Leif Asbjørn Vøllestad (Professor)

Center for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Department of Biology, University of Oslo, P. O. Box 1066 Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway

Telephone 22 85 46 40

Telefax  22 85 46 05

e-mail avollest@bio.uio.no


In my cv you can find information about my past experience and my recent publications.

Here you can find a list of previous and ongoing master projects.


These days I am mainly working on topics related to life-history evolution and speciation, with various species of fresh water fish as target species. Together with students and colleagues, I study why various populations of freshwater fish behave so differently and have so different life histories. We have focused our research on traits such as age at maturation, fecundity and egg size, since these traits are very important for fitness and also for population dynamics. One main aim is to understand what kind of selection pressure is leading to the patters that we observe. To do this, we use a combination of methods such as classical field observations linked with field experiments - in particular using capture-mark-recapture techniques, laboratory experiments, and quantitative genetic studies. Recently we have also started using molecular genetic studies in our effort to understand evolutionary and ecological processes at different spatial and temporal scales.