All organisms are adapted to a certain climate. A present concern is how resistant organisms and ecosystems are under the rapid rate of current climate change. Changes of the ecosystems will also affect humans in many ways. However, it is not simple and straightforward to understand the effects of climate change. Since all organisms are affected by many factors, including interaction of organisms and other environmental changes, the effects of a change in climate might sometimes be counterintuitive. Human utilization of nature and this response to climate change also needs to be taken into account. The research at our department includes among other things studies on population ecological and evolutionary responses to climate change, the understanding of species distribution in relation to climate, and the effects on species interactions and whole ecosystems. We address questions related to temperature change, CO2 increase and sea-level rise.

Research areas with contact people

The role of seagrass beds as a carbon sink (Mats Björk)

Modelling the effects of environmental and climate variation on plant population dynamics (Johan Ehrlén)

Effects of climate change on trophic interactions – host plant utilization in butterflies (Johan Ehrlén)

Effects of climate-induced sea-level changes on coastal ecosystems: plants and arthropods (Peter Hambäck)

The role of micro-climatic refugia for expanding and retreating populations (Kristoffer Hylander)

Effects of climate on plankton dynamics in the Baltic Sea (Monika Winder)

Phytoplankton food quality responses to ocean acidification (Monika Winder)