The free water masses, the pelagial, is by far the largest ecosystem on Earth.
Most pelagic organisms rely on chemical stimuli to communicate and perceive their surroundings. This chemical “language” is largely unknown.
We target the individual signaling compounds and translate their function in the pelagic ecosystem.
We perform hypothesis driven research in pelagic chemical ecology. We isolate and identify signal molecules, explore how they are transmitted, what effect they have in the responding organisms and in the pelagic ecosystem.
The group is multicisciplinary, chemists and biologists work together on the same research questions.
We are hiring: PhD student in marine chemical ecology:
Marine Chemical Group at GU has a new logo:
-New publication in Frontiers in Ecology.
- Christina Karliczek Skoglund visits the lab to film Calanus copepods for the upcoming film "Cold Sharks"
-SCOR WG157 MetaZooGene 2019 Annual Meeting at the GGBC hosted by University of Gothenburg with focus on
Rediscovering pelagic biodiversity:
Progress, promise, and challenges of metabarcoding of microbes to mammals.
- Erik presents copepodamides at the Marine Biotechnology conference organised by Maritime cluster of West Sweden.
- New popular science article on our latest publication in The Economist. "The bioluminescence people find so attractive is a defence mechanism".
-INSIGHT: Stories from the sea. Read about our recent low carbon emission expedition sampling for copepodamides on board S/Y TOYA.
-New publication out in Current Biology.
-Congratulations to Aubrey Trapp our masters student who sucessfully defended her thesis!
Interview with "Naturmorgon" from the Swedish public service radio (P1) on the effect of copepodamides in the ocean. Click here to listen (in Swedish)
-New publication in PeerJ on the highly toxic clinging jellyfish popping up along the Swedish west coast.
-Check out the news coverage on the clinging jellyfish:
-New publication in Science Advances.
We welcome Anna Arias from University of Barcelona as a visiting PhD Student. Anna will be with us for 2 months investigating diurnal rhythms and copepodamides.
Congratulations to our Masters student Maja Karlsson who successfully defended her thesis!
A selection of photos and films documenting our work and findings with pelagic organisms.
Much of our work involves image and film analysis to better understand the behavioural response to chemical stimulae of the organims we study. Here we present our best photos and film, showcasing the beauty and complexity of this poorly understood ecosystem.
We regularly publish our findings in a variety of journals. The links to the right will take you to an external open access page where you can read the relevant article.
We primarily publish our findings through journals with a focus/interest in chemical ecology, microbiology and molecular biology.
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Conferences for 2020
14th International conference on copepoda (ICOC) South Africa
14th- 19th June