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Evolutionary Ecology is a research group working on fundamental and applied eco-evolutionary biology.


We have a tradition for combining the two main questions of evolutionary ecology: studying the ecological causes of evolution within populations, and establishing how these are currently changing due to human activities.

We study animal populations, both in the wild and via models combined with lab experiments. Our current projects focus on fisheries-induced evolution and evolutionary parasitology, which we study experimentally using guppies and salmon lice, respectively. We address central aspects of animal ecology such as life history evolution, behavioural ecology, and host-parasite interactions – and whenever relevant, use this knowledge to address challenges resulting from human activities.

Evolutionary Ecology has been in existence in a form or another since the reorganization of BIO in 2004. Evolutionary Fisheries Ecology (EvoFish) was established in 2007 with a grant from the Bergen Research Foundation. In 2013, the original EE and EvoFish merged. To reflect the breath of our research we took Evolutionary Ecology as the official group name. The accronym EvoFish survives in informal use.

New publication
Female pied flycatcher

Extra-pair paternity facilitates cooperation in pied flycatchers

New study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that infidelity can promote cooperation among male pied flycatchers.

My research
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Why I found working with Gyrodactylus rewarding

It took longer than expected for our Gyrodactylus to feel at home in our lab. But once the stock “had warmed its feet” I have been grown more and more appreciative about them. Here are some of the reasons why.

Master project
Young lady holding a bird chick in her hand

Lisa is studying how spring weather affects phenology in birds

Lisa Hansen Simonsen is about to hand in her Master thesis on the link between spring weather and phenology in small birds

Master project
Two male salmon lice guarding females and a lonely louse

Marie is studying dispersal in salmon lice

Marie Hauso is a high school teacher student interested in parasites and behaviour. She is now starting her Masters project with Adele Mennerat.

Public outreach
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Collaboration with the International School of Bergen

Beatriz Diaz Pauli joined forces with 8th graders from the International School of Bergen and their teacher Lars Haugen Aardal to become reviewers for the Frontiers of Young Minds journal.

Master with Evolutionary Ecology?

We can offer a range of projects related to fish behaviour and life histories, fish dynamics, salmon louse and other parasites, etc., that are relevant for the Master programmes in Biodiversity, Evolution and Ecology, Marine Biology, Aquaculture Biology, and Fisheries Biology and Management.