Community Ecology is a multidisciplinary research group with researchers from a wide range of expertise (modeling, ecology and environmental science). The team is increasingly international team of 20 researchers.
Members as of 2013
Mari Annala, PhD student
Jukka Aroviita, PhD, Researcher
Anu Eskelinen, PhD, Researcher
Mira Grönroos, PhD student
Jani Heino, Academy Research Fellow
Kaisa-Leena Huttunen, PhD student
Katja Kangas, PhD, Researcher
Anna Laine, PhD, Researcher
Pauliina Louhi, PhD, Researcher
Musa Mlambo, PhD student
Jenni Moilanen, PhD student
Timo Muotka, professor
Kaisa Mustonen, PhD student
Heikki Mykrä, PhD, Researcher
Jari Oksanen, professor
Riku Paavola, acting Director
Tuija Pyykkönen, PhD student
Patrick Saccone, PhD, Researcher
Heli Suurkuukka, PhD student
Mikko Tolkkinen, PhD student
Anne Tolvanen, professor
Annika Vilmi, PhD student
Risto Virtanen, Dr., Senior Curator
Henni Ylänne, PhD student
Working groups (project groups with PI)
Stream ecology group (PI Timo Muotka)
Large-Scale ecology lab (PI Jani Heino)
Plant community ecology (PI Risto Virtanen)
Peatland and forest restoration group (PI Anne Tolvanen)
For prospective students
Anu Eskelinen, PhD, postdoctoral researcher sharing a position between University of Oulu, Finland, and University of California, Davis, USA.
My current research focuses on climate change effects on both tundra plant communities and Californian grassland communities. I am mostly interested in how biotic factors, such as herbivory and plant functional traits, interact with multiple global change drivers. Most of my research is experimental.
Jani Heino, PhD, Academy Research Fellow
His main research interests are located at the nexus of community ecology, macroecology, biogeography and conservation biology. Current studies include metacommunity dynamics, niche conservatism and geographical diversity gradients, and trophic structure and function of stream ecosystems. His areas of expertise are mostly related to freshwater systems in boreal and subarctic regions.
Patrick Saccone, PhD, post doctoral researcher
is a community ecologist: Focuses on the role of plant interactions for plant communities structure and dynamic, he is currently addressing the plant responses to the environmental changes (morphological, chemical and physiological traits, strategies and interactions) and the plant effects on the biotic (plant-microbe interactions) and abiotic (microclimate, water fluxes and Nitrogen cycle) environment. His research aims to explore how these local processes and interactions drive the ecosystem functioning and affect its resistance and resilience abilities to environmental changes.
Anne Tolvanen, PhD, Professor in forest ecology, Finnish Forest Research Institute/University of Oulu
Her research relates to two major global problems; climate change and the degradation of biodiversity. Her aim is to increase the use of interdisciplinary scientific information in the land-use planning in order to decrease the impacts of environmental degradation. Her recent research projects relate to habitat restoration and the sustainability of tourism. At the Finnish Forest Research Institute, she coordinates the biodiversity research.
Risto Virtanen, PhD, Senior Curator
is interested in community and ecosystem shifts and underlying processes linked to trophic interactions and climate warming, and their consequences for biodiversity especially at high latitudes. Current studies include broad-scale gradient and long-term experimental research. His areas of expertise include arctic, alpine and boreal biodiversity (vascular plants, bryophytes and lichens) in fragmented and continuous habitat systems (terrestrial and aquatic).
Viimeksi päivitetty: 6.9.2017