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Olof Berglund

Olof Berglund

Associate Professor Senior Lecturer Lund University

I received my PhD at Lund University in 2000, studying the influence of ecological processes on the accumulation of persistent organochlorines in aquatic ecosystems. During my post-doc at MIT, Cambridge Ma, I studied the plasticity of marine microorganisms under environmental stress. Since then my research interests have broadened to include both the environmental influence on contaminant transport and uptake, and the ecological effects of contaminants on populations, communities and ecosystems. Our research on bioaccumulation and effects of persistent organic chemicals is still ongoing. Presently, we are conducting research on the fate and effects of emerging contaminants, in particular pharmaceuticals and engineered nanoparticles

The drivers of my research are the needs to accurately predict exposure and effects of contaminants at ecosystem level to enable scientifically sound ecological risk assessments of past, present and future chemicals released from anthropogenic activities. A future goal of our research is to enable extrapolation of effects of contaminants at individual level, to population, community and ecosystem level. That would enable predictions and risk management at the proper level of our protection goals.

 I am course coordinator for the courses BIOR41 Ecotoxicology and BIOR52 Applied Ecotoxicology at the Biology Department, LU. BIOR41 deals with the fundamentals of ecotoxicology where we explore some of the most important concepts such as: fate and transport, toxicity testing, direct and indirect effects on population, community and ecosystem levels, bioaccumulation and biomagnification and risk analysis and assessments. In BIOR52 we train and prepare ecotoxicology students for environmentally related employment outside the university. We discuss and analyze ecotoxicology related issues in today’s society and look at case studies from the past. We work in close relation with potential employers who we visit and who provide tasks for the students to solve during the course. I am also teaching on the course VBR 180 Methods in risk assessments at LTH, where I am coordinating for the Ecological Risk Assessment module. 

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Olof Berglund

Telefon: 046-222 37 50

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