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Maj Rundlöf

Researcher

Maj Rundlöf doing field work in clover field.

I am an ecologist and environmental scientist interested in understanding the multitude of factors affecting biodiversity and the functions organisms provide in ecosystems and to humans. I am particularly interested in how land use change and management of agricultural landscapes affect pollinators and the pollination services they provide to both crops and wild plants. In the last few years, I have also been developing the field of landscape ecotoxicology, to understand how bees are exposed to and effected by pesticide use in real landscapes. In my research, I use a combination of landscape ecological experiments, more detailed manipulative experiments and observational surveys, and lately also individual based modelling, to understand drivers of pollinator diversity, abundance, population and service change. I particularly enjoy to work with farmers on their land in my research and to interact with a broad public in communicating our scientific findings. Here you can see and listen to some of our findings on how neonicotinoids influence bees

I did my PhD with Henrik Smith on the influence of organic farming on farmland biodiversity and a postdoc with Riccardo Bommarco on pollination and biological control in red clover seed production and in the EU project STEP on Status and Trends of European Pollinators. I also visited Valery Forbes lab to model individual bumble bees under pesticide exposure and Neal Williams lab to explore flower strips for mitigating pesticide influence on bees and model bee pesticide exposure. I now have a group at Lund university working on pollination ecology, landscape ecotoxicology and the multiple stress factors that bees encounter in today’s landscapes. 

Bumblebee pollinating clover flower.

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