Welcome to the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab

Our research is rooted in the fields of Behavioral Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The MEEL group consists of about 25 researchers, including six PI’s, and several postdocs and PhD students. The DNA lab, which is the common centre of our activities, was formed in the late 1980’s by Torbjörn von Schantz, when DNA-fingerprinting was the cutting-edge technique. Back then it was applied in our group to analyses of parentage in studies of the ring-necked pheasant, the great reed warbler, and the sedge warbler.

Members in our group were among the first to investigate the highly polymorphic MHC genes in wild species of birds and fish and developing an ELISA assay for immunoecological studies of songbirds. Over the years, the methods we are using have closely followed the rapid development of techniques and resources in molecular biology. For example, when Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and direct Sanger sequencing became broadly available in the mid 1990’s it resulted in an exponential increase of the field of Molecular Ecology, worldwide and in our group.

At present, the field, and our group, is again going through a major revolution in the wakes of the next generation sequencing (NGS) that challenges computer capacities and requires new skills in bioinformatics. Nevertheless, we are now moving from genetic to a genomic approches.

Recent publications


Last modified 19 Mar 2014

Lab address

Molecular Ecology & Evolution Lab
Dept of Biology, Lund University
Ecology Building (Sölvegatan 37)
SE-223 62 Lund, Sweden

Contact person

Staffan Bensch



Other research groups

With these sister research groups we form the unit MEMEG:

Microbial Ecology Evolutionary Genetics

Lund University, Box 117, SE-221 00 Lund, Sweden. Tel: +46 (0)46 222 00 00