Department of Zoology

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Department projects

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Multilevel analysis of the evolutionary link between variation in animal behavior and brain anatomy
01/01/2017 - 31/12/2020

The brain controls all animal body functions and behavior and should therefore be under strong directional selection. However, brain anatomy is remarkably variable at all taxonomic levels and despite centuries of research, we still only have rudimentary understanding of what m...

Biotic interactions and their role on species’ distribution and abundance in a context of environmental changes. A case-study of a community of nettle-feeding butterflies and their parasitic insects.
01/01/2017 - 31/12/2019

To go beyond the simplistic
framework of predicting isolated species-specific response to climate
change, we must consider how these responses are influenced by processes
operating at the community level. Biotic interactions...

What is host range?
01/01/2016 - 31/12/2019

Interactions between parasites and their hosts are omnipresent, and their ecological importance can hardly be overstated. Understanding how they evolve and how the host range of parasites is determined is therefore a crucial goal in ecology and evolutionary biology. It is also...

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Research Program
01/01/2014 - 31/12/2019
The study of democracy and democratization lies at the center of political science and is increasingly important in economics, sociology, and history. In the post-Cold War world, democracy has also become a central foreign policy objective. Yet, there is little conclusive evi...

Goals and guidelines for maintaining genetic biodiversity for adaptive potential and favourable conservation status in geographically scattered populations
01/01/2017 - 31/12/2019

All biodiversity stems from genetic diversity; loss of this diversity can affect species survival and ecosystem resilience. The need to conserve genetic diversity is recognized in international and national policy, but implementation and management lag behind. One shortcoming ...

Novel biocontrol agents for insect pests from neuroendocrinology
01/06/2015 - 31/05/2019

Insects are the most diverse Class of life on earth, and different insects can be essential for, or highly damaging to, agriculture, horticulture and forestry. There is a pressing need, not just for new insecticides to combat resistance, but more specific, “greener” insecticid...

Insulin signaling in development and aging of Drosophila
01/01/2016 - 31/12/2018

Animals adapt to changing environmental challenges by means of plasticity in nervous and endocrine systems that regulate physiology and behavior. However, with increasing age neurons and neuroendocrine cells of the brain become vulnerable to damage and this can result in neuro...

Evolution in small populations - a conservation genomic approach
01/01/2016 - 31/12/2018

Lowered viability caused by mating between close relatives (inbreeding depression) was acknowledged in religious writings and described in detail by early evolutionary biologists. Today, human activities modify ecosystems and cause declines of many populations. Understanding h...

Sexual selection and effects on immunity, sperm competition and pheromone communication
01/01/2016 - 31/12/2018

Traditionally immunity has been regarded as mainly being under natural selection. In this multi-disciplinary project however, I will examine the effects of sexual selection on immunity, sperm competition and pheromone communication and the trade-offs between these life-history...

Linking wildlife community structure and dynamics in time and space: What are the future management scenarios?
01/01/2016 - 31/12/2018

Implementing the governmental decision that Swedish wildlife management should be ecosystem-based and adaptive requires (a) knowledge on direct and indirect impacts of species interactions on ecosystems, and (b) multi-species projection models. Project Objective 1 is to merge ...


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