To be elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy is a singular recognition of the research efforts of an outstanding scientist. Today, the Academy has about 420 Swedish and 175 foreign members distributed among ten research fields.

Kerstin Johannesson, Professor of Marine Ecology at the Department of Marine Ecology, University of Gothenburg, and active at the Marine Research Institute at Tjärnö, was elected into the Biosciences class of the Academy.

Her research focuses on microevolution in terms of local adaptation and speciation. In particular, she uses marine snails and algae to model biological systems and has, for example, discovered that the origins of various species do not necessarily require hundreds of thousands of years to evolve but may in certain cases require no more than thousands of years of evolution as a result of ecological changes in nature.

Professor Johannesson’s research group uses primarily various analytical methods involving DNA to measure genetic differences between the different populations of organism and to analyze descent as well as barriers to exchanging genetic matter. In addition, she is Director of the Linnaeus Research Centre in Marine Evolutionary Biology (CeMEB) at the University of Gothenburg.

Deliang Chen is Professor of Physical Meteorology and holds the August Röhss Chair in Physical Geography at the Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, and was elected into the Academy’s Geosciences class.

His research focuses on regional climate processes and changes with help of numerical climate models and statistical data analyses. He has published over 100 scholarly articles in science journals and has been a co-author of the climate reports produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) andby the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA).

As of 2009, Deliang Chen is on leave from the University of Gothenburg to be the Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU), an organisation that sponsors several international research programmes in the area of climate and environment researches. The ICSU advises, among others, the United Nations.

Since the founding of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 1739, around 1,600 Swedish members have been elected to the Academy. For additional information, please consult the Academy website at

For additional information, please contact:
Kerstin Johannesson, Department of Marine Ecology at the University of Gothenburg
Tel. +46 (0)526-686 11

Deliang Chen, Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Gothenburg
Tel +33 6 4230 4804
E-mail: and

Portrait photo of Kerstin Johannesson is taken by Karin Björk.