Metapopulation Research Group
The core of our research has been the long-term study of the Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia) that has been conducted since 1991 in a large network of 4,000 habitat patches (dry meadows) within a study area of 50 by 70 km in the Åland Islands in Finland. Since 2010, we have implemented EarthCape as our database management system, into which we have integrated data collection in the field as well as subsequent tasks related to the management of samples collected during the survey and various tasks related to data analysis. EarthCape is also used to streamline the planning of the field surveys, recording measurements in the laboratory based on material collected from the field work as well as in data exploration and visualization. The web version of the program is used to provide an easy access to the data for our researchers after it has been imported into a main database.