Research interests in our research group

  • Life-history, biochemical, morphological and genetic responses of earthworms and enchytraeids to harmful substances (especially heavy metals); including the role of exposure history of the populations.
  • Responses of decomposer communities to soil contamination: changes in community structure and function.
  • Biodiversity in forest regeneration: responses of soil decomposer community to different forest regeneration practices

Selected publications

Mustonen M., Haimi J., Kesäniemi J., Högmander H. & Knott K.E. 2017.

Variation in gene expression within clones of the earthworm Dendrobaena octaedra. - PLoS ONE 12(4): e0174960. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0174960.

Kataja-aho S., Hannonen P., Liukkonen T., Rosten H., Koivula M.J., Koponen S., Haimi J. 2016.

The arthropod community of boreal Norway spruce forests responds variably to stump harvesting. - Forest Ecology and Management 371: 75-83. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2016.01.025.

Daza Secco E., Haapalehto, T., Haimi, J., Meissner, K. & Tahvanainen T. 2016.

Do testate amoebae communities recover in concordance with vegetation after restoration of drained peatlands? - Mires and Peat 18 (article 12, 1-14). DOI: 10.19189/MaP.2016.OMB.231.