Here you can find plenty of information relevant for all LUOVA members. If you feel something is missing or find a link that does not work, please contact the coordinator.
Here you can find plenty of information relevant for all LUOVA members. If you feel something is missing or find a link that does not work, please contact the coordinator.
LUOVA requires that all its doctoral candidates receive high-quality supervision, mentoring, guidance and good advice throughout their doctoral studies. Supervisors affiliated to the doctoral programme must hold a docentship (or equivalent research experience) and/or a status of principal investigator at the university and be familiar with YEB's Code of Conduct.
If you are interested in becoming a LUOVA supervisor, please contact LUOVA's coordinator and she will add your name to the list of current LUOVA supervisors. Alternatively, you will automatically become a LUOVA supervisor if your student is granted a PhD study right by the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry, or Science and he/she has chosen LUOVA as his/her doctoral programme.
Each LUOVA doctoral candidate must have a thesis advisory committee that evaluates the candidate's progress and offers the candidate support throughout his/her doctoral studies.The first meeting must be arranged within four months after being accepted to LUOVA after which the subsequent meetings must take place annually. Reports of the meetings must be submitted to LUOVA in a timely manner.
The thesis advisory committee’s tasks are to:
Please note that if you are registered as a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences you are required to submit to the faculty office a written statement from the committee before the pre-examiners of your thesis can be appointed. Details about the statement are available here. So please, contact the committee well in advance and ask which documents they need from you to be able to write the statement. Also, allow enough time for the committee to prepare the statement.
The candidate and the supervisor together should assemble the candidate's advisory committee. The committee must have at least two specialist members from a relevant field of research. Two of the members must hold the qualifications of a docent or equivalent knowledge and, to ensure objectivity, all of them must be independent of the candidate and the supervisor at the time of appointment. It should be noted that at the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, only one of the two dissertation pre-examiners may be a member of the thesis advisory committee.
There are no limitations as to where the committee members come from but it should be noted that neither LUOVA nor the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences can offer financial support for their travel expenses. Many LUOVA candidates may find at least one suitable committee member from one of the governmental research institutes (SYKE, LUKE or Metsähallitus). It is also advisable that at least one of the committee members is well familiar with the requirements for a PhD degree to make sure that the candidate completes the obligatory studies early on in the course of his or her doctoral studies.
While the committee members may help the candidate in conceptual matters, and - should they and the candidate's research group so choose - even engage in scientific collaboration, it should be kept in mind that they are busy with students of their own and thus cannot be expected to contribute to data analysis etc.
In the Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences the thesis advisory committee members must be named on the inside of the dissertation title page along with the supervisors, thesis pre-examiners, and defense opponent and custodian.
The purpose of the first meeting is that the doctoral candidate introduces him/herself and the research plan to the committee. The candidate is responsible for arranging the meeting and he/she should start scheduling it well in advance due to the hectic schedules of researchers. It is also good to book a room for the meeting early on.
At least one week prior to the scheduled meeting the candidate must send the committee his/her research plan and a modified progress report. Even though certain points in the instructions do not apply to a candidate that has only recently started his/her doctoral studies, the report should follow the listed points as closely as possible.
In the meeting, which format is flexible, the research plan and the progress report should be discussed. At the end of the meeting there should be a session where the doctoral candidate may discuss with the group without the supervisor being present, after which the supervisor may discuss with the group without the candidate being present. The supervisor is asked to send a brief report of this private discussion to the coordinator.
Meetings with the thesis advisory committee must take place annually, although on mutual agreement they may take place more often than once a year. If the first meeting was held during the spring term the annual meetings may also take place during the spring term.
The doctoral candidate must send the committee members a report of his or her progress (see below) and an up-dated research plan at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting. Main emphasis of the duscussion should be placed on the report and the candidate's future plans. As the research plan was already introduced in the first meeting it is not necessary to go through it once again unless major changes have been made.
At the end of the meeting there should be a session where the candidate may discuss with the group without the supervisor being present, after which the supervisor may discuss with the group without the candidate being present. The supervisor is asked to send a brief report of this private discussion to the coordinator.
When writing the progress report, the instructions below should be followed as closely as possible. After the meeting, the doctoral candidate must up-date the report to include the date and place of the meeting, who were present, and a short delineation of what was discussed. The up-dated report must be immediately sent to the doctoral programme coordinator. The absolute deadline for each year is December 15th. If the first meeting with the committee was in the spring term the following meetings may also take place in the spring.
Points to be included in the progress report and to be discussed in the committee meeting:
YEB's Code of Conduct describes the minimum requirements set for all doctoral candidates and supervisors in YEB, hence for all students and supervisors in LUOVA. The aim is to establish good practices that enable completion of the doctoral degree within four years of full-time study.
