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I am broadly interested in ecology, evolution, biogeography and biodiversity and carry out extensive fieldwork in Amazonian rainforests. I study species-environment relationships, spatial patterns in plant community composition, evolutionary relationships among species and drivers of diversification. My pet group is the ferns, but I collaborate with researchers focusing on other groups. I am also interested in theoretical and methodological issues related to beta diversity.


I have taught a variety of courses at all levels with topics ranging from multivariate statistics and remote sensing to tropical plant families and human evolution. Currently I am responsible for the MSc course "Tropical Ecosystem management and Human Security", and I also teach on the BSc courses "Eucaryotes (plants)" and "Ecology". I also supervise BSc, MSc and PhD students in ecology and biodiversity research.

External positions

Professor, University of Turku

1 Oct 2017 → …


  • Biodiversity
  • Plant community
  • Vegetation ecology
  • Macroecology
  • Spatial modelling
  • Evolution
  • Taxonomy
  • Tropical ecosystems
  • Latin and South America in general

Areas of expertise

  • Vegetation ecology
  • Biogeography
  • Fern ecology and systematics
  • Amazonian rainforests
  • Remote sensing


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