• PL 65 (Viikinkaari 1)

    00014

    Finland

  • Viikinkaari 1, Biocentre 3

    00790 Helsinki

    Finland

1987 …2019
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Description of research and teaching

My main research interests concern social evolution in ants and focus on three main avenues: the proximate and ultimate causes intracolony conflicts and their resolution, population biology encompassing causes and consequences of inbreeding, and caste-specific life history trade-offs with respect to disease resistance and longevity.     

The work on conflict resolution uses several approaches, including behavioural experiments, the analysis of recognition cues encoded in cuticular chemistry, and genetic assessment of kinship. In particular we ask to what extent can workers enhance their inclusive fitness given the fact that colonies of the study species, Formica fusca, regularly contain multiple reproductive queens.  

The work on population biology and life history trade-offs entails several lines of questioning, all of which have their foundation in the long-term data set my group has collected on a population of Formica exsecta in the archipelago near the Tvärminne zoological station. From demographic and genotype data in conjunction with fitness-correlated traits we can estimate the life-time fitness of individual colonies, and selection on caste-specific trade-offs at the colony,  the individual, and the gene level.

Keywords

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology

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

Publications 1987 2019

Caste-dependent brood retrieval by workers in the ant Formica exsecta

Pulliainen, O. U. I., Bos, N. P. M., d'Ettorre, P. & Sundström, L. B., Jun 2018, In : Animal Behaviour. 140, p. 151-159 9 p.

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Vitellogenin in inflammation and immunity in social insects

Salmela, H. & Sundström, L. B., 2017, In : Inflammation and Cell Signaling. 4, e1506.

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Natal dispersal, mating patterns and inbreeding in the ant Formica exsecta

Vitikainen, E. I. K., Haag-Liautard, C. & Sundström, L., Dec 2015, In : American Naturalist. 186, 6, p. 716-727 12 p.

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Ants medicate to fight disease

Bos, N. P. M., Sundström, L., Fuchs, S-A. & Freitak, D., 2015, In : Evolution. 69, 11, p. 2979-2984 6 p.

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Projects 2010 2019

Activities 1998 2019

Thesis examination

Liselotte Sundström (Opponent)
14 Feb 2019

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Vice dean

Liselotte Sundström (Participant)
20142017

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Director of doctoral programme LUOVA

Liselotte Sundström (Director)
1 Jan 201231 Dec 2017

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Director of the Division for tuition in Swedish

Liselotte Sundström (Participant)
1 Aug 2003 → …

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Conference organizer - IUSSI Europe

Liselotte Sundström (Chair)
8 Aug 201611 Aug 2016

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

Press / Media

Public outreach: Radio

Liselotte Sundström

11/03/2015

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Liselotte Sundström

04/06/2014

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Liselotte Sundström

03/04/2014

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Public outreach: Newspaper

Liselotte Sundström

01/04/2014

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Public outreach: lecture

Liselotte Sundström

15/10/2013

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