Short CV/Education and training

  • 2018
    Senior Research Fellow in Macroecology, Department of Botany, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu, Estonia

  • 2012 – 2017
    Research Fellow in the Department of Botany, Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Tartu, Estonia

  • 2009 – 2011
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Integrative Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zürich), Switzerland

  • 2005 – 2009
    PhD in plant ecology and ecophysiology at the University of Tartu, Estonia

  • 2003 – 2005
    MSc in plant ecology and ecophysiology at the University of Tartu, Estonia

  • 1999 – 2003
    BSc in biology, University of Tartu, Estonia

Selected publications

  • 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 28: 3299-3319

  • Plue, J., Aavik, T. & Cousins, S.A.O. 2019. Grazing networks promote plant functional connectivity among isolated grassland communities. Diversity and Distributions 25: 102−115

  • Aavik, T. & Helm, A. 2018. Restoration of plant species and genetic diversity depends on landscape-scale dispersal. Restoration Ecology 26: S92−S102

  • Aavik, T., Talve, T., Thetloff, M., Uuemaa, E. & Oja, T. 2017. Genetic consequences of landscape change for rare endemic plants – a case study of Rhinanthus osiliensis. Biological Conservation 210: 125-135

  • Aavik, T., Holderegger, R. & Bolliger, J. 2014. The structural and functional connectivity of the grassland plant Lychnis flos-cuculi. Heredity 112: 471 – 478

  • Aavik, T., Holderegger, R., Edwards, P.J. & Billeter, R. 2013. Patterns of contemporary gene flow suggest low functional connectivity of grasslands in a fragmented agricultural landscape. Journal of Applied Ecology 50: 395 – 403

  • Aavik, T., Edwards, J.P., Holderegger, R., Graf, R. & Billeter, R. 2012. Genetic consequences of using seed mixtures in restoration: a case study of a wetland plant Lychnis flos-cuculi. Biological Conservation 145: 195 – 204

    Geiger, F., Bengtsson, J., Berendse, F., Weisser, Wolfgang W., Emmerson, M., Morales, M.B., Ceryngier, P., Liira, J., Tscharntke, T. Winqvist, C., Eggers, S., Bommarco, R., Pärt, T., Bretagnolle, V., Plantegenest, M., Clement, L.W., Dennis, C., Palmer, C., Onate, J.J., Guerrero, I., Hawro, V., Aavik, T., Thies, C., Flohre, A., Hänke, S., Fischer, C., Goedhart, P.W. & Inchausti, P. 2010. Persistent negative effects of pesticides on biodiversity and biological control potential on European farmland. Basic and Applied Ecology 11: 97 – 105 (highly cited paper in Web of Science)

  • Aavik, T. & Liira, J. 2010. Quantifying the effect of organic farming, field boundary type and landscape structure on the vegetation of field boundaries. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 135: 178 – 186

    Aavik, T., Jõgar, Ü., Liira, J., Tulva, I. & Zobel, M. 2008. Plant diversity in a calcareous wooded meadow – The significance of management continuity. Journal of Vegetation Science 19: 475-484

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • 2015 – 2021 "Genetic diversity of grassland plants: the effect of spatiotemporal landscape changes", individual research grant funded by Estonian Research Council, PI Tsipe Aavik

  • 2010 – 2014 "Assessing the effectiveness of connectivity measures on gene flow and genetic diversity of wildflowers in agricultural landscapes – a landscape genetic approach", postdoctoral research grant funded by European Social Fund and Estonian Research Council, PI Tsipe Aavik

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Management Committee member in COST-action ConservePlants: An integrated approach to conservation of threatened plants for the 21st century, since 2019

  • Management Committee member in COST-action G-Bike: Genomic Biodiversity Knowledge for Resilient Ecosystems, since 2019

Media coverage



Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Three children born in 2013, 2015 and 2018


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