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Erik Svensson


I have a long-standing interest in several topics at the interface between ecology and evolution, in particular frequency-dependent evolutionary dynamics, polymorphism maintenance, evolution of colour patterns and other signaling traits, sexual and natural selection and mechanisms and processes of speciation. My interests in the area of “Animal Movement” are primarily the consequences of dispersal and gene flow on reproductive isolation and speciation.

Recent work in my research laboratory on several species of insects (damselflies) suggest that mate preferences and species recognition are phenotypically plastic traits that are learned, rather than genetically fixed, or canalized. Such phenotypic plasticity in mate preferences is likely to be adaptive in spatially and temporally variable environments and in the face of extensive gene flow between populations. We employ several different methods to investigate these questions in natural populations, including field observations and experiments, laboratory experiments, quantitative genetic approaches, molecular and physiological methods and modeling. Students and postdocs in my laboratory work with several different organisms, including insects, freshwater isopods and island populations of lizards.


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

E-mail: erik [dot] svensson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


Evolutionary ecology

+46 46 222 38 19



Centre for Animal Movement Research
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden