Helsinki Urban Rat Project

We share our cities with many animals but know quite little about them

Rats have lived with humans since the beginning of agriculture. Rats have also been studied by scientists in laboratories around the globe and we know quite lot about them. Nevertheless, we do not really know what they are doing when they live wild in city parks, sewers and tunnels, in their evolutionary new and ever-changing habitat. Our research project aims to uncover the spatio-temporal variation in rat populations, how rats share and spread parasites and pathogens and how humans feel and think about rats in urban setting.

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@HelsinkiRats

A nice piece by @amydempsey on the state of Toronto's rats, how it compares to other cities with "rat problems", an… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

When you're not really sure whether it is rat or badger burrow. https://t.co/2zs23KxcDX

I'm very excited about our new paper out today on the significant genetic impacts that accompany an urban eradicati… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Please note: Nickelback are from Alberta, Canada’s only RAT-FREE province. COINCIDENCE? #IUWC2019

Matt Mulligan only caught one rat during their 3 year small mammal study of Chicago grasslands, which he suspects w… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…