If a problem arises - may it be a regrettable conflict between the doctoral andidate and the supervisor, or some other issue - it is best identified while it is still small and manageable. If the candidate and the supervisor are unable to resolve the problem they should contact the thesis advisory committee as well as the programme coordinator for counsel. A report describing the problem and the committee’s recommendation should be delivered to the coordinator as soon as possible.
If the thesis advisory committee fails to resolve the problem, the coordinator will take the matter to the head of the school. Additionally, the board of LUOVA may help to resolve the problem. In case of a conflict between the candidate and his/her supervisor the board will meet separately with the candidate and the supervisor in order to help and resolve the conflict.
If LUOVA’s arbitration fails, the student and/or the supervisor must contact the professor in charge of the major subject, the faculty office or the vice-dean in charge of research according to the faculty’s general instructions for postgraduate study. As stated in the instructions, a supervisory relationship can be terminated in writing on the initiative of either the student or the supervisor. If a postgraduate student has been assigned several supervisors, supervisory changes can be agreed upon within the existing arrangements or by appointing a new supervisor.
If the doctoral candidate is employed by the university, the supervisor must familiarize him/herself with the university's guidelines for problem situations so that the issue will be resolved according the university's model of early support.
YEB doctoral school offers financial support for doctoral candidates’ foreign and domestic travel for academic purposes (doctoral courses, learning in other research groups or participating in scientific conferences, seminars or workshops). The financial support is paid according to the university's travel requirements for those employed by the university. If the support receiver is not employed by the university (eg. those working with a grant) he/she will receive the support as a personal grant.
Instructions and deadlines for applications are available on YEB's website.
All LUOVA doctoral candidates should join the luova-students(at)helsinki.fi mailing list, which is used to advertise LUOVA's activities as well as to distribute information relevant to PhD students. Another relevant mailing list is the YEB doctoral school list. Also, consult your supervisor for other relevant mailing lists to join.
To subscribe, send an e-mail to majordomo(at)helsinki.fi. Leave the subject-line empty and in the message field write subscribe luova-students (or yeb-doctoralschool). Please note that you must use your helsinki.fi email address or other official address (ymparisto.fi, rktl.fi, ect.) to join the list. Addresses like gmail.com are not allowed.
The luova-students list is a closed list. This means that all list subscriptions must be approved by the LUOVA coordinator. After the coordinator has approved your subscription you will get an email from majordomo asking you to confirm your subscription. Only after that you will become a member of the list. Only list members are able to post messages on the list.
To unsubscribe the list send an e-mail to majordomo(at)helsinki.fi and write in the message field unsubscribe luova-students and nothing else. Please note that you should send the email from the same address that you joined the list with.
Supervisors are encouraged to join the luova-supervisors list. To subscribe, send an e-mail to majordomo(at)helsinki.fi. Leave the subject-line empty and in the message field write subscribe luova-supervisors. You are welcome to join the list even if you are currently not supervising a LUOVA student.
Another relevant mailing list for evolutionary biologists is EvolDir. This is an international forum for information on conferences, courses and vacant positions. Instructions on how to sign up are available here.
The dissertation completion grant can be used for writing the summarising report of the thesis. In addition to the summarising report one article may remain incomplete at the beginning of the grant period. The maximum length of the grant period is three months. The grant cannot be used or applied for after the thesis has been submitted to pre-examination.
The decision about the grant will be made by YEB doctoral school. If the application has been submitted by the end of the month the decision will be made by the 21st of the following month. During Christmas and summer holidays the review process may take longer and applicants should take that into account when planning their schedule.
For further information please read these instructions.
It is important to allow enough time for all the bureaucratical steps before and after the public examination of your dissertation. Please refer to the website of your faculty with the latest information on the steps towards graduation. In general, doctoral dissertations are discussed in two faculty council meetings before the public examination and in one after the examination. So, when planning your schedule it is good to check the dates of the faculty council meetings well in advance.
Please, note that all the courses should be completed and registered in WebOodi before leaving the thesis for the pre-examination.
In the first faculty council meeting the pre-examiners of the dissertation are appointed. After this, in the second faculty council meeting the student is granted with the permission to defend the dissertation in a public examination, and the opponent and custodian are appointed. Finally, after the defence the dissertation is approved and graded in the third faculty council meeting.
Rember also that the doctor's diploma is not issued automatically but must be requested using a form available at the faculty homepage.
The Doctoral School in Environmental, Food and Biological Sciences (YEB) has its own series in which docotral candidates can publish their doctoral thesis. Students choosing to publish their thesis in the series will receive assistance with the cover design of the thesis and all other practical matters regarding the publication of the thesis. The thesis can also be published in other series or without a series.
