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EcoChange at Umeå University

Strategic research area The strategic research area Ecochange focuses on effects of climate change on marine ecosystems. Research is conducted in different areas, with the Baltic Sea ecosystem as a common denominator. The research programme is a collaboration between Umeå University and Linnaeus University. This web site presents the ongoing research at Umeå University.

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The research programme EcoChange

EcoChange is a part of the government's strategic research initiative on marine environmental research.

Publications

Scientific publications produced within EcoChange.

Reportages

Meet the people, read about what has been done within EcoChange.

The changing climate has a major impact on the oceans. In the Baltic Sea, the water is not only becoming warmer. The salinity is changing, as well as the nutrient content of the water. The amount of carbon that flows into the sea with river water is increasing, which has major consequences for the food web. In the base of the food web, bacteria are favoured in relation to phytoplankton. This makes the food web less effective, which in turn can lead to poorer fish production and more environmental toxins in the ecosystem.

These issues are studied in the strategic research area EcoChange. The Baltic Sea, with its gradients in salinity, temperature, and other factors, serves well as a model system for studying the effects of climate change on ocean ecosystems.

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Overview

EcoChange research projects at Umeå University

Nutrients and eutrophication in the Gulf of Bothnia
Research area: Marine science
Duration 1 March 2022 until 29 February 2024
Type of project Research project
Mechanistic principles of methylmercury formation in anaerobe microbial biofilms
Duration 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2025
Type of project Research project
Importance of pathogenic fungi for the marine carbon cycle
Research area: Ecology, Marine science
Duration 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2023
Type of project Research project
Effects of browning of coastal waters on marine food web function and quality
Research area: Ecology, Marine science
Duration 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2022
Type of project Research project
Adaptation of coastal bacteria to environmental change
Research area: Marine science
Duration 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2022
Type of project Research project
Adaptive strategies of Arctic prokaryotes at extremely low growth rates
Duration 1 June 2019 until 31 December 2024
Type of project Research project
Climate control of biological oxygen consumption in the Baltic Sea
Duration 1 June 2019 until 31 December 2023
Type of project Research project
Assessing the effects of direct measures to reduce eutrophication in a northern Baltic Sea bay
Duration 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2021
Type of project Research project
DNA-metabarcoding of marine phytoplankton
Duration 1 January 2019 until 31 December 2021
Type of project Research project
Aquatic ecosystems at risk for occurrence of pathogenic bacteria
Research area: Ecology, Marine science
Duration 26 November 2018 until 26 November 2023
Type of project PhD project
How do stoichiometry and nutritional quality of plankton communities in coastal ecosystems alter with climate change?
Research area: Ecology, Marine science
Duration 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2021
Type of project Research project
Deciphering processes controlling the methylmercury burden in oxygen deficient coastal seas
Duration 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2021
Type of project Research project
Changing ice-cover regimes in a warmer climate: Effects on northern aquatic ecosystems
Research area: Ecology, Marine science
Duration 1 January 2017 until 31 December 2021
Type of project Research project
Halogenated natural products (HNPs) in Nordic marine ecosystems
Duration 1 January 2016 until 31 December 2022
Type of project Research project
Coastal benthic and pelagic production in the northern Baltic Sea
Research area: Ecology, Marine science
Duration 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2021
Type of project Research project
The stoichiometry of food webs
Research area: Ecology, Marine science
Duration 1 June 2013 until 31 December 2021
Type of project Research project
A non-target hunt for hazardous substances

Andriy Rebryk has developed a method for non-target screening for potentially harmful substances.

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