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    HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

    Finland

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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I joined the Integrative Ecology Unit (http://www.helsinki.fi/bioscience/ecology/hirvonen.htm) as an undergraduate student in 2004. Since January 2009, I have continued my path in the field of behavioural ecology of salmonids with a PhD project entitled: "Cognitive ecology of salmonids: causes and consequences of individual variation in behaviour". The PhD is supervised by Senior Lecturer Heikki Hirvonen and Prof. Raine Kortet and it is executed in close collaboration with the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute’s Kainuu Fisheries Research station (http://www.rktl.fi/kala/istutustutkimukset/toiminnan_keskeinen_sisalto/menestyva_istukas.html). In January 2010, I started in a 4-year PhD position under the LUOVA graduate school (The Finnish School in Wildlife Biology, Conservation and Management).

 

My research

My thesis focuses on the cognitive ecology of salmonid juveniles (Salmo salar and Salvelinus alpinus L). Integrating behavioural ecology to underlying genetic and neural mechanisms, I investigate the causes and consequences of individual variation in antipredator and foraging behavior. In particularly, I am interested in the interplay between innate responsiveness and learning in the acquisition of antipredator responses, and most recently, the effects of genetic domestication and rearing environment on the brain development and consequent foraging behaviour of Atlantic salmon. My work contributes to the development of new methods, namely environmental enrichment, for fishery management and conservation of endangered salmon populations.

Keywords

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • Cognitive ecology, fishery management, environmental enrichment, antipredator behaviour, salmonid brain research

Prizes

2008 Master's Thesis award, Faculty of Biosciences

Jussi L M Koskinen (Recipient), 4 Mar 2009

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2008 2013

  • 7 Organisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars
  • 5 Types for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination
  • 1 Supervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

Assistant teacher for practicals in course: Evolutionary Biology

Jussi Koskinen (Participant)
9 Jan 201310 Jan 2013

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination

Assistant teacher for practicals in course: Evolutionary Biology

Jussi Koskinen (Participant)
11 Jan 201212 Jan 2012

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination

Organiser of: Spring Symposium 2012

Jussi Koskinen (Member of organizing committee)
5 Mar 20127 Mar 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

1st Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology

Jussi Koskinen (Attendee)
6 Jul 201210 Jul 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Assistant teacher for practicals in course: Evolutionary Biology

Jussi Koskinen (Participant)
12 Jan 201113 Jan 2011

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - External teaching and subject coordination