More information on how to publish a thesis in the YEB series is available here.
When the time to defend your thesis is getting closer you should familiarize yourself with both the university and faculty instructions. In the university instructions you can find useful information on, for example:
The defence custodian will also inform you of the practical details related to the public examination.
The post-doctoral party, or karonkka, is an academic tradition that marks the end of the dissertation process. The doctoral candidate arranges the karonkka to thank the opponent, the custodian and others who have contributed to the work. In addition to them, the invitees to the post-doctoral party should include professors working in the field of the dissertation and others who have aided in the dissertation work. Nowadays, doctoral candidates may invite friends and family along with members of the academic community to this party.
You can find information on the karonkka traditions at the University of Helsinki in here. The site gives useful tips on things such as:
It is also a good idea to talk with your friends who have defended recently and ask them for advice. The doctoral programme coordinator may also give some tips.
And lastly, a few things to consider. Towards the end of the spring and autumn term there will be more and more doctoral candidates defending their theses. Furthermore, during summertime there are weddings and before Christmas there are Christmas parties. Thus it is good to book the lecture hall as well as the banquet facility well in advance.
While searching for a banquet facility you might find the City of Helsinki meeting planners' site and the GoExperience site useful. In some places you are allowed to organise the catering as you like, while in some you must get the dinner from the facility. If the catering is unrestricted, you can ask around for a good catering company or google for one. Some banquet facilities may also be able to recommend catering companies.
Once the menu is finalised you may go to Alko with it to get tips on wines to go with the food. The staff knows their wines very well and can also help you on deciding how much you need.
If you want to follow the old karonkka traditions your guest of honor, the opponent, should be seated on your right and the custodian on your left. Your primary supervisor should be seated to the second chair on your right and possible other supervisors to the second chair on your left, to the third chair on your right etc. If the pre-examiners of your thesis attend the karonkka they should be seated after the opponent and the custodian in which case the supervisors are seated to the following chairs on the right and left.
For the speech it is a good idea to write yourself a little list of people you want to thank. Giving the speech may be a very emotional moment and an important name might slip out of your mind. Reserve a handkerchief for yourself too as tears are not a rarity in karonkkas.
It is a custom to tinkle a glass with a spoon to let people know you are about that start your speech. You should start your speech by first thanking and proposing a toast to your opponent and then to the custodian, followed by your supervisors and others you wish to thank. You may also give a little gift to the opponent, the custodian and your supervisors. The opponent, the custodian and your supervisors will reply in the same order you mentioned their names. Many people will reply to you but some may choose not to do so.
Good luck with everything!
LUOVA encourages doctoral candidates to organise a minisymposium prior to their doctoral defence and provides funding for it on the condition that the candidate - not the thesis supervisor - takes the main responsibility of organising the event.
The topic of the minisymposium must be wider than the title of the candidate's PhD thesis and be of general interest. The minisymposium must be at least a half-day-event with a minimum of four presenters. The speakers of the minisymposium may include, for example, the defence opponent, dissertation pre-examiners and other scientists working in the field of the minisymposium.
The maximum sum of the funding is 800 Euros per symposium and it can be used for speakers' travel and accommodation expenses as well as for the symposium coffee service.
Funding for a minisymposium must be applied at least six weeks before the planned symposium date. To apply, please send the doctoral programme coordinator a free-form application with the following:
After funding is secured you should book a room for the symposium and advertise it. A pdf of the advertisement should be delivered to the coordinator who will post it on LUOVA's homepage.
Diego Pavon Jordan & Sara Fraixedas, 4 May 2017
Birds in a changing environment
Mia Vehkaoja, 9 June 2016
The return of beavers and their ecological effects
Ilona Merikanto, 28 April 2016
Ecology and evolution of infectious diseases
Tuomas Aivelo, 19 November 2015
Hosts and parasites: temporal variation from individuals to populations
Claire Morandin, 10 September 2015
Ecology and genomics of insects – What can we learn from from social insects and butterflies?
