I am a researcher and a teacher in ecology with a PhD in fish ecology. I also work on a tv-show answering viewer questions on animals. Apart from that, I do a lot of photography both below and above the surface. I live in Umea, Sweden. Given the location of Umea just south of the polar circle, I try to spend as much time as possible out of Umea in the winter time.

The endemics – why care?

Endemism means that specific species of plants or animals live only in a particular location, which normally is quite small. An animal or plant doing that is an endemic. For birdwatchers and other wild life watchers endemism is a major issue, as many endemics are rare, hard to find and per definition can only be seen…

Faking it and making it

Survival in nature can be quite easy. Enough defenses invested, and one can make it quite safely through life. Examples are whales, roses and poison arrow frogs, investing in size, structures or chemistry in order to deter predators. The problem with these strategies is that they are costly, diverting energetic resources from growth and reproduction…