Hilde Hens

Former PhD Student
Mailing Address: 
Ecology & Genetics Research Unit
P.O. Box 3000
FI-90014 University of Oulu
Tel: 0294 481247

Email: firstname.lastname@oulu.fi

Thesis and objectives

Combining population genetics and population ecology in management of an endangered orchid species  


  • Docent Laura Kvist
  • Docent Anne Jäkäläniemi

Research and interests:

My research focusses on the demography and the genetic structure of an in Finland endangered orchid species (Epipactis atrorubens). Research questions extent from studying the post-glacial colonisation history (using genetic markers) to a regionally genetic structure. Doing this I aim to find means for conservation for this species.

The study is carried out, mainly in Oulanka, which harbours the biggest amount of populations in Finland of the study species.

Besides the genetic structure, I also study the demography of Epipactis atrorubens. A long term monitoring of several populations in Oulanka since 2000 enables us to study this and the aim is to combine this demographic data with genetic data to assess the viability of populations. Additionally, dormancy is a life-history aspect of interest. How this is related to the viability of the species and the genetic variation and structure is one topic of interest during my research. I defended my thesis "Population genetics and population ecology in management of endangered species" (http://jultika.oulu.fi/Record/isbn978-952-62-1585-3) on 7 June 2017.

Profile and background:

I started my studies in biology in autumn of  2007 in the University of Antwerp (Belgium), where I graduated in 2012 and got my masters degree in Behavioural and Evolutionary biology. During my master, I studied sleeping behaviour of great tits for my master thesis. In 2013 I started my PhD in the University of Oulu.


After the working hours, you probably will find my outside with my husky. I’m a big hiking fan and I will go on a hike whenever I have the possibility, preferably in a beautiful landscape as far from civilisation as possible.


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