Heidi Björklund, 25 June 2015
Avian conservation in changing landscapes
Sari Holopainen, 12 March 2015
Living on a flyway: habitat processes and bird population dynamics from breeding to wintering grounds
Alexandre Budria, 29 January 2015
Parasites in aquatic ecosystems
Sannakajsa Velmala, 25 September 2014
On the Ectomycorrhizas of Boreal Forests
Jacquelin DeFaveri, 14 November 2013
Under the sea: Fishing for adaptive divergence in the marine environment
Stephen Venn, 8 August 2013
Insect diversity of grassland habitats
Andrea Santangeli, 2 May 2013
Conservation from different perspectives
Edward Kluen, 13 December 2012
Variation in colouration and suites of individual behaviours
Jenni Leppänen & Kaisa Välimäki, 29 November 2012
Unravelling the unorthodox reproductive systems and predator-mediated selection
Christoph Meier, 24 May 2012
Abigél Gonda, 24 November 2011
Evolving brains - From molecules to brain size
Riikka Kaartinen, 10 March 2011
Insect communities in space & time
Jaana Kekkonen, 27 January 2011
Saija Sirkiä, 9 December 2010
From birds to bears and back again – Current management solutions in taiga forests
Ayco Tack, 27 May 2010
Trophic interactions in space and time
Pekka Kontiainen, 18 March 2010
Variable environments, life history and behaviour
Tuomas Leinonen, 4 February 2010
Evolving sticklebacks - from genes to phenotypes
Kristjan Niitepõld, 3 December 2009
Butterflies! Evo-devo, life history and conceptual scrutiny
Lasse Ruokolainen, 22 October 2009
Species - environment interations in ecological communities
Gunther Jansen, 25 June 2009
Molecular advances in evolutionary biology of insects
Aleksi Lehikoinen & Kim Jaatinen, 7 May 2009
Recent advances in ornithology - from climate change to brood parasitism
Katja Holmala, 23 April 2009
Predator relationships - from hostility to co-operation
Marjo Saastamoinen, 11 October 2007
Recent advances in butterfly biology - from genes to communities
Jonna Katajisto, 7 December 2006
Large carnivores in Europe
Henna Piha, 30 November 2006
Living in a variable environment: individual and population level responses
Since the founding of the doctoral programme in 1995 more than 170 students have graduated from LUOVA. Below you can find all LUOVA dissertations and the date of defense.
179. Luisa Woestmann, 29 September 2017
Condition-dependence of fitness-related traits in the Glanville fritillary butterfly
178. Dimitri Stucki, 8 September 2017
Individual stress-resistance in the ant Formica exsecta
177. Sara Freixedas, 5 May 2017
Bird populations in a changing world: implications for North European conservation
176. Diego Pavon Jordan, 5 May 2017
Waterbirds in a changing world: effects of climate, habitat and conservation policy on European waterbirds
175. Kristina Noreikiene, 2 December 2016
Physiological stress and life-history strategies in the eider (Somateria mollissima)
174. Rauno Yrjölä, 25 November 2016
Impact of land use on breeding bird populations – case study of Vuosaari harbour construction
173. Jana Wolf, 21 October 2016
Genetic and behavioural divergence of queen size morphs in the red ant Myrmica ruginodis
172. Mia Vehkaoja, 10 June 2016
Beaver in the drainage basin: an ecosystem engineer restores wetlands in the boreal landscapes
171. Martina Ozan, 3 June 2016
Reproductive partitioning in the polygynous black ant Formica fusca
170. Sanna Mäkeläinen, 29 April 2016
Occurrence, habitat use and movements of the flying squirrel in human-modified forest landscapes
169. Ilona Merikanto, 29 April 2016
Disease dynamics, invasion and biological control of environmentally growing pathogens
168. Kalle Meller, 1 April 2016
The impacts of temperature on the long-term variation in migration and breeding performance of birds
167. Norbertas Noreika, 18 March 2016
On the deterioration and restoration of mire invertebrate communities
166. Maria Hällfors, 5 February 2016
Coming to terms with conservation under climate change: Using species distribution models and translocation trials for estimating the need and potential of assisted migration
165. Hanna Laakkonen, 27 November 2015
Phylogeography of amphi-boreal marine fauna
64. Tanjona Ramiadantsoa, 20 November 2015
Spatial processes in ecology and evolution, and implications for conservation
163. Marco Milardi, 20 November 2015
Fish out of place : Evaluating the impacts of fish introductions on freshwater ecosystems
162. Tuomas Aivelo, 20 November 2015
Longitudinal monitoring of parasites in individual wild primates
161. Sakeri Savola, 13 November 2015
Voles and their trophic interactions in a changing landscape
160. Henna Fabritius, 23 October 2015
Temporal habitat dynamics and conservation planning : The case of the false heath fritillary
159. Laura Meller, 16 October 2015
