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Research groups

Aquatic ecology

Aquatic Ecology

The research group Aquatic Ecology study, among other things, climate change effects on aquatic systems, regime shifts in shallow lakes, dispersal and migration of aquatic organisms, population genetics, predator-prey interatctions, effects of pesticides and endocrine disruptors and sustainable fisheries. Contact: Christer Brönmark


Biodiversity and Conservation Science

The aim of the research group is to advance the scientific understanding of how human activities, such as habitat loss, habitat conversion and climate change, affects biodiversity and how this feeds back on the generation of ecosystem services (e.g. pollination or biological control).

Contact: Henrik Smith

Evolutionary ecology of plant-insect interactions

We are interested in the processes that generate biodiversity. In our research, we investigate the processes that have made plants and plant-feeding insects two of the most diverse and abundant groups of organisms on earth.

Contact: Magne Friberg or Anna Runemark

Genetic Markers in Ecotoxicology

Our ecotoxicological research group uses molecular tools to understand the toxic responses that originate inside aquatic organisms after they have been exposed to environmental pollutants, including pharmaceutical drugs. We characterize specific genes that can be used to better identify resulting biological responses after exposure to toxicants. Organisms studied in our lab include salmon, trout, roach, fresh water snails and also terrestrial slugs.

Contact: Maria Hansson

Plant Biodiversity

Our research covers a wide range of topics in plant ecology, systematics and evolution – with a focus on understanding the mechanisms that are involved in the generation, maintenance and loss of biodiversity. 

Keywords: agroecology, biosystematics, community ecology and species diversity, conservation biology and habitat restoration, conservation genetics, genomic ecology, landscape ecology, local adaptation, molecular systematics and phylogenetics, phylogeography, plant-microbe interactions, plant-soil interactions, polyploid evolution, speciation and hybridization.

Contact: Stefan Andersson and Pål Axel Olsson

Soil Ecology Group

The Soil Ecology Group's research is about interactions between soil organisms, the responses of soil organisms to the environment, the distribution of the organisms, and the impact of the environment on populations and communities parameters (also anthropogenic ones).

Contact: Katarina Hedlund

Systematic Biology Group

The research group focuses on studying the diversification dynamics of life throughout evolutionary history. We use molecular phylogenetics to infer when, where and how different groups of organisms diversified.

Contact: Niklas Wahlberg

Evolutionary ecology

Animal Flight Lab

In a sophisticated wind tunnel we explore animal flight. Birds, bats and insects are some of the animals we study there. Our research is primary focused on the ecology and evolution of animal flight. Contact: Anders Hedenström or Christoffer Johansson Westheim.

Animal Navigation Lab

We study how birds and other animals have adapted to migrate and navigate across long distances. We use combination of field-based research, including individual tracking, and laboratory experiments where we can control availability of cues and study physiological and behavioural responses in individuals. Contact: Susanne Åkesson.

Evolution and ecology of phenotypes in nature

We explore the interface between ecology and evolution, using methods from evolutionary ecology, quantitative genetics and phylogenetic comparative methods. We are quantitative biologists working in natural populations and are interested in linking micro- and macroevolution. Contact: Erik Svensson

Evolutionary Biology

Our research lies at the interface of development, ecology and evolution. We use experimental and comparative methods, guided by mathematical modelling and conceptual analysis. Contact: Tobias Uller

Genetics of sex differences

We are interested in various aspects of the genetics of sex differences, including sexual selection and sexual conflict, the evolution of sexual dimorphism, and sex chromosome evolution. We work in the interface between evolutionary ecology and genomics. Contact: Jessica Abbott or Bengt Hansson

Life History and Functional Ecology

This group studies physiological and ecological mechanisms affecting the balance between reproduction and survival. This involves both special adaptations and evolutionary constraints. Birds such as the blue tit invest in many offspring and have shorter lifespans, while the white-tailed eagle invests in a long lifespan and fewer offspring. Contact: Dennis Hasselquist or Jan-Åke Nilsson

Theoretical Population Ecology and Evolution Group - ThePEG

ThePEG's resarch studies basic ecological and evolutionary questions such as speciation, dynamics and evoution in ecological populations, behaviour and life history strategies, and adaptations to changing environments. The effect of climate changes and management of wildlife and marine fish stocks are important application areas. Contact: Per Lundberg, Anders Brodin, or Jörgen Ripa

Functional zoology

Animal Physiology Group

Our research concerns the function of the body. We have a huge range of techniques and model organisms to our help. Everything from how single cells in culture respond to their substrate to the way whole organ systems develop and respond to environmental stress. Contact: Fredrik Johansson, David O’Carroll, Stina Oredsson, Lars Råberg, Marcus Stensmyr, Björn Weström

Pheromone Group

We study how chemical signals (olfaction and taste) are used by insects to find food, partner or egg laying site. We try to answer questions about how the signals work (morphology, physiology, behaviour and ecology), how they have evolved (evolution and genetics), and how they can be used for practical purposes, e.g., to suppress pest insects or census rare species. Contact: Christer Löfstedt or Olle Anderbrant

Mammalian Rhinarium Group

We study how mammals obtain sensory information from their rhinaria and what role this information plays in their lives. In the strict sense of the word, the rhinarium is the hairless, often wet frontal part of the mammalian nose. Contact: Ronald Kröger

Lund Vision Group

The research projects of this group include the evolution of animal eyes and their optical mechanisms, colour vision and nocturnal vision in animals, navigation using polarized light and magnetic fields as well as image enhancement in dim light. Contact: Dan-Eric Nilsson, Emily Baird, Marie Dacke, Almut Kelber, Ronald Kröger, Rachel Muheim or Eric Warrant

Molecular ecology, microbial ecology and evolutionary genetics – MEMEG

Microbial Ecology

The research group Microbial ecology works with identification of the microorganisms that carry out carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) turnover in soils, particularly forest soils. They characterize some of these processes at molecular levels and identify how they are regulated under different environmental scenarios. A major focus is on symbiotic interactions between fungi and roots of plants. Contact: Anders Tunlid

Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab - MEEL

MEEL’s research is rooted in the fields of both behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology. Their study systems cover bacteria and parasites as well as insects, birds and mammals. Common to all the research projects in the group is that they use molecular techniques to answer evolutionary and ecological questions. Contact: Staffan Bensch or Dennis Hasselquist

Molecular cell biology

Genetics: Telomeres and Telomerase

Telomeres are necessary for the integrity chromosomes. This group studies the function of telomeres and the basic molecular mechanisms of telomerase, the enzyme catalyzing the synthesis of telomeric DNA. The roles of telomeres in cancer and aging are also considered. Contact: Marita Cohn

Microbiology Group

The research of this group is devoted to gram-positive bacteria. Their research areas include heme-containing proteins, endospore biogenesis, coiled coil proteins in the bacterial cytokeleton, the development and differentiation of Streptomyces, and bacterial stress responses. Contact: Lars Hederstedt, Klas Flärdh or Claes von Wachenfeldt

Plant Biology

Plant Biology

Plant research at the department focuses on evolutionary processes, distribution of plant populations in space and time and interaction between plants and between plants and the environment. We investigate plant resistance against antimicrobial peptides released by benevolent fungi, plant redox involvement in stress defence, and protein quality control in the plant ER. Other research areas are phylogeny and taxonomy. Contact: Honor C Prentice or Mats Hansson.

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