Interactions between ecosystems and environmental stressors (both natural and man-made) are a major research topic at DEEP. We work close to home in the Baltic Sea, but also on the Swedish west coast, East Africa and Asia and are involved in a number of European projects. We work in marine, coastal and terrestrial ecosystems and approach the subject using laboratory, field, modelling and theoretical methods.

One of the department’s strengths is that we take a broad view of environmental issues, taking into account the complexity of processes that are involved. For example, we perform experiments in the field and with multispecies mesocosms, study the effects of multiple contaminants acting simultaneously on organisms, use long-term data series to understand the interplay of multiple factors affecting species abundance over time and use landscape and seascape ecology to examine human impacts on complex systems, as well as how those impacts feeds back to society in terms of ecosystem services.

Scientists at DEEP are not only interested in improving our understanding of environmental issues but also in using sound scientific knowledge to help provide solutions to environmental problems, for example: sustainable methods of agriculture and aquaculture; remediation of contaminated or anoxic marine sediments; and advising on fisheries policy and coastal zone management.

Research areas with contact people

Fate and effects of toxic substances in the environment

Fisheries - interactions with the ecosystem

Impacts of agriculture and aquaculture, developing sustainable alternatives

Coastal zone management 


For projects related to climate change and ocean acidification please go to: Climate effects