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  • PL 65 (Viikinkaari 1)

    00014

    Finland

  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki

    Finland

19952019
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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

My professorship is in mathematical  ecology. I completed my PhD in mathematics at the Helsinki University of Technology in 1998, after which I joined the Metapopulation Research Centre (MRC) as a post doc for Ilkka Hanski. After spending the year 2001-2002 in Bryan Grenfell's group in Cambridge, UK, I rejoined the MRC, within which I established the Mathematical Biology Group. I am currently the director of MRC.

Research

My research covers mathematical theory, statistical methods, and empirical research, the emphasis being in linking theory to observational and experimental data. My long-term interests are in (i) the development of metapopulation theory and dispersal theory. Here the aim is to understand the movements, dynamics and persistence of individuals and populations inhabiting fragmented landscapes; (ii) building links between microscopic (e.g. individual-based) and macroscopic (e.g. population-based) models in a stochastic and spatial setting; (iii) the development of joint species distribution models to analyze the assembly and dynamics of species communities; (iv) Bayesian approaches in evolutionary quantitative genetics.

Keywords

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • ecology
  • population divergence
  • evolutionary biology
  • mathematical biology
  • spatial ecology
  • population genetics
  • quantitative genetics
  • adaptation
  • dispersal
  • movement
  • Bayesian inference
  • metapopulation
  • 111 Mathematics

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

Publications 1995 2019

A comprehensive evaluation of predictive performance of 33 species distribution models at species and community levels

Norberg, A., Abrego Antia, N., Blanchet, F. G., Adler, F. R., Anderson, B. J., Anttila, J., Araújo, M. B., Dallas, T. A., Dunson, D., Elith, J., Foster, S., Fox, R., Franklin, J., Godsoe, W., Guisan, A., O'Hara, B., Hill, N. A., Holt, R. D., Hui, F. K. C., Husby, M. & 15 othersKålås, J. A., Lehikoinen, A., Luoto, M., Mod, H. K., Newell, G., Renner, I., Roslin, T. V., Soininen, J., Thuiller, W., Vanhatalo, J. P., Warton, D., White, M., Zimmermann, N. E., Gravel, D. & Ovaskainen, O. T., Aug 2019, In : Ecological Monographs. 89, 3, 24 p., e01370.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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ANALYSIS OF THE LONG-TERM POPULATION DYNAMICS OF SMALL MAMMALS IN FOREST ECOSYSTEMS OF EURASIA (ON THE EXAMPLE OF MYODES spp.))

Kurhinen, J., Ovaskainen, O., Ivanter, E., Levykh, A., Khlijap, L., Kuznetsova, I. & Saburova, L., Apr 2019, International Scientific Symposium:Ecology and evolution: New challenges. Ekaterinburg, Russia, April 1–5, 2019.p. 65-68.. p. 65-68 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Handbook for the measurement of macrofungal functional traits: A start with basidiomycete wood fungi

Dawson, S. K., Boddy, L., Halbwachs, H., Bässler, C., Andrew, C., Crowther, T. W., Heilmann-Clausen, J., Nordén, J., Ovaskainen, O. & Jönsson, M., Mar 2019, In : Functional Ecology. 33, 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Joint species movement modeling: how do traits influence movements?

Ovaskainen, O., Ramos, D. L., Slade, E. M., Merckx, T., Tikhonov, G., Pennanen, J., Pizo, M. A., Ribeiro, M. C. & Manuel Morales, J., Apr 2019, In : Ecology. 100, 4, 8 p., 02622.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Long-term shifts in water quality show scale-dependent bioindicator responses across Russia – Insights from 40 year-long bioindicator monitoring program

Ovaskainen, O. T., Weigel, B. M., Potyutko, O. & Buyvolov, Y., Mar 2019, In : Ecological Indicators. 98, p. 476-482 7 p.

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Projects 2008 2017

Prizes

The Academy of Finland Award

Otso Ovaskainen (Recipient), 2009

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2004 2015

Ecology Letters (Journal)

Otso Ovaskainen (Editor)
1 Jan 2015 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research journal

European Congress of Conservation Biology

Otso Ovaskainen (Speaker: Presenter)
29 Aug 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Talk in the Finnish National Ecology meeting

Otso Ovaskainen (Speaker: Presenter)
13 Dec 201214 Dec 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

International Statistical Ecology Conference

Otso Ovaskainen (Speaker: Keynote)
1 Jul 20127 Jul 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Invited talk in a seminar on Pest Risk Assessment organized by Evira

Otso Ovaskainen (Speaker: Keynote)
3 Oct 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Press / Media

HUB - Helsinki University Bulletin

Otso Ovaskainen

01/01/2008

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media