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Carl-Gustaf Thulin

Carl-Gustaf Thulin
Researcher, Department of Animal Biosciences


Researcher (Associate Professor) at the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry. Focus on evolutionary genetics, fauna restoration and rewilding.


On grad- and undergrad level at SLU and Uppsala University since 1995.


Mainly four ongoing projects:

"Bringing Bison (Bison bonasus) Back to Sweden" Funding: Skogssällskapet (project leader) More information

“Is the Native Subspecies the Heath Hare (Lepus timidus sylvaticus) Going Extinct?” Funding: SLU, Naturvårdsverket (project leader) More information

"Feralization of horses and their microbiota" Funding: SLU (collaboration with UU and LiU) More information

“Gotland Russ Grazing - A mean to support biodiversity and preserve an endangered regional breed” Funding: WWF & SLU More information


Participated on more than 100 national and international conferences, organised 55 public meetings/conferences, invited speaker 13 times, 10 oral presentations, 16 posters, 40 public presentations. Authored 40 popular science articles, 28 reports, 35 strategic proposals and 20 evaluations. Participated in the public debate with 37 debate articles and several media-appearences (press, radio, TV). On X (Twitter) since 2012 (@CGThulin).


MSc Biology, Uppsala University 1995

PhD Genetics, Uppsala University 1995

Posdoc, University of Tennessee 2001-2002, 2004

Doctor of Science, Uppsala University 2008

Employed by SLU since 2008.


Main supervisor for three graduated PhD students:

- Adriaan de Jong, 2012, SLU

- Pär Söderquist, 2015, SLU/Kristianstad University College

- Pablo Garrido, 2017, SLU

Assistant PhD supervisor for Jonas Malmsten, graduated 2014, SLU

Supervisor for MSc and BSc projects.

Selected publications

Referee Assessed Scientific Journals (10 most recent)

38. Andrade P, Alves JM, Pereira P, Rubin C-J, Silva E, Sprehn CG, Enbody E, Afonso S, Faria R, Zhang Y, Bonino N, Duckworth JA, Garreau H, Letnic M, Strive T, Thulin C-G, Queney G, Villafuerte R, Jiggins FM, Ferrand N, Andersson L, Carneiro M (2024). Selection against domestication alleles in introduced rabbit populations. Nature Ecology & Evolution (in press)

37. Thulin C-G (2024). Opportunities with wild food in managed ecosystems – A Swedish perspective. Novel Techniques in Nutrition & Food Science (online 2024-02-08)

36. Gunnarsson S, Thulin C-G (2023). Extensive husbandry and animal welfare are important for acceptance of rabbit meat production among Swedish youth. World Rabbit Science 31 (4) (online 2023-12-28)

35. Michell CT, Pohjoismäki JLO, Spong G, Thulin C-G (2022). Mountain- and brown hare genetic polymorphisms to survey local adaptations and conservation status of the heath hare (Lepus timidus sylvaticus, Nilsson 1831). Scientific Data 9, 667 (online)

34. Garrido P, Naumov V, Söderquist L, Jansson A, Thulin C-G (2022). Effects of experimental rewilding on butterflies, bumblebees and grasshoppers. Journal of Insect Conservation 26, 763–771

33. Thulin C-G, Sörhammar M, Bohlin J (2022). Black Stork Back: Species distribution model predictions of potential habitats for black stork (Ciconia nigra) in Sweden. Ornis Svecica 32, 14–25

32. Thulin C-G, Winiger A, Tallian AG, Kindberg J (2021). Hunting harvest data in Sweden indicate precipitous decline in the native mountain hare subspecies Lepus timidus sylvaticus (heath hare). Journal for Nature Conservation 64, 126069

31. Thulin C-G, Röcklinsberg H (2020). Ethical considerations for wildlife reintroductions and rewilding. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 7, 163

30. Garrido P, Edenius L, Mikusiński G, Skarin A, Jansson A, Thulin C-G (2020). Experimental rewilding may restore abandoned wood-pastures if policy allows. Ambio 50 (1), 101-112

29. Garrido P, Mårell A, Öckinger E, Skarin A, Jansson A, Thulin C-G (2019). Experimental rewilding enhances grassland functional composition and pollinator habitat use. Journal of Applied Ecology 56 (4), 946-955



Most recent:

Thulin C-G, Ausilio GM, Sannö A, Niklasson M, Kjellander P (2023). Genomförbarhetsanalys av återintroduktion av visent (Bison bonasus) till Sverige. Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, dnr SLU.afb.2023-11 [Eng. A feasibility analysis of reintroducing wisent (Bison bonasus) to Sweden] pdf



Researcher at the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry (AFB); Division of Anatomy and Physiology
Telephone: +46705645358
Postal address:
Institutionen för anatomi, fysiologi och biokemi
Box 7023
Visiting address: VHC Huvudentré, Ulls väg 26, hus 5, plan 4, Uppsala

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