I am fascinated by how processes at the individual level feed into patterns at the population level and further in communities and ecosystems – including humans. I have always been interested in applied questions, and I strive for keeping my research in what is know as the Pasteur’s quadrant – research motivated by both fundamental understanding and utility to society (the upper right corner in the figure on right). I am keen on finding sustainable solutions for using our natural resources and for feeding the growing human population.
My main research tool is simulation modelling, trying to build models incorporating mechanistic understanding and often evolutionary considerations. I like to see the theoretical modelling work intertwined with field and experimental data, forming an iterative modelling-data-modelling cycle. Throughout this cycle, model predictions are confronted with observational data to refine hypotheses and mechanistic models, at the same time also generating suggestions for new experiments and data collection.
I have carried out research on relatively wide range of topics, and below I have tried to sort my work within different, although in some occasions overlapping, categories. Click on a topic below and you will find examples of my research. You can also have a look at the full list of my Publications.