The REC consists of five Principal Investigators and their research groups. Seven Post Docs in the core team work directly with REC funding.
Professor Anna-Liisa Laine is an evolutionary ecologist who specialises in interspecific interactions - especially pathogens and parasites - and epidemiology.
Professor Otso Ovaskainen is a mathematician who has integrated theoretical, mathematical and statistical ecology.
Professor Tomas Roslin is a community ecologist who specialises in the response of species communities to landcape fragmentation, Arctic environments and environmental change.
Academy research fellow Marjo Saastamoinen is an evolutionary biologist who specialises in the stress biology of wild species.
Tenure-track Assistant Professor Jarno Vanhatalo is a statistician who specialises in developing Bayes methods and computational solutions to the analysis of long-term datasets.
I am studying long-term ecological changes of aquatic communities in response to anthropogenic pressures, such as eutrophication and climate change. I am particularly interested in how changing species composition and distribution patterns alter ecosystem functioning and services. To better understand and predict community responses to environmental change, both on species and on functional trait-based levels, my work focusses on the relationship between environmental drivers and their impact on aquatic ecosystems.
I’m a community ecologist interested in understanding how environmental changes and biotic interactions shape diversity and functioning of plant communities. Within REC I explore drivers of long-term changes in plant communities in boreal forests and meadows.
My main research interests are biodiversity, macroecology and global change. I am interested in biodiversity synthesis and biodiversity patterns, and how we can generalize information across taxa and habitats, and furthermore across scales. In my future research, I will examine patterns of biodiversity change using long-term data and large scale environmental drivers, such as climate and land-use.
I am a quantitative forest ecologist. I am interested in understanding interactions between changing climate and disturbance regimes and their impact on forest demographic processes. I utilize a range of Bayesian spatio-temporal modeling methodologies to facilitate broad-scale understanding and prediction of forest change. Applications to forest management including promotion of resistant and resilient forest ecosystems is a critical component of my research.
My background is in conservation biology. In REC, I make use of my experience and connect different data sets containing information on phenological events to understand how the varying ability of different species in matching climate change by shifting their phenologies can make some species more vulnerable than others to the impacts of climate change.
I am a quantitative ecologist studying host-parasite interactions and large scale patterns of species diversity.
I’m interested in understanding how plant populations and communities respond to environmental change, with a particular focus on trait evolution and the role of species interactions. This necessitates a wide range of approaches, from field ecology to molecular and quantitative genetics and ecological statistics.
Bess is in charge of finding and looking after data.
Tanja is in charge of finding and looking after data: she is Bess' maternity leave replacement.
Viia is in charge of financial and personnel administration, project management and research support.