Section for Ecology and Biodiversity

Last changed: 30 April 2021
Woman in waders holding two stones. Photo.

Research by the Ecology and Biodiversity section aims to understand the structural and functional diversity of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, often related to changes in the environment.

We are specialized in developing biological indicators for measuring ecosystem health, for example, to meet the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD, Directive 2000/60/EC). Important human-induced environmental changes we are currently focussing on are: eutrophication, acidification, climate change, metal contamination, pesticides, invasive species and the combined effect of multiple stressors.

Head of section

Faculty professors


Examples of research projects

Environmental assessment

We are also responsible for implementing the national monitoring programmes of phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthic diatoms, aquatic plants and benthic invertebrates in lakes and streams on behalf of the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management.