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Description of research and teaching

Teaching at University of Helsinki:

  • Use of UAV drones in ecological research, responsible teacher/organizer. The introductory seminar held autumn 2015 was very successful, with a lot of interest generated for using drones as tools in research. This course will be developed into a longer 1-2 week entity in the near future. I am also currently negotiating with Trafi to establish a 'Danger area' in the Lammi area which will allow us to fly at higher altitudes and beyond line of sight starting in 2017. This will allow greater opportunities for research and education in this quickly growing field and help make LBS a leader in this field.
  • Mammal ecology course (523126), visiting lecturer

I have developed the international internship program at LBS. Since it's inception in 2015 this program is quickly growing and provides a much needed study opportunity for exchange and visiting students at UH. 

I am an assistant for numerous field courses at LBS.


Jaakko Junikka (2015- 2018, PhD)

Julien Salandre (2015- MSc completed)


Current Research at University of Helsinki:


Human life history:

  • Kone Foundation Funded project: Learning from our past: the effect of forced migration from Karelia on family life. Project website is here

Morphology, microevolutionary change:

  • Parallel evolutionary change of spring and lake populations of amphipod Pallaseopsis quadrispinosa in Finland (with Risto Väinölä)
  • Facial morphology correlates of behaviour of modern humans


  • Thermal detection of Lapwing nests using unmanned aerial vehicles


Outreach (YVV)

My research as well as my work at LBS has been featured in many national and international media outlets. I have also been active in the local community, through visits to high school students and making sure the Station is represented at local events. With funding from Nessling and Wihuri foundations I have spearheaded a project to make a new science nature trail at LBS that will give all visitors a chance to get to know the research done at UH and let them have the opportunity to be acitive citizen scientists. 









  • 118 Biological sciences
  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2005 2019

Integration involves a trade-off between fertility and status for World War II evacuees

Lynch, R., Lummaa, V., Panchanathan, K., Middleton, K., Rotkirch, A., Danielsbacka, M., O'Brien, D. & Loehr, J., Apr 2019, In : Nature Human Behaviour. 3, 4, p. 337-345 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Under-ice metabolism in a shallow lake in a cold and arid climate zone

Song, S., Li, C., Shi, X., Zhao, S., Tian, W., Li, Z., Bai, Y., Cao, X., Wang, Q., Huotari, J., Tulonen, T., Uusheimo, S., Leppäranta, M., Loehr, J. & Arvola, L., 2019, In : Freshwater Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Early stage litter decomposition across biomes

