Helsinki Urban Rat Project

We share our cities with many animals but know quite little about them

Rats have lived with humans since the beginning of agriculture. Rats have also been studied by scientists in laboratories around the globe and we know quite lot about them. Nevertheless, we do not really know what they are doing when they live wild in city parks, sewers and tunnels, in their evolutionary new and ever-changing habitat. Our research project aims to uncover the spatio-temporal variation in rat populations, how rats share and spread parasites and pathogens and how humans feel and think about rats in urban setting.

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Many people have wondered why we can't eliminate SARS-CoV-2 from circulation as we have for measles, polio, etc. T… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

🕳🐀 Interesting paper about the link between urban sewers systems and #rat presence, including the factors driving r… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Excited to see the new paper from @JRichardson_44 @KellyLambertUR and their team. Quantifying some of the enormous… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

We're doing research together with rats and children but how do we make them participate in our study? Writing th… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

We're excited about this cousin(?) project of ours! twitter.com/EudaimoniaOulu…