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Varpu
Vahtera
Adjunct Professor, Biodiversity Unit of the University of Turku
Departmental Coordinator, Biodiversity Unit of the University of Turku
PhD, Adjunct professor

Contact

+358 29 450 4176
+358 50 411 0355
Vesilinnantie 5
20500
Turku

Areas of expertise

Molecular systematics
Chilopoda

Biography

I work as a curator of myriapodology and arachnology at the Zoological Museum. I obtained my Master's degree from the University of Turku (2003) and PhD degree from the University of Helsinki (2008). I have conducted two postdoctoral periods, one at Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard University) and one at the Finnish Museum of Natural History (LUOMUS). Despite of my strong laboratory background, fieldwork is very close to my heart. 

Research

I am a molecular systematist studying the diversity and evolutionary relationships of both invertebrates and vertebrates. My main research focus is on scolopendromorph centipedes but I am also involved in many other projects studying the diversity of e.g. millipedes, arachnids, amphibians and reptiles from all over the world.

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