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 questions
- What are the effects of large-scale, climate-mediated oligotrophication on the food webs of Arctic and alpine lakes?
- How can DNA be used to discover new potentially invasive microorganisms in the Baltic Sea?
- Which factors control aquatic insects' contribution to terrestrial food webs?