Anna Liisa (Annu) Ruotsalainen

plant and fungal ecology, human microbiome

Ecology and Genetics
Faculty of Science

Anna-Liisa Ruotsalainen

I am doctor (title of docent) in plant and fungal ecology. I work as curator in the Botanical museum and Botanical garden of the University of Oulu. Ecology of plant-fungal interactions is my main research interest. As a hobby, I study social sciences (main: public law/environmental law).



Past (most recent):

  • Human microbiome and child type I diabetes (collaboration MD Ritva Nissi) (-2022)
  • Sieniatlas (2016-2021)
  • Osallistava, tutkimuslähtöinen ja elämyksellinen oppiminen (-2021)
  • Passive hybrid treatment solutions to remove nitrogen and heavy metals from different types of waters in arctic region (-2020)


Theses and research training (at the moment MSc theses topics only when separately announced)

Responsible teacher in courses:

  • Advanced identification of plant species I and II
  • Botanical collections and digital herbarium
  • Identification of garden plants
  • Identification of plants
  • Macrofungi
  • Taxonomy and ecology of plants (other teachers also involved)

Responsible on exams (co-teaching):

  • Bachelor of Science final examination
  • Final examination in biology (Master level)
  • Examinations on optional topics in biology
  • Optional examinations on environmental protection

Co-teaching on courses:

  • Environmental impact assessment (EIA) and ecological inventory of natural resources
  • Symbiosis

Research interests

  • plant-fungal interactions
  • root fungal endophytes
  • human microbiome

Researcher information

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Contact information


Visiting address

Room KM105, Kaitoväylä 5 (Botanical garden)

Postal address

POB 3000 90014 Oulun yliopisto (Botanical garden)