I am a quantitative ecologist working at the interface between ecology, computer science and physics, trying to unravel the mechanisms regulating species interactions and stability of complex natural systems against the backdrop of Global Change.

My main research interests are biodiversity, macroecology and global change. I am interested in biodiversity synthesis and biodiversity patterns, and how we can generalize information across taxa and habitats, and furthermore across scales. In my future research, I will examine patterns of biodiversity change using long-term data and large scale environmental drivers, such as climate and land-use.

I am a conservation ecologist interested in the use and application of biodiversity indicators at multiple spatiotemporal scales.

At REC, I am working with different Finnish long-term datasets to identify the main strengths and weaknesses of monitoring schemes in order to find out: (1) which targets are they able to estimate (e.g. in relation to population dynamics) and which biases (e.g. differences in spatial coverage) do they have. The ultimate goal is to learn how we can optimize current monitoring programs.

My background is in conservation biology. In REC, I make use of my experience and connect different data sets containing information on phenological events to understand how the varying ability of different species in matching climate change by shifting their phenologies can make some species more vulnerable than others to the impacts of climate change.

I am an applied mathematician and statistician working with ecological questions. In REC my aim is to develop statistical and computational methods for analyzing large and heterogeneous ecological data. My special interest is in Bayesian methods. 

I’m a community ecologist studying how environmental changes and species interactions shape biodiversity and the functioning of plant communities. I’m especially interested in mechanisms connecting biodiversity to ecosystem functioning and often explore them using functional traits as measures of biodiversity. As methods, I use long-term large-scale observational datasets, field experiments at different scales and controlled mesocosm experiments. Boreal forests and tundra are my favorite study systems.

I am a statistician and mathematical modeller working with ecological and epidemiological questions and applications. Currently I am especially interested in how to best collect and analyze data from nature to understand it's dynamics and mechanisms, e.g. how to design meaningful ecological monitoring studies.

My main background and research interests are in applied ecology and conservation science, with specific focus on evidence-based conservation and global change biology.

For my post-doc at REC I make use of long-term data and advanced modeling frameworks to investigate how species and communities are adjusting to global change, and what is the role of conservation measures, such as protected areas, in mitigating biodiversity loss.


I am studying long-term ecological changes of aquatic communities in response to anthropogenic pressures, such as eutrophication and climate change. I am particularly interested in how changing species composition and distribution patterns alter ecosystem functioning and services. To better understand and predict community responses to environmental change, both on species and on functional trait-based levels, my work focusses on the relationship between environmental drivers and their impact on aquatic ecosystems.

I am a statistical ecologist with a background in Engineering in Agronomy - Ecosystems. My research interests are species distribution modelling, data quality aspects, and improving spatial and temporal predictions. I intend to combine conservation and species/communities aspects into species distribution modelling. On the field, I occasionally participate in bird ringing sessions!

During my postdoc at the REC, I will be analyzing ecological time-series datasets to understand how ecological communities and ecosystem functioning are changing over space and time across different habitats in response to climate change and human use of natural resources.

Manuel is in charge of finding and looking after data. He's a data visualization freak who likes making graphs and maps, and even reads books about it in his free time.

I am not a researcher so I don't have any papers to show. You can find more info about me (my LinkedIn profile, the books I read, my pictures...) on my website.

Heidi is in charge of financial and personnel administration, project management and research support.

Elisa is a physical geographer. She is concentrating on compiling information about land use and land cover changes in Finland and combining that to ecological datasets.

Viia Forsblom worked as the project coordinator in REC in 2018-2021. Before this she worked for the Metapopulation Research Centre, the predecessor for REC.

Pauliina Hyttinen was Viia Forsblom's maternity leave replacement in 2019-2020, and is now a project coordinator at the Faculty of Pharmacy.

Tad Dallas joined us in 2018, and in 2019 he moved on to a tenure track position at Louisiana State University.

Tanja Lindholm was Bess' maternity leave replacement in 2018, and is now an Information Specialist at Helsinki University Library.

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