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Magnus Huss

Magnus Huss


My research focus on how individual development and body growth governs ecological dynamics in aquatic ecosystems. In particular, I am interested in the links between body size variation among individuals and the dynamics of the communities in which these individuals reside. I have worked in a wide array of study systems, ranging from lakes in Sweden and North-America to marine systems in the Baltic Sea. Methodological techniques include experiments, observations and mathematical modeling.

Many of the projects I am currently working on aims to add understanding about how interacting human pressures and climate change may impact aquatic resources and their responses to fishing, by linking physiological responses to community-level impacts. 

Specific study topics include:
  -  Biological adaptations to environmental change in coastal food-webs
  -  Fish community responses to rising temperatures and darker waters
  -  Resource partitioning over life history in fish
  -  Size-dependent herring-salmon interactions and bioaccumulation of

For more on our reserach on climate change impacts on fish communities, see:



Philip Jacobson 2015- Predator-prey interactions, salmon population dynamics and bioaccumulation

Reene van Dorst 2016 – Fish community responses to rising temperatures and darker waters

Max Lindmark 2016- (co-supervisor) How trophic interactions mediate physiological responses to climate change

Ulrika Beier 2013 - (co-supervisor) Habitat selection and indirect interactions in fish communities

Selected publications

(selected publications, for full list see links below)

Gårdmark, A., Casini, M., Huss, M., van Leeuwen, A., Hjelm, J., Persson, L. and A.M. de Roos. 2015. Regime shifts in exploited marine food-webs: detecting mechanisms underlying alternative stable states using size-structured community dynamics theory. Philosophical Transactions B, 370:20130262.

Huss, M., Howeth, J.G., Osterman, J.I. and Post, D.M. 2014. Intraspecific phenotypic variation among alewife populations drives parallel phenotypic shifts in bluegill. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284:20140275.

Huss, M., de Roos, A.M., Van Leeuwen, A. and Gårdmark, A. 2014. Facilitation of fisheries by natural predators depends on life history of shared prey. Oikos, 123:1071-1080.

Van Leeuwen, A., Huss, M., Gårdmark, A. and de Roos, A.M. 2014. Ontogenetic specialism in predators with multiple niche shifts prevents predator population recovery and establishment. Ecology, 95:2409-2422.

Huss, M., De Roos, A.M., Van Leeuwen, A., Casini, M. and Gårdmark, A.2013. Cohort dynamics give rise to alternative stable community states. American Naturalist 182:374-392.


Senior Lecturer at the Institutionen för akvatiska resurser
Telephone: +46104784127
Postal address:
Kustlaboratoriet, Skolgatan 6
Visiting address: Skolgatan 6, Öregrund