Matthias Laska, teacher at Applied  Ethology and Animal Biology

If you want to learn how to understand animal behavior and you have decided to study ethology at LiU, this charismatic man will be a huge part of your student life.


A sensory physiologist, with German roots, is working as professor at Linköping University since many years. He mostly studies animal seness of smell and taste at the behavioral level and works on projects demanding animal training. 

If you are familiar with the name Kolmården, then you know this is the largest zoo in Scandinavia, with around 750 different animals. This is also the place where you can find Matthias observing animals.

If not at LiU, or at the zoo, there is a probability he is in Mexico training monkeys in order to find out how good their sense of smell is. Information gathered through projects like this allow us to compare senses between different species.

 “A lot of people think dogs have a much better sense of smell than humans, but that is not completely true – humans are actually really good at smelling,” 

Within the master’s program Applied Ethology and Animal Biology, Matthias is responsible for teaching about behavioral neurobiology, primate ethology and communicating science. This is a teacher who enjoys accompanying his students through their master’s thesis projects. 

I love to have discussions with students while they are struggling to solve problems, and give them guidelines on how to do it.
Matthias Laska, Professor in Zoology


A great thing about this two year master’s program at LiU is that the whole second year is devoted to work on your master’s thesis. This helps both the student and teachers to dig deeper into a topic.” 

If you are going to attend Matthias’ courses you will be expected to be curious, interested and active, to constantly ask questions, develop discussions and show initiative.

In return you will get a lot of opportunities. You can choose to work on your thesis in Sweden, or abroad. Working abroad is encouraged, since there are many partnerships with people working on different behavioral projects in Bolivia, Mexico, Portugal, or the US to name but a few. If you like Sweden more, the internationally renowned zoo will give you a lot of opportunities to explore the biology of exotic animals without leaving the country, and Matthias will help you to develop your projects.