Vlad Dinca

Vlad Dinca


Academy Research Fellow
Evolutionary biology


I am using Lepidoptera (in particular European butterflies) as model to better understand the formation and maintenance of species, as well as the distribution and dynamics of genetic diversity. I am also interested in the application of molecular data for the conservation of butterflies.

Further information (including list of publications) is available here.



  • Conservation
  • Cryptic species
  • DNA barcoding
  • Lepidoptera
  • Next-generation sequencing
  • Phylogenetics
  • Phylogeography

Current research project

"Understanding the spatio-temporal dynamics of genetic differentiation: The European butterflies as a model" 

Acronym: STAGE

The project is funded by the Academy of Finland.



  • PI, Lepidoptera Research Lab