Leif Asbjørn Vøllestad
My research effort is mainly aimed at understanding the variation in the life history evolution in freshwater fish. I study why various populations of freshwater fish have so different life histories, focusing on traits such as growth rate, age at maturation, fecundity and egg size, since these traits are very important for fitness and also for population dynamics. One main aim is to understand what kind of selection pressure is leading to the patters that we observe. To do this, we use a combination of methods such as classical field observations linked with field experiments such as capture-mark-recapture techniques, laboratory experiments, quantitative genetics and population genetics.
- BIO 1000 Elementary biology
- BIO 4140 Life-history strategies and climate effects
- BIO 4371 Fish ecology
Higher education and employment history
- 1988 Doctor of Philosophy: University of Oslo, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
- 1982 Master (cand. real): University of Oslo, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Zoological institute
- 1980 Bachelor (cand. mag.): University of Oslo, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
- 2007-present Researcher, SFF – Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES).
- 1994-present Professor, Department of Biology, University of Oslo
- 2001-2002: Visiting scholar, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington,.
- 1991-1994: Associate Professor in zoology, Department of Biology, University of Oslo
- 1987-1988: Research scientist, University of Oslo
- 1986-1991: Fisheries manager, Østfold County, permanent position
- 1985-1986: Ph. D. scholarship, University of Oslo.
- 1985: Fisheries manager, Østfold County.
- 1983-1985: Ph. D. scholarship, University of Oslo.
- 1982-1983: Consultant in freshwater biology (field studies, advice, etc.).
- 1980-1982: Fisheries manager for East-Norway (short -term engagement).
- Editor of the journal Ecology of Freshwater Fish
Contributing editor of the journal Aquatic Biology
- Sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus L.) on the Norwegian coast: fresh water colonisation, divergence rates and adaptive speciation
- Modelling ecosystems under climate change: Windermere as a model lake system
- Declining long-term trends in Atlantic salmon abundance: inferring mechanisms using catch data for Norway and Scotland