The purpose is to offer a stay for a limited period that can offer peace and quiet to enable concentration on a piece of writing.
Jerker Vinterstare received his PhD in evolutionary biology from Lund University in March 2021 and is currently employed as a researcher at SLU Aqua (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences).
At SLU Aqua, Jerker is involved in a diverse range of research projects focusing on our Swedish fish stocks. For example, a major current task is to investigate how aquatic ecologists can apply new and less-invasive methods, such as eDNA and iEcology (internet ecology) to reduce suffering and mortality rates of studied organisms. Another question as Jerker is currently working on aims to estimate spatial and temporal risks for by-catches from the commercial fishing. Such risk estimation can be used to adjust the fishery for protection of other animals that sometimes get caught by mistake, such as harbour porpoises, seals and birds.
One of Jerker’s great interests is evolutionary biology and when time allows, he tries to write up unpublished data from his time as a PhD student. This data describes how prey animals can deal with rapid changes in predation risk by evolving phenotypic plasticity in anti-predator defences. To a large extent, this work is on the fascinating crucian carp (Carassius carassius). This species has developed a unique ability to change its entire body shape and behavior depending on the presence/absence of predatory fish in the water.
Read more about this work in Jerkers thesis: https://portal.research.lu.se/en/publications/defence-on-demand-a-physiological-perspective-on-phenotypic-plast
The stay in villa Martinsson will be a nice environmental shift from the home office, where the surrounding nature will serve as a guaranteed source of inspiration, says Jerker.
This application form is to be filled in.
The application shall be provided the Foundation no later than February 15. Address:
The grant can be applied for by natural scientists, working as teachers or researchers in the natural sciences employed at universities or university colleges in Sweden.
Stipend period & amount
Villa Martinson, May. The stipend amount is SEK 10,000, excluding the rental cost paid by the Foundation. The apartment made available to the stipend holder is completely renovated.
About Villa Martinson
Villa Martinson is a former private villa located a stone’s throw away from Jonsered Manor. The house has five apartments and on its upper floor, there is also a shared library for socializing, discussions and studies. The villa, with a view of undulating climes and lake Aspen, is named after Jonsered’s most famous literary reference, Harry Martinson, who lived here in his youth.
15 February 2023
Application to be sent to:
SE-412 56 Göteborg
Stipends for Villa Martinson 2018
Amanda Mattsson, Doctoral student at the Department of Chemical Engineering (CHE), Mid Sweden University
Soodabeh Majdi, Department of Chemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg
Dr Alyssa Joyce from the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg, has been awarded a scholarship for a stay at Villa Martinson in May 2017. Dr Joyce’s research focuses on sustainable aquaculture. During her stay, she will work on an article about the handling of pathogens in organic fish production.
Professor Per Sundberg from the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg, has been awarded a scholarship to Grez-sur-Loing in September 2017. In 2009, Professor Sundberg and two PhD students went on a collection trip to Chile with an aim to assess the local fauna of nemerteans (a primarily marine group of worm-like species). The purpose of the stay in Grez-sur-Loing is to finish documenting the results from the collection and describe the species found.
The results are based on a combination of so-called morphological characters and cladistic analysis (how different species are related) based on DNA sequences. The results will be of interest to the researchers specialising in nemerteans, but would also contribute to the understanding of marine ecosystems in Chile and add a piece of information to the mapping of biological diversity on Earth.
Anna Godhe, Professor Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg is granted the stipend to Villa Martinson in Jonsered.
Anna Godhe’s main research interest is within phytoplankton ecology, the role of phytoplankton life-cycle stages, population genetic of phytoplankton, and interactions between different trophic levels in the pelagic environment. She has for several years studied the dynamics between the planktonic and benthic stages of microalgae.
Annie-Maj Johansson, Senior Lecturer Science at the School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, is granted the stipend to Villa San Michele in Grez-sur-Loing, France. Johansson’s research interest is about teaching and learning in primary school science. She received her PhD in Mathematics and Science Education in 2012 at the University of Stockholm with the thesis “Inquiry-based approach in primary school science”.