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Mikko Heino

Associate Senior Research Scholar

Cooperation and Transformative Governance Research Group

Advancing Systems Analysis Program

Associate Senior Research Scholar

Exploratory Modeling of Human-natural Systems Research Group

Advancing Systems Analysis Program


Mikko Heino came to IIASA in 1997 as a participant in the Young Scientists Summer Program and was awarded the Mikhalevich Scholarship for his work on management of evolving fish stocks. Since 1999, he has been a Research Associate with the Evolution and Ecology Program (EEP).

Professor Heino studied biology and mathematics at the University of Helsinki, Finland, where he completed his master's degree in 1994. He finished his PhD degree in 1998, and was awarded the 1998 Dissertation Prize from the University of Helsinki for his thesis on theoretical evolutionary ecology. He has been working as the coordinator of the "Spatial Ecology" research program at the Division of Population Biology, University of Helsinki and as postdoctoral research fellow of the Academy of Finland. In 2001, he moved to Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway and since 2007, he has been leading the research group "Evolutionary Fisheries Ecology" at the University of Bergen, where he currently is professor in fisheries biology. He is also an adjunct professor at the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen. From 2016 to 2017 he is enjoying a one year term as a visiting professor at the National Taiwan University, in Taipei, Taiwan.

Prof. Heino's fields of interest are fisheries ecology and management, management and conservation of evolving populations, life-history evolution, and population ecology.

Last update: 07 JUN 2017


Claireaux, M., dos Santos Schmidt, T.C, Olsen, E.M., Slotte, A., Varpe, Ø., Heino, M. , Enberg, K., & Bartolino, V. (2021). Eight decades of adaptive changes in herring reproductive investment: the joint effect of environment and exploitation. ICES Journal of Marine Science 78 (2) 631-639. 10.1093/icesjms/fsaa123.

Soudijn, F.H., Daniël van Denderen, P., Heino, M. , Dieckmann, U. , & de Roos, A.M. (2021). Harvesting forage fish can prevent fishing-induced population collapses of large piscivorous fish. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118 (6) e1917079118. 10.1073/pnas.1917079118.

Liu, X., Shaw, D., Bjørndal, T., & Heino, Mikko (2021). The Day-to-Day Supply Responses of a Limited-Entry Mixed Fishery. Marine Resource Economics 36 (1) 1-39. 10.1086/711384.

Sun, Z., Parvinen, K. , Heino, M. , Metz, H., de Roos, A.M., & Dieckmann, U. (2020). Evolution of Reproduction Periods in Seasonal Environments. The American Naturalist 196 (4) E88-E109. 10.1086/708274.