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.    



2015-01-23 -  Developing world: Use mentoring to fix science inequality
Scientists from wealthy countries could be encouraged to mentor young scientists from developing nations by including mentorship requirements in grant awards, for example, says Grzegorz Mikusiński (Department...
2015-01-21 -  A freshwater predator hit twice by the effects of warming across trophic levels
Tomas Jonsson, department of Ecology, SLU and Malin Setzer, Skövde University show that warm winters correlate with later poor catches of great Arctic charr (Salvelinus umbla), and that in recent years...
2014-12-18 -  Humans and large predators can share the same landscape
The recovery of large carnivores in Europe is a great success for nature conservation. At one third of mainland Europe, at least one species of large carnivore is present.
2014-12-17 -  "Challenge the abuse of science in setting policy"
The misuse of wolf research by Swedish politicians should be a warning to all biodiversity science, says Guillaume Chapron in a column in the scientific magazine Nature. He is a researcher at the department...
2014-12-12 -  Book on climate-smart landscapes
At the climate change conference in Lima, Peru (COP 20) a new book were presented, "Climate-Smart Landscapes: Multifunctionality in Practice". Researchers at SLU have contributed to the book.


Postal address

Department of Ecology
Box 7044
75007 Uppsala

Visiting address

Ulls väg 16
Ultuna, Uppsala 






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Page updated: 2014-11-12.

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