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Leonard Sandin

Leonard Sandin


Associate Professor (Docent) in Biology with specialization in Ecology and Head of Unit.


Drivers for local and regional diversity, the relevant ecological scale for both driver and response variables is a key issue for monitoring, managing and restoring the biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems
Ecological networks, especially riverine (catchment) networks from a metacommunity perspective, including blue and green infrastructure
Biodiversity and ecosystem function and the relationship between structural (i.e. community composition) and functional (process) relationships
Scale related issues in freshwater ecology, the importance of spatial and temporal variation in assessment and monitoring of e.g. benthic macroinvertebrates
The effects of hydrological and morphological effects on freshwater organisms especially in relation to human induced stressors.

Selected publications

Carlson, P.E., McKie, B.G., Sandin, L. & Johnson, R.K. (2016). Strong land‐use effects on the dispersal patterns of adult stream insects: implications for transfers of aquatic subsidies to terrestrial consumers. Freshwater Biology 61 (6), 848-861.

Sandin, L., Schmidt-Kloiber, A., Svenning, J-C., Jeppesen, E. & Friberg, N. (2014). A trait-based approach to assess climate change sensitivity of freshwater invertebrates across Swedish ecoregions. Current Zoology 60: 221-232.

McGoff, E, Solimini, A.G., Pusch, M.T., Jurka, T. & Sandin, L. (2013). Does lake habitat alteration and land-use pressure homogenise European littoral macroinvertebrate communities? Journal of Applied Ecology 50: 1010-1018.

Sandin. L. & Solimini, A.G. (2009). Freshwater ecosystem structure–function relationships: from theory to application. Freshwater Biology 54: 2017–2024.

Sandin, L. (2009). The effects of catchment land-use, near-stream vegetation, and river hydromorphology on benthic macroinvertebrate communities in a south-Swedish catchment. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 174: 75-87.


Non employee at the Department of Aquatic Resources; Conservation Unit
Telephone: +46104784228
Postal address:
Sötvattenslaboratoriet, Stångholmsvägen 2