Bird's eye view of European biodiversity policy under climate change
158. Heini Natri, 2 October 2015
Sex chromosome evolution and speciation in stickleback fishes
157. Christina Gruber, 25 September 2015
Effects of ecological factors on dominance and immune defence in crayfish
156. Claire Morandin, 11 September 2015
To be or not to be a Queen - Caste-specific gene expression patterns in ants
155. Hanna Lindgren, 11 September 2015
Phylogeny, symbiotic interactions and chemical variation in the genus Bryoria section Implexae (Parmeliaceae, Lecanoromycetes)
154. Heidi Björklund, 26 June 2015
The effects of habitat changes, conservation measures and interspecific interactions on forest-dwelling hawks
153. Jani Anttila, 29 May 2015
Mathematical models of environmental opportunist pathogen dynamics
152. Anni-Maria Örmälä-Odegrip, 10 April 2015
Implications of bacterial viruses on pathogenic bacteria: from natural microbial communities to therapeutic applications
151. Sari Holopainen, 13 March 2015
Duck-habitat interplay in boreal wetlands: Importance of habitat and density in duck population processes
150. Marleena Isomaa, 13 February 2015
Precautionary management of Baltic Sea cod (Gadus morhua callaris) under different harvesting and environmental scenarios
149. Alexandre Budria, 30 January 2015
Swimming through troubled waters – Eutrophication of the Baltic sea and parasites of the threespine stickleback
148. Maria Heikkilä, 19 December 2014
Systematizing morphology: a total evidence approach to distrysian phylogenetics (Lepidoptera)
147. Hanna Susi, 21 November 2014
Host-pathogen coevolution through trade-offs and coinfection
146. Joona Lehtomäki, 31 October 2014
Spatial conservation prioritization for Finnish forest conservation management
145. Daniel Burgas, 24 October 2014
Linking raptors and biodiversity; ecological rationale and conservation relevance
144. Jouni Kvist, 24 October 2014
Functional genomics of the Glanville fritillary butterfly
143. Eva Schultner, 23 October 2014
Cannibalism and conflict in Formica ants
142. Sannakajsa Velmala, 26 September 2014
Genetic control of susceptibility to fungal symbionts of juvenile Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) H. Karsten) in relation to long-term growth performance
141. Mari Kekkonen, 16 May 2014
Taxon delineation in gelechioid moths: from phylogenetics to DNA barcoding
140. Anniina Mattila, 9 May 2014
Flight metabolic rate and dispersal in the Glanville fritillary butterfly: from genes to populations
139. Sanna Majaneva, 11 April 2014
Understanding the biodiversity and ecological importance of ctenophores - Lessons from Arctic and Baltic Mertensia ovum
138. Nurul Izza Ab Ghani, 7 February 2014
Population differentiation in sticklebacks: disentangling maternal, environmental and genetic effects
137. Christelle Couchoux, 17 December 2013
Parasitoid foraging behaviour in a competitive environment
136. Jacquelin DeFaveri, 15 November 2013
Genetics of local adaptation in the three-spined stickleback
135. Jukka T. Lehtonen, 18 October 2013
Occurence of the introduced black rat (Rattus rattus) and its potential effects on endemic rodents in southeastern Madagascar
134. Markku Karhunen, 18 October 2013
Statistical methods for detecting signals of natural selection in the wild
133. Minna Pekkonen, 11 October 2013
Interplay of ecology and evolution under changing environmental conditions : Evolution experiments with heterotrophic bacteria
132. Petra Rodewald, 4 October 2013
Effects of broodstock origin, rearing environment and release method on post-stocking performance of Atlantic salmon
131. Stephen Venn, 9 August 2013
Managing forest and meadow habitats for the enhancement of urban biodiversity – Messages from carabid beetles and vascular plants
130. Liina Voutilainen, 28 June 2013
Interactions between Puumala hantavirus and its host, the bank vole, in the boreal zone
129. Andrea Santangeli, 3 May 2013
Assessing the effectiveness of different approaches to species conservation
128. Veera Norros, 15 March 2013
Measuring and modelling airborne dispersal in wood decay fungi
127. Eeva Einola, 8 March 2013
Present and future fluxes of nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon from catchments to lakes in a boreal landscape
126. Edward Kluen, 14 December 2012
Personality traits in the blue tit
125. Jenni Leppänen, 30 November 2012
Phylogeography and population genetics of social parasitism in Myrmica ants
124. Abhilash Nair, 26 October 2012
Conservation genetics of endemic Indirana frogs of the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot
123. Miia Jauni, 31 August 2012
Plant invasions in boreal agricultural habitats: the effects of environmental conditions, species traits and the impact on native diversity
