Read about my thoughts on pollinators, agriculture and resilience
Watch my two honest attempts at making wild life film!
Opposites attracts? The hybrids between two spectacular orchids
Spider-goat, does whatever a spider-goat does. What do you think it does?
Death in the Siberian Traps. Let's avoid this in our time, ok?
My take of the imaginary beef between Cuvier and Charles Lyell.
We're in the shit, and it is time to start doing something about it.
Cows and pigs will kill us all
What do you know about your inner ecosystem?
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Resilience requires bees and butterflies

Pollinating insects are on the decline in Europe. There is simply not enough food – wildflowers – in the modern rural landscape. In Sweden, agricultural fields and managed forests dominate and partly hide the remains of an older landscape, where humans in more than two thousand years governed the land in a way that supported biodiversity.

A new idea for wild life films?

I've been playing with some wild life film ideas this spring. Its about getting the viewer on board and showing the adventure behind the scenes. In fact, I've only got some real wild life film. Most of the films are about how to get there and what to see.

Opposites attracts? On the hybrids between two spectacular orchids

It is no coincidence that the Galapagos Islands inspired Charles Darwin. Isolated islands and archipelagos are often like an evolutionary playground. In late June, I visited Gotska Sandön with my family. The remote island is the setting for an natural experiment, isolated by 90 kilometers of sea south-east of mainland Sweden. Two orchid species have been crossing like there were no barriers between them. But there is something strange about this. These orchids have a very specialized pollination system that should make hybridization difficult. (Click on the slide-show for larger images)


Do you like The Simpsons? In the movie Homer lets his pig Plopp walk the roof while he sings "Can he swing from a web? No, he can not, he's a pig." It’s fun. It’s humor. But how should we react when it comes to "spider-goat", the genetically modified goats that are for real?

Death in the Siberian Traps

Take a deep breath. Isn’t it nice to be able to breathe? 252 million years ago, oxygen levels plummeted in the oceans and atmosphere. The biggest catastrophe in the history of the earth had started. Now, a group of scientists has narrowed down the dating of the catastrophe. This has gotten them closer to a solution to what actually caused this mayhem – vast amounts of greenhouse gases thrown into the atmosphere. Does it sound familiar?

Congratulations, Charles Lyell!

On November 14, 1797 Charles Lyell was born. Besides that he gave Charles Darwin's important ideas though his book during the journey with the Beagle, he has become known as the founder of geology as a science. To me, he is of most interest from a philosophy of science perspective. The foundation of Lyell's scientific achievement may seem obvious today, and it is about something as simple as brilliant: to use what's here and now. Lyell argued that we must start from now if we are to understand what happened yesterday or any day, that the laws of nature of today are the same that has always existed.

We're in the shit

The general public is burdened, they say. People don’t want to hear about the big problems. But reality is merciless and now when we’re in the shit, well, it's hard to be positive. No one is talking about the really big problem – that so many species are disappearing from the world.

Cows and pigs will kill us all

It’s morning. Me and the children are eating breakfast in silence around the kitchen table. My sons playing with his food and spills yoghurt on the clean shirt. Its our every-day routine. The radio is on in the background and I hear the journalist talking about the Swedish pig farmers having a hard time. We’re all in for a hard time because of cheap meat.

The creatures that live inside you

Ecology is inside you. Since my undergraduate studies, I've always been interested in ecological phenomena that are close to people, something that everyone can experience without having to make long expensive journeys to the Okavango Delta or the Galapagos Islands. For some years now, our own inner ecosystem has been the focus of research for some microbiologists. Ecology is closer than ever. Interestingly, a new study shows that we carry somewhat different ecosystems in our gut.