Jouni Aspi

Jouni Aspi


Conservation genetics and genomics

96 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 3092 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 273 citations. The author has a h-index of 32.00. (Google Scholar)


I am a professor and unit head in the Ecology and Genetics Research Unit and alsoth head of the Biodoversity Unit.  My research centers on conservation and evolutionary genetics of wildlife. I am interested on evolutionary processes associated with environmental changes and human animal-interactions in various timescales especially in heavily exploited or domesticated animals that have small population sizes or have been significantly impacted by several anthropogenic or climatic events. I am using both present day and fossil and museum specimen DNA to build up more complete evolutionary histories of the study species. The research has often important management/conservation implication.

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Research interests

  • Conservation genetics and genomics
  • Ecological genetics and genomics
  • Ancient DNA-studies
  • Domestication

Research groups

  • Leader, Wildlife Genomics

Selected publications

  • Honka, Johanna; Heino, Matti T.; Kvist, Laura; Askeyev, Igor V.; Shaymuratova, Dilyara N.; Askeyev, Oleg V; Askeyev, Arthur O.; Heikkinen, Marja E.; Searle, Jeremy B.; Aspi, Jouni (2018) Over a Thousand Years of Evolutionary History of Domestic Geese from Russian Archaeological Sites, Analysed Using Ancient DNA. - Genes 9 (7), 367 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Heino, Matti T.; Granroth, Janne; Aspi, Jouni; Pihlström, Henry (2019) A previously undescribed Javan tiger Panthera tigris sondaica specimen, and other old, rare tiger specimens in the Finnish Museum of Natural History. - Mammal study 44 (1), 41-50, 0036 . [Original]
  • Kvist, Laura; Niskanen, Markku; Mannermaa, Kristiina; Wutke, Saskia; Aspi, Jouni (2019) Genetic variability and history of a native Finnish horse breed. - Genetics selection evolution 51, 35 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Granroth-Wilding, Hanna; Primmer, Craig; Lindqvist, Meri; Poutanen, Jenni; Thalmann, Olaf; Aspi, Jouni; Harmoinen, Jenni; Kojola, Ilpo; Laaksonen, Toni (2017) Non-invasive genetic monitoring involving citizen science enables reconstruction of current pack dynamics in a re-establishing wolf population. - BMC Ecology 17, 1-15, 44 . [Original]