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Life in lakes, streams and ocean

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Aquatic ecosystems are critical to Earth’s cycles of carbon and nitrogen and to Earth’s biodiversity, and consequently, they are essential to human health and welfare. Currently, aquatic ecosystems are facing a range of profound challengesthat are substantially affecting their structure and function. These include climate change, habitat loss, pollution, overexploitation and invasive species. Understanding the functioning of aquatic ecosystems and their ecological role is central in order to secure a sustainable future for the systems themselves as well as for humans.

At the Department of Biology, we study the responses of aquatic organisms to environmental factors, species interactions in communities, biodiversity patterns, and nutrient and energy flow through aquatic ecosystems. Our work includes ecosystems from tropical to polar with a particular focus on Arctic ecosystems. In our research, we combine field studies, laboratory experiments and mathematical modelling, and the research is often multidisciplinary, combining biology with physics, chemistry, engineering and geoscience. Through our research we generate fundamental knowledge and apply this knowledge to preserve and restore marine and freshwater ecosystems, and to advice stakeholders and politicians in their decision-making.  

Research groups in Life in lakes, streams and ocean

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Research areas:

  • Marine ecology
  • Biological oceanography
  • Plankton and fish
  • Statistical and mathematical modelling

Research areas:

  • Coastal zone ecology
  • Macroalgae and seagrasses
  • Ecophysiology
  • Climate changes

Research areas:

  • Photosynthesis
  • Primary productivity
  • Wetlands
  • Arctic

Research areas:

  • Plant ecophysiology
  • Phenotypic plasticity
  • Plant response to global changes
  • Intraspecific variation

Research areas:

  • Microbial genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Sediment microbiology
  • Microbial ecology

Research areas:

  • Geomicrobiology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Molecular microbial ecology

Research areas:

  • Marine ecology
  • Parasitism
  • Diversity
  • Climate changes

Klaus Koren

Assistant Professor

Research areas:

  • Sensors
  • Chemical imaging
  • Biotic/abiotic interactions
  • Fluorescence

Research areas:

  • Marine ecology
  • Macrozoobenthos
  • Parasitism
  • Invasive species

Research areas:

  • Arctic research
  • Sea ice and marine ecology
  • Optics and estuaries

Research areas:

  • Population genetics
  • Conservations genetics
  • Adaptation
  • Speciation mechanisms

Research areas:

  • Zoology
  • Biogeography
  • Animal evolution
  • Bioimaging

Research areas:

  • Fishery and fish ecology
  • Isotope ecology
  • Climate

Research areas:

  • Bioacoustics
  • Noise
  • Biologging
  • Senses

Research areas:

  • Environmental DNA
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Entomology

Research areas:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cycles of elements: sulfur, nitrogen, carbon
  • Aquatic microbial ecology
  • Modelling

Research areas:

  • Understanding of Arctic systems
  • Marine ecology
  • Oceanography
  • Sea ice and glaciers

Research areas:

  • Stream ecosystem function
  • Macrophyte ecology
  • Climate change
  • Nature-based water treatment