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Published: 14 Mar, 2019

Ecologist receives Umeå municipality’s Scientific Prize 2019

NEWS Researcher David Seekell of the Climate Impacts Research Centre, Umeå University, receives Umeå municipality’s scientific prize for young researchers. His research focuses on understanding the function of lakes in connection with climate change. The prize consists of SEK 50,000 and will be awarded at Umeå University’s Spring Graduation on May 18.

Text: Ingrid Söderbergh

"I am very proud that my research is worthy of this recognition. The prize is especially meaningful to me because it recognizes research completed after my thesis, when I have completed independent of my PhD advisors. I feel a strong motivation to continue this work and a strong obligation to communicate the results to our community," says David Seekell, associate senior lecturer at the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science at Umeå University.

David Seekell's research deals largely with the function of lakes in connection with climate changes. He works on studies ranging from individual lakes to the global scale. In addition to his own research, he is involved with a new doctoral student exchange program in this area called Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange.

Despite his young age, David Seekell's research has received both national and international attention. In 2016, he received the Science for Solutions Award, an international prize from the American Geophysical Union for "significant contributions in the application and use of Earth and space sciences to solve societal problems." Seekell has also contributed with his competence to FN's Global Sustainable Development Report 2016.


David Seekell was born in Massachusetts, USA, in 1986. He defended his thesis in environmental sciences at the University of Virginia in 2014. He was recruited as a postdoctoral fellow at Umeå University to strengthen research on ecological issues. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and a Senior Researchers in the Climate Impacts Research Centre. In 2015, David Seekell was named a Wallenberg Fellow.

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CIRC, Climate Impacts Research Centre, Umeå universitet

David Sekell's peronal homepage about his research

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David Seekell
Assistant professor