Ilkka Hanski - Curriculum vitae#


Personal information: Born 14 February 1953, Finland
Finnish citizen
Married, three children


Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki
Viikinkaari 1, PO Box 65
FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Tel.: +358 9 191 57745
Fax: +358 9 191 57694

  • D.Phil. University of Oxford, UK, Zoology, 1979
  • M.Sc. University of Helsinki, Finland, Zoology, 1976
  • B.Sc. University of Helsinki, Finland, Zoology, 1976

  • 1996 - 2011 Research professor, Academy of Finland (National Research Council)
  • 1993 - Professor of Zoology (Animal Ecology), University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 1991 - 1992 Senior Research Scientist, Academy of Finland
  • 1988 - 1991 Acting Professor of Zoology (Animal Ecology), University of Helsinki
  • 1988 Senior Research Scientist, Academy of Finland
  • 1981 - 1987 Junior Research Scientist, Academy of Finland
  • 1979 - 1980 Research Fellowship, Academy of Finland

Teaching experience:
  • University of Helsinki: Ecology
  • University of Joensuu: Ecology

Academic honors:
  • 2008 Lauri Jäntti Foundation’s nonfiction literature prize for the book Viestejä Saarilta
  • 2007 Finnish Science Award
  • 2007 E.J. Nyström Prize of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters
  • 2007 Finnish State Prize for Dissemination of Information
  • 2007 Corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • 2006 Member of the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters
  • 2006 Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • 2006 Award of a college in Helsinki (Hämäläis-osakunnan kunniamerkki)
  • 2005 Honorary membership of a student association (Symbioosi)
  • 2005 Foreign Member of the Royal Society
  • 2005 Marsh Award for Ecology, the British Ecological Society
  • 2005 Science Award of the City of Helsinki
  • 2003 Honorary professorship in the Peking Normal University, China
  • 2002 Foreign Member of Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina
  • 2002 Suomen Valkoisen Ruusun I luokan ritarimerkki (Finnish decoration)
  • 2001 Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
  • 2001 The Sewall Wright Award of the American Society of Naturalists
  • 2000 Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
  • 2000 Balzan Price for Ecological Sciences
  • 2000 Award for a successful graduate school (Ministry of Education)
  • 1999 International Ecology Institute (ECI), 1999 Prize in Terrestrial Ecology
  • 1999 President’s Gold Medal, the British Ecological Society
  • 1998 Member of the Academia Europaea

Selected council etc. memberships:
  • 2007 - Chair of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology panel of the European Research Council
  • 2004 Member of EASAC (European Academies, Science Advisory Council) working group to conduct a study on biodiversity indicators for the European Parliament
  • 2004 - 2007 Member of the Advisory Board of the UK Population Biology Network (UKPopNet)
  • 2001 - 2002 Member of a Governmental Committee on Forest Conservation (Finland)
  • 2001 - Board member, Finnish Cultural Foundation
  • 1998 Chair of Ecology Panel, National Research Council, Finland
  • 1997 - 2000 Scientific Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), Santa Barbara, US
  • 1996 - 2003 Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Helsinki, Finland
  • 1993 - 1996 Member of the DIVERSITAS steering group (IUBS-SCOPE-UNESCO), Programme on Biodiversity
  • 1993 - 1996 Member of the working group for the UNEP Global Biodiversity Assessment
  • 1993 - 1998 Member of the Steering Committee of the European Science Foundation Programme in Population Biology
  • 1993 - International Ecology Institute, member of scientific staff
  • 1991 – 1994 Member of the Life Sciences Committee of the NERC, UK


Member of about 10 scientific societies.

Organization of scientific meetings since 1994:
  • 2006 Co-organizer of a symposium on boreal forest conservation in the 1st European Congress in Conservation Biology
  • 2005 Workshop on the biology of checkerspot butterflies, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2002 International Congress on Extinction thresholds in Helsinki, Finland
  • 2001 Final meeting of the Fragland TMR network in Leiden, Netherlands (together with P. Brakefield)
  • 2000 Workshop on Population extinction, Tvärminne, Finland
  • 1999 International Congress on Habitat Loss: Ecological, Genetic, and Evolutionary Consequences, Helsinki, Finland
  • 1996 Workshop on Small mammal population dynamics, Oslo, Norway (together with N.C. Stenseth and P. Turchin)
  • 1994 European Science Foundation workshop on Ecology and genetics in spatially structured populations, Tvärminne, Finland (together with N. Barton)
  • 1994 Workshop on Butterfly ecology and conservation, Tvärminne, Finland

Invited lectures and seminars:

