Collaborators and Alumni

Department Collaborators

Bibiana Rojas, Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä

My main interests lie in the interface between behavioural and evolutionary ecology. I am particularly interested in different aspects of communication, animal colouration, predator-prey interactions, aggression, parental care, and life history trade-offs. Thus far, I have been using poison frogs, wood tiger moths, and blue and great tits as study systems. Currently, my primary interests are focused on the evolutionary ecology of tadpole cannibalism in poison frogs, and how this can be modulated by parental decisions; and on how the interactions among tadpoles, and between those and adult frogs, shape the dynamics of disease transmission in the wild. However, I keenly keep doing research on the evolution of multimodal warning signals both in moths and frogs.

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Carita Lindstedt, Senior Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä and Group leader in the science education project Evolution in Action

My aim is to understand the role of natural selection in shaping the adaptive genetic and phenotypic variation in antipredator strategies. I study the lifehistory costs of cooperative antipredator defences and how ecological and social conditions shape the evolution of antipredator strategies and animal signalling. I use a combination of behavioural, physiological, quantitative genetic and functional ecological techniques both in the field and in the laboratory. Currently my main study species are pine sawflies but I also work with other prey (e.g. burying beetles and wood tiger moths) and predator species both in the lab and in the wild.

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Ossi Nokelainen, Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä

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Janne Valkonen, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä

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International Collaborators

Astrid Groot, Professor at the University of Amsterdam

Chris Jiggins, Professor at the University of Cambridge

Almut Kelber, Professor at Lund University

Marie Herberstein, Professor at Macquarie University

John Endler, Alfred Deakin Professor at Deakin University

Hanna Kokko, Professor at the University of Zurich

Toomas Tammaru, Professor at the University of Tartu

Former Postdocs

Bibiana Rojas, Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä

Emily Burdfield-Steel, Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Swanne Gordon,  Assistant Professor at the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri (US)

David Kikuchi, Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Germany)

Dalial Freitak, Associate Professor at the University of Graz (Austria)

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Catherine Soler

Atsushi Honma

Joanneke Reudler Talsma

Hannah Rowland, Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena (Germany)

Sami Merilaita, Lecturer at the University of Turku (Finland)

Former PhD Students

Franziska Dickel, Research Associate at Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz

Katja Rönkä, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki

Lauri Mikonranta, Research Associate at the University of York

Janne Valkonen, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä

Robert Hegna, Assistant Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University

Ossi Nokelainen, Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä

Carita Lindstedt, University Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä

Eira Ihalainen, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of St Andrews

Katja Ojala

Anne Lyytinen, Senior Planning Officer at the University of Jyväskylä

Leena Lindström, Professor at the University of Jyväskylä

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