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Welcome to the Ecological Genetics Research Unit!


Our research is focused on understanding the mechanisms and process of animal adaptation - or lack of it thereof - to local and changing environmental conditions. Methods employed in our research include molecular, population and quantitative genetic tools, as well as laboratory and field experiments. Also more theoretical and methodological approaches, such as development of statistical tools and approaches for analyzing inheritance and population differentiation in complex quantitative traits belong to our agenda. The main model organisms are vertebrates, including fishes, birds and amphibians, but some work is also done with reptiles and mammals.

Our research is chiefly fundamental science, but some of the projects have strong applied dimensions. These include studies on conservation genetics, human induced evolution due to harvesting and climate change, as well as studies on the effects of various environmental stressors on individuals, populations and species.


  • Prof. Juha Merilä is among the most cited researchers in Environmental Sci & Eng according to the Shanghai Ranking 2016.
  • Pasi Rastas (from Cambridge) will join EGRU on 01.01.2017.
  • Shichao Wei, a PhD student from Wuhan, will visit EGRU during 2016-2017.
  • Baocheng Guo becomes Principal Investigator at Chinese Academy of Sciences (01.06.2016).
  • Xueyun Feng and Bahao Fang were awarded CSC grants for their PhD studies in EGRU starting this fall (31.05.2016).
  • Mohammad Sajid Ali Howlader defended her thesis (13.05.2016).
  • Baocheng Guo got a tenure-track position at Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing (31.03.2016).
  • Baocheng Guo was nominated as Docent of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Helsinki (24.03.2016) .
  • Sergey Morozov received Alfred Kordelin Foundation grant (26.10.2015).
  • Elisavet (Elli) Tolli from the University of Ioannina (Greece) started as an Erasmus trainee (1.9.2015).
  • Post-doc position in Ecological Genetics
    (2 years), apply at latest 31 July 2015 by 15.45 local Helsinki time.
  • Post-doc position in Evolutionary Genomics (1 year), the deadline for applications is August 1 2015.
  • Anastasiia Iurtceva from University of St. Petersburg will visit EGRU (16.9.-30.9.2015).
  • Sergey Morozov recieved grant from Oskar Öflunds Foundation grant (27.5.2015)
  • Jacquelin DeFaveri received 3-year Academy postdoctoral grant (11.5.2015)
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