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Science and Society

Current environmental research focuses mainly on the short-term ecological impacts of human activities. How these activities affect populations and species, and thereby ecosystem functions, over time are largely ignored. Research at The Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology will contribute substantially to our understanding of the long-term - evolutionary - effects in changing environments of coastal marine ecosystems.

Results from the centre are communicated to the society in different ways. We collaborate with public authorities to develop tools for a sustainable management, and with industry to contribute to a sustainable biomarine industrial sector.

Baltic Sea Genetics for Managers
The webiste BaltGene communicates new knowledge on genetic biodiversity in the Baltic Sea. The site presents scientifically based data and advice to help improve management and conservation, to support species and ecosystems in a changing environment.

BaltGene is produced by research project BONUS BAMBI, running 2013–2017. Information on the website is based on results in BONUS BAMBI, BONUS+ project BaltGene and CeMEB.

BaltGene web was financed by BONUS and FORMAS

To reach schools and society we collaborate with the Public outreach activities at Tjärnö Marine Laboratory.

We have also been involved in international activities addressing schools:


Industrial collaboration
Our marine resources attracts more and more interest harbouring a huge potential for production of food and energy as well as new molecules to be used for health care and other applications. Blue biotechnology - to harvest and protect the sea with modern biotechnology - is an emerging area and genetic resources in the sea are looked upon with increasing interest. There is also an increasing awareness that the resources have to be used in a long-term sustainable way.

The Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology contributes to the development of a sustainable biomarine sector by collaborating with companies operating in fisheries, aquaculture, biotechnology and environmental technology. We are also in the process of developing an innovation program within the centre to facilitate and encourage the development of science-based marine innovations. 

More information is available on the Swedish pages.
Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Eva Marie Rödström, Research coordinator


Snails evolving into new species on the sea shore


Take a look at this pedagogic and educational youtube film about Littorina-snails and evolution, based on many years of research by Kerstin Johannesson and other Littorina enthusiasts.

The film is produced by Science Animated

CeMEB Photo contest 2016

CeMEB Photo contest 2016 is now closed and here we present the entries that toke 1st prize in each category. 

Nature/Marine Ecosystems

Redskap, Axel Nielsen

Beyond the naked eye

Diatoms and their silica structures, Eva-Marie Zetsche

Scientists/Future Scientists at work

Underwater busy-ness, Eva Marie Zetsche

IMAGO species

Fucus vesiculosus delighted, Christian Pansch

 > See all the winners and read more about the contest!

 > During Västerhavsveckan 6-14 August 2016 you can also see the photos in Nordstan, Gothenburg, and at the Lovén Centre Tjärnö Aqauarium

The ambition is that this will be a yearly event, so keep your eyes open for next call in 2017! Maybe you will be the next winner!

CeMEB exhibition

"Genom-sökarna! På uppdrag i salt DNA"

The CeMEB exhibition "Genom-sökarna! På uppdrag i salt DNA", describing and explaining the IMAGO initiative in a popular way has been exposed at Naturum Kosterhavet National Park, as well as at Tjärnö Marine Laboratory. It was also on display during the international CeMEB conference Marine Evolution 2018, 15-17 May 2018 in Strömstad.

Funded by the Hasselblad Foundation

CeMEB in progress

A publication, aimed for a nonspecialist audience, presents research and results and gives an introduction to the CeMEB world. (2013) 26 pp.

CeMEB in progress – Highlights in midterm from the Linnaeus Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology

More information in Swedish





Page Manager: Eva Marie Rödström|Last update: 6/4/2020

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