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Maria Heikkilä

  • PL 17 (Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu 13)

    00014

    Finland

20032020

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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

My research focuses on the diversity and evolutionary history of Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies), 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 of 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

Fields of Science

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

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

Publications

A molecular phylogeny of Cochylina, with confirmation of its relationship to Euliina (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)

Brown, J. W., Aarvik, L., Heikkilä, M., Brown, R. & Mutanen, M., Jan 2020, In : Systematic Entomology. 45, 1, p. 160-174 15 p.

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Open Access

Ghosts from the past: a review of fossil Hepialoidea (Lepidoptera)

Simonsen, T. J., Wagner, D. L. & Heikkilä, M., 11 Nov 2019, In : PeerJ. 7, 7, 20 p., 7982.

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

Chazot, N., Wahlberg, N., Lucci Freitas, A. V., Mitter, C., Labandeira, C., Sohn, J-C., Sahoo, R. K., Seraphim, N., de Jong, R. & Heikkilä, M., Sep 2019, In : Systematic Biology. 68, 5, p. 797-813 17 p.

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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.

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Projects

Perhosten systematiikka

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

Unknown funder

01/01/200631/12/2020

Project: Research project

Activities

Zootaxa (Journal)

Maria Heikkilä (Reviewer)
Jan 2020

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

Systematic Entomology (Journal)

Maria Heikkilä (Reviewer)
Mar 2020

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

Insect Systematics and Diversity (Journal)

Maria Heikkilä (Reviewer)
Feb 2019

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