I was born in Gyttorp, a small village in Västmanland, mainly known for explosives and shotgun ammunition. My academic career started with mathematics at Örebro University, then part of Uppsala University. I continued there for another year in chemistry before moving to Uppsala and studies in biology. After a few years in odd jobs (lab technician, field assistant etc.), I went back to the University and began to study the world's most interesting bird, the European nuthatch (Sitta europaea). I got my PhD in Animal Ecology from Uppsala University in 1988. After that I had a project on small birds and landscape ecology (funded by The Environmental Protection Agency). I moved to Lund in 1992. I have also studied a charming little mammal, the harvest mouse (Micromys minutus), whose origin in Sweden is a bit of a mystery.
I have worked in the Biology Library since 1996, buying books and helping people to find the information they need. Never a dull moment!
I am secretary and treasurer of The Swedish Oikos Society (the ecological society of Sweden). I am also one of the (dwindling numeric of) ecologists answering questions from the general public through Fråga en ekolog (in Swedish).
Biology and books have been my job for many years now, and I am a lucky person as these are my main interests, too. Travelling and gardening is also high on the list. I used to do a lot of horse riding, but now it is mainly dog training.
Last modified 3 Jun 2014