18-09-21: The announcement for a PhD-student position with me is now online (https://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/vacancies-details/?id=3426). I have been getting many questions about the position, so let me explain a bit more.
My expertise and main interest lies in the functional consequences of changes in biodiversity. See for example a synthesis paper I was involved in. Biodiversity is changing at a rapid pace, locally, regionally and globally. It is important that we understand what that means for how nature functions, and for the ecosystem services on which the human enterprise depends. While I’m a marine ecologist by training, I have also worked with freshwater systems, and with observational data on forests. I suggest you have a look at my google scholar web page if you want to get an idea of what research I’m involved in.
The ad mentions two possible scientific questions: (i) how does the relationship between biodiversity and functioning change with spatial scale, and (ii) what are the consequences of changes in macroalgal diversity on rocky shores? There are many other possibilities as well. The functional consequences of biodiversity loss could be studied in rock pools (both in the lab and the field), or in a greenhouse and/or agricultural field using plants and pollinators. If you want to seek out international collaborations, I encourage that. For example, we could discuss working together with the great John Griffin in Wales, Uk, or with Christian Alsterberg in Lund, Sweden. If you are interested in more applied ecological questions, there is the potential to work with issues relating to environmental monitoring and the European environment directives.
There is no fixed starting date. The successful candidate can start anytime from January/February to sometime in the summer of 2019. Minimum eligibility requirement is a Bachelors degree, but a Masters degree is no disadvantage. Experience as lab- or field assistant is a plus, as is experience with the software R. Most people at the department speak very good English, and we have many PhD students, postdocs and researchers with an international background (from e.g. the UK, France, Germany, South Africa, Australia, Spain), and seminars and journal clubs, etc, are mostly in English. Daily conversations/interactions are often in English, and I spoke mostly English with my previous PhD student (Fabian Roger). For teaching purposes, learning Swedish is an advantage, but not a strict requirement. PhD students at the department get the opportunity teach, anything from a few percent of to 20% of the time (4 years). The total time for research gets compensated for the time spent teaching. There is a requirement to take the equivalent of one year of PhD student courses.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.
18-09-10: I am just starting to get back into all things science. But also administration (how do I order a book in the admin system?). Very soon, I will start drafting an announcement for a PhD-student position. It will be four years plus time extension for teaching. Orientation/subject: very flexible, and up for discussion with successful candidate, but should relate to consequences of changes in biodiversity. Hopefully there will be a possibility to dock into an upcoming project on algae on rocky shores. Ideally, the PhD student would enjoy digging into R as the main tool for data management and analyses.
18-09-01: After two years of working as a senior analyst at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, I am returning to University of Gothenburg and the Department of marine sciences. Now as a lecturer.
16-01-29: Preprint article published with PeerJ. Roger et al., Multiple dimensions of bacterial diversity unrelated to functioning, stability and multifunctionality. Pending revision in ecological journal.
This is the web page of Lars Gamfeldt, an ecologist, mainly with experience from the marine realm, interested in questions concerning causes and consequences of biodiversity.
Lecturer at the Department of marine sciences, University of Gothenburg. Sep 2018-
Senior analyst at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management. Sep 2016-Aug 2018.
Associate professor at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dec 2013-Aug 2016.
Assistant professor at the Department of Marine Ecology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Dec 2010-Nov 2013
Researcher at the Department of Ecology, Swedish university of agricultural sciences, Uppsala, Sweden. March 2009-Dec 2010.
Researcher at the Department of Marine Ecology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Sep 2008-March 2009.
2 postdocs at (1) University of Cologne, Germany, with Helmut Hillebrand, and (2) the Marine Biological Association of the UK, Plymouth, with Stuart Jenkins. 2007-2008.
PhD: University of Gothenburg, Jan 2007.