Ecology studies the interactions among organisms and their environment and examines factors important for their distribution and abundance. Ecological systems can be studied at different levels from individual organisms to interactions between species and to the functioning of entire ecosystems.
Important knowledge being developed, include how environmental changes affect ecological systems and the ecosystem services they provide, nature protection and management practices. Ecological modeling uses mathematical tools and computer simulations to study ecological systems and processes.
At the University of Skövde ecological modeling research focuses on human impact on biological resources and ecosystem services. Network and life history analyses are important mathematical tools used, but field studies are performed as well. The research includes studies on food web sensitivity to environmental disturbances, sustainable fisheries in the Baltic Sea, threatened fish stocks in the large lakes in Sweden, spatial spread of infectious diseases of livestock in a landscape, ecology and conservation biology of freshwater mussels, identification and development of biodiversity indicators for integration in life cycle analysis (LCA).
Goals and objectives
Man is dependent on healthy and sustainable ecosystems and we utilize biological resources and ecosystem services in many different ways. The research at the University of Skövde contributes with increased knowledge of the ecological systems and their processes, decision support for biological conservation and sustainable management of ecosystem services.