Human interaction and sustainability
To understand the consequences of pollution in the environment, this theme studies the occurrence and effects of selected pharmaceuticals and toxic compounds in water, sediment and biota, from microbiota to birds. We study how the aquatic environmental reservoir of infectious disease is impacted by environmental change, helping us understand the relationship between microbial environmental pathogens and human health, particularly as regards development.
We also study the transitional zone between urban and rural areas, where there has been a recent shift from traditional food-producing farms to modern agricultural businesses that focus on equestrianism and recreation. We evaluate the modern agricultural landscape’s capacity to provide old and new ecosystem services, such as nutrient retention and bird biodiversity. Peri-urban landscapes also host environmental reservoirs for infectious disease, such as ticks that transmit infections to humans and animals. The relationships between land cover, tick abundance, disease distribution and the risk of infection are studied. These studies combine fieldwork, molecular methods for species’ identification, GIS-mapping of land use practices, and interviews and stakeholder dialogue workshops.
Researchers and doctoral students
Mohanad Abdelgadir, Elinor Andrén, Thomas Andrén, Patrik Dinnetz, Karin Ebert, Mats Grahn, Monica Hammer, Josefine Larsson, Kari Lehtilä, Lena Norbäck Ivarsson, Håkan Olsén, Mona Petersson, Jan Plue, Sara Sjöling, Christian Sommer, Therese Janzén, Olena Vinogradova.
Here are a few examples of research projects conducted within the research theme: