Education & Publications

We contribute to the following Masters-level courses:

EEB-002: Evolutionary Biology This course concentrates on how genes and genomes change during the course of evolution, how we can study them and what can we learn from these studies.

EEB-107: Sensory Ecology Non-human animals do not necessarily sense the world in the same way as we do. This course introduces concepts of information and sensory ecology and encourages students to consider how sensory ecology applies across diverse contexts.

EEB-201: Molecular Ecology Lab course Get familiar in practice with the most commonly used methods in molecular systematics and molecular ecology.

EEB-207: Conservation Genetics The aim of the course is to understand how genetic methods can be used to help conserve endangered species and populations.

Most of our members are also very happy to meet with interested Masters students to discuss potential thesis projects and research training in either Viikki or the beautiful Tvärminne Zoological Station.  Get in touch!

Together with Michael Wrzaczek, Jonna Kulmuni and Rose Thorogood organise the weekly seminar series for our research programme: the Organismal & Evolutionary Biology seminar series.

The Winter-Spring series kicked off with Rhonda Snook (University of Stockholm) and will include speakers from across Europe and Finland, as well as being a platform for introducing new staff.  

Wednesdays at 3pm in Telkänponttö, Biocenter 3 (room 2402). 

MSc theses

Satu Paavonsalo (2017): The opsonizing and antibacterial properties of honey bee vitellogenin in hemocytes.

Mats Ittonen (2017): Levittäytyminen ja aggressio kaljuloviniskan (Formica pressilabris) superkoloniassa.

Anna Hietala (2017): Caste-specific expression of vitellogenin and vitellogenin-like genes in the ant Formica fusca.

PhD theses (click name to read)

Franziska Dickel (2018): Medicative diet - the importance of diet and prophylactic treatment on survival and immunity of polyphagous Arctia plantaginis (Arctiidae) larvae.

Dimitri Stucki (2017): Individual stress-resistance in the ant Formica exsecta.

Jana Wolf (2016): Genetic and behavioural divergence of queen size morphs in the red ant Myrmica ruginodis.

Martina Ozan (2016): Reproductive partitioning in the polygynous black ant Formica fusca.