Department of
Biological Sciences

Postdoc, PhD
Gabriella Ljungström

Global change biology

With a background in evolutionary ecology my research has mainly focused on understanding how environmental changes, and particularly climate change, may affect life-history traits and behaviours in animals that live in seasonal environments. As research tools I have used both statistical and theoretical models. In my current position I primarily use the latter to uncover mechanisms that can improve our understanding and hence prediction of responses of marine fishes to environmental change.

My models integrate physiological responses, foraging interactions, behavioural ecology, and life-history theory to predict how variation in temperature, food, and light seasonality affects energy budgeting and survival, and therefore population productivity (growth and reproduction), phenology, spatial distributions, and more.

Sustainable use of marine resources

I also have an interest in sustainable use of marine resources. Together with colleagues in the Theoretical Ecology Group and the Sustainable Fisheries Group at UiB I work on several topics related to sustainable fishing, fish from a food-security perspective, food-system interactions between land and sea, and consumer perceptions and behaviours related to seafood.

I will be teaching the course SDG14: Life below water at UiB from 2021 and will co-host the session Sustainable development of life under water at Bergen Summer Research School in 2021.

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