122. Pertti Ranta, 17 August 2012
Urban ecosystems-response to disturbances, resilience and ecological memory
121. Heini Kujala, 1 June 2012
Climate change, species range shifts and uncertainty – a new era of conservation planning
120. Christoph Meier, 25 May 2012
The consequences of spatial environmental variability on dispersal and on the spatial distribution of species
119. Anton Chernenko, 25 May 2012
Recognition and social behaviour in Formica ants
118. Ulla Tuomainen, 20 January 2012
Behavioural responses to anthropogenic disturbances
117. Abigél Gonda, 25 November 2011
Intraspecific variation in brain size and architecture: population divergence and phenotypic plasticity
116. Mari Bieri, 17 June 2011
The impact of FSC certification on timber tree regeneration and floristic composition in Honduran community forests
115. Suvi Nikula, 5 May 2011
European aspen and hybrid aspen under changing environment : Leaf traits, growth and litter decomposition
114. Jostein Starrfelt, 29 April 2011
Models of dispersal and diversification
113. Riikka Kaartinen, 11 March 2011
Spatial ecology of food webs: herbivore-parasitoid communities on the pedunculate oak E-thesis
112. Jaana Kekkonen, 28 January 2011
Evolutionary and conservation biology of the Finnish house sparrow
111. Saija Sirkiä, 10 December 2010
Effects of largescale human land use on Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) populations in Finland
110. Leon Vlieger, 26 November 2010
The effects of eutrophication on alternative reproductive tactics in threespine sticklebacks
109. Jussi Alho, 5 June 2010
The emerging phenotype: Ecological genetics of color, form and sex in the common frog
108. Ace North, 4 June 2010
Effects of environmental variation on ecological and evolutionary dynamics
107. Ayco Tack, 28 May 2010
Spatial ecology of an oak-associated herbivore community : A metacommunity of herbivores
106. Emma Vitikainen, 23 April 2010
Causes and consequences of inbreeding in the ant Formica exsecta
105. Kati Vierikko, 16 April 2010
Sustainable forest management – ecologically sound and socially accepted
104. Johan Ekroos, 9 April 2010
Effects of management and landscape structure on biodiversity in boreal agricultural farmland
103. Varpu Mitikka, 26 March 2010
The range expansion of the European map butterfly in Finland
102. Pekka Kontiainen, 19 March 2010
Living on voles – plastic life of the Ural owl
101. Tuomas Leinonen, 5 February 2010
Evolutionary genetics in the wild - from populations to individuals
100. Johanna Rainio, 19 December 2009
Carabid beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae) as indicators of environmental change in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar
99. Jenni Hottola, 18 December 2009
Communities of wood-inhabiting fungi: Ecological requirements and responses to forest management and fragmentation
98. Kristjan Niitepõld, 4 December 2009
Flight metabolic rate in the Glanville fritillary butterfly
97. Heidi Viljanen, 27 November 2009
Dung beetle communities in Madagascar
96. Helena Wirta, 20 November 2009
Dung beetle radiations in Madagascar
95. Outi Ala-Honkola, 30 October 2009
Pre- and post-copulatory sexual selection in the least killifish, Heterandria formosa
94. Lasse Ruokolainen, 23 October 2009
Ecological communities in variable environments : dynamics and diversity under coloured environmental stochasticity
93. Gunther Jansen, 26 June 2009
Phylogenetics of Myrmica ants and their social parasites
92. Aleksi Lehikoinen, 8 May 2009
Climate forcing on avian life history
91. Katja Holmala, 24 April 2009
The community of medium-sized carnivores: interactions between species, habitats and rabies
90. Chaozhi Zheng, 24 April 2009
Modeling ecological and evolutionary processes in spatially structured populations
89. Leena Hamberg, 17 April 2009
The effects of habitat edges and trampling intensity on vegetation in urban forests
88. Anni Arponen, 4 April 2009
Species-based and community-level approaches to conservation prioritization
87. Ville-Petri Friman, 14 March 2009
The role of productivity in the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of predator-prey interaction
86. Jan Heuschele, 27 February 2009
The influence of eutrophication on sexual selection in sticklebacks
85. Sanna Olsson, 27 February 2009
Evolution of the Neckeraceae (Bryopsida)
84. Varpu Vahtera, 30 May 2008
Phylogenetics, taxon delimitation and phylogenetic diversity
83. Kata-Riina Valosaari, 7 March 2008
Ecological consequences of genetic modifications - an invasion analysis approach
82. Minna Malmivaara-Lämsä, 1 February 2008
Effects of recreational use and fragmentation on the understorey vegetation and soil microbial communities of urban forests in southern Finland
