The Department DEEP, as we call ourselves (Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences), is a newly formed department at Stockholm University and we recently moved in to new buildings on the university campus. Now we have also started a blog for the Department!

As you might guess from our name, we carry out research and teaching in several different areas. The department's marine biologists work with research on the Baltic Sea, but also about Tropical seas. In Plant science we are studying everything from Cell biology to the Vegetation and Plant evolution. Many of our researchers are studying the interactions between plants and animals. We teach the bachelor programs in Biology, Marine biology, Earth Sciences and Molecular Biology, and a number of master's programs. The Department conducts graduate studies. Currently, we have about 45 PhD students training to researchers.

At the department we
At the department we conduct a broad spectrum of research, for example in our greenhouses, among tropical corals, and out in the field. Photo: Britannica Image Quest, and Per Ola Karis.
 

Our reserachers are driven by curiosity, but also by the desire to solve environmental problems. Although basic research is an important part of our work, a large part of the research at DEEP is also linked to practical environmental issues. It could include biodiversity, algal blooms in the Baltic, how to reduce the effects of environmental toxins, or how climate change affects nature.

Reserachers and students perform both laboratory experiments and research out in the field. Here plant samples are prepared for microscopy. Photo: Marc Femenia.
Researchers and students perform both laboratory experiments and research out in the field. Here plant samples are prepared for microscopy. Photo: Marc Femenia.
 

Research published in scientific articles and books are not always so accessible to people outside the scientific community. DEEP has therefore taken the initiative to spread knowledge about our research via social media, our website and this blog. In this way, we want to reach out to as many people as possible. For those who want to immerse themselves in what the research projects has come to give us, we will give a guide to the scientific articles.

We will also write about how it is to be a researcher. What does a scientist actually do? And how do you become a scientist?

We have created a working group to operate this communication, encourage our scientists to participate and share their knowledge, write about the research and putting pictures on various social media. The researchers themselves write popular science summaries on our website, explaining the content of scientific articles, and blogs.

Welcome to the blog DEEP Insights!

 

Ove Eriksson

Head of Department, DEEP