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  • Finland

  • PL 65 (Viikinkaari 1)

    00014

    Finland

  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki

    Finland

1980 …2019
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Research:

I am mainly interested in animal behavior: why animals behave the way they do? I examine how evolutionary and environmental factors influence behavioural decisions of individuals, and what are the consequences of individuals’ behavioural decisions on ecological phenomena on population and community levels.

For some reason, my research is often focused on behavioural mechanisms of predator-prey interactions. Much of my research integrates behavioural approaches with genetics and physiology in order to reveal underlying mechanisms of behaviour.

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

Besides research on animals, I am involved in international research projects aimed at developing teaching and learning of ecology in higher education.

I am leading the research group Ecology and Evolution Team (BEET) currently consisting of one post-doc researcher, three PhD-students and four MSc-students. BEET belongs to Integrative Ecology Unit I am leading together with Prof. Veijo kaitala and Prof. Jouni Laakso.

 

Teaching: I am leading the following courses:

  • Principles of Behavioural Ecology 2 ECT (Käyttäytymisekologian perusteet 2 op)
  • Ecology Field Course 8 ECT (Ekologian kenttäkurssin tutkimusjakso 8 op)
  • Introduction to Zoology - Structure, Function and Evolution 2*3 ECT (Johdatus eläintieteeseen – rakenne, toiminta ja evoluutio 2*3 op)
  • Animals: Life History and Identification 2*3 ECT (Eläintuntemus 2*3 op)
  • Advanced Field Course in Behavioural Ecology 8 ECT (Käyttäytymisekologian syventävä kenttäkurssi 8 op)
  • Behavioural Ecology of Mammals 3 ECT (Nisäkkäiden käyttäytymisekologia 3 op)

Keywords

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Aquatic animal ecology
  • Higher education in Ecology

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

Publications 1980 2019

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

Komonen, 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

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Resource availability and predation risk influence contest behavior and dominance hierarchies in crayfish

Gruber, C., Tulonen, J., Kortet, R. & Hirvonen, H., Aug 2016, In : Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 70, 8, p. 1305-1317 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Chewable materials before weaning reduce tail biting in growing pigs

Telkänranta, H., Swan, K., Hirvonen, H. & Valros, A., 2014, In : Applied Animal Behaviour Science. 157, p. 14-22 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Projects 1985 2017

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

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

Prizes

Olli's Prize

Heikki Hirvonen (Recipient), 1993

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 1989 2019

Freshwater Biology (Journal)

Heikki Hirvonen (Reviewer)
Jan 2019

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

Nature (Journal)

Heikki Hirvonen (Reviewer)
Jun 2018

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

European Congress of Conservation Biology ECCB 2018

Heikki Hirvonen (Speaker: Presenter)
12 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Oecologia (Journal)

Heikki Hirvonen (Reviewer)
Sep 2018

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

Oregon State University

Heikki Hirvonen (Visiting researcher)
6 May 20186 Jun 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Press / Media

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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Lehti

Heikki Hirvonen

01/08/2007

1 media contribution

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