Group leader

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Saskya van Nouhuys

Associate Professor of Ecology
Centre for Ecological Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
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Current group members

Pranoy MS, PhD student

Indian Institute of Science (2022-)

Camila Beraldo, PhD student

University of Helsinki (2020-) – Insect Symbiosis Ecology and Evolution
Co-supervised with Anne Duplouy

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

Dr. Abhilash Nair

Postdoc (2013- 2017) – Spatial population genetics of parasitoid wasps, University of Helsinki
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Dr. Joanneke Reudler Talsma

Postdoc (2014- 2017) – Multitrophic interactions through volatile organic chemicals.   University of HelsinkiCo-hosted with J. K. Holopainen
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Dr. Kristina Karlsson-Green

Postdoc (2012- 14) – Multitrophic interactions between a plant, a phytopathogen, an herbivore and a parasitoid (collaborative project with A-L Laine and Marjo Saastamoinen), University of Helsinki.
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Dr. Delia Pinto Zevallos

Postdoc (2012) – emissions of herbivore-induced volatile organic compounds in Plantago lanceolata and Veronica spicata. University of Helsinki. Co-supervised with J. K. Holopainen.

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Dr. Norio Hirai

Research visitor (2010) from Osaka University, Japan- Ecology and Intraspecific competition in pupal parasitoids. University of Helsinki

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Dr. Carolina Reigada

Postdoctoral visitor (2008) – Density dependent foraging behavior of a hyperparasitoid wasp. University of Helsinki
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Dr. Marcela Castelo

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

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Wolfgang Reschka

PhD student (2012-2015) – Spatial foraging behavior of the parasitoid Hyposotor horticola. University of Helsinki.

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Dr. Christelle Couchoux

PhD student (2009-13) – Intraspecific competition in the foraging behaviour of the parasitoid Hyposoter horticola  PhD thesis, University of Helsinki

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Dr. Katie Montovan

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

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Dr. Joanneke Reudler Talsma

PhD Student (2003-2007) Nertherlands Institute of Ecology (student of A. Biere & J. Harvey). Costs and benefits of iridoids glycosides in multitrophic systems 
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Dr. Maaria Kankare

PhD (1999-2004) (primary advisor I. Hanski) – Phylogeny and host associations of Cotesia parasitoids attacking checkerspot butterflies.University of Helsinki
Currently a Researcher at Jyväskylä University
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Past MSc students & undergraduate researchers

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Emma Hakanen

MSc (gradu) (2014-2017) – Mating structure of the parasitoid Cotesia melitaearum. 
Currently a PhD student at the University of Helsinki

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Yann Bailly

MSc intern from Lyon, France (2017)- Sex determination in the  parasitoid Cotesia glomerata
University of Helsinki

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Pil Rasmussen

MSc (2013-14) – Multitrophic interactions between a plant, herbivore and parasitoid. University of Helsinki
Currently a researcher at Stockholm University

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Marina Granger-Brown

MSc (2014)  Harper Adams University, UK. Intraspecific competition by the parasitoid wasp Hyposoter horticola. University of Helsinki

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Aapo Ahola

MSc student (2011- 13) – Heritability of traits associated with landscape structure in Plantago lanceolata (co-advised with Anna-Liisa Laine), University of Helsinki

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Terhi Lahtinen

MSc (gradu) (2011) – Variation in the response to drought in Plantago lanceolata. University of Helsinki

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Peter Kullberg

MSc (gradu) (2010-12) – Habitat fragmentation and the performance of P. lanceolata and V. spicata
(co-advised with Anna-Liisa Laine), University of Helsinki

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David Muru

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

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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

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Suvi Niemikapee (Pakarinen)

MSc (gradu) (2010-2011) – Host-parasitoid relationship in different Cotesia melitaearum and Melitaea cinxia populations around the Baltic Sea, University of Helsinki
Publication from her thesis: van Nouhuys, S., Niemikapee S., Hanski, I. 2012. Insects, 3: 1236-1256

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Tom S. Kraft

Undergraduate Honours thesis, Cornell University (08-10) – Indirect interaction between butterflies mediated by pupal parasitoids
Currently a postdoc at UCSB

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Markku Ojanen

MSc (05-08) – Plant, phytopathogen, parasitoid interaction. (co-advised with Anna-Liisa laine), University of Helsinki

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Anne Reichgelt

MSc (07) – Density dependent parasitism by the hyperparasitoid Mesochorus stigmaticus, University of Helsinki

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Kaisa Torri

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

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Riikka Kaartinen

MSc (03-06) – Spatial foraging behavior of the parasitoid Hyposoter horticola. University of Helsinki
Currently a journalist for Suomen Lounto (Finnish Nature)
Publication from her thesis: van Nouhuys, S. Kaartinen, R. 2008. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 275: 377-385

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Lucie Salvaudon

MSc intern (2002) Paris, France – Experimental test of host avoidance of parasitism byHyposoter horticola
Currently works at the Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris

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Johanna Ehrnsten

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

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Christian Anton

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


Eeva Punju

MSc (00-02) – Interspecific competition between immature parasitoid wasps within host larvae. University of Helsinki
Publication from her thesisvan Nouhuys, S. and Punju, E. 2010. Oikos, 119: 61-70