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Life history and functional ecology

The general framework for our research is how investment into reproduction and survival forms different life history strategies. Individuals have to make decisions about how to allocate limited resources, such as energy and time, between different actions, as these resources invested in reproduction can not at the same time be invested in survival. Such trade-offs are the corner-stone of life history theory. To understand how evolution has formed such strategies, we are interested in the role of physiological adaptations and constraints. Thus, we work with metabolic rates, eco-immunology and body temperature regulation.

Most of our work is based on field experiments performed in the wild with principal study organisms being nest box breeding birds. However, we also work with an indoor zebra finch population. Most field work are conducted in the Revinge area, about 20 km east of Lund and in connection to our field station, Stensoffa situated in the area. Analyses of physiological parameters are done in laboratory facilities at the Biological Department.


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Last modified 14 Feb 2014

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Jan-Åke Nilsson
Evolutionary ecology



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