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  • PL 17 (Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13)

    00014

    Finland

20032020
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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

My research focuses on the diversity and evolutionary history of Lepidoptera, in particular Ditrysia, but recently I have also expanded my work to projects on sawflies (Symphyta: Hymenoptera).

I have done collection-based research in integrative taxonomy and systematics of Lepidoptera, first for my PhD work at LUOMUS, and then as a postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. and currently again at LUOMUS in Helsinki.

I am the coordinator of an international effort to re-examine all known fossil moths and butterflies. This project involves over twenty collaborators from all over the World who are experts in different groups Lepidoptera. The aim of our work is to find reliably identified fossils to be used in divergence time studies and shed light on the evolutionary history of this enormous group of insects.

Courses I have taught at the University of Helsinki include the Biological Collections Course and Introduction to Cladistic Methods. I am the co-supervisor of a PhD student working on a project developing novel approaches to define species boundaries for taxonomically challenging groups of species.

Education/Academic qualification

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., University of Helsinki

External positions

Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., U.S.A

1 Feb 201531 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • Systematics
  • Entomology
  • Phylogenetics
  • Taxonomy

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

Publications 2003 2019

Priors and Posteriors in Bayesian Timing of Divergence Analyses: The Age of Butterflies Revisited

Chazot, N., Wahlberg, N., Freitas, A. V. L., Mitter, C., Labandeira, C., Sohn, J-C., Sahoo, R. K., Seraphim, N., de Jong, R. & Heikkilä, A. A. M., 25 Feb 2019, In : Systematic Biology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Genetic analysis reveals Finnish Formica fennica populations do not form a separate genetic entity from F. exsecta

Hakala, S. M., Seppä, P., Heikkilä, M., Punttila, P., Sorvari, J. & Helanterä, H., 6 Dec 2018, In : PeerJ. 6, 23 p., 6013.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Reassessment of known fossil Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) with descriptions of the oldest fossil pyraloid and a crambid larva in Baltic amber

Heikkilä, M., Simonsen, T. J. & Solis, M. A., 20 Sep 2018, In : Zootaxa. 4483, 1, p. 101-127 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Re-examining the rare and the lost: a review of fossil Tortricidae (Lepidoptera)

Heikkilä, M., Brown, J. W., Baixeras, J., Mey, W. & Kozlov, M. V., 13 Mar 2018, In : Zootaxa. 4394, 1, p. 41-60 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects 2006 2020

Perhosten systematiikka

Kaila, L., Kekkonen, M. & Heikkilä, M.

Unknown funder

01/01/200631/12/2020

Project: Research project

Activities 2007 2019

Insect Systematics and Diversity (Journal)

Maria Heikkilä (Reviewer)
Feb 2019

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

Zootaxa (Journal)

Maria Heikkilä (Reviewer)
Feb 2019

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

Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington (Journal)

Maria Heikkilä (Reviewer)
Jan 2018

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