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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


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.


Niko Tinbergen Award to Alexander Kotrschal

The Ethological Society awards the Niko Tinbergen Award every other year to outstanding post-doc level researchers in behavioural biology and this time it was given to Alexander Kotrschal at the Department of Zoology. The award comes with a 1500€ cheque and a keynote talk at the ECBB in Vienna. We congratulate Alexander on this prestigious award!

New theory of the genetics of kin cooperation in microorganisms

Microbes such as bacteria and fungi cooperate and help their relatives. Researchers can now answer questions about how they cooperate and what role genetics play. This new theory could be crucial to understand the development of new genetic variants of microbes.

Mål för genetisk variation i Östersjön uppfylls inte

Genetisk variation, som utgör grunden för alla arters långsiktiga överlevnad, åsidosätts i marina skyddade områden i Östersjön. Det visar en ny tvärvetenskaplig studie som genomförts av forskare vid Stockholms universitet och Luleå tekniska universitet. Forskarna har granskat vad internationella överenskommelser säger om genetisk mångfald och hur detta sedan omsätts i praktiken.