Professor of Plant Biodiversity
University of Helsinki, Finland
Director of the Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research Programme
Director of the Research Centre for Ecological Change
Understanding biodiversity for a better future.
We study ecosystems from the top down and from the bottom up to understand how the world stays green.
Greenhouse, laboratory, field
Fieldwork, data management, illustrations
Plant ecology, biodiversity, functional traits
Luiz Domeignoz Horta
Microbial ecology, diversity
Plant pathogen interactions, genomics
Species-environment relationships, biodiversity
co-supervisor Prof. Dr.Andreas Wagner
Supervisor Dr. Luiz Domeignoz-Horta
Soil ecology, diversity, nature
Key Research Themes
Long-term nature observation series are indispensable records of how individual populations and species are responding to environmental change. In the Research Centre for Ecological Change we are systematically collecting long-term ecological data for an unprecedented syntheses of how communities of organisms are responding to change.
Biodiversity in a changing world
We are studying how natural communities are responding to global change and how interactions among species across trophic levels are changing as well.
Global plant demography
As part of PlantPopNet, we are driving a coordinated global effort combining data and theory to understand abiotic and biotic drivers of population persistence and distribution in a changing world.
Biological diversity and sustainable food production
Humans have intensified and mechanized agricultural processes in an effort to boost efficiency, productivity and profits. As a result, global food systems are increasingly generating severe social, environmental, economic and climate costs. We are investigating how mechanisms that promote stability in natural ecosystems could be utilized to develop sustainable and climate-smart food production systems.
Intraspecific variation in host-parasite interactions
Understanding how diversity is maintained in host and parasite populations is one of the core challenges in disease biology. Using long-term population dynamic data combined with genomics and experimentation, we address this question in a natural plant-pathogen interaction. This work brings us one step closer to answering questions of how risks of virulence and pathogen occurrence evolve – important questions from both basic and applied points of view.
Across biological systems it is becoming increasingly clear that host populations and even single host individuals are typically exploited by diverse pathogen communities. In our work we aim to understand the spatio-temporal determinants of this diversity, and what the eco-evolutionary implications are for both hosts and pathogens.
Funded by the European Union (ERC, Co-EvoChange, 101097545). Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Council Executive Agency. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.
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Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
PO Box 65 (Viikinkaari 1)
FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland