Torben Lode

PhD Candidate - Section for Aquatic Biology and Toxicology

Academic interests

Toxicology, ecotoxicology, ecology, behavioral ecology, marine environmental monitoring

Courses taught

  • BIO1000, Elementary Biology:
  • BIO1200, Biodiversity:
  • BIO2100, General Ecology:
  • BIO4400, Pelagic Ecology:
  • BIO4500, General Toxicology:
  • BIO9550/4550, Ecotoxicology:


Torben is studying effects of multiple stressors, and how natural stressors e.g. risk of predation may affect response relationship towards anthropogenic toxicants. Much knowledge exists on effects of toxicants on species alone, as traditional toxicology has mostly focused on effects of exposure at otherwise optimal conditions. Guidelines and threshold values used for environmental monitoring are often based on data from such traditional toxicological tests, thus might not necessarily tell the complete story when applied to natural systems. Living is stressful, and all organisms face a spectre of challenges as they go about their daily business. Some of the more important of challenges are access to food and risk predation. Simultaneously, a range of chemicals and wastes continuously enters the environment, posing further challenges on organisms exposed.

Using coastal copepods as model species’, the focus of this project is to look at effects of multiple stressors by combining anthropogenic toxicants (e.g. pesticides, metals) with natural stressors (e.g. predation, food depletion), and examine effects in terms of life history traits when simultaneously applied.

Torben is doing his PhD as a member of the Dept of Biosciences prioritized research project LUMS: Life-history variation under multiple stressors. The project is a collaboration between members of Section for Aquatic Biology and Toxicology. Supervisors are Jan Heuschele, Josefin Titelman, Ketil Hylland, Tom Andersen and Katrine Borgå.

Tags: Toxicology, Ecotoxicology, Ecology, Marine environmental monitoring, Behavioral Ecology


  • Heuschele, Jan David; Lode, Torben; Andersen, Tom; Borgå, Katrine & Titelman, Josefin (2019). An affordable and automated imaging approach to acquire highly resolved individual data—an example of copepod growth in response to multiple stressors. PeerJ.  ISSN 2167-8359.  7, s 1- 22 . doi: 10.7717/peerj.6776
  • Sahlmann, Andrea Silke; Lode, Torben; Heuschele, Jan David; Borgå, Katrine; Titelman, Josefin & Hylland, Ketil (2019). Genotoxic Response and Mortality in 3 Marine Copepods Exposed to Waterborne Copper. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.  ISSN 0730-7268.  38(10), s 2224- 2232 . doi: 10.1002/etc.4541
  • Lode, Torben; Heuschele, Jan David; Andersen, Tom; Titelman, Josefin; Hylland, Ketil & Borgå, Katrine (2018). Predation Risk Potentiates Toxicity of a Common Metal Contaminant in a Coastal Copepod. Environmental Science and Technology.  ISSN 0013-936X.  52(22), s 13535- 13542 . doi: 10.1021/acs.est.8b03685

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Published Sep. 28, 2015 1:16 PM - Last modified Sep. 7, 2017 1:21 PM