Djukic, I., Kepfer-Rojas, S., Schmidt, I. K., Larsen, K. S., Beier, C., Berg, B., Verheyen, K., Caliman, A., Paquette, A., Gutiérrez-Girón, A., Humber, A., Valdecantos, A., Petraglia, A., Alexander, H., Augustaitis, A., Saillard, A., Fernández, A. C. R., Sousa, A. I., Lillebø, A. I., da Rocha Gripp, A. & 290 othersFrancez, A-J., Fischer, A., Bohner, A., Malyshev, A., Andrić, A., Smith, A., Stanisci, A., Seres, A., Schmidt, A., Avila, A., Probst, A., Ouin, A., Khuroo, A. A., Verstraeten, A., Palabral-Aguilera, A. N., Stefanski, A., Gaxiola, A., Muys, B., Bosman, B., Ahrends, B., Parker, B., Sattler, B., Yang, B., Juráni, B., Erschbamer, B., Ortiz, C. E. R., Christiansen, C. T., Carol Adair, E., Meredieu, C., Mony, C., Nock, C. A., Chen, C-L., Wang, C-P., Baum, C., Rixen, C., Delire, C., Piscart, C., Andrews, C., Rebmann, C., Branquinho, C., Polyanskaya, D., Delgado, D. F., Wundram, D., Radeideh, D., Ordóñez-Regil, E., Crawford, E., Preda, E., Tropina, E., Groner, E., Lucot, E., Hornung, E., Gacia, E., Lévesque, E., Benedito, E., Davydov, E. A., Ampoorter, E., Bolzan, F. P., Varela, F., Kristöfel, F., Maestre, F. T., Maunoury-Danger, F., Hofhansl, F., Kitz, F., Sutter, F., Cuesta, F., de Almeida Lobo, F., de Souza, F. L., Berninger, F., Zehetner, F., Wohlfahrt, G., Vourlitis, G., Carreño-Rocabado, G., Arena, G., Pinha, G. D., González, G., Canut, G., Lee, H., Verbeeck, H., Auge, H., Pauli, H., Nacro, H. B., Bahamonde, H. A., Feldhaar, H., Jäger, H., Serrano, H. C., Verheyden, H., Bruelheide, H., Meesenburg, H., Jungkunst, H., Jactel, H., Shibata, H., Kurokawa, H., Rosas, H. L., Rojas Villalobos, H. L., Yesilonis, I., Melece, I., Van Halder, I., Quirós, I. G., Makelele, I., Senou, I., Fekete, I., Mihal, I., Ostonen, I., Borovská, J., Roales, J., Shoqeir, J., Lata, J-C., Theurillat, J-P., Probst, J-L., Zimmerman, J., Vijayanathan, J., Tang, J., Thompson, J., Doležal, J., Sanchez-Cabeza, J-A., Merlet, J., Henschel, J., Neirynck, J., Knops, J., Loehr, J., von Oppen, J., Þorláksdóttir, J. S., Löffler, J., Cardoso-Mohedano, J-G., Benito-Alonso, J-L., Torezan, J. M., Morina, J. C., Jiménez, J. J., Quinde, J. D., Alatalo, J., Seeber, J., Stadler, J., Kriiska, K., Coulibaly, K., Fukuzawa, K., Szlavecz, K., Gerhátová, K., Lajtha, K., Käppeler, K., Jennings, K. A., Tielbörger, K., Hoshizaki, K., Green, K., Yé, L., Pazianoto, L. H. R., Dienstbach, L., Williams, L., Yahdjian, L., Brigham, L. M., van den Brink, L., Rustad, L., Zhang, L., Morillas, L., Xiankai, L., Carneiro, L. S., Di Martino, L., Villar, L., Bader, M. Y., Morley, M., Lebouvier, M., Tomaselli, M., Sternberg, M., Schaub, M., Santos-Reis, M., Glushkova, M., Torres, M. G. A., Giroux, M-A., de Graaff, M-A., Pons, M-N., Bauters, M., Mazón, M., Frenzel, M., Didion, M., Wagner, M., Hamid, M., Lopes, M. L., Apple, M., Schädler, M., Weih, M., Gualmini, M., Vadeboncoeur, M. A., Bierbaumer, M., Danger, M., Liddell, M., Mirtl, M., Scherer-Lorenzen, M., Růžek, M., Carbognani, M., Di Musciano, M., Matsushita, M., Zhiyanski, M., Pușcaș, M., Barna, M., Ataka, M., Jiangming, M., Alsafran, M., Carnol, M., Barsoum, N., Tokuchi, N., Eisenhauer, N., Lecomte, N., Filippova, N., Hölzel, N., Ferlian, O., Romero, O., Pinto Jr, O. B., Peri, P., Weber, P., Vittoz, P., Turtureanu, P. D., Fleischer, P., Macreadie, P., Haase, P., Reich, P., Petřík, P., Choler, P., Marmonier, P., Muriel, P., Ponette, Q., Guariento, R. D., Canessa, R., Kiese, R., Hewitt, R., Rønn, R., Adrian, R., Kanka, R., Weigel, R., Gatti, R. C., Martins, R. L., Georges, R., Meneses, R. I., Gavilán, R. G., Dasgupta, S., Wittlinger, S., Puijalon, S., Freda, S., Suzuki, S., Charles, S., Gogo, S., Drollinger, S., Mereu, S., Wipf, S., Trevathan-Tackett, S., Löfgren, S., Stoll, S., Trogisch, S., Hoeber, S., Seitz, S., Glatzel, S., Milton, S. J., Dousset, S., Mori, T., Sato, T., Ise, T., Hishi, T., Kenta, T., Nakaji, T., Michelan, T. S., Camboulive, T., Mozdzer, T. J., Scholten, T., Spiegelberger, T., Zechmeister, T., Kleinebecker, T., Hiura, T., Enoki, T., Ursu, T-M., di Cella, U. M., Hamer, U., Klaus, V. H., Rêgo, V. M., Di Cecco, V., Busch, V., Fontana, V., Piscová, V., Carbonell, V., Ochoa, V., Bretagnolle, V., Maire, V., Farjalla, V., Zhou, W., Luo, W., McDowell, W. H., Hu, Y., Utsumi, Y., Kominami, Y., Zaika, Y., Rozhkov, Y., Kotroczó, Z. & Tóth, Z., 1 Jul 2018, In : Science of the Total Environment. 628–629, p. 1369-1394 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Networked web-cameras monitor congruent seasonal development of birches with phenological field observations

Peltoniemi, M., Aurela, M., Böttcher, K., Kolari, P., Loehr, J., Hokkanen, T., Karhu, J., Linkosalmi, M., Tanis, C. M., Metsamaki, S., Tuovinen, J-P., Vesala, T. & Arslan, A. N., 15 Feb 2018, In : Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 249, 15, p. 335-347 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Uusi naapuri -podcast, osa 4: Muistaminen on todistamista.

Loehr, J. A., 16 Nov 2018

Research output: Other contributionResearch

Projects 2015 2020

Learning from our past: the effect of forced migration from Karelia on family life

Loehr, J., Rotkirch, A., Lummaa, V., Pettay, J., Mappes, J. & Danielsbacka, M.


Project: Research project

Lammin biologinen asema: tiedoluontopolku

Loehr, J.


Project: Other project

Activities 2011 2019

Can evolutionary theory predict female participation in war?

John Loehr (Speaker)
5 Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Erwin Kers

John Loehr (Host)
28 Apr 201821 Dec 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Maud Dessein-Lepasteur

John Loehr (Host)
17 Mar 201830 Aug 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Polina Mateikovich

John Loehr (Host)
15 Jun 20181 Aug 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Marvin Brandjes

John Loehr (Host)
28 Apr 201828 Jul 2018

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Press / Media

Interview for Keski-Häme newspaper: Kopterilla näkee enemmän

John Loehr


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Yle Häme television interview

John Loehr


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview on Finnish yle Häme radio: Pääjärven katkat

John Loehr


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Interview for Keskisuomalainen: Sotilaiden kasvot kertovat

John Loehr


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media