Do your Bachelor's thesis at our Department!

Last changed: 25 January 2022
 Student studying something on a tree trunk with a magnifying glass. Photo.

Are you interested in biodiversity, animal movements or how game and fish can be managed in a sustainable way? We have a wide range of bachelor's theses in the subjects forest science and biology!

Bachelor's thesis can be done within the Forester program given at SLU or as an independent course. The scope is 15 credits.

Bachelor's thesis as an independent course is offered all year round and there is a great deal of flexibility in how the work can be set up.

In terms of subject matter, our work and expertise are linked to one of the subject areas at the department:

  • restoration ecology
  • zooecology
  • aquatic ecology
  • molecular ecology

On this page, we will post information about vacant thesis projects. But you can always contact Therese Löfroth, our contact person for education. She will help you with your idea and put you in touch with the right person.

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Vacant thesis projects

Insects in forest restored for the white-backed woodpecker

 White-backed woodpecker on a tree.

White-backed woodpecker. Photo: Jörgen Wiklund

Insects in forest restored for the white-backed woodpecker

The white-backed woodpecker was a common sight in Swedish forests during pre-industrial times and was found in a large parts of the country. The species needs deciduous forest with a lot of dead wood, and modern forestry, which has focused on conifers and actively controlled broadleaves. As a consequence, the white-backed woodpecker has almost been eradicated from the country. To save the species, large areas of forest have been restored and deciduous forests have been recreated while white-backed woodpeckers are bred in captivity and then released into natural environments. A prerequisite for the white-backed woodpecker to thrive is that there are insects to eat. In this project, you get to evaluate how many insects are produced in stocks that have been restored to benefit the white-backed woodpecker. You can focus on the biological diversity of insects, their ecological function or how much white-backed woodpecker food is produced in restored stands.

 

Contact

Therese Löfroth
Senior Lecturer at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Telephone: +46907868384, +46722289881
E-mail: therese.lofroth@slu.se

Are human pharmaceuticals contaminants in the aquatic environment that affect fish behaviour?

Are human pharmaceuticals contaminants in the aquatic environment that affect fish behaviour?

Pharmaceuticals are being found in rivers, stream, and lakes around the world making them novel contaminants in aquatic habitats. This is concerning because many pharmaceuticals will likely affect aquatic animals, like fish, that share drug targets (e.g., receptors, enzymes) with humans. Fish could therefore be exposed to drugs in the wild that may change their physiology and behaviour, possibly comprising their ability to survive. To better understand this, we have exposed fish to pharmaceuticals like antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications that are commonly prescribed to humans and are also commonly measured in natural waters. We then record how exposure impacts behaviours important for fish survival in the wild. In particular, we are focusing on fish social behaviours (e.g., aggression, dominance, reproduction).

The student will work will video recordings of fish groups that have been exposed to certain pharmaceuticals. The student will measure different behaviours performed by fish, such as aggression, activity, and feeding. The student will learn how to use behavioural coding computer software and how to input and analyze this data to determine the effect of pharmaceutical exposures, as well as general techniques for conducting animal behaviour experiments. There will also be opportunities to learn how to measure the amount of pharmaceutical that the fish absorb in their tissues (e.g., muscle or brain). Students with who have taken courses and are interested in ecology, biology, environmental science, or animal behaviour would be particularly well-suited. I encourage you to contact me if you are uncertain and we can discuss project details further.

Multiple student positions are available for this project.

Contact

Erin McCallum
Researcher at the Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Telephone: +46722014571
E-mail: erin.mccallum@slu.se

Analyzing and comparing landscape information in municipalities with wind power establishment in northern and southern Sweden

Analyzing and comparing landscape information in municipalities with wind power establishment in northern and southern Sweden

By 2040, Sweden should have an electricity production that fully is based on renewable energy. To access this aim, renewable electricity production needs to be extended (i.e., an increase between 80 and 120 TWh of new renewable production by the year 2045).

An expansion of wind power presupposes ecological, socio-cultural and economic positions and trade-offs. Within the Vindval-funded project “Land-use synergy, integration or conflict in sustainable land-based wind power”, we quantitatively analyze the conditions for large-scale wind power development with existing the national interests (NI, riksintressen) as a point of departure to spatially define possible conflict risks and opportunities for integration and synergy gains with other NIs and other dominant land use.

Using case studies to study the environmental conditions present in municipalities with wind power establishment (i.e. Åsele, Gällivare, Falkenberg, Uppvidinge), we are looking for students who are interested in analyzing and comparing the spatial occurrence of different habitat types, land owner categories, national interests, and protected areas in two municipalities (one in northern and one in southern Sweden).

The students will use existing spatial layers (both shapefiles and rasters). To carry out the spatial analyses required, we are seeking motivated students have good knowledge in Geographical Information System (either ArcMap, QGIS or R).  

Supervisors: Wiebke Neumann, Johan Svensson

Contact

Wiebke Neumann
Researcher Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
wiebke.neumann@slu.se, +46907868117, +46706349051

 

Want some inspiration?

Please click the picture below to read one of our previous student's Bachelor's thesis.