We aim to understand the long-term consequences of climate change. Especially we are interested in fluctuating environments.
How species adapt to cope fluctuating environments? Will invasive species become more common or does hotter and fluctuating conditions promote evolution of more virulent pathogens?
We conduct experiments with flies, bacteria and fungi to be able to test how selection operates over hundreds of generations.
In addition to experimental work on virulence, its evolution and effects on hosts, we also study real world epidemics using historical dataset covering several hundred towns across Finland. This large dataset (>2M death cases) that is based on church book records allows following real epidemics of dozens of diseases during 1800's - era prior to health care.
For this work we are seeking a post doc with strong background in statistics and epidemiological modelling.
This work has been funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation and is done in close collaboration with historian Miikka Voutilainen and Human Life History Group (Virpi Lummaa and Michael Briga)