I have studied local adaptation, flowering time variation and their genetic basis using the perennial model plant Arabidopsis lyrata. Currently I am examining genetics of natural variation in critical photoperiod and flowering time in an annual species of monkeyflower Mimulus laciniatus.
PhD in genetics 2011 (University of Oulu, Finland);
MSc in plant ecology 2006 (University of Oulu, Finland)
Doctoral fellowship (Finnish population genetics graduate school) 2008–2011.
Travel grant (Faculty of Science, University of Oulu) 2013.
Remington DL, Leinonen PH, Leppälä J & Savolainen O (2013): Complex genetic effects on early vegetative development shape resource allocation differences between Arabidopsis lyrata populations. Genetics 195:1087-1102. Abstract. (also featured in Nature Reviews Genetics Research highlights)
Quilot-Turion B, Leppälä J, Leinonen PH, Waldmann P, Savolainen O & Kuittinen H (2013): Genetic changes in flowering and morphology in response to adaptation to a high-latitude environment in Arabidopsis lyrata. Annals of Botany 111: 957-968. Abstract.
Leinonen PH, Remington DL, Leppälä J & Savolainen O (2013): Genetic basis of local adaptation and flowering time variation in Arabidopsis lyrata. Molecular Ecology 22: 709-723.Abstract.
Leinonen PH(2011): Local adaptation and itsgenetic basis inArabidopsis lyrata.PhD thesis. Acta Universitatis Ouluensis A 586. ISBN 978-951-42-9676-5. Juvenes Print, Tampere, 2011. Electronic version of the thesis.
Leinonen PH, Remington DL & Savolainen O (2011): Local adaptation, phenotypic differentiation and hybrid fitness in diverged natural populations of Arabidopsis lyrata. Evolution 65: 90-107. Abstract.
Leinonen PH, Sandring S, Quilot B, Clauss MJ, Mitchell-Olds T, Ågren J & Savolainen O (2009): Local adaptation in European populations of Arabidopsis lyrata (Brassicaceae). American Journal of Botany 96: 1129-1137. Abstract.
Arabidopsis lyrata in its native habitat in Norway.