Matti Heino

Matti Heino

PhD student

Zoological Museum
Department of Biology
PO box 3000
FI-90014 University of Oulu
FINLAND

Email: matti.heino@oulu.fi

Scholar: [Papers in Google Scholar]

ResearchGate: [ResearchGate Page]

 

Current Research

My PhD research focuses on studying the demographic histories of the reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) and the Saimaa ringed seal (Phoca hispida saimensis) using ancient DNA methods. The projects and main questions in my PhD research are:

 

Temporal genetic variation of the Saimaa ringed seal in the 20th century
How the changes in human impact (for example fishing, the change in classification from pest to protected animal) during the 20th century have influenced the genetic variation of the Saimaa ringed seal?

Impact of climatic fluctuations on the genetic variation of a large migratory herbivore mammal in the Late Pleistocene
How the climatic fluctuations during the Late Pleistocene have shaped the genetic variation of the reindeer in North-West Europe?

Demographic history of the Eurasian reindeer
How reindeer populations inhabiting mid-latitudes during the Late Pleistocene have contributed to extant populations, and how later processes have shaped the modern genetic variation of reindeer?

 

Supervisor: Prof. Jouni Aspi (Department of Genetics and Physiology, University of Oulu)
Co-supervisor: Dr. Love Dalén (Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics, Swedish Museum of Natural History)

 

Previous research

I studied genetic variation and population structure of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in Finland, Poland and Switzerland in my Master’s thesis.

 

Brief CV

Academic
July 2013 – present, PhD Student, Department of Biology, University of Oulu
Sep 2001 – Apr 2012, B.Sc (Major subject Bioscience) and M.Sc (Major subject Genetics) in Biology, University of Oulu

Experience
May 2012 – June 2013, Research assistant, Department of Biology, University of Oulu
Sep 2008 – Dec 2011, Research assistant, Archaeology, University of Oulu
June 2008 – Aug 2008, Research assistant, Department of Biology, University of Oulu
June 2007 – Aug 2007, Fieldworker in brown bear research, Metsähallitus (Administration of Forests)
July 2006 – Sep 2006, Research assistant, Department of Biology, University of Oulu
May 2005 – Aug 2005, Intern, Molecular Anthropology group, Department of Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Oct 2004 – Dec 2004 (part-time), Technical assistant, Department of Biology, University of Oulu
June 2004 – Aug 2004, Technical assistant, Department of Biology, University of Oulu

Grants
2014 Finnish Population Genetics Doctoral Programme travel grant
2014 Emil Aaltosen Säätiö
2013 Emil Aaltosen Säätiö
2012 Betty Väänäsen rahasto
2012 Oulun yliopiston tukisäätiö

Teaching
Jan 2013 – Feb 2013, Population genetics basic course (Practicals), Department of Biology, University of Oulu
Supervision
Co-supervision of Hanna Buuri’s Master’s thesis (2013) ”Saimaannorppanaaraiden (Phoca hispida saimensis) yksilöntunnistus ja pesäpaikkauskollisuuden selvittäminen geneettisin menetelmin pesäpaikoilta kerätyistä istukkanäytteistä”

 

Publications

Valtonen M, Heino M, Aspi J, Buuri H, Kokkonen T, Kunnasranta M, Palo JU, Nyman T. (2015) Genetic monitoring of a critically-endangered seal population based on field-collected placentas. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 52: in press.

Väre T, Heino M, Junno JA, Lipkin S, Niinimäki J, Niinimäki S, Niskanen M, Núñez M, Tranberg A, Tuovinen S, Vilkama R, Ylimaunu T, Kallio-Seppä T. (2014) Kempeleen ja Keminmaan vanhojen kirkkojen muumiot. Muinaistutkija, 1: 17–32.

Kallio-Seppä T, Väre T, Heino M, Junno JA, Lipkin S, Niinimäki J, Niinimäki S, Niskanen M, Núñez M, Tranberg A, Tuovinen S, Vilkama R, Ylimaunu T. Pohjois-Suomen kirkkomuumiot – muuttuvien olosuhteiden vaikutukset muumioiden säilymiseen. Arkeologipäivät 2013: in press.

Heino M. (2011) Suomen saamelaisyhteisöjen suhde eläimiin 1000–1800-luvulla: DNA-analyysejä seitojen luista. Arkeologipäivät 2010: 23–27.

Heino M. (2010) Muinais-DNA-tutkimus Oulussa. Muinaistutkija, 1: 15–18.

 

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