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Water-polluting anxiety drug reduces fish mortality

A drug that is commonly used to treat anxiety in humans and which regularly finds its way into surface waters through wastewater effluence has been shown to reduce mortality rates in fish.

Three Umeå researchers receive Royal Scholarship for Science, Technology and the Environment

Three of the 14 scholarships recipients this year from the King Carl XVI Gustaf 50th Anniversary Fund for Science, Technology and the Environment are young researchers at Umeå University: ecologists Jenny Ash and Anouschka Hof, as well as chemist Stina Jansson.

Scientific American podcast: Swedish Spruce Is World's Oldest Tree

Leif Kullman, Professor of Physical Geography at Umeå University, along with fellow researchers, found the tree growing amid the remains of four generations of spruce dating from 375 to well over 9,000 years old. Researchers are excited about having a long case study of how past climate changes affe...

Extinctions reduce speciation

The same factors that increase the risk of species extinctions also reduce the chance that new species are formed. This is concluded by two biologists at Umeå University. Their findings are published in the April issue of the scientific journal Evolution.

Global collaboration at a high altitude

With people travelling all over the place, plants are spread to environments where they would not normally grow. In mountainous regions of Patagonia in Chile and Abisko in Sweden a project comparing plants’ ability to establish themselves in foreign environments is under way. Ann Milbau, a researche...

Not even freezing cold stops alien species in high altitudes

They hitchhike with us under the soles of our shoes and muddy car tires. Harsh and cold climates don´t seem to stop alien plants from establishing themselves in high altitudes, where they now successfully penetrate the alpine vegetation, a study at Umeå University and University of Antwerp shows.

Umeå University among world's best in several subjects

Four subject areas at Umeå University are listed among the top 200 universities in the world according to the newly published QS World University Rankings by Subject 2014. The individual subjects include environmental studies, geography, psychology and sociology.

The reindeer counteract the effects of climate warming

One of the consequences of a warmer climate can be that lowland and southern plants migrate higher up in the mountains. Ecologist Elina Kaarlejärvi shows in her thesis that reindeer, voles and hare can prevent these invasions. The public defense will take place at Umeå University, 21st of February.

Arctic inland waters emit large amounts of carbon

Geoscientist Erik Lundin shows in his thesis that streams and lakes of Northern Sweden are hotspots for emissions of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. Erik defends his findings at Umeå University on Friday 31 January.

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