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A new textbook on game theory in biology

Olof Leimar at the Department of Zoology is a coauthor on a new book about game theory in biology. The book was recently published by Oxford University Press and provides an up-to-date account of theoretical models of animal behaviour.

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Human eggs prefer some men’s sperm over others, research shows

Human eggs use chemical signals to attract sperm. New research from Stockholm University and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust shows that eggs use these chemical signals to “choose” sperm.


Award for best PhD thesis in Science

Mariana Pires Bragas' PhD thesis “Evolution of host repertoires and the diversification of butterflies” has been presented with an award as the best PhD thesis at the Faculty of Science, Stockholm university in 2019. Congratulations!


No simple answers on future problems with pest insects

It is not that easy to predict future damage of pest insects, according to an international research group led by Philipp Lehmann from the Department of Zoology. Researchers studied about 30 of the worst global insect pests and found a great variety of responses to climate change

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Wolf pups that play fetch

Researchers at the Department of Zoology made a surprising discovery - even wolf puppies could retrieve a thrown ball without any training. The ability to interpret signals from humans has previously been considered to have occurred in dogs after domestication.

Photo: C Reuland

Why don’t all males produce bright colors?

John Fitzpatrick, one of our Wallenberg Academy Fellows, is studying the huge variation in colors and shapes displayed by animals due to both of natural and sexual selection. His research team wants to understand how and why certain sexual behaviors develop in some groups, but not in others.

Photo: R Stelkens

Yeast – good for much

Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation notices Rike Stelkens research using yeast as a model system to study hybridization. Her research team is studying how hybridization can contribute to survival under difficult conditions.

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