Viktor Nilsson



I study the evolutionary ecology of growth and development in variable environments. I am especially interested in whether macroecological and macroevolutionary patterns of organismal size, shape and function arise due to fundamental biomechanical constraints; or reflect the outcome of natural selection on life history traits such as behaviour, physiology, growth, development and survival. I perform lab-based, whole-organism ecophysiological experiments on American and European species of damselflies within a phylogenetic comparative framwork. I also take advantage of the rich natural history literature on damselflies and perform computer simulations of their life histories. By combining these approaches, I hope to understand the microevolutionary underpinnings of well known phenomena such as the size scaling of metabolism, the temperature-size rule and latitudinal and evolutionary trends in body size.

Recent research outputs

Frank Johansson, Germán Orizaola & Viktor Nilsson-Örtman, 2020, In : Scientific Reports. 10, 1, 8822.

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Njal Rollinson, Viktor Nilsson-Örtman & Locke Rowe, 2019, In : Evolution. 73, 11, p. 2162-2174

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Viktor Nilsson-Örtman & Frank Johansson, 2017 Dec 1, In : American Naturalist. 190, 6, p. 743-761 19 p.

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