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Åke Lindström


My research is focused on the dynamics of bird population size and distribution, not least how the birds are influenced by climate and land use change. Both in Sweden and in Europe, birds are responding quickly to a warming climate. They are generally moving north with rising summer temperatures, but not fast enough to completely track the climate. Further, habitat specialists are slowly replaced by habitat generalists. This work is directly related to my position as head of the Swedish Bird Survey, a nationwide program for monitoring the breeding birds in Sweden.

I’m also since long interested in bird migration, in particular the behaviour, physiology and energetics of fuel deposition and flight. Through the years this has meant much work in the field, not least in the Arctic, as well as wind tunnel, laboratory and literature studies, and some theoretical work. The present focus is on migratory Great Snipes and their migration strategy, which we study by geolocators. Since long I also study the population ecology, moult and fuel deposition of passerines in Swedish Lapland.

Curriculum vitae

  • 2004- Professor at Department of Ecology, Lund University, Sweden
  • 2002- Head of the Swedish Bird Survey
  • 1991-1992 Post Doc at Zoological Laboratory, University of Groningen, Holland
  • 1990 PhD at Department of Ecology, Lund University, Sweden (“Stopover ecology of migrating birds”)

Åke Lindström standing on a mountin


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Page Manager:
Åke Lindström
E-mail: ake [dot] lindstrom [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se



+46 46 222 49 68



Research group

Biodiversity and Conservation Science


The Swedish Bird Survey – a nationwide monitoring scheme

Doctoral students and postdocs

PhD Students, main supervisor

Dafne Ram