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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Tackling rat infestations is especially challenging without data to describe the extent of the issue (i.e., rat num… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Vieraanamme käyneen Jason Munsi-Southin @urbanevol haastattelu New Yorkin rotista Helsingin Sanomissa: "Koska oike… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

A brutally honest account of a brave journalist's efforts with @urbanevol @h0use and @rattus_mattus to document a d… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Thanks @urbanevol for visiting us and talking about NYC rats! twitter.com/HeidiKnen/stat…

It needs to be bright outside when checking rat track plates, so I sleep until 8 before fieldwork. Sun hasn't even… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…