Animal ecology

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Animal ecology

Animal ecology

The ecology division has a long history of basic and applied research ranging from insects to large mammals. The research has today two main directions. One focus is on evolutionary ecology on mainly life history of insects with for example research on the ecology of butterflies. The second direction concerns the conservation ecology of mainly terrestrial vertebrates, typically exemplified in the Arctic fox project. However, there are big overlaps between these approaches with much fruitful collaboration with scientists from the other divisions and from other universities. At present there are four full professors, one lecturer, four scientists, eight post docs and nine PhD students. There are also a number of master students affiliated with the ecology division.

Arctic fox project

Inom fjällrävsprojektet arbetar vi med predator-bytesdjurs interaktioner i fjällekosystemet. Vi bedriver även forskning kring fjällrävens genetik och demografi. En stor del av forskningsresultaten används direkt i de bevarandeåtgärder som utförs för att rädda fjällräven från utrotning i Sverige. För mer information, se vår hemsida.

Insect-host plant interactions

We study the evolutionary interaction between insects (mainly butterflies) and the plants that they feed on. Our approach is integrative, combining insights from life history evolution, behavioral ecology, genomics and physiology with phylogenetic investigations of the large-scale patterns. Our primary interests are specialization and host range evolution, and how these processes may influence patterns of speciation.

Butterfly Ecology & Evolution

The research group has a very long history of research across a diverse range of species.

Predators, Climate and Ecosystems

What determines the abundance, dynamics and long-term trends of medium-sized predators such as foxes? Top-down interference from larger carnivores, or bottom-up processes associated with climate, land use and prey availability?

Our latest publications

Björn Rogell, Damian K. Dowling, Arild Husby. 2019. Controlling for body size leads to inferential biases in the biological sciences. Evolution letters.

Martyna K. Zwoinska, Tuuli Larva, Zuzana Sekajova, Hanne Carlsson, Sara Meurling, Alexei A. Maklakov. 2019. Artificial selection for increased dispersal results in lower fitness. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

Sandra M. Granquist, Per Åke Nilsson, Anders Angerbjörn. 2019. From Eco-Tourism to Ego-Tourism - Fluctuations in Human View on Nature over Time. Athens Journal of Tourism 6: 195-210.

Piotr K. Rowiński. 2019. Evolutionary consequences of maternal effects and stress. Doctoral thesis. Department of Zoology, Stockholm University.

Callum J. Macgregor, Chris D. Thomas, David B. Roy, Mark A. Beaumont, James R. Bell, Tom Brereton, Jon R. Bridle, Calvin Dytham, Richard Fox, Karl Gotthard, Ary A. Hoffmann, Geoff Martin, Ian Middlebrook, Sören Nylin, Philip J. Platts, Rita Rasteiro, Ilik J. Saccheri, Romain Villoutreix, Christopher W. Wheat, Jane K. Hill. 2019. Climate-induced phenology shifts linked to range expansions in species with multiple reproductive cycles per year. Nature Communications 10.

Simon Eckerström-Liedholm, Will Sowersby, Sergey Morozov, Wouter van der Bijl, Piotr K. Rowiński, Alejandro Gonzalez-Voyer, Björn Rogell. 2019. Macroevolutionary evidence suggests trait-dependent coevolution between behavior and life-history. Evolution 73: 2312-2323.