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Experimental Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

EXEB Group-photo 2016
EXEB Group-photo 2016

Back row (from left to right): Erik Svensson, Weizhao Yang, John Waller, Tobias Uller, Katrine Lund-Hansen and Reinder Radersma

Front row (from left to right): Nathalie Feiner, Hanna Laakkonen, Jessica Abbott, Katie Duryea, Anna Nordén and Beatriz Willink

Absent from photo: Kaili Boarman, Stephen De Lisle, Antonio Cordero, Miguel Gomez, Viktor Nilsson-Örtman and Qinyang Li

EXEB is an international research environment, consisting of the labs of three PI:s (Jessica Abbott, Erik Svensson and Tobias Uller) and our postdocs, PhD-students, Master’s students and interns. We share a common interest in theory-driven evolutionary biology, although we are also experimentalists. Research in EXEB is diverse and covers a broad range of fundamental topics in ecology and evolutionary biology. These include sexual conflict and sexual selection, phenotypic plasticity, maternal effects and epigenetic inheritance,  thermal adaptations, evolutionary dynamics in natural populations, frequency-dependent processes, speciation and species interactions.

Members of EXEB share laboratory space in the Department of Biology. In our research, we use a broad range of analytical and experimental techniques. These techniques include population genetic and individual-based modelling, field and laboratory experiments, observational studies as well as molecular and genomics methods, including gene expression and DNA-sequencing. We work both with traditional and non-traditional model organisms and perform our research both in laboratory systems and in natural field populations. Our current and past study organisms include birds (ostrich, Struthio camelus), frutiflies (Drosophila melanogaster), simultaneous hermaphrodites (flatworms), insects (water beetles, damselflies and dragonflies), water fleas (Daphnia) and different species of lizards.

EXEB organizes seminars, scientific discussions and various other social activities. Please check out our research blog if you want more information about these activities. We meet on a weekly basis to discuss scientific topics and we run a journal club. We also give brief and informal research presentation, and host talks by invited speakers from outside. If you want to learn more about our research and ongoing activities, please contact one of the PI:s or follow the links to our research labs.

Page Manager:

Contact information

Erik Svensson
Evolutionary ecology

Telephone: +46 46-222 38 19
E-mail: Erik.Svensson [at]


Please contact one of the three PI:s in EXEB (Jessica Abbott, Erik Svensson or Tobias Uller) if you are interested in joining  our labs and be part of EXEB as either Master-student, PhD-student or postdoc. Please also contact us if you want to discuss other forms of scientific collaboration involving EXEB. We welcome such requests, in particular if you are able to bring your own funding, as research in Sweden and Lund is strongly dependent on external sources of funding.