We are located at the Biocentre 3 on Viikki Campus, Helsinki, Finland.

Group members include researchers with different backgrounds, ranging from ecology, evolutionary biology, genomics, and landscape genetics to spatial modeling

Marjo Saastamoinen

HiLIFE Associate Professor in Evolutionary Ecology

Office: 5715 (Biocenter 3)
Phone: + 358 50 448 4471

  • life history ecology & evolution
  • dispersal
  • genotype-phenotype association
  • phenotypic plasticity
  • ecological immunology
Abhilash Nair

Postdoctoral researcher

Office 5411 (Biocenter 3)


Post-doctoral studies on understanding the factors that generate and maintain genetic diversity in natural populations and how organisms adapt to varying environments.

  • Evolutionary genomics
  • Population genomics
  • Adaptation and Plasticity
  • Conservation genetics
Andrea Santangeli

Post-doctoral researcher

Office: 5205 (Biocenter 3)

Post-doc at the Research Centre for Ecological Change where I make use of long-term data to investigate how species and communities are adjusting to global change, and how we can better conserve them. 

  • applied ecology
  • conservation science
  • global change biology
  • evidence-based conservation
Carly Lynsdale

Post-doctoral research

Office: 5716 (Biocenter 3)

Postdoctoral project “Adaptive responses, physiological mechanisms and trans-generational effects of environmental stress”.

  • life-history evolution
  • sexual selection
  • behavioural ecology
  • animal physiology
Maria Hällfors

Post-doctoral researcher

Office: 5204 (Biocenter 3)

Post-doctoral project "Data and seeds as time capsules – disentangling the relative roles of phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary adaptation in species’ realized adjustment to climate change" funded by Academy of Finland (to MHH).

  • phenology
  • conservation
  • dispersal and plasticity under climate change
  • resurrection ecology
Mariana Pires Braga

Post-doctoral reseacher

Office 5205 (Biocenter 3)

Postdoc at both University of Helsinki and SLU Uppsala funded by the Swedish Research Council. This project combines reconstructed coevolutionary histories and species distribution modeling to predict future species interactions. My favorite study system are butterflies and their host plants.

  • Evolution of species interactions
  • Diversification
  • Ecological networks
  • Host-parasite interactions
Michelle DiLeo

Post-doctoral researcher

Office: 5413 (Biocenter 3)

Post-doctoral project "Evaluating adaptive potential and local climate adaptation across biogeographic and landscape scales" funded by Academy of Finland (to MDL).

  • population and landscape genetics
  • evolutionary ecology
  • evolutionary genetics
  • conservation
Nadja Verspagen

PhD student

Office: 5607 (Biocenter 3)

PhD project “Insect stress tolerance across a latitudinal gradient”. Funded by the LUOVA doctoral programme (to NV, started in February 2020). Supervised by Marjo Saastamoinen and Michelle DiLeo.

  • adaptive potential
  • phenotypic plasticity
  • latitudinal clines
  • environmental stress
Suvi Ikonen


Lammi Biological Station


Torsti Schulz (PhD student 2017-2021)

Aapo Kahilainen (Post-doctoral researcher 2015-2021)

Sridhar Halali (Post-doctoral researcher 2021)

Susu Rytteri (PhD student 2016-2021)

Anniina Mattila (Post-doctoral researcher 2015-2020)

Erik van Bergen (Post-doctoral researcher 2019-2020)

Daniel Blande (Post-doctoral researcher 2018-2020)

Ana Salgado (Phd student 2015-2019)

Elena Rosa (Phd student 2014 - 2018, post-doctoral researcher 2019)

Vicencio Oostra (Post-doctoral researcher 2018-2019)

Dimitri Stucki (Post-doctoral researcher 2018-2019)

Anne Duplouy (Post-doctoral researcher 2017 - 2018)

Virpi Ahola (Post-doctoral researcher 2016 - 2018)

Lu­isa Woest­mann (Phd student 2014 - 2017)

Guillaume Minard (Post-doctoral researcher 2015 - 2017)