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Landscape at Rondane with a sampling plot marked out and a person looking through binoculars

Multi-disciplinary research with a long time-scale perspective

The major research theme of the EECRG is to study how, and why, natural ecosystems change over space and time. Our primary goal is to 'reconstruct the past, study the present, and model the future' and to study, quantify, and understand the natural variability of ecosystems and the multi-layered impact of human activity.

We use a wide range or research methods, including field and laboratory experiments, ecological surveys, biogeographical approaches, palaeoecology and palaeoclimatology, and we analyse our data using quantitative and qualitative methods, predictive modelling, and spatial approaches.

Our research forms links between 'pure' and 'applied' science and it has relevance for biodiversity science, nature conservation and environmental concerns.

New species
A brown fluffy-edged moth

New moth species named after Perpetra Akite

A new moth species has been named after former EECRG PhD student Perpetra Akite.

Obituary
Eric Grimm giving a presentation at a symposium

Eric Grimm, HOPE collaborator

Eric Grimm (born 20 August 1951), a very active collaborator and key-player within our HOPE project, died suddenly on 15 November 2020. Eric devoted his career to doing superb palaeoecological science and to providing a generous service to the scientific community through his development of TILIA...

Two students surveying heathland vegetation next to a fjord

Masters Studies with EECRG

We have a number of interesting projects for Masters students to get involved with and provide good support and academic and social meetings to participate in.

A cultural landscape with inset images of cormorant, tardigarde, sampling quadrat, red fungus, blue gentian, admiral butterfly, Grimmia moss, and puffin

Biodiversity-related research

One of the fundamental goals of ecology is to uncover the processes controlling the patterns of diversity and abundance that we observe in nature. How does diversity emerge, and how is it maintained? The EECRG seeks to develop empirical approaches that test and quantify the relative importance of...

View of the Gongga Mountains and glacier

Climate-related research

Humans are putting increasing pressures on the world's ecosystems. We are already seeing strong impacts of habitat loss and changes in nutrient cycling whereas climate change is likely to have increasingly strong impacts during the next century. These current trends can only be understood with...