Marko Mutanen

Marko Mutanen


Senior Curator
Molecular systematics of insects

77 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 3710 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 824 citations. The author has a h-index of 33.00. (Google Scholar (September 11, 2019))


My research group ( focuses on issues in species identification and species delimitation as well as phylogenetics (resolving evolutionary relationships between taxa) using state-of-the-art molecular techniques, including high-throughput sequencing technologies. My research group also leads DNA barcoding activities in Finland. We use Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) and sawflies as primary model groups, but we also study many other arthropods, like spiders. I believe that genomic-based methods provide the only way to manage the vast biodiversity of our planet and this way help overcoming the biodiversity crisis.

Research interests

  • Molecular systematics of insects
  • Molecular taxonomy of insects
  • Molecular phylogenetics
  • DNA barcoding
  • Butterflies and moths
  • Sawflies
  • Genomics
  • RAD sequencing
  • Metabarcoding
  • Arctic