Saskya’s CV

Saskya van Nouhuys

Publications: see here, or Profile on Google Scholar


Ph.D.  Entomology: Cornell University 

B.A. Biology: University of California at Santa Cruz 

Positions held

10/21-present: Associate Professor
Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

8/19-12/2021: Lecturer
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

2/10-present:  Adjunct Associate Professor  
Department of Entomology, Cornell University

3/11-present: Docent (equivalent to Associate Professor), PI Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki

5/03-3/11: Senior Researcher, PI
Metapopulation Research Group, Dept. of Biological and Environmental sciences, U. of Helsinki

2/10- 2/16: Visiting Associate Professor  
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

8/09-8/14: Academy Research Fellow, PI, 
Metapopulation Reseach group, Dept. of Biological and Environmental sciences, U. of Helsinki

10/02- 02/10: Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

9/04 -12/04, 9/08 -12/08, 1-4/12: Lecturer
Department of Entomology, Cornell University

4/01-5/03:  Senior Researcher 
Metapopulation Research Group, Dept. of Ecology and Systematics, U. of Helsinki

4/97- 4/01: Post-doctoral Fellow
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U. of Helsinki

9/00-9/02: Visiting Fellow
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

9/98-9/00:  Visiting Fellow          
Department of Entomology, Cornell University

9/90-1/97: Ph.D. support in Entomology at Cornell University:
3 year NSF pre-doctoral fellowship, 3 year teaching assistantships, 1 semester departmental fellowship

88-90: Field assistant for California Agricultural Extension


Scientific writing semester long workshop, Indian Institute of Science, Spring 2023

Ecology: Pattern and Process Indian Institute of Science (EC 202) co-instructor Fall 2022

Advanced Ecology Cornell University (BIOEE 3610) co-instructor Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021

Invasive Species Cornell University (BIOEE4940) Instructor Spring 2021

Spatial Population Ecology -graduate seminar course, Cornell University: Spring 01, 05,  07, 13, 14, 15, 17-21, University of Argentina, Bariloche: Spring 06

Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity (BIOEE 1780) Cornell University co-instructor Fall 2019, Spring 2020

Population Ecology in Fragmented Landscapes University of Helsinki (co-instructor Falls 2014. 15, 16, 17)

Applied Entomology (lectures & laboratory) Cornell University (co-instructor Spring 11)

Introductory Entomology (1 semester course, all lectures & laboratories): Cornell University (Fall 04, Fall 08)

Metacommunity Ecology (1 week course) Uppsala University, Sweden (co-instructor Spring 08)

Evolutionary Biology: University of Helsinki, Finland (co-instructor Spring 98)

Guest lectures: Dispersal Biological Control, Ecological Genetics, General Biology, Insect Ecology, Metacommunity Ecology, Parasitoid Ecology

Graduate teaching assistant: General Evolution, General Ecology, Applied Entomology, Cultural Entomology, Introductory Biology

Pedagogical skills and training

  • Online course for Cornell Faculty titled “Teaching in the diverse classroom” (spring 2019)
  • I was graded “Excellent” for teaching skills when I was evaluated for docentship (Associate Professor level) at the University of Helsinki in 2011 (judged by teaching professionals)
  • I received an award for MSc thesis advising, University of Helsinki in 2011
  • While teaching Introductory Entomology at Cornell (2008) l received training throughout the semester including video analyses of lectures and structured experimentation with teaching methods.
  • As a PhD student I received pedagogical training as a teaching assistant at Cornell University


Academic committees, panels and evaluations

  • Faculty position search committee member for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Dept., Cornell University, 2018-19 
  • Graduate field member at Cornell university in the field of Ecology and Evolutionary biology (2011-present)
  • Graduate field member at Cornell university field of Entomology (2013-present),
  • Graduate student awards committee, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Dept., Cornell University, 2018 
  • Faculty participant in Diversity Preview Weekend at Cornell University 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Midterm evaluation of PhD studies, 2015, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Evaluation of promotion toAssociate Professor, 2010, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Doctoral dissertation opponent: 2007 at Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Doctoral dissertation opponent: 2005 at Utrecht University, NL 

Journal peer reviews (~15 per year): Acta Oecologica, African Invertebrates, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, American Naturalist, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Annales Zoologici Fennici, Australian Journal of Zoology, Basic and Applied Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, Biocontrol, Biological Invasions, The Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Biology Letters, Crop Sciences, Ecography, Ecological Applications, Ecological Entomology, Ecological Modeling, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Ecosphere, Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, Entomologica Fennica, Environmental Entomology, Ethology, European Journal of Entomology, Evolution, Frontiers in Microbiology. Functional Ecology, ISRN Zoology, J. of Animal Ecology, J. of Applied Ecology, J. of Biological Control, J. of Chemical Ecology, J. of Evolutionary Biology, J. of Insect Behavior, J. of Insect Physiology, J. of Insect Science, J. of Natural History, Landscape and Urban Planning, Molecular Ecology, Natural Resource Modeling, Nature, Nature Communications, Naturwissenschaften, Oecologia, Oikos, PLoS 1, PNAS, Proceedings of the Royal Society B., Science, Scientific Reports

