Virpi Lummaa

Virpi holds an professorship at the University of Turku to study natural selection in contemporary human populations. She is keen to investigate how the modern environment itself fuels human evolution and how demographic shifts to low birth and death rates affect the opportunity for selection or specific trait selection.

Her group uses longitudinal demographic data from Finland spanning 350 years and 15 generations to look at how the strength and direction of selection on key fitness traits may have changed with the modernisation of societies.

Virpi’s website at the University of Turku