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Docent, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University Lecturer, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
PhD, adjunct professor


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Areas of expertise

Demographic methods
invasive species
plant ecology
population ecology
structured population models


2020-  University lecturer in plant ecology, University of Turku

2015-2020 Academy of Finland research fellow, University of Turku

2006 PhD, Stockholm University


  • Current courses:
  • BIOL1007 Structure and function of plants
  • BIOL4220 Biological data analysis: multivariate methods
  • EKOL2108 Population ecology
  • EKOL2103 Laboratory practicals in ecology
  • EKOL2354 Identification of vascular plants in Finland
  • EKOL2302 Terrestial plant ecology, field course
  • MAAN6154 Biogeography
  • EKOL4101 Ecological interactions


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 'Going belowground to curb plant invasions' funded by the Academy of Finland.

I am a member of the science committee for the COMPADRE & COMADRE database ( 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.  




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A standard protocol to report discrete stage-structured demographic information (2023)

Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Gascoigne SJL, Rolph S, Sankey D, Nidadavolu N, Picman AS, Hernandez CM, Philpott MER, Salam A, Bernard C, Fenollosa E, Lee YJ, McLean J, Perera SHA, Spacey OG, Kajin M, Vinton AC, Archer CR, Burns JH, Buss DL, Caswell H, Che-Castaldo JP, Childs DZ, Capdevila P, Compagnoni A, Crone E, Ezard THG, Hodgson D, Knight TM, Jones OR, Jongejans E, McDonald J, Tenhumberg B, Thomas CC, Tyre AJ, Ramula S, Stott I, Tremblay RL, Wilson P, Vaupel JW, Salguero-Gomez R
(Vertaisarvioitu alkuperäisartikkeli tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A1))

Biological flora of Central Europe – Lupinus polyphyllus Lindley (2023)

Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics
Eckstein R. Lutz, Welk Erik, Klinger Yves P., Lennartsson Tommy, Wissman Jörgen, Ludewig Kristen, Hansen Wiebke, Ramula Satu
(Vertaisarvioitu katsausartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (A2))