Research groups of the Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme

Below are the introductions of the research groups that operate partly or wholly at the research programme in alphabetical order.

A

Ancient genes of North-Eastern Europe
Group leader: Päivi Onkamo (University of Turku)

The SUGRIGE project aims at getting a whole-genome picture of ancient and contemporary Finns and Finno-Ugrians. We sequence ancient human remains from the regions where Finno-Ugrians live or used to live, in collaboration with Max Planck Institute for the Science of human history, Jena.

B

Bioinformatics for Molecular Biology and Genomics
Group leader: Jarkko Salojärvi

We study evolution; speciation, adaptation and host-microbe interactions in plants using statistical modeling and different -omics data sources.

C

Canopy Spectral Ecology and Ecophysiology
Group leader: T Matthew Robson

CanSEE studies how plants respond to changes in spectral composition, how these cues are processed and received by leaves and by the whole plant. We place this research in context, considering how the spectral irradiance perceived by plants changes depending on their environment.

E

Environmental and Ecological Statistics Group
Group leader: Jarno Vanhatalo
Environmental sciences includes a broad range of scientific fields studying the environment and solutions to environmental challenges. Ecology studies the distribution and abundance of species, and their interactions with other species and the environment. Statistical inference and uncertainty estimation are essential for both fields to ensure that appropriate conclusions and decisions can be reached from experiments and observations.

Group leader: Craig Primmer

Life history is the nexus of biology, because various biological questions ultimately revolve around the causes and consequences of variation in reproduction and survival, i.e. fitness. The fitness of male vs female life histories, however, do not always align, and hence life history traits may be...

Evolution, Sociality and Behaviour
Evolution, Sociality and Behaviour Group studies in­ter­ac­tions cre­at­ing evol­u­tion­ary pro­cesses and pat­terns.

G

Group leader: Mar Cabeza
Inter­disciplinary ap­proaches for applied con­ser­va­tion

L

Group leader: Marjo Saastamoinen
Life-History Evolution research group focuses on understanding how organisms cope with environmental variation in nature, such as habitat fragmentation or environmental stress. Our main study system is the Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia) metapopulation in the Åland Islands.

O

Group leader: Kurt Fagerstedt

Research in this group is directed to oxidative stress tolerance of plants and to lignin biosynthesis in xylem of trees.

P

Parasitoid Ecology Group
Group leader: Saskya van Nouhuys
We study the behavioral ecology, population and community ecology of interacting species in fragmented landscapes. We mainly use the biotic community associated with the Glanville fritillary butterfly in Finland.

Group leader: Helena Åström

Research on snow and winter ecology in northern ecosystems.

Plant Growth Dynamics
Group leader: Ari Pekka Mähönen
We combine lineage tracing and microscopy with molecular genetics to understand growth dynamics of the stem cells of the vascular cambium at a cellular resolution.

Plant Receptors
Group leader: Michael Wrzaczek

Our research focus is to understand the function of receptor proteins, specifically receptor-like protein kinases, and their role in mediating the effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS).

Plant ROS-signalling
Group leader: Jaakko Kangasjärvi
In an effort to get a better understanding of plant physiology during adverse or favourable growth conditions. We elucidate signalling mechanisms in plants that are associated with reactive oxygen species.

Plant Stress Natural Variation
Plant growth is limited by growth conditions. In our group we focus on identification of molecular mechanisms activated by reactive oxygen species that contribute to defense signaling, ultimately leading to adaptation to abiotic stress.

R

Group leader: Anna-Liisa Laine

By fully utilising long-term series of nature observations, we can understand environmental change and its impact on communities of organisms and the ecosystem services they provide.

S

Sensory and Physiological Ecology of Plants
Group leader: Pedro J. Aphalo
We are elucidating the role of information in plant fitness. Plants sense their environment. They perceive signals and cues, using acquired information to adjust growth, morphology and development. Plants also emit informational signals. Acclimation that relies on information can be anticipatory.