81. Raisa Nikula, 18 January 2008
Phylogeography and hybrid swarms: history of brackish water bivalve diversity in North European marginal seas
80. Natalia Pitala, 30 November 2007
Causes and consequences of variation in nestling immune function
79. Juha Pöyry, 23 November 2007
Management of semi-natural grasslands for butterfly and moth communities
78. Jukka Rintala, 2 November 2007
Dynamics of Finnish starlings in 1951-2005: from monitoring to population modelling
77. Sofia Gripenberg, 26 October 2007
Spatial ecology of a specialist insect herbivore - the leaf-mining moth Tischeria ekebladella on the pedunculate oak Quercus robur
76. Marjo Saastamoinen, 12 October 2007
Dispersal and related life history traits in the Glanville fritillary butterfly
75. Mika Laakkonen, 14 September 2007
Behavioural and physiological responses to predators of captive-bred Arctic charr: significance of genetics, learning and ontogeny
74. Astrid van Teeffelen, 16 June 2007
Where and how to conserve: Extending the scope of spatial reserve network design
73. Markus Piha, 15 June 2007
Spatial and temporal determinants of Finnish farmland bird populations
72. Ville Vepsäläinen, 15 June 2007
Farmland birds and habitat heterogeneity in intensively cultivated boreal agricultural landscapes
71. Patrik Karell, 1 June 2007
Short- and long-term consequences of food resources on Ural owl Strix uralensis reproduction
70. Katja Matveinen-Huju, 11 May 2007
Short-term effects of variable retention on epigaeic spiders and carabid beetles in Finland
69. Katja Bargum, 30 March 2007
Kin selection, social polymorphism and reproductive allocation in ants
68. Irina Herzon, 24 February 2007
Ode to a Skylark: Agricultural intensification and farmland birds in the Baltic region
67. Daniel Rankin, 26 January 2007
The population consequences of sex and conflict
66. Mahoua Ma, 20 December 2006
Plant species diversity of buffer zones in agricultural landscapes: In search of determinants from the local to regional scale
65. Jonna Katajisto, 8 December 2006
Habitat use and population dynamics of brown bears (Ursus arctos) in Scandinavia
64. Vesa Yli-Pelkonen, 2 December 2006
Use of ecological information in urban planning
63. Henna Piha, 1 December 2006
Impacts of agriculture on amphibians at multiple scales
62. Alia Sarhan, 20 October 2006
Behavioural, population and genetic processes affecting metapopulation dynamics of the Glanville fritillary butterfly
61. Kalevi Trontti, 16 June 2006
Population structure and evolution in the ant Plagiolepis pygmaea and its two social parasites Plagiolepis xene and Plagiolepis grassei
60. Tarja Latva-Karjanmaa, 31 March 2006
Reproduction and population structure in European aspen
59. Asta Audzijonyte, 27 January 2006
Diversity and zoogeography of continental mysid crustaceans
58. Jani Pellikka, 4 November 2005
Management of wildlife richness in Finnish forests - interplay between game-related actors and actions
57. Sampsa Vilhunen, 28 October 2005
Evaluating innate and learned determinants for improving antipredator behaviour of stocked fish
56. Paavo Hellstedt, 15 October 2005
Behaviour, dynamics and ecological impact of small mustelids
55. Anna-Liisa Laine, 27 May 2005
Linking spatial and evolutionary dynamics in a plant-pathogen metapopulation
54. Annamari Salonen, 21 May 2005
Behavioural and morphological variation in European grayling, Thymallus thymallus, populations
53. Susanna Lehvävirta, 20 May 2005
Urban woodland ecology - methodological perspectives and empirical studies
52. Katja Enberg, 13 May 2005
Sustainable harvesting in variable environments
51. Reijo Penttilä, 29 October 2004
The impacts of forestry on polyporous fungi in boreal forests
50. Terho Hyvönen, 28 May 2004
Temporal and spatial variation in weed community composition of spring cereal fields
49. Maaria Kankare, 28 May 2004
Phylogeny and host associations of Cotesia parasitoids attacking checkerspot butterfles
48. Lotta Wickström, 27 May 2004
Phylogeny, phyletic coevolution and phylogeography of anoplocephaline cestodes in mammals
47. Sari Haikola, 19 December 2003
Inbreeding depression in the Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia)
46. Pasi Sihvonen, 7 November 2003
Diversity and classification of the Scopulini (Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Sterrhinae)
45. Tero Sipilä, 31 October 2003
Conservation biology of Saimaa ringed seal (Phoca hispida saimensis) with reference to other European seal populations
44. Paula Siitonen, 24 October 2003
Reserve network design in fragmented forest landscapes
43. Jukka Palo, 17 October 2003
Genetic diversity and phylogeography of landlocked seals
42. Tytti Kontula, 3 October 2003
