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.    



2015-04-29 -  20 snow leopards with GPS collars
Örjan Johansson reports from the base camp in the Snow Leopard Trust Blog. He and his team managed to equip a new snow leopard with a GPS collar – the 20th cat in the long-term snow leopard study in Mongolia’s...
2015-04-28 -  The wheatears do not fly directly to Africa
The wheatears performed a slow migration with short stops while traveling through Europe, and a prolonged stopover period in both autumn and spring in the Mediterranean region, according to a study from...
2015-04-22 -  Unique field study shows that pesticide harms wild bees
For the first time, a research project has investigated how a neonicotinoid pesticide, clothianidin, affects both honeybees and wild bees in an agricultural landscape. The study shows that honeybees can...
2015-04-15 -  Neonicotinoids: European Science Academies call for debate that expands beyond bees
A focus on honey bees has distorted the debate around neonicotinoids.There is more and more evidence that widespread use of neonicotinoids has severe effects on a range of organisms that provide ecosystem...
2015-04-14 -  Winter-green croplands are good for the climate
Cover crops do not only reduce nitrogen leaching, but can also help Sweden to reach the climate goals. Researchers from SLU have calculated that cover crops have the potential to offset a not negligible...


Postal address

Department of Ecology
Box 7044
75007 Uppsala

Visiting address

Ulls väg 16
Ultuna, Uppsala 






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