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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#YearoftheRatFacts #299: Rats have been shown to be able to navigate mazes more quickly and with fewer errors than… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

While starting to use PIR motion sensor to track rats, we were worried that branches and leaves swaying in the wind… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Christos Lynteris on COVID-19's origins and the need to resist framing these in imperative ways: "The Imperative Or… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Scientists @CDCgov have confirmed that Chapare virus, usually transmitted to humans by rats and causing haemorragic… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 🐀 nypost.com/2020/11/14/bud…