Metapopulation Research Centre (MRC) 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 (MRC, previously MRG, Metapopulation Research Group) at the University of Helsinki was established in 1991. We conduct research on the biology of species inhabiting fragmented landscapes. Our strength is the ability to combine ecological, molecular, computational and theoretical approaches in the same projects. We encourage work that applies the core concepts of metapopulation biology to management and conservation of habitats and biodiversity.

MRC consists of more than 70 researchers, post graduate students and supporting personnel representing twenty nationalities. MRC has been awarded the position of Centre-of-Excellence in research by the national research council in 2000-2005, 2006-2011 and 2012-2017.

Contact Information

Metapopulation Research Centre
Department of Biosciences
PO Box 65 (Viikinkaari 1)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki

List of personnel

phone +358 2941 57735 (Office), personnel email addresses and other phone numbers can be found from the university telephone directory


MRC is located in two buildings in University of Helsinki Viikki Campus, 10 km Northeast from the city centre. The main location is at Biocenter 3 (Department of Biosciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) and RNA-splicing Lab can be found in the nearby Biocenter 2.

Visiting address
Metapopulation Research Centre
Biocenter 3, 5th floor
Viikinkaari 1
00790 Helsinki

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