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.

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 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.

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.

Ulla is in charge of financial and personnel administration, project management and research support. Ulla is Viia's maternity leave replacement.

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.

Malcolm Itter

Øys­tein Opedal