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Ulf Swenson

Senior Researcher, Librarian.


Tel: 08-519 542 22



Bachelor of Science, Uppsala University, 1991.

Doctor of Philosophy, Uppsala University, 1995.

Associate Professor (Docent), Lund University, 1999.


Responsible for the library at the Department of Botany, including data basing, book purchase, and journal subscriptions. Often one to contact for public relations and conservation of semi-natural grasslands and wetlands. Own research.


My main interests are worldwide plant systematics and biogeography. In other words, to explore the terminal leaves in the Tree of Life and ask questions why they are where they are. Revision of genera and describing new species have become important issues in my research. I have worked with alpine plants in the Southern Hemisphere, exploring the link between Australia, New Zealand, and South America. Turned into tropical botany with focus in the plant family Sapotaceae, again in the Southern Hemisphere and the Pacific region. Most of my findings support the view that organisms extend their distributions across the globe by dispersal, not vicariance that has been the dominant explanatory model.


Systematics and biogeography of the pantropical flowering plant family Sapotaceae.

Other Professional Roles

  • Lead Trunstagruppen, a group of people working with local conservation issues.
  • Knowledgable in Swedish biodiversity, especially butterflies.


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