Plants and animals in lakes and streams are affected by eutrophication, environmental contaminants and climate change, which can result in loss of biodiversity, altered ecosystem processes and reductions in available ecosystem services.
At the department we conduct research to better the understanding of the mechanisms behind ecological changes and the effects on ecosystems. We improve assessment methods and develop tools for improving the management of freshwater ecosystems.
Examples of research projects
- ARCTIC-BIODIVER – filling gaps in Arctic freshwater biodiversity knowledge
- CROSSLINK: Cross-habitat linkages between stream and riparian habitats
- Effects of large-scale, climate-mediated oligotrophication on the food webs of Arctic and alpine lakes
- Impact of environmental pollutants on benthic diatoms
- NEXUS – How does connectivity between streams and riparian zones impact terrestrial ecosystems?