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Petri Ahlroth

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Biodiversity Centre


E-mail: firstname.surname@syke.fi
Telephone: +358 295 251 054

Finnish Environment Centre, Biodiversity  Centre
Street and postal address:Latokartanonkaari 11, 00790 Helsinki, Finland

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Current position

  • Director of the Biodiversity Centre


  • Wide knowledge about species and habitats of northern Europe
  • Legislation related to nature protection


I have worked as the Director of the Natural Environment Centre since 2013. Before that I have worked for example as Environment Counsellor at the Ministry of the Environment and as Senior Coordinator at SYKE. I defended my Ph.D. thesis in 1999 with the title Dispersal and life-history differences between waterstrider (Aquarius 
najas) populations.


  • Build up of and evaluation of applications for the research programs ESGEMO ja MOSSE

Other activities

  • Evaluation of scientific applications 
  • Responsible supervision of M. Sc. theses and Ph.D. thesis


Ahlroth, P., Alatalo, R. V., Holopainen, A., Kumpulainen, T., Suhonen, J. 2003: Founder population size and number of source populations enhance colonization success in waterstriders. Oecologia 442:617-620.

Ahlroth, P., Alatalo, R. V., Hyvärinen, E. and Suhonen, J.1999: Geographical variation in wing polymorphism of the waterstrider Aquarius najas (Heteroptera, Gerridae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology 12: 156-160.

Ahlroth, P., Alatalo, R. V. and Jukka Suhonen, J. 2010: Reduced dispersal propensity in the wingless waterstrider Aquarius najas in a highly fragmented landscape. Oecologia 162: 323-330.

Ahlroth, P. and Kotiaho, J. S. 2009: Route for political interests to weaken conservation. Nature 460: 173.

Kotiaho, J. S., Ahlroth, P., Haimi, J., Mönkkönen, M. and Vilkuna, J. 2009: Evolution Education in Natural History Museums. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24: 292-293.

Kuuluvainen, T., Aapala, K., Ahlroth, P., Lindholm, T., Sallantaus, T., Tukia, H., Siitonen, J. and Kuusinen, M. 2002: Ecological restoration of boreal forested ecosystems: A Finnish perspective. Silva Fennica 36 (1): 490-422.

Päivinen, J., Ahlroth, P., Kaitala, V., Kotiaho, J. S., Suhonen, J. and Virola, T. 2003: Species richness and regional distribution of myrmecophilous beetles. Oecologia 134: 596-604.

Päivinen, J., Ahlroth, P., Kaitala, V. and Suhonen, J. 2004: Species richness, abundance and distribution of myrmecophilous beetles in nests of Formica aquilonia ants. Annales Zoologici Fennici 41: 447-454.

Selonen, V. O. A., Ahlroth, P. and Kotiaho, J. S. 2005: Anthropogenic disturbance and diversity of species: polypores and polypore associated beetles in forest, forest edge and clear-cut. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research. 20(Suppl 6): 49-58.

Virolainen, K. M., Ahlroth, P., Hyvärinen, E., Korkeamäki, E., Mattila, J., Päivinen, J., Rintala, T. and Suhonen, J. 2000: Hot spots, indicator taxa, complementarity and optimal networks of taiga. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, London 267: 1143-1147.

List of all publications.pdf


Published 2017-11-24 at 10:30, updated 2020-12-04 at 8:55

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