My study area is landscape genetics and genomics. I study how landscape changes have influenced the genetic diversity of grassland plants. My study system is Western Estonia’s alvars that have had a drastic decrease of area in the past hundred years due to overgrowing. Study species is Primula veris.
One of the aims of my doctoral thesis is to study the effect of current and historical habitat area and connectivity on the neutral (not under natural selection) genetic diversity of plant populations. In addition I try to detect loci with adaptive relevance and the response of adaptive (under natural selection) genetic diversity to landscape change and study if and how much do spatially isolated plant populations exchange diaspores and pollen that ensures genetic diversity of populations. My supervisor is Tsipe Aavik.
- Reinula, I., Träger, S., Hernández-Agramonte, I. M., Helm, A., Aavik, T. (2021). Landscape genetic analysis suggests stronger effects of past than current landscape structure on genetic patterns of Primula veris. Diversity and Distributions, xx.
- Aavik, T., Carmona, C.P., Träger, S., Kaldra, M., Reinula, I., Conti, E., Keller, B., Helm, A., Hiiesalu, I., Hool, K., Kaisel, M. et al. (2020). Landscape context and plant population size affect morph frequencies in heterostylous Primula veris‐results of a nationwide citizen‐science campaign. Journal of Ecology, 108(6): 2169-2183.
- Aavik, T., Thetloff, M., Träger, S., Hernández-Agramonte, I. M., Reinula, I., & Pärtel, M. (2019). Delayed and immediate effects of habitat loss on the genetic diversity of the grassland plant Trifolium montanum. Biodiversity and Conservation, 1-21.