EBC – Evolutionary Biology Centre

EBC answers for most of Uppsala University's research and education in biology. Evolutionary biology comprises research touching on evolutionary processes at all levels, from molecular evolution and the evolution of genetic systems, organs, and immune systems to the evolution of local adaptation and social behaviours in natural populations, processes behind the development of new species, and the systems of organisms. The disciplines physiology, developmental biology and environmental toxicology, where the interactions between organisms and the environment are studied, are also part of EBC. The Museum of Evolution (Botany, Zoology and Paleontology) has both public and scientific lines of activitiy.

EBC hosts a number of research programmes which are each specialized and also involved in cooperations with other EBC-programmes and other fields and Universities. We conduct research in a variety of projects reaching outside the traditional biological disciplines. These involve both fundamental research and applied research concerning e.g. environmental issues and threatened species. The research is to a large extent based upon genetics and is aimed at understanding the processes behind the evolution of all life forms. We also do research for more knowledge about how organisms and their characteristics are affected by environmental factors.