Keynote lectures in annual/anniversary meetings of the ecological societies of Japan, Germany, Britain, United States, Spain, and the Netherlands. Invited presentations in about 70 international congresses and meetings, including meetings of the Swedish Royal Society and the Crafoord Prize Ceremony; about 50 invited seminars abroad in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Invited named lectures and lecture series:
  • 2008 Southwood Lecture, Oxford, UK
  • 2006 Storer Lecturer on Major Issues in Modern Biology, UC Davis, US
  • 2006 Series of 5 lectures in the Beijing Normal University, China
  • 2000 Distinguished Ecologist Lecture, Ann Arbor, Michigan, US
  • 1998 University of Lanzhou, China
  • 1996 H.R. MacMillan Lecture Series, University of British Columbia
  • 1995 Distinguished Ecologist Lecture Series, Colorado State University
  • 1991 Lund University, Sweden

Editorial duties:

Member of the editorial boards of Trends in Ecology and Evolution, the American Naturalist (1997-2000), Journal of Insect Conservation, Global Change Biology, Oecologia, Annales Zoologici Fennici, Oikos, Acta Theriologica, Theoretical Population Biology (1989-1997)

Major competitive research grants since 1999:
  • 2010 – 2013 Academy of Finland
  • 2009 – 2013 ERC Advanced Grant (€ 2.5 million).
  • 2005 – 2008 US NSF Biocomplexity programme grant, co-PI with Jim Marden (Penn State), (US $ 1.7 million).
  • 2000 - 2006 The Metapopulation Research Group (MRG) awarded the Centre-of-Excellence position (€270,000 per year). Currently the overall level of funding to MRG is around €1.5 million per year (including salaries).
  • 1998 - 2001 Training and Mobility of Researchers network, Survival and persistence of species if fragmented landscapes (Fragland), European Union (€1392,000; for the entire network of 7 laboratories, coordinated by Hanski)
  • 1997 - 1999 Academy of Finland, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (€135,000)
  • 1997 - 2000 Academy of Finland (€110,000)

Books and publications:

Ten books and edited volumes in 1991-2007, including Ecology, Genetics, and Evolution of Metapopulations, edited by I. Hanski and O.E. Gaggiotti, Elsevier/Academic Press (2004), On the Wings of Checkerspots: A Model System for Population Biology, edited by P.R. Ehrlich and I. Hanski, Oxford University Press (2004), and The Shrinking World: Ecological Consequences of Habitat Loss, International Ecology Institute, Oldendorf/Luhe (2005). About 300 publications, see separate list and

Recent Collaborators:

J. Marden (Penn State University), P.R. Ehrlich (Univ. of Stanford), M. Gyllenberg (Univ. of Turku), M. Rost (Univ. of Bonn), I. Saccheri (Univ. of Liverpool), M. Singer (Univ. of Texas), C. Thomas (Univ. of Leeds), P. Turchin (Univ. Conn.)

Graduate students (PS=principal supervisor, SS=secondary supervisor):

Janne Sundell, Niklas Wahlberg, Tomas Roslin, Mikko Kuussaari, Atte Moilanen, Guangchun Lei, Maija-Liisa Prinkkilä, Jari Heikkilä, Marko Nieminen, Reijo Penttilä, Maaria Kankare, Gergely Várkonyi, Sari Haikola, Anna-Liisa Laine, Olivier Gilg, Paavo Hellstedt (PS), Tarja Latva-Karjanmaa (PS), Alia Sarhan, Marjo Saastamoinen, Juha Pöyry, Heidi Viljanen, Helena Wirta, ´Kristjan Niitepõld, Jenni Hottola (SS).

Post doctoral advisees:

Xuhua Xia, Da-Yong Zhang, Tad Kawecki, Ilik Saccheri, Kevin Higgins, Mark Camara, Wille Fortelius, Marko Nieminen, Saskya van Nouhuys, Bob O’Hara, Katrin Schöps, Jodie Painter, Rosemary Setchfield, Steve Matter, Weidong Gu, Otso Ovaskainen, Atte Moilanen, Tomas Roslin, Leena Suvanto, Pierre-Alexander Landry, Marc Belisle, Gavin Hinten, Luisa Orsini, Christoph Haag, Chris Wheat, Virpi Ahola, Eva Tas, Tommi Mononen.

Synergistic Activities:

Examples of knowledge transfer to the public via coverage of scientific findings in:
  • newspapers: N.Y. Times, Helsingin Sanomat (main national newspaper), several other national newspapers
  • magazines: Der Spiegel (Hamburg), Finnish magazines
  • radio: Finnish National Broadcasting Company, on many occasions
  • television: 30 min program on research into conservation of species in fragmented lansdscapes (2001), 30 min interview, a profile of a scientist

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