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FIN-00014 University of Helsinki

Street address: Biocenter 3, Viikinkaari 1, 5th floor

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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 individuals, populations and species.



  • Jacquelin DeFaveri was awarded Post-doc pool grant (27.11.2013)
  • Jacquelin DeFaveri got a stipend from the Nessling foundation (14.11.2013)
  • Mini-symposium on adaptive divergence in the marine environment (21.10.2013)
  • Izza AbGhani will defend her thesis 07.02.2014. Opponent: Asbjørn Vøllestad, University of Oslo (07.10.2013)
  • Jacquelin DeFaveri will defend her thesis 15.11.2013. Opponent: Michael Hansen, Aarhus University (20.08.2013)
  • Contents of our web pages have been (finally) updated (08.08.2013)
  • Izza Ab Ghani obtained a short-term LUOVA graduate school position (03.05.2013)
  • Sergey Morozov receives a CIMO grant for 9 months (29.04.2013)
  • Chancellor's travel grant was awarded for Jacquelin DeFaveri and Takahito Shikano (16.04.2013)
  • Cui Wang received a grant for young researcher from the Research Foundation of University of Helsinki (11.04.2013)
  • Heini Natri was awarded a travel grant by the Finnish Concordia Fund (11.04.2013)
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