Research group leader, PhD
Mikko Heino

Science is like detective work: you believe you know something, and perhaps a pattern emerges. But what was the process(es) that created that pattern? One has to make best out of imperfect knowledge, and to try to figure out which of a priori plausible alternatives is the most credible one.

My pattern and process search primarily is in the area of evolutionary ecology, presently mostly in concerning evolutionary effects driven by fishing. The pattern we see is that life histories of exploited fish have changed. Most typically, we see that fish mature earlier and at smaller size than some decades ago. A priori, there are three plausible mechanisms: simple demographic change, phenotypic plasticity and evolution. Fishing may trigger life history changes through all these mechanism, and the resulting patterns may be quite similar. But not the same, and that may allow us to disentangle the relative importance of these three mechanisms. Typically, the result is that evolution is among the important mechanisms causing life histories to change.


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A note on presentation techniques

I am colour blind, like almost 10 % of males in Europe are. Therefore, if in your presentation or in papers you want to hide information from me, I recommend the following. First, use subtle colour differences (that is, small difference in brightness). Especially combining red and black, or light green and yellow, is effective. Second, make your lines sufficiently thin. Red hairlines often look black to me, even if in a thicker line the redness would become visible. Third, avoid redundancy: do not use line type or symbols to distinguish something where colour is already used. My last advice only applies to presentations. You can use laser pointer to highlight some details to the audience; you can be fairly confident that I have trouble seeing that small red dot (I have been told that also green ones exist), unless you happen to possess Star Wars -grade laser of course. Keeping your hand unsteady further improves the effect.


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Research group
  Evolutionary ecology
Office: (+47)  55 58 45 44
Fax: (+47)  55 58 44 50
Postal address
  Department of Biology
University of Bergen
PO Box 7800
N-5020 Bergen
Office location
  Office 217 H2
2nd Floor
Connecting Building
Thormøhlensgt. 55

Department of Biology, University of Bergen