News from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Umeå University, Sweden RSS Feed from the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at Umeå University, Sweden Pupils and study supervisors from Vaasa learn about Umeå University's programmes 20 potential students and three study supervisors from Swedish speaking upper secondary Schools in Närpes, Vasa Gymnasium and Vasa Övningsskola are currently visiting Umeå University for two days. It is the fourth consecutive year that the study visit is organized. Thu, 23 Nov 2017 09:51:00 GMT 2017-11-23T09:51:00Z Pulitzer Center student fellow visits ecological researchers at Umeå University A fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting has brought science journalist Erica Andersen from New Jersey to Umeå University to report on research studying pharmaceuticals in water and their ecological consequences. Thu, 05 Oct 2017 08:16:00 GMT 2017-10-05T08:16:00Z Airborne method of understanding northern lakes and their links to climate change Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden are exploring the potential to create a landscape level map of the shapes of lake basins through a laser survey. This is a critical missing piece of the puzzle for understanding the role of lake carbon cycling at large spatial scales. Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:14:00 GMT 2017-10-04T12:14:00Z 10,000 year-old DNA proves when fish colonialized our lakes DNA in lake sediment forms a natural archive displaying when various fish species colonized lakes after the glacial period. This according to researchers at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University in a study published in the journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution. Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:00:00 GMT 2017-09-20T09:00:00Z Reindeer grazing protects tundra plant diversity in a warming climate Climate warming reduces the number of plant species in the tundra, but plant-eating animals, such as reindeer and voles, can turn this negative effect into something positive. The results of a study coordinated from Umeå University in Sweden are now published in Nature Communications. Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:00:00 GMT 2017-09-04T09:00:00Z Climatic stability resulted in the evolution of more bird species More species of birds have accumulated in genera inhabiting climatically stable areas. This is shown by a new study from Umeå University. Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:52:00 GMT 2017-07-17T06:52:00Z Experience Arctic Abisko 27–28 June Abisko in North Sweden holds a special place in the heart of Umeå University during its Arctic year in 2017. The Climate Impacts Research Centre (CIRC) and its collaborative partners bid you a warm welcome to the inauguration of a research trail aimed at the public and the Abisko Research-based Teaching Platform. The press is invited to experience Arctic climate research with a guided tour of the Nuolja research trail and a chance to enjoy the midnight sun. Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:58:00 GMT 2017-06-02T13:58:00Z Mathematical and Theoretical Ecology in Umeå Theoretical and mathematical ecology is an interdisciplinary field, where scientists cooperate across borders to further our understanding of ecology an evolution by building conceptual and mathematical models. In this workshop, researchers from the Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, and the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science come together to present and discuss their research. The opening talk will be given by an invited researcher, Dr. Luis-Miguel Chevin, from CNRS, Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, in Monpellier, France. The workshop is open for anyone who wishes to attend. Thu, 11 May 2017 15:04:00 GMT 2017-05-11T15:04:00Z Chemistry world: Fish on valium What are the consequences of unintentionally medicating wildlife against anxiety and depression? Imagine what happens when, as has been extensively shown, that Prozac type of psychiatric medicine makes it into the wild. For Jonatan Klaminder, an ecologist at Umeå University in Sweden, it’s straightforward. ‘It’s not science fiction to think there will be a therapeutic effect,’ he says. He is not mistaken: it’s calming the nerves and improving the moods of wildlife all around us. This is pollution that makes animals feel better. Ida Emilie Steinmark reports in Chemistry world. Mon, 08 May 2017 10:48:00 GMT 2017-05-08T10:48:00Z Pathogenic bacteria train their defence in lakes and oceans Peter Mathisen at Umeå University has found links between the aquatic environment and the spreading of diseases such as tularaemia. The results indicate that aquatic environments act as “gyms” for bacteria, where the presence of predators train their defence against being killed and eaten up. The results are important for assessments of aquatic environments at risk of spreading pathogenic bacteria. On April 28 Peter Mathisen successfully defended his thesis. Thu, 04 May 2017 06:58:00 GMT 2017-05-04T06:58:00Z