Svensson Lab: Population biology, micro- and macroevolution

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Research in Svensson Lab aims to bridge population biology with micro- and macroevolution, and integrates theory with empirical research. We use a variety of different approaches in our research, including population and quantitative genetics, field ecological experiments, phylogenetic comparative methods, genomics and mathematical modelling.

We are interested in some central topics in ecology and evolution, including the evolution of sex differences and sexually antagonism, frequency-dependent evolutionary processes, problems of stasis vs. rapid evolution, the origin and diversification and of phenotypic polymorphisms (e. g. colour polymorphisms) and the evolution of genetic architecture and phenotypic plasticity, such as thermal plasticity and learning.

Much of our recent work has been carried out using the insect order Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) as our main study organisms, but members of the lab has also worked on several other taxa, including birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish (sticklebacks, cichlids), crustaceans and various insect groups (Drosophila melanogaster, diving beetles, burying beetles, butterflies).

If you are interested in joining our lab, please contact Erik Svensson ( We welcome incoming postdocs and Master's students. We are especially interested in postdoc's who are able to bring in their own funding, and we can offer a creative and intellectually stimulating research environment.
Effective start/end date2000/03/012067/01/08

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