Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Department of Ecology

Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Ecology


Comprehensive knowledge of species ecology and ecosystem functions is the foundation of sustainable forestry and agriculture. Within the ecology department we conduct both empirical and theoretical research that can provide knowledge for efficient conservation, efficacious plant protection as well as sustainable forest and crop production.

We study the influence of climate change on soil, plants, and animals. Solutions are sought that will preserve threatened species, benefit biological diversity, and control pests. These divergent goals require a broad understanding of ecological interactions in nature. Populations, communities, and ecosystems are central concepts.     

Our goal is pursued through our research, educational programs and outreach activities. Basic research is a strong element of the department’s activities, but at the same time most of the research has strong ties to important applications and societal questions. International collaboration is an integral part of departmental activities.    



2014-09-15 -  Success for the Ecology Centre Open house
The Ecology Centre´s Open house stood up well to the competition during Kulturnatten on Saturday September 13. Hundreds of people living in Uppsala were curious about our research.
2014-06-19 -  Retention forestry benefits biodiversity
Retention forestry implies that at forest harvest some trees are left at site to promote biodiversity.
2014-04-23 -  Microbes in dry soils lack food, not water
Soil microbes can be classified based on how they respond to dry conditions. Some are drought-tolerant, others avoid dry conditions by becoming dormant, but all face limited food availability as soils...
2014-02-17 -  Can we compensate for loss of habitat at slash and stump harvesting?
Stumps, tops and branches left after logging harbour many species of beetles, lichens, bryophytes, and fungi. Today, these logging residues are to an increasing extent removed in order to be used as biofuel....
2013-12-10 -  New model for estimating biochemical fluxes
A mathematical model showed that soil respiration and nitrogen mineralization are highest when the soil is moist, but not saturated. The results is important when it comes to predicting emissions of greenhouse...


Postal address

Department of Ecology
Box 7044
75007 Uppsala

Visiting address

Ulls väg 16
Ultuna, Uppsala 






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Page updated: 2014-10-16.

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