Ane Timenes Laugen

Current affiliation

Department of Ecology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
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Research interests

I am an evolutionary ecologist interested in how human-induced environmental stress such as pollutants, altered climate, and harvesting, influence evolutionary processes in life-history traits of wild, farmed and harvested populations. My current focus is developing blue economy potential in Swedish west coast bivalves.


Coastal-zone bivalves (oysters and mussels)

  • Harvestable Pacific oysters – data collection and stock assessment as basis for managment and exploitation of Nordic stocks of Pacific oysters, Magallana gigas
  • Knowledge-base for a comprehensive management of Ospar-protected flat oyster (Ostrea edulis) and blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) beds
  • Harvest-induced changes in farmed Pacific oysters (Magallana gigas) in France
  • Revealing current dispersal pathways and predicting the future of the Pacific oyster invasion in Sweden


  • Evolutionary responses to multiple human-induced stresses; using the yellow dung fly (Scathophaga stercoraria) as a model organism
  • Multivariate selection and human-induced environmental stress: adaptive genetic and plastic responses in the yellow dung fly (SUPAFLY)
  • Estimating temporal variation in form and intensity of natural and sexual selection in yellow dung flies (Scathophaga stercoraria)
  • Spatial and temporal population genetic structure of an insect population with a temporal refuge
  • The importance of biotic and abiotic stress for spatial and temporal dynamics of an insect with a temporal refuge 


  • Estimating sex-specific fishing mortality in commercial fish stocks
  • Evolutionary impact assessment as a tool for ecosystem approach to fisheries management 



Peer reviewed

23. Forsgren E, Locke B, Semberg E, Laugen AT, de Miranda JR (2017) Sample preservation, transport and processing strategies for honeybee RNA extraction: Influence on RNA yield, quality, target quantification and data normalization. Journal of Virological Methods 246: 81-89

22. Faust E; André C, Meurling S, Kochmann J, Christiansen H, Fast-Jensen L, Charrier G, Laugen AT, Strand Å (2017) Origin and route of establishment of the invasive Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) in Scandinavia. Marine Ecology Progress Series 575:95-105

21. Engström-Öst J, Savatijevic Rasic I, Brutemark A, Rancken R, Subakov Simić G, Laugen AT. Can Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii invade the Baltic Sea? (2015). Environmental reviews 23: 161-169.

20. Öberg M, Arlt D, Pärt T, Laugen AT, Eggers S, Low M (2015). Rainfall during parental care reduce both reproductive and survival components of fitness in a passerine bird. Ecology and Evolution 5: 345-356.

19. Laugen AT, Engelhard GH, Whitlock R, Arlinghaus R, Dankel D, Dunlop ES, Eikeset AM, Enberg K, Jørgensen C, Matsumura S, Nusslé S, Urbach D, Baulier L, Boukal DS, Ernande B, Johnston F, Mollet F, Pardoe H, Therkildsen NO, Uusi-Heikkila S, Vainikka A, Heino M, Rijnsdorp AD, Dieckmann U (2014). Evolutionary impact assessment: Integrating evolutionary consequences of fishing into the ecosystem-approach to fisheries management. Fish and Fisheries 15: 65-96.

18. Öberg M, Pärt T, Arlt D, Laugen AT, Low M. (2014). Decomposing the seasonal fitness decline. Oecologia 174: 139-150.

17. Forsgren E, Laugen AT (2014). Prognostic value of using bee and hive debris samples for the detection of American foulbrood disease in honey bee colonies. Apidologie 45: 10-20.

16. Mollet FM, Engelhard GH, Vainikka A, Laugen AT, Rijnsdorp AD and Ernande B (2013). Spatial variation in growth, maturation schedules and reproductive investment of female sole Solea solea in the North-east Atlantic. Journal of Sea Research 84: 109-121.

