Environmental and evolutionary physiology research group

Our research clarifies the mechanisms by which pollution, especially of the Baltic Sea, and climate change disturb the function of animals and what the capabilities of animals to adapt to changing environments are. The major pollutants looked at are metals and those causing oxidative stress. The work spans from molecular to ecosystem level. We investigate the molecular mechanisms of environmental adaptation, and how these are utilized when natural populations respond to environmental changes. Presently we are looking at how gene regulation is influenced by temperature, the molecular basis of rhythmicity in environmental responses, hypoxia tolerance and its changes with temperature in Baltic fish and, e.g., if polar bears presently experience oxidative stresses.​​​​​