The group's research program aims to understand the genetic processes underlying adaptation in free-living populations and species. We also use the obtained knowledge as the basis for developing conservation and management guidelines which can be applied in a wide range of endangered and exploited populations and species. Studies can be grouped into three related themes: i) Local adaptation mechanisms, ii) human induced adaptation and iii) evolutionary immunogenetics. Research on these topics includes several study species and systems covering a range of ecosystems and geographic scales, including European grayling (Thymallus thymallus), Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and Ficedula flycatchers.
The group is based in the Department of Biology at the University of Turku, Finland.