As a virtual network of researchers with backgrounds in ecology, geography, limnology and environmental sciences, we aim to promote research on biodiversity variation and environmental change. The network focuses on research questions like the following:

* What factors and mechanisms shape geographical gradients in taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity?

* How are metacommunities structured in networks of freshwater systems?

* What are the relative roles of deterministic and stochastic factors in community assembly?

* How do traits shape species distributions and abundances?

* What biological and environmental features make a species rare?

* How do environmental changes contribute to biodiversity change?

* How are biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services linked together?

Although most of the research focuses on fundamental issues in community ecology, spatial ecology, macroecology and biogeography, we also frequently consider the applied topics of climate change, habitat fragmentation, acidification and eutrophication in our studies.

Based in Oulu, we collaborate extensively with researchers from across the world. Have a look at the map here,  where some of our collaborators laboratories are located.


We are always looking for motivated MSc and PhD students as well as post docs and visiting researchers to join our network. If you are interested in joining our network, please send email to the address below.

Contact Information

Dr. Jani Heino

Finnish Environment Institute, Freshwater Centre, Paavo Havaksen Tie 3, FI-90570 Oulu, Finland

E-mail: jani.heino@environment.fi OR jani.heino.eco@gmail.com

​Phone: +358 295 251 157