Department of Ecology and Genetics


Our research and education engages in limnology, the study of inland waters.

Read more about us, our field station Erken, and our Newsletter.

Research groups

Limnology is the science of inland water ecosystems, including communities and populations, and biogeochemical processes; and microorganisms as well as larger organisms are studied. The research addresses issues relevant for aquatic ecosystems, but also of general significance in ecology and evolution. The objectives of our research include fundamental scientific questions as well as topics of concern for the protection and management of the environment.

The department harbors three major research groups, but also considerable synergy and cooperation between these groups:

(1) Aquatic community and population interactions
(2) Biogeochemistry
(3) Microbial Ecology

Erken Laboratory

Norr Malma field station with the Erken Laboratory makes part of the Department of Limnology. It has since its foundation in the 1940s served both as a research station and as a study and course centre. During the early years, activities were mostly restricted to the summer season. Today, courses and other activities take place all year round. The Erken laboratory has developed an extensive environmental monitoring program for Lake Erken, and it is one of the sites in GLEON, the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network. Researchers at Erken Laboratory participate in several large EU projects such as on the effects of climate change on lake ecosystems and automatic monitoring of phytoplankton development.