Samuli Helle

Evolutionary demography of preindustrial humans

My research aims at understanding the demographic behavior of preindustrial humans from the perspective of life history theory. At present, I am especially interested in the evolutionary ecology of human sex allocation and one of my main goals is to search for the potential signatures of adaptive sex allocation with respect to environmental and demographic variation in humans. To study these questions I use large demographic data sets from several preindustrial (17th-19th centuries) Finnish populations that have been collected from historical church books. During the years, I have also been involved in research on various evolutionary and ecological topics in voles, birds and modern humans.

Contact information

Section of Ecology
Department of Biology
FI-20014 University of Turku
Email sayrhe[at]

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