Central research themes:

The research of the group is focused broadly on the following themes

  • Evolutionary, ecological and conservation genetics/genomics
  • Molecular ecology
  • Landscape genetics & phylogeography

The research involves the use of genetic and genomic technology utilising both present day as well as museum specimen DNA, often with important management/conservation implications. Current research includes, e.g., studying the history of animal domestication, and investigating the genetic effects of post-glacial recolonization processes, habitat fragmentation, and radioactive radiation.

We collaborate closely with many other research groups, both nationally and internationally. You can find more detailed information on the on-going research by visiting individual researcher profiles of the group members.

Study species:

The study organisms of the group consist of several species of birds, mammals and plants. They include multiple species significantly impacted by climatic events as well as anthropogenic factors (habitat fragmentation, overexploitation, domestication), many of them being currently endangered.


  • Bean goose (Anser fabalis)
  • Greylag goose (Anser anser)
  • Kestler (Falco tinnunculus)
  • Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus)
  • Southern dunlin (Calidris alpina schinzii)
  • Temminck's tint (Caldris temmickii)
  • Terek sandpiper (Xenus cinereus)


  • Bank vole (Myodes glareolus)
  • Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)
  • Brown bear (Ursus arctos)
  • Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx)
  • Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus)
  • Grey wolf (Canis lupus)
  • Moose (Alces alces)
  • Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus)
  • Saimaa ringed seal (Phoca hispida saimensis)
  • Wolverine (Gulo gulo)


  • Tartarian catchfly (Silene tatarica)
  • Creeping alkali grass (Puccinellia phryganodes)
  • Dark-red helleborine (Epipactis atrorubens)
  • Siberian primrose (Primula nutans)

Last updated: 6.9.2018