Laura Kvist

Research Fellow (PhD)
Docent in molecular ecology and -evolution
Mailing Address: 
Ecology and Genetics Research Unit
P.O. Box 3000
FI-90014 University of Oulu, Finland

Tel: 0294 481218

Research and interests:

My research include mainly studies in the fields of phylogeography, conservation genetics and molecular ecology. I am interested in how geographical events, like breakups of continental landmasses, island formations, rise of mountains and openings of straits and the climatic oscillations of the Quaternary Period have affected the genetic structure of species we observe today. In addition, in a relatively short time scale the genetic variation is structured by factors such as the mating system, dispersal ability and loss and fragmentation of habitats, the last of which has recently accelerated due to human activities. My study species include several endangered and non-endangered species of birds (e.g. Blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus) mammals (e.g. Moose Alces alces) and plants (e.g. Creeping alkali grass Puccinellia phryganodes). See more of my research at

Profile and background:

I started my biology studies ‘at the Ice Ages’ (= 1980’s) and got my PhD in 2000. After a post-doc period at the University of Lund, I have been doing research and teaching at the University of Oulu. At present, I teach biogeography, population ecology and molecular ecology, in addition I am responsible of the doctoral studies at our department.


I am married to a biologist, who had his PhD at Medical Biochemistry, but works presently mostly with computers. We have two great daughters and a horse – so most of my free time is spent at the stables.