Areas of expertise
2015-2020 Academy of Finland research fellow, University of Turku
2006 PhD, Stockholm University
Demographic methods, plant ecology, population ecology
Recent courses at UTU: Advanced Evolutionary Biology, Laboratory Exercises in Ecology
My research focuses on population ecology and invasive species. I am broadly interested in population-level ecological, evolutionary and methodological questions, including drivers of plant invasions, species interactions, and data quality issues. I often apply structured population models to understand spatial and temporal variation in wild populations, and to produce management recommendations. I currently lead the project on 'Populations in temporally varying environments' funded by the Academy of Finland.
I am a member of the science committee for the COMPADRE
& COMADRE database (https://www.compadre-db.org) project to create an open-access database
of matrix population models for both animals and plants from all over the world
to facilitate its usage for scientific and teaching purposes. These databases are a repository of demographic data from (mostly) published literature. As the number of published matrix population models (MPMs) grows, so do the opportunities to ask exciting questions about plant and animal demography, ecology, and evolution at a global and cross-taxonomic scale. The underlying motivation behind COMPADRE and COMADRE is to facilitate this research by collecting, digitising, and archiving MPMs at a central repository in a standardised format.