Phylogeography and evolution of freshwater cottid fishes
41. Gergely Vàrkonyi, 26 September 2003
Population biology of periodic Xestia moths
40. Mar Cabeza, 26 April 2003
Spatial population dynamics in reserve-network design
39. Patrik Byholm, 25 April 2003
Reproduction and dispersal of goshawks in a variable environment
38. Salla Hannunen, 10 April 2003
Trivial movements and redistribution of polyphagous insect herbivores in heterogeneous vegetation
37. Innocent Zilihona, 21 March 2003
Responses of invertebrates to human-caused disturbances in East African tropical rainforests: conservation implications
36. Olivier Gilg, 13 December 2002
Fluctuations cycliques du Lemming à collier (Dicrostonyx groenlandicus, Traill 1823) au Groenland : un modèle paramétrique pour les interactions prédateurs-proie
35. Anne Luoma, 15 November 2002
Moose hunting in Finland - management of a heavily harvested population
34. Vesa Selonen, 1 November 2002
Spacing behaviour of the Siberian flying squirrel - effects of landscape structure
33. Janne Sundell, 31 May 2002
Vole population dynamics: experiments on predation
32. Jon Brommer, 23 November 2001
Intergenerational trade-offs in periodic environments - a reaction norm perspective
31. Katriina Lahti, 9 November 2001
Integrated analysis of aggression in salmonids
30. Anna-Liisa Sippola, 19 October 2001
Forest structure and biodiversity in northern boreal forests: Effects of regeneration cutting on flying beetles and wood-decomposing fungi
29. Matti Koivula, 23 March 2001
Carabid beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae) in boreal managed forests - meso-scale ecological patterns in relation to modern forestry
28. Nuutti Kangas, 16 December 2000
Mechanisms of sexual selection in the sand soby, Pomatoschistus minutus
27. David Tesar, 1 December 2000
Evolution of life-histories in stochastic environments: Cole’s paradox revisited
26. Karin Hårding, 17 November 2000
Population dynamics of seals: the influences of spatial and temporal structures
25. Niklas Wahlberg, 27 October 2000
The ecology and evolution of melitaeine butterflies
24. Eero Aro, 2 June 2000
The spatial and temporal distribution patterns of cod (Gadus morhua callarias L.) in the Baltic Sea and their dependence on environmental variability - Implications for fishery management
23. Janica Ylikarjula, 18 May 2000
Nonlinearity and environmental stochasticity in ecological interactions
22. Markus Öst, 7 April 2000
Feeding constraints and parental care in female eiders
21. Matti Salminen, 28 April 2000
Influence of smolt size on the postsmolt ecology of ranched Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) in the northern Baltic Sea
20. Teija Seppä, 18 December 1999
Growth and size variation in Saimaa arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus)
19. Jari Raitaniemi, 5 November 1999
The growth responses of fish to differences in acidity-related lake charasteristics and fish species composition
18. Heidi Kinnunen, 22 October 1999
In search of spatial scale - Carabid beetle communities in agricultural landscapes
17. Tomas Roslin, 2 October 1999
Spatial ecology of dung beetles
16. Gunilla Ståhls, 28 May 1999
Systematics of Syrphidae and taxonomy of Cheilosia (Diptera): morphological and molecular evidence
15. Mikko Peltonen, 21 May 1999
Bark beetles at forest edges: Effects of cuttings on species' occurrence
14. Pekka Vilkamaa, 5 March 1999
Phylogeny and taxonomy of the genera Prosciara, Lobosciara and Pseudozygoneura (Diptera: Sciaridae)
13. Atte Moilanen, 18 December 1998
Modeling metapopulation dynamics
12. Markku Milonoff, 7 August 1998
Clutch size determination in precocial birds with self-feeding chicks
11. Mikko Kuussaari, 3 April 1998
Biology of the Glanville fritillary butterfly (Melitaea cinxia)
10. Lauri Kaila, 20 February 1998
Classification of the Elachistidae (Lepidoptera : Gelechioidea)
9. Mikko Heino, 23 January 1998
Evolution of age schedules of reproduction and environmental feedback
8. Sei-Woong Choi, 19 December 1997
Systematics of the Cidariini (Lepidoptera, Geometridae: Larentiinae)
7. Anssi Laurila, 21 November 1997
Breeding habitat choice and larval ecology in two anurans
6. Guangchun Lei, 7 March 1997
Metapopulation of host-parasitoid interactions
5. Jari Heikkilä, November 1996
Interactions between small mustelids and voles in Fennoscandia
4. Marko Nieminen, 1 November 1996
Metapopulation dynamics of moths
3. Juha Laakkonen, 18 October 1996
Characterization and ecology of Pneumocystis carinii infection in wild small mammals
2. Jan Lindström, 23 March 1996
Modelling grouse population dynamics
1. Maija-Liisa Prinkkilä, 17 February 1996
Larval competition in the ecology of Lucilla blowflies
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