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  • Finland

  • PL 56 (Viikinkaari 9)



  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki


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Personlig profil



Understanding life history variation is a central theme in biology because various biological questions ultimately revolve around the causes and consequences of variation in reproduction and survival, i.e. fitness. Traditionally, a major tool in life-history research has been quantitative genetics because it provides an important statistical link between phenotype and genotype. However, the mechanisms by which evolution occurs may remain unclear unless such traditional approaches are combined with molecular investigations. Another complicating factor is that the fitness of male vs female life histories do not always align, and hence life history traits may be shaped by sexual conflict. This is why life-history approaches focusing on both quantifying the conflict and understanding its resolution at the genetic level are needed. My research currently addresses these themes using several salmonid fish species (Atlantic salmon and European grayling) as models. Examples of ongoing projects include:

i) Age at maturity in Atlantic salmon: molecular and ecological dissection of an adaptive trait;

ii) The genetic architecture of life-history variation: functional mechanisms & implications for evolution;

iii) Integrative science for adaptive co-management in the Arctic: Teno Atlantic salmon as a model system;

iv) The molecular mechanisms of rapid thermal adaptation in a European grayling meta-population.

Utbildning / akademisk kvalifikation

Ecological Genetics, Docent, Helsingfors universitet

Molecular Genetics, PhD, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Science, BSc (Hons), La Trobe University

Science, BSc, University of Melbourne


  • 1181 Ekologi, evolutionsbiologi
  • 1184 Genetik, utvecklingsbiologi, fysiologi

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.

Publikationer 2013 2019

Co-inheritance of sea age at maturity and iteroparity in the Atlantic salmon vgll3 genomic region

Aykanat, T., Ozerov, M., Vähä, J-P., Orell, P., Niemelä, E., Erkinaro, J. & Primmer, C. R., apr 2019, I : Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 32, 4, s. 343-355 13 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Home ground advantage: Local Atlantic salmon have higher reproductive fitness than dispersers in the wild

Mobley, K. B., Granroth-Wilding, H., Ellmen, M., Vaha, J-P., Aykanat, T., Johnston, S. E., Orell, P., Erkinaro, J. & Primmer, C. R., feb 2019, I : Science Advances. 5, 2, 8 s., 1112.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Öppen tillgång

Life history variation across four decades in a diverse population complex of Atlantic salmon in a large subarctic river

Erkinaro, J., Czorlich, Y., Orell, P., Kuusela, J., Falkegård, M., Länsman, M., Pulkkinen, H., Primmer, C. R. & Niemelä, E., jan 2019, I : Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 76, 1, s. 42-55 14 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

A microsatellite baseline for genetic stock identification of European Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.)

Gilbey, J., Coughlan, J., Wennevik, V., Prodohl, P., Stevens, J. R., de Leaniz, C. G., Ensing, D., Cauwelier, E., Cherbonnel, C., Consuegra, S., Coulson, M. W., Cross, T. F., Crozier, W., Dillane, E., Ellis, J. S., Garcia-Vazquez, E., Griffiths, A. M., Gudjonsson, S., Hindar, K., Karlsson, S. & 13 andraKnox, D., Machado-Schiaffino, G., Meldrup, D., Nielsen, E. E., Olafsson, K., Primmer, C. R., Prusov, S., Stradmeyer, L., Vaha, J-P., Veselov, A. J., Webster, L. M. I., McGinnity, P. & Verspoor, E., mar 2018, I : ICES Journal of Marine Science. 75, 2, s. 662-674 13 s.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Aktiviteter 2017 2018

  • 3 !!Invited talk
  • 1 Opponent i doktorsavhandling
  • 1 Medlemskap eller annan role i inhemsk/internationell kommitté, råd, styrelse

Conservation genomics: why?

Craig Primmer (!!Invited speaker)

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Invited talk

Salmonomics: looking towards the 20s

Craig Primmer (!!Keynote speaker)

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Invited talk

The genetic basis of age at maturity in Atlantic salmon: from genome scan to function, ecology, and conservation.

Craig Primmer (!!Keynote speaker)

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Invited talk

European Society for Evolutionary Biology (Extern organisation)

Craig Primmer (Styrelsemedlem)

Aktivitet: MedlemskapstyperMedlemskap eller annan role i inhemsk/internationell kommitté, råd, styrelse

Press / media