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.