Current group members
Pranoy MS, PhD student
Indian Institute of Science (2022-)
Tapasya Thapa, Project associate
Indian Institute of Science (2022-)
Born and brought up in a small city, Dehradun. Did my master’s in Biotechnology in 2018. It was my post-graduation dissertation that sparked my interest in the field of phylogenetics. Just after my masters, I joined Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun and gained experience in conservation genetics tools and techniques. And since March 2022, I have been working as a Project Associate in Population and Community Ecology lab, Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISC, Bangalore. Here, I help with the molecular lab work and routine chemistry work. I am keen to understand the effect of the environment on the evolution of characters and the survival of these characters from the molecular point of view.
Apart from extracting and amplifying DNA, I love to dance and read some good fiction. Also, a music fanatic and yes, a major Potterhead.
Past postdocs & research visitors and
Research visitor (2010) from Osaka University, Japan- Ecology and Intraspecific competition in pupal parasitoids. University of Helsinki
Postdoc (2004) – Olfactory attraction of parasitoids to their host and host-food plant complex, University of Helsinki.
Head of the Laboratorio de Entomología Experimental – Grupo de Investigación en Ecofisiología de Parasitoides y otros Insectos (GIEP), Argentina
Past PhD students
PhD student (2012-2015) – Spatial foraging behavior of the parasitoid Hyposotor horticola. University of Helsinki.
PhD student (2008-13) Cornell University, Center for applied Math. Dissertation is titled “Cooperative behavior in bees, wasps, and burglars”
Now a faculty member in Math at Bennington College, USA
Past MSc students & undergraduate researchers
MSc (gradu) (2014-2017) – Mating structure of the parasitoid Cotesia melitaearum.
Currently a PhD student at the University of Helsinki
MSc intern from Lyon, France (2017)- Sex determination in the parasitoid Cotesia glomerata
University of Helsinki
MSc (2013-14) – Multitrophic interactions between a plant, herbivore and parasitoid. University of Helsinki
Currently a researcher at Stockholm University
MSc (2014) Harper Adams University, UK. Intraspecific competition by the parasitoid wasp Hyposoter horticola. University of Helsinki
MSc student (2011- 13) – Heritability of traits associated with landscape structure in Plantago lanceolata (co-advised with Anna-Liisa Laine), University of Helsinki
MSc (gradu) (2011) – Variation in the response to drought in Plantago lanceolata. University of Helsinki
MSc (gradu) (2010-12) – Habitat fragmentation and the performance of P. lanceolata and V. spicata
(co-advised with Anna-Liisa Laine), University of Helsinki
MSc internship (2012) France – The role of group behavior on the relationship of the butterfly M. cinxia with the parasitoid H. horticola. University of Helsinki
Currently an INRA researcher in Antibes, France
Riikka Alanen (Hartikainen)
MSc (gradu) (2010-2012) – Habitat fragmentation and the germination of P. lanceolata and V. spicata
(co-advised with Anna-Liisa laine), University of Helsinki
MSc (05-08) – Plant, phytopathogen, parasitoid interaction. (co-advised with Anna-Liisa laine), University of Helsinki
MSc (07) – Density dependent parasitism by the hyperparasitoid Mesochorus stigmaticus, University of Helsinki
MSc (2005-07) – Natural history of the butterfly Melitaea athalia and its parasitoids in Åland, Finland. University of Helsinki
Publication from her thesis: Reudler Talsma, J., Torri, K. van Nouhuys, S. 2008. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 2: 63-75
MSc (01-03) – Movement and oviposition behavior of an extremely mobile parasitoid wasp, Hyposoter horticola. University of Helsinki
Publication from her thesis: van Nouhuys, S, Ehrnsten, J. 2004. Behavioral Ecology, 15: 661-665
MSc (00-01) Jena, germany – Behavioral and developmental responses of a specialist parasitoid wasp to host larvae feeding on two host food plant species. University of Helsinki
Currently works for National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, Germany