Erik Selander

Associate professor


PI for the Signals in the sea, Sea lice control, and Wrasse projects. Associate Professor at the department of Marine Sciences. Focus on Marine chemical ecology with special emphasis on the marine pelagic.


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Kristie Rigby

PhD Student


I started as PhD student in 2017 in the Signals in the Sea project. In my PhD, I aim to use behavioural, ecological and biochemical perspectives to understand the role of copepodamides in nature to better understand the links between predator and prey.


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Jenny Lindström


In my research I focus on physiological and ecological aspects of dinoflagellate bioluminescence. I study the importance of light as a predator defence mechanism in the ecosystem of the pelagial. I also take advantage of the dinoflagellate flash of light as a reporter of mechanical stress, in studying cellular mechanism for mechanosensing in free living, unicellular organisms.

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Wiebke Grebner


Predator-prey interactions between zooplankton and phytoplankton are crucial for the ecological functioning of the pelagic ecosystem and these interactions are regulated by chemical signals. The marine microalgae Skeletonema marinoi shows a phenotypical response to a recently identified group of signalling molecules named copepodamides. My work focuses on the identification of possible receptor proteins involved in sensing these compounds in Skeletonema. Further I am interested in the transcriptomic and metabolomic changes of Skeletonema marinoi caused by copepodamides.

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Aubrey Trapp

Master student

My master project focused on the bioaccumulation of algal toxins and copepodamides in mussels. Mussels accumulate algal toxins during filter feeding, which causes shellfish poisoning and heavy losses for aquaculture. Recent work suggests that mussels may also accumulate copepodamides. Since copepodamides induce algal toxins, the detection of high levels of copepodamides in mussels could indicate a coming toxic algal bloom.

Andrew Prevett

Research Assistant


Previously focused on the copepodamide induced up regulation of dinoflagellate bioluminescence. The aim was to determine its impact on copepod grazing behaviour and the potential resulting changes in a plankton community. Currently engaged with the sealice project, testing bait and trap design both in the lab and in the field.

Maja Karlsson

Master student

Maja did her Masters on the effect of copepodamides on microzooplankton grazing at Kristineberg Marine Research Station

Maria Vigo Fernandez

Bachelor student

Maria did her Bachelor project on the effect of wrasse fishery on the algal belt community and is now doing a PhD in Barcelona

Paul Kraly

Master student

Paul did his Master thesis on the effects of wrasse fishery on the algal belt community and is now back in Canada

Carina Berglund

Post doc

Carina did a PD on copepodamides and was key in the process of establishing several new structures. Now working in Swerea IVF


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Conferences for 2020

14th International conference on copepoda (ICOC) South Africa

14th- 19th June