The Ethology division consists of a dynamic group of scientists working in well-equipped research labs at Stockholm University and at Tovetorp Research Station.
The fish labs in the department have room for over 6000 tanks in both warm and cold water and offer unique possibilities for artificial selection experiments and the study of behavior in 8 separate rooms for undisturbed behavioural studies.
We have a unique set-up for the automatic individual tracking of large groups of fishes in 2D and 3D equipment, facilitating a wide range of experiments. Our novel system for reversal learning consists of 120 custom made experimental tanks that enables us to test multiple hypotheses concerning animal cognition in small fish. To link metabolic rate with behaviours we have a state-of-the-art respirometry analysis system. We also have a computer-assisted sperm-analysis (CASA) system, similar to what is used in human fertility clinics to assess male fertility, to analyze postcopulatory sexual selection mechanisms and link sexual behaviours with sperm performance. Many of our projects include dissections of various organs to understand the mechanistic background to behavioural variation. Due to this we have multiple set-ups for dissections and world leading skills in brain dissection of fish.
Stockholm University Brain Imaging Centre
The Stockholm University Brain Imaging Centre (SUBIC) is currently under construction in the neighboring building to the Zoology Department. The center will have MRI scanners for both large and small animals, a MEG scanner and an X-ray microscope and will thus offer the opportunity for time effective high resolution imaging of brains and other organs in large and small animals. SUBIC is expected to be up and running in the end of 2017.
Tovetorp Research Station
Tovetorp Research Station is situated in beautiful Södermanland, about one hour’s drive from Stockholm University. Because of a unique infrastructure, the station offers fantastic opportunity for research on mammals, birds and insects and also indoor facilities for birds, fish and insects. Examples of species that have been studied on Tovetorp include deer, wolves, dogs, foxes, crows, chicken, blue tits, guppies and various species of butterflies. The station is a common venue for undergraduate field courses and offers the opportunity to hold small conferences and workshops with full board and lodgings in a fantastic setting.