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.



Take away from today’s fieldwork: garbage cans make rats happy. To communicate this, rats strategically chew holes……

🐀 Blame it on the cats 😎…

Good morning #ESA2018 ! Come see @rattus_mattus at 8:40 AM talking about landscape genetics of rats and……

If you missed from some reason our @HelsinkiRats talk - here you can see the slides:… #UncommonWorlds

Last night I stopped to photograph a rat hanging out on a trash can, so I’ve officially become *that* person.