Aquatic ecology

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We perform research on fish within the domains of ecology, genetics and physiology. Our goal is to increase the knowledge about fish biology, with applications to fish in nature and in culture. Applications of our research include management of fish populations, dealing with questions of surveillance, population analyses, habitat restoration, and stocking. Also studies on the individual level, for example, regarding behaviour and physiology, are needed to understand regulatory mechanisms within populations and fish communities.  

Some questions:

  • How can we improve habitats in order to secure the sustainability of fish populations? (restoration of spawning areas, facilitation of fish migration)
  • How can we maximise survival of fish stocked into the natural habitats? (Breeding, feeding, behaviour, stress tolerance)
  • How does fish influence their habitat? (interspecific interactions, addition and recycling of nutrients)
  • How can we detect and predict changes in fish populations? (habitat surveillance, genetic analyses, modelling)
  • What is the effect on the fish community by the introduction of non-endogenous fish, caused by stocking, invasive species and escapes from fish farms, in terms of competition and predation (behaviour, population dynamics, fitness)

To be able to carry out our research in an efficient way, there is constantly a development of methods to collect reliable data. Methods we use and develop relate to, for example, capture, individual tagging and tracking, behaviour studies, genetic analyses and modelling.
Our research team consist of people with different competences that together contribute to a magnitude of projects concerning both wild fish populations and fish in culture.


Funding: FORMAS, Carl Tryggers Foundation, Centre of Environmental Research in Umeå (CMF), C.F. Lundström Foundation, Lars Hierta’s Foundation and Oscar och Lili Lamms Foundation.