Metapopulation Research Centre
Combining ecological, molecular, computational and theoretical research
Metapopulation Research Centre has been closed due to the ending of the Centre of Excellence funding from the Academy of Finland. Please notice that this website will not be updated anymore. However we will keep this page open until June 2018 for you to find your way to the pages of these individual research groups previously under MRC. Metapopulation Research Centre at the University of Helsinki was established in 1991 by the late professor and Academician Ilkka Hanski. The strength of our research is the ability to combine ecological, molecular, computational and theoretical approaches in the same projects. The focus of our research is to apply the core concepts of metapopulation biology, e.g. species inhabiting fragmented landscapes, to management and conservation of habitats and biodiversity. MRC has more than 70 researchers, post graduate students and supporting personnel representing over twenty nationalities. MRC has been a Centre-of-Excellence in research nominated by the national research council from year 2000.
News and Research highligts
Indigenous storytelling is a new asset for biocultural conservation
Storytelling can help to guide better conservation actions in areas inhabited by indigenous communities worldwide, new research claims.
Bat biodiversity is in danger on islands worldwide
A new study from the University of Helsinki investigates knowledge gaps among the largely unknown, but greatly threatened, group of island-...
Tiny bite marks reveal a global pattern in predation
A new study deploys “dummy caterpillars” across the world to reveal predation hotspots – and who is behind them.
Ecologist found her way to make a difference
Ecologist Mar Cabeza moved from Barcelona to Finland because she wanted to join Ilkka Hanski’s research group.
Ilkka Hanski special issue in Annales Zoologici Fennici
A special issue, Ilkka Hanski: The legacy of a multifaceted ecologist, of the journal Annales Zoologici Fennici in honor of Ilkka Hanski has...
Latest MRC publications
Lemmikkikoiratutkimus vahvistaa: luontoyhteys on terveydelle tärkeä
Kaupungissa asuvilla lemmikkikoirilla on enemmän allergioita kuin maalla asuvilla. Helsingin yliopistossa tehty väitöstutkimus paljastaa myös,...
Metapopulation Research Centre (MRC) has been closed due to the ending of the Centre of Excellence funding from the Academy of Finland...
Research and subgroups
Metapopulation Research Centre is one of the Centres of Excellence (CoE) nominated and funded by the national research Academy in Finland...