Antarctic Wedell seal
An Antarctic Wedell seal sun bath and scratches its hind flipper. But not for long, the endemic seal louse was collected and is along with a small blood sample analysed for studies aimed at understanding disease ecology in the wild.
Photo: K. Hårding

Population dynamics and epidemiology in natural populations

Research project

Short description

We have three main research topics:
- Marine mammal population dynamics where we study how marine mammal populations are regulated by different factors such as, food limitation, density and anthropogenic contaminants.
- Theoretical biology and population dynamics of metapopulations
- Infectious disease ecology. We study how emerging diseases that can switch host species are regulated and maintained in multi host systems.

More about our research


Karin Hårding
Willian Silva
Tero Härkönen
Britt-Marie Bäcklin
Sara Persson
Mats Isaksson
Jean Pierre Desforges
Johan Jonasson
Bernt Wennberg


A general model for metapopulations

Emerging disease in harbour seals

Density dependent growth in harbour seals