine Global Change, and this development work also includes existing researchers at our department," says Per Hall.

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Writer: Annika Wall