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Environmental research and monitoring

The deparment study effects of contaminants in the environment, birds migration and occurence and distribution of pollen in the atmosphere.

Research and monitoring

Bird ringing

At the Bird ringing centre all scientific ringing of wild birds in Sweden is administrated. Bird ringing is very important for our knowledge about reproduction, migration and survival rates in many bird species and every recovery report is valuable.

If you have found a ring or a ringed bird with the inscription - RIKSMUSEUM STOCKHOLM - we would be very pleased if you report this to us. You find more information under Report ring recovery

Environmental contaminats

The unit monitor contaminats in the environment, the contaminats effect on populations of top marine predators and study the spatial variation of contaminants on land, in lakes, at sea and in the coastal areas of Sweden.

Also changes in the population status of certain highly exposed species such as grey seals, ringed seals, harbour seals,

 otters, porpoises, white-tailed sea eagles, ospreys and guillemotsare studied. Read more about Environmental Monitoring.


The amount of pollen in the air increases during the flowering season. Numerous produce pollen are released into the air we breathe. Some of these pollen cause allergy in an increasing part of the population with symptoms such as rhinitis and asthma.

Daily during the pollen season, air is sampled and analyzed for its pollen content by the Palynological laboratory. The analyses result in pollen reports which you can find if you follow the link Pollenrapporten.seexternal link


The Environmental Specimen Bank

The Environmental Specimen Bank has one of the oldest and greatest collections of environmental specimens in the world. The oldest samples are collected in the mid-1960s, and for some species continuous series of samples from the late 1960s up to now are stored.

Specimens from the ESB are available for research work into environmental contamination and bio-diversity. More information under Environmental Specimen Bank.


Bird databases and archives

The ringing data and recovery reports are stored in several databases and archives and used for analyses and research on birds and, for example, environmental issues. If you have questions about the databases, contact the Bird Ringing Centre.



The Swedish Museum of Natural History
Department of Environmental research and monitoring
P.O. 50007
S-104 05 Stockholm

SBD: +46 (8) 519 540 00

Head of unit

Olle Karlssonexternal link

Deputy Director of Department

Katarina Losoexternal link


Liselotte Hällebergexternal link

The Environmental Speciment Bank

Olle Karlssonexternal link

​Bird ringing center

+46 (0)8-5195 4080

Palynological Laboratory

Agneta Ekebomexternal link
Anne-Charlotte Hanssonexternal link
Karin Brinkexternal link
Pia Östenssonexternal link


Here you find contact information for all staff at the department.