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Research projects

Evolutionary Ecology of Plant–Insect Interactions
We collaborate closely to use our complementary expertise and perspectives to understand how ecological and evolutionary processes, including species interactions, can generate novel biodiversity. We co-supervise MSc and PhD-students.

We encourage scholars interested in postdoctoral positions to approach and ask for the current possibilities to apply for joint funding.

Magne Friberg lab

Most species interactions evolve in site-specific networks of multiple coevolving species, and each interaction is likely shaping suites of traits on both sides of the interaction. Therefore, our study systems often include multiple plant- and insect species that form small interaction networks. In these networks, we study plant and insect trait evolution, and the role of trait diversification for gene flow and local adaptation.

Anna Runemark lab

I am a diversity and speciation researcher with evolutionary genomics and biogeography expertise and a background in evolutionary ecology. Broadly, my research strives to identify how variation arises and the processes by which it sorts into new species, as well as which ecological settings and factors that promote these processes.

Øystein Opedal lab

I am interested in understanding how plants and their interactors (pollinators, seed predators, herbivores) respond to changing environments. Currently, my main research activities include studies of mating-system and floral evolution in the neotropical vine Dalechampia, and studies of the role of species interactions in structuring the spatial and temporal dynamics of communities. I am also interested in understanding how alpine plant communities respond to climate change. I study these processes in the field, in the greenhouse, and through comparative (meta-)analyses.

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Contact information

Magne Friberg
Associate Senior Lecturer, Docent
Biodiversity

Telephone: +46 46 222 8968
E-mail: Magne [dot] Friberg [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Anna Runemark
Associate Senior Lecturer, Docent
Biodiversity

Telephone: +46 46 222 3613
E-mail: Anna [dot] Runemark [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Øystein Opedal 
Associate Senior Lecturer
Biodiversity

Telephone: +47 92233189
E-mail: oystein [dot] opedal [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se