Director of Science
Phone: +46 (0)8 519 541 17
Fax: +46 (0)8 519 540 85
Directorate of the Research Division
Swedish Museum of Natural History
P. O. Box 50007
SE-104 05 Stockholm
Leads and develops research and collection activities at the Research Division. Member of the museum's management team.
Area of Research
The research interest of Dr. Ericson is in the evolution and systematics of birds, focusing on their early evolution and higher-level relationships. In his research morphological data on living and fossil birds (as the Presbyornithidae, a family of late Cretaceous and early Tertiary birds) are combined with molecular data. Ericson is also studying intraspecific variation and speciation processes, especially in tropical and subtropical birds.
Ericson received his Ph.D. degree from University of Stockholm in 1987. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Instituion, in 1989-1990. Between 1986 and 1991 he was curator of archaeozoology and physical antropology at the Museum of National Antiquities, Stockholm. He was hired as curator of ornithology at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in 1991. Per Ericson was acting Head of Department since 2004 and Head of Department 2006-2008. Since 2009 Per Ericson is Director of Science at the museum.