Most of my higher education is from Uppsala University, Sweden, where I did my Bachelor’s degree in biology, as well as my PhD. My PhD thesis was on The Role of Resting Cysts in the Survival and Succession of Freshwater Dinoflagellates. Part of my PhD and subsequently my postdoc was at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, USA.
Since 2001 I have been first an assistant professor, and subsequently associate (2005) and full professor (2008) at the Department of Biology, Lund University. In addition to doing research (see research projects) I am involved in committees at the faculty level as well as chairing the Education Advisory Group of the Chile-Sweden academic collaboration ACCESS. I have previously been involved in developing and running the Graduate Research School in Genomic Ecology, GENECO as well as in developing and co-directing the Workshop on Genomics.