We are a group of researchers with study backgrounds in ecology, geography, limnology and environmental sciences. We aim to promote research integrating these disciplines to understand biodiversity variation and environmental change. The lab 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 our 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.

We are always looking for motivated MSc and PhD students as well as post docs and visiting researchers to join our group. If you are interested in joining our group, please send email to the address below and ask for more information about current possibilities in our lab.

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