Room Number: 5616
TUHAT-pages (updated profile and publications)
Two seminars given in Tartu University, Estonia, in October 2011
Eco-evolutionary spatial dynamics in the Glanville fritillary butterfly http://www.uttv.ee/naita?id=6736
Extinction threshold, extinction debt, and a perspective on habitat conservation http://www.uttv.ee/naita?id=6768
I have been in the University of Helsinki since 1980. I became seriously interested in metapopulation dynamics in 1989 and started the Metapopulation Research Group in 1992. It has been wonderful to see the growth and development of MRG, and I am truly privileged in having had the opportunity to interact with so many excellent students and researchers over the years.
I have done research in population and community ecology and in conservation biology since the early 1980s. I have made contributions to the study of population regulation, cyclic population dynamics, mechanisms of coexistence in communities, and metapopulation biology. The long-term research on the Glanville fritillary butterfly was started in 1991, and ever since this large-scale and long-term project has provided the context within which much of the research on metapopulations in MRG has been conducted. Another large project, initiated in 2003, is concerned with the adaptive radiation of tropical forest dung beetles in Madagascar, which has allowed me to return to my first love in ecology (PhD on dung beetle community ecology in 1979).
Fixing our house has turned out to be a rewarding (and compulsory) hobby.