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Study group: Population, conservation and evolutionary ecology, Department of Biology, University of Oulu, Finland

Markku Orell, Professori / Professor

Main research objectives:

What are the characteristics of suitable breeding habitats of endangered raptors and resident passerine species in Finland? We will utilize methodology originally developed to real metapopulations in order to measure territory and landscape quality for boreal species.
What kind of negative effects will landscape fragmentation have on population persistence?
Do boreal species and southern new-comers respond differently to warming climate and forest fragmentation? What are the crucial characteristics that may help in adapting to new environmental conditions in northern Europe?

Kari Koivula, Yliopistolehtori / University lecturer

Main research interest:

  • Population ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Shores, meadows, shorebirds


Contact: Department of Biology, University of Oulu, Email:kari.koivula(at)oulu.fi , office: EM 224, tel. +358 294 481225

Seppo Rytkönen, Yliopistotutkija / Senior research fellow

Main research interest:

  • Population ecology
  • Behavioral ecology
  • Animal Model (quantitative genetics)

Contact: Department of Biology, University of Oulu, Email: seppo.rytkonen(at)oulu.fi; Phone 0294 481257 , Homepage

Laura Kvist, Yliopistotutkija / Senior research fellow
My research includes studies combining molecular genetics, evolution and ecology in the fields of molecular ecology, evolution, phylogeography and conservation genetics of several bird species.
Currently I teach molecular ecology, population ecology, biogeography and animal evolution.

Risto Tornberg, PhD, free scientist

I’ve been long studying raptor ecology, especially goshawk’s where I'm interested if the goshawk affects directly and indirectly forest grouse dynamics and also goshawk’s morphology studied by museum collections and in the field. Recently, more focus has been on the goshawk dynamics studied by capture-recapture method and telemetry in order to find out how a top-predator is adapting to changing environmental conditions, habitat fragmentation and climate change likely altering goshawk-grouse relationship.

Osteology, especially bird bones is in my interest in the museum work.

Jukka Forsman, yliopistotutkija / Senior research fellow

My main research interests are: habitat selection, species interactions and their impacts on community structure, predator-prey interactions and community ecology. The most important study organisms are the great tit, the pied flycatcher and the sparrowhawk.

The most topical research theme is information use (both within and between species) in animals. Our aim is to examine the implications of intra- and interspecific information use on species interactions, spatial distribution of animals and resource use and niche dynamics of coexisting species. Ongoing and future research aims will be focussed in understanding the evolution and genetic basis of information use strategies.

Contact: jukka.forsman(at)oulu.fi, EM 220, Phone: +358 (0)294 481951

Publications

Panu Välimäki, Tutkijatohtori / Postdoc researcher

Main research interests:

  • Life history evolution
  • Polyphenism
  • Seasonal adaptations
  • Quantitative genetics

Contact: Department of Biology, University of Oulu, email: panu.valimaki(at)oulu.fi, tel. +358 (0)294 481256

Veli-Matti Pakanen, Tutkijatohtori / Postdoc researcher

Main research interests:

  • Population ecology
  • Behavioural ecology (Dispersal, predation risk, information use) 
  • Conservation biology
  • Meadows and waders

Contact: Department of Biology, University of Oulu, email: veli-matti.pakanen(at)oulu.fi

Zoological museum EM220

Emma Vatka, Tutkijatohtori  / Postdoctoral researcher

My main research question is how wild bird populations are able to cope in changing environmental conditions in a boreal forest ecosystem. Especially I'm interested in timing of breeding, synchrony of breeding and food peak, and breeding success in Paridae. I'll be using linear (mixed effect) models in modelling timing of breeding and breeding success.

Some of the key words in my studies are climate change, habitat destruction, timing of breeding, synchrony, breeding success, willow tit Poecile montana, great tit Parus major, blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus, caterpillars, animal model, landscape ecology...

Contact: emma.vatka(at)oulu.fi, office: EM207, tel: +358 294 481807

Suvi Ponnikas, Tohtorikoulutettava / PhD student

Main research interest:

  • Conservation genetics
  • Habitat modelling


Contact: Department of Biology, email: suvi.ponnikas(at)oulu.fi, office: EM209, tel: +358 294 481217

Netta Keret, Tohtorikoulutettava / PhD student

Main research interest:

  • Evolutionary ecology
  • Climate change and trophic interactions

Contact: netta.keret(at)oulu.fi, office: EM207, tel: +358 294 481807

Nelli Rönkä, Tohtorikoulutettava / PhD student

Main research interest:

  • Molecular ecology
  • Conservation genetics
  • Waders

Kertomus jatko-opiskelusta: Tieteen Kananpojat

Juttu väitöskirjaprojektista

Contact: nelli.ronka(at)oulu.fi, office: EM209, tel: 0294481217

Tuomo Jaakkonen, Tohtorikoulutettava / PhD student

Main research interest:

  • Behavioral ecology
  • Social information use
  • Ornithology

Contact: tuomo.jaakkonen(at)oulu.fi, office: EM210, tel: +358 404 107109

Veli-Matti Kangas, Tohtorikoulutettava / PhD student

Main research interest:

  • Molecular ecology
  • Wildlife biology and management
  • Ungulate ecology

Contact: veli-matti.kangas(at)oulu.fi, office: EM210, tel: +358 294 481212

Olli Loukola, Tohtorikoulutettava / PhD student

Main research interest:

  • Behavioral ecology
  • Social information use

 

Contact: olli.loukola(at)oulu.fi, office: EM208, tel: +358 503 505298

Juha Markkola, Tutkijakoulutettava  / PhD student

 

 

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