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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

I'm an ecologist and evolutionary biologist who loves to do field work whether it is a tropical montane rainforest, alpine meadows or backalleys in city centers. Parasites and pathogens are my main interest and I like to work in the interface of human societies and synanthropic animals. I'm an active science communicator with a blog Kaiken takana on loinen and book Loputtomat loiset based on my blog.

Research

My main interest is within-host symbiontic communities. I have mainly worked with parasites, such as helminths or tick-borne pathogens, but also studied non-pathogenic companions, such as gut microbiota. I have also worked on biology education research, where my interest is citizen science and conceptual change.

At the moment, I run Helsinki Urban Rat Project which is an interdisciplinary research program broadly aiming to understand the dynamics of urban rats in Helsinki and how human activities impact their lives and vice versa. My focus on this is rat population ecology, rat parasite community ecology and participatory methods on urban ecology.

Teaching

I teach Introduction to Biology Education course to second-year students in biology to orientate them towards a teaching profession. In addition, I teach disease ecology, evolutionary parasitology, urban ecology, mammalogy and science communication. I also supervise MSc theses close to my research interests.

I have been a coauthor for several biology textbooks for upper secondary schools, I am involved in Finnish participation in International Biology Olympiad and a part of international committee for Tutki-Kokeile-Kehitä science competition.

Fields of Science

  • 118 Biological sciences
  • evolutionary biology
  • parasitology
  • primatology

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

Publications

Combining formal education and citizen science: A case study on students' perceptions of learning and interest in an urban rat project

Aivelo, T. & Huovelin, S., 3 Mar 2020, In : Environmental Education Research. 26, 3, p. 324-340 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Luonnon monimuotoisuus ja tartuntataudit

Aivelo, T., 27 Feb 2020, Elämän verkko: Luonnon monimuotoisuutta edistämässä. Mattila, H. (ed.). Helsinki: Gaudeamus, Vol. 2020.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Bacterial microbiota composition of a common ectoparasite of cavity‐breeding birds, the Hen Flea Ceratophyllus gallinae

Aivelo, T. & Tschirren, B., