New funding from the RLife Programme

The Finnish Academy of Sciences has awarded €250,000 to Johanna Mappes, Juan Galarza, and Chris Jiggins from Cambridge University to investigate the role of molecular regulatory networks in controlling colour polymorphisms.

Congratulations Bibiana! 

Big congrats to Bibiana Rojas, who was selected as the department’s Scientist of the Year for 2019! A well deserved award for an outstanding year of Science!



We have two new postdocs! 

We are happy to welcome our new postdocs, David Kikuchi and Anne Winters. David did part of his NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship with us in 2015. We are thrilled he will be joining us again for three months before starting a Fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin! Anne did her PhD at the University of Brisbane, Australia on the colour and chemical diversity of aposematic nudibranchs. She will be focusing on wood tiger moth chemical ecology. Welcome, David and Anne!

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Welcome to new PhD student Cristina! 

We are excited to bring Cristina Ottocento on board as a PhD student! Cristina is another outstanding student from the University o Padova who received an ERASMUS+ scholarship to do a Masters project with us. As a PhD student, Cristina will be studying the mechanisms that drive speciation, in particular, if there is an ongoing divergence process between the Caucasus and European wood tiger moth populations. 

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We have a new PhD student!

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our new PhD student, Chiara De Pasqual! Chiara graduated in Padova but she did her Masters thesis with us, within the ERASMUS exchange program. She will be studying the role of chemical communication in sexual selection using the wood tiger moths as a study system. Welcome, Chiara!



Congratulations, Dr. Rönkä!

Our PhD Student Katja Rönkä successfully defended her thesis entitled “Evolution of signal diversity: predator-prey interactions and the maintenance of warning colour polymorphism in the wood tiger moth Arctia plantaginis“. We are so proud of you!

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PhD Students Needed

We are looking for 2 PhD students to work in the project “Chemical communication in wood tiger moths”  under the topics: “Following the first tracks of speciation: divergence of wood tiger moth populations in the Caucasus, Western Asia” and “Sexual communication and mate preference via pheromones”. The student will join Prof. Johanna Mappes’ group but the work will be conducted in collaboration with Prof. Astrid Groot (U. Amsterdam); he/she is expected to start no later than April 15th 2018. Application deadline: Dec 8th, 2017, details here. If you have further questions about the position please email us: aplantaginis.research[at]

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