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.

Why aren´t there any plantimals on land? The idea of finding a use for waste from industrial production is of course a great way of increasing ones profits. In Sweden, the paper industry fuels itself to a large extent by using waste products from the plant fiber extraction, and copper refineries nowadays make loads of…

Camouflage

Yesterday`s blog on Batesian mimicry got me started thinking (thus the big tank of air, brain activity requires oxygen!).  Batesian mimicry was about “parasitizing” on the true signal of something sending out an honest warning. This is a very special type of mimicry. Camouflage, where animals try to look like something more or less inedible,…