15. Heino M., Baulier L, Boukal DS, Ernande B, Johnston F, Mollet F, Pardoe H, Therkildsen NO, Uusi-Heikkila S, Vainikka A, Arlinghaus R, Dankel D, Dunlop ES, Eikeset AM, Enberg K, Engelhard GH, Jørgensen C, Laugen AT, Matsumura S, Nusslé S, Urbach D, Whitlock R, Rijnsdorp AD, and Dieckmann U (2013). Can fisheries-induced evolution shift reference points for fisheries management? ICES Journal of Marine Science 70: 707–721.

14. Terenius O, Lindh JM, Eriksson-Gonzales K, Bussière LF, Laugen AT, Bergquist H, Titanji K, Faye I (2012). Midgut bacterial dynamics in Aedes aegypti. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 80: 556-565.

13. Alho J, Herczeg G, Laugen AT, Räsänen K, Laurila A, Merilä J (2011). Allen’s rule revisited: genetic architecture of extremity length in the common frog along a latitudinal gradient. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24: 59-70.

12. Kuparinen A, Laugen AT, Laurila A, Merilä J. (2010). Developmental threshold model challenged by temperature. Evolutionary Ecology Research 12: 1-9.

11. Laurila A, Lindgren B, Laugen AT (2008). Antipredator defenses along a gradient of season length in Rana temporaria. Ecology 89: 1399–1413.

10. Laugen AT, Kruuk LEB, Laurila A, Räsänen K, Stone J, Merilä J (2005). Quantitative genetics of larval life-history traits in Rana temporaria in different environmental conditions. Genetics Research 86: 161-170.

9. Laugen AT, Jönsson KI, Laurila A, Räsänen K, Söderman F, Merilä J (2005). Do common frogs (Rana temporaria) follow Bergmann’s rule? Evolutionary Ecology Research 7: 717–731.

8. Merilä J, Laurila A, Laugen AT, Räsänen K (2004). Heads or tails? Variation in tadpole body proportions in response to temperature and food stress. Evolutionary Ecology Research 6: 727-73.

7. Pålsson K, Jaenson TGT, Dias F, Laugen AT, Björkman A (2004). Endophilic Anopheles mosquitos in Guinea Bissau, West Africa, in relation to human housing conditions. Journal of Medical Entomology 41: 746-752.

6. Laugen AT, Laurila A, Räsänen K, Merilä J (2003). Latitudinal countergradient variation in the common frog (Rana temporaria) developmental rates – evidence for local adaptation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 16: 996-1005.

5. Palo JU, O’Hara RB, Laugen AT, Laurila A, Primmer CR & Merilä J (2003). Latitudinal divergence of common frog (Rana temporaria) life history traits by natural selection: evidence from a comparison of molecular and quantitative data. Molecular Ecology 12: 1963-1978.

4. Laugen AT, Laurila A, Merilä J (2003). Latitudinal and temperature-dependent variation in embryonic development and growth in Rana temporaria. Oecologia 135: 548-554.

3. Laugen AT, Laurila A, Merilä J (2002). Maternal and genetic contributions to geographic variation in Rana temporaria life histories. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 76:61-70.

2. Merilä J, Laurila A, Laugen AT, Räsänen K, Pahkala M (2000). Plasticity in age and size at metamorphosis in Rana temporaria - comparison of high and low latitude populations. Ecography 23: 457-46.

1. Merilä J, Laurila A, Pahkala M, Räsänen K, Laugen AT (2000). Adaptive phenotypic plasticity in timing of metamorphosis of the common frog (Rana temporaria)? Ecoscience 7: 18-24.

Book chapters
Laugen AT, Hollander J, Obst M, Strand Å (2015). The Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas) invasion in Scandinavian coastal waters: impact on local ecosystem services. In: J. Canning-Clode (ed.) Biological Invasions in Changing Ecosystems. Vectors, Ecological Impacts, Management and Predictions. De Gruyter Open, 23pp.