Bilden visar en aggregation med adulter och larver av skinnbaggen eldlus, Pyrrochoris apterus, på en lindstam. Eldlusen varnar att den är giftig som byte genom att ha en iögonfallande färgteckning. En strategi som kallas aposematism. På institutionen bedrivs forskning om varningsfärger och andra typer av färgteckningar relaterade till predationsförsvar hos insekter.

Welcome to the Department of Zoology

The Department of Zoology has a long history, but is also very much with its time. It was founded in 1880, as the first at Stockholms University, and is continously changing to make room for new exciting research fields. The divisions for zoological ecology, ethology, morphology and population genetics are located in Arrheniuslaboratorierna, while systematics och evolution is mainly found at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. We also have a well-equipped research station a few miles south of Stockholm

Research

Our current research is focused on animal evolution, ecology and behaviour, but within a broad spectrum from nervous system to ecosystem - on model organism from fruit flies and butterflies to fishes, birds and arctic foxes. Not even human is excluded - we take part in the interdisciplinary Centre for the study of Cultural Evolution. As part of the research programme Ekoklim we study ecological effects of the climate change. Our research is also theoretical within Stockholm Univerisity profile area biological modelling.

News

Global biodiversity – Species on the verge of extinction or (re)creation

Watch Bodil Elmhagen (associate professor in Ecology at the Department of Zoology) discuss Global biodiversity on Crosstalks together with other leading experts in the field.

Personligheten påverkar tuppars sociala position

Att inte bara människor, utan även djur har personlighet har bekräftats i flertalet studier under det senaste decenniet. Det innebär att också djur skiljer sig åt i beteende på ett konsekvent sätt, till exempel genom att vissa individer är mer intresserade av att utforska nya områden än andra. Forskare vid Zoologiska institutionen visar att personlighetstypen kan påverka kampen om sociala positioner.