Editor/Editorial board

  • Associate editor for Journal of Animal Ecology (2023-present)
  • Associate editor for Ecological Entomology (2017 – present)
  • Editorial board Current Opinion in Insect Science  (2013-present)
  • Guest editor for Ecological Applications (2021)
  • Guest editor for a special issue of Annales Zoologici Fennici  Ilkka Hanski: The Legacy of a Multifaceted Ecologist (2017)
  • Editorial board Science Reports, Nature publishing Group (2015-2023)
  • Guest editor for an issue of Current Opinion in Insect Science on Community Ecology (2014)
  • Editorial board Annals of the Entomological Society of America Editorial board (2008‐2012) 

Grant Review Boards:
ANR, 3 year term 2018-2021

Grant proposal reviews: 
ANR (5), NSF (3), USDA-NRI proposals to “Biologically Based Pest Management” program (8), and to the “Managed Ecosystems” program (2), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (3), Heinz foundation (1), Bank of America (1), Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (1), Belgian National Research Agency (11), SDE-Graduate Women in Science Fellowships (2), ESF (4), SERB (10)

Symposia organized:

  • Spatial population and community dynamics during climate change- International Congress of Entomology, Helsinki, July 2022 (Co- Organizer)
  • Ecological theory for biological control and conservation. Concluding conference for the Mathematical Modeling in Biological Control and Conservation working group, Israeli Institute for Advanced studies (Co-organizer), June 2022
  • Plant Secondary Chemistry and Insect-Plant Interactions: The role of Iridoid Glycosides- Annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, 2013 (co-organize with Deane Bowers)
  • The ecology of parasitoids of butterflies – 5th Conference on Butterfly Biology, Italy, 2007

Seminars presented

Talks at conferences, workshops and symposia

Invited departmental seminars

Incomplete (very!) list of poster presentations at meetings

Students and Postdoctoral fellows

  • Postdoctoral advisees:5 past, 2 current
  • PhD students: As solo supervisor: 5 past, 4 current;  As a co-supervisor: 2 past, 2 current); As committee member: 11 past, 2 current   
  • Masters students: 20 past
  • Undergraduate interns: 10 past, 1 current

Here is a not-quite complete list, or See the  Parasitoid Ecology People page

Research funding

Community structure and dynamics of parasitoid wasps and their butterfly hosts in a complex ecological system
PI: S. van Nouhuys, co-PIs: Renee Borges and Ankita Gupta
Funding agency: SERB CORE research grant
Amount: 45,22,297 (INR) Duration:3 years (2023-2026)

Climate change and Bengaluru: Applying a biodiversity lens for a sustainable city
PI: R. Jambhekar, co-PIs: J. Krishnaswamy, S. van Nouhuys
Funding agency: Bengaluru Sustainability Forum, National Centre for Bio. Sci. Amount: 499,975 (INR) Duration: 1 year (2023-2024)

Research Group on Mathematical Modelling of Biological Control Interaction to Support Agriculture and Conservation
Competitive grant financially supported by the Israel Institute For Advanced Studies (IIAS), lead by Tamar Keasar, Michal Segoli and Eric Wajnberg
Duration:  February-June, 2022

The Åland islands network of animal and plant species as a model for ecological and evolutionary research
PIs: Ilkka Hanski, Anne Duplouy, Anna-Liisa Laine, Marjo Saastamoinen & Saskya van Nouhuys (alphabetical after I. Hanski)
Funding agency:  Erkko foundation
Amount:   375,00 €
Duration:   2014-2017 

Center of excellence in Metapopulation Research
PIs: I. Hanski M. Cabeza, M. Frilander, A-L Laine, A. Moilanen, O. Ovaskainen, S. van Nouhuys (alphabetical after Hanski)
Funding agency: Academy of Finland
Amount:   Approximately 5,500,000 €
Duration:   20012-2017 (five years)

Parasitoid population and community ecology
PI:  S. van Nouhuys
Funding agency: Academy of Finland
Amount:  ≈510,000€ (≈ $650K)
Duration:  2009-2014 (5 years)

Small grants (1000-10,000 €) from private foundations in Finland for projects, international collaboration, and travel (various, years 2000-2018)