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Research at the Department of Zoology

Our research span a very large spectrum, from nervous systems to ecosystems. We also work with many different organisms, on land as well as in the sea. We also participate in the multidisciplinary Centre for the study of Cultural Evolution.


In the Ethology division we study animal behavior mainly based on Tinbergen’s four questions. This means we are interested in i) the function and fitness effects of variation in behavior, ii) the developmental background to variation in behavior, iii) the mechanisms behind variation in behavior and iv) the phylogenetic patterns of variation in behavior. For this, we use an array of techniques spanning across field observations, lab experiments and phylogenetic comparative analyses to study behavior in different taxa.

Research station

A number of research project at the Department of Zoology is performed at Tovetorp research station.