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Organization profile

Organisation Profile

Behaviour, Ecology and Evolution Team (BEET) is led by Heikki Hirvonen. Currently Ecology and Evolution Team (BEET) consists of one post-doc researcher, three PhD-students and four MSc-students.

 

BEET is part of a larger research unit, Integrative Ecology Unit (IKP), which is jointly led by Veijo Kaitala, Heikki Hirvonen and Jouni Laakso.

 

The research in BEET is mainly focused on behavioural ecology, either directly or indirectly. The questions we ask include:

•    Why animals behave the way they do?
•    How do evolutionary and ecological factors influence behavioural decisions of individuals?
•    What are the consequences of individuals’ behavioural decisions on i) their fitness and on ii) ecological phenomena on population and community levels?
•    How can behavioural approaches be used to solve applied problems, for example in conservation, management and animal welfare?

 

Our research is often focused on behavioural mechanisms of predator-prey interactions and their effects on population and community dynamics. Much of our research integrates behavioural approaches with genetics and physiology in order to reveal underlying mechanisms of behaviour.

 

We are also interested in applying behavioural approaches to conservation biology, animal welfare and control of invasive species, e.g. by developing behaviour-based solutions to practical conservation and welfare. As model species we mainly use aquatic animals, currently main target taxa include salmonid fishes and crayfish, but also production animals.

 

Besides research on animals, HH is involved in international research projects aimed at developing methodology for teaching and learning of ecology in higher education.

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Projects

BIOPEDA: BIOLOGIAN MAASTO-OPETUS 2020-LUVULLA: YLIOPISTOJEN VÄLISEN YHTEISTYÖN KEHITTÄMINEN JA VERKKOPOHJAINEN HARJOITUSTYÖPANKKI

T., T., Hirvonen, H., Komonen, A., Markkola, A., Nyman, T., Sääksjärvi, I. & von Numers, M.

01/12/2016 → …

Project: Other project

OHRC salmon and steelhead restoration and maintenance program

Banks, M., Blouin, M., Garvin, M., Hirvonen, H., Noakes, D., Schreck, C., Thonpson, N. & Christie, M.

01/08/2016 → …

Project: Research project

QNHE: Quality of Norwegian Higher Education: Pathways, Practices and Performances

Hovdhaugen, E., VabØ, A., Stensaker, B., Maassen, P., Nerland, M., PrØitz, T., De Lange, T., Lindblom, S., Hyytinen, H., Haarala-Muhonen, A., Virtanen, V. & Hirvonen, H.

Research Council of Norway

01/09/201430/06/2017

Project: Research project

Publications

Determinants and Consequences of Dispersal in Vertebrates with Complex Life Cycles: A Review of Pond-Breeding Amphibians

Cayuela, H., Valenzuela-Sanchez, A., Teulier, L., Martinez-Solano, I., Lena, J-P., Merilä, J., Muths, E., Shine, R., Quay, L., Denoel, M., Clobert, J. & Schmidt, B. R., 1 Mar 2020, In : Quarterly Review of Biology. 95, 1, p. 1-36 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Size-dependent stress response in juvenile Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) under prolonged predator conditioning

Kortet, R., Laakkonen, M. V. M., Tikkanen, J., Vainikka, A. & Hirvonen, H., May 2019, In : Aquaculture Research. 50, 5, p. 1482-1490 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Biologian kenttäopetus yliopistoissa: yhteistyöllä uuteen nousuun

Translated title of the contribution: Field courses in universities: new rise with co-operationKomonen, A., Nyman, T., Tahvanainen, T., Hirvonen, H. J., Eeva, T., Huttunen, S., Hänninen, J., Koivula, M., Koskela, E., Markkola, A., Muurinen, L., Mäkinen, K., Nappu, N., Nordström, M. C., von Numers, M., Sundell, J. J. & Sääksjärvi, I. E., 2017, In : Yliopistopedagogiikka. 24, 2, p. 52-54 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Maternal effects in vulnerability to eye-parasites and correlations between behavior and parasitism in juvenile Arctic charr

Kortet, R., Lautala, T., Kekalainen, J., Taskinen, J. & Hirvonen, H., Nov 2017, In : Ecology and Evolution. 7, 21, p. 8780-8787 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Enriched rearing environment and wild genetic background can enhance survival and disease resistance of salmonid fishes during parasite epidemics

Karvonen, A., Aalto-Araneda, M., Virtala, A-M., Kortet, R., Koski, P. & Hyvarinen, P., Feb 2016, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 53, 1, p. 213-221 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Activities

Examination of Master's Thesis

Heikki Hirvonen (Pre-examiner)
Oct 2019

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

Oecologia (Journal)

Heikki Hirvonen (Reviewer)
Sep 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Ethology (Journal)

Heikki Hirvonen (Reviewer)
May 2019Jul 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Oregon State University & The Oregon Hatchery Research Center

Heikki Hirvonen (Visiting researcher)
29 Jul 201923 Aug 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

The science of nature - Naturwissenschaften (Journal)

Heikki Hirvonen (Reviewer)
Feb 2019Mar 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Prizes

Olli's Prize

Heikki Hirvonen (Recipient), 1993

Prize: Prizes and awards

Press / Media

YLE / Minna Pyykön maailma

Heikki Hirvonen

07/07/2019

1 Media contribution

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Interview fo Huvudstadsbladet newspaper

Heikki Hirvonen

23/08/2015

1 Media contribution

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Interviewed for Helsingin Sanomat

Heikki Hirvonen

01/01/2015

1 Media contribution

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Interviewed for BBC Earth Article

Heikki Hirvonen

01/01/2014

1 Media contribution

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Luennoitsija ja paneelin jäsen Hyvä paha stressi-tilaisuudessa

Heikki Hirvonen

01/01/2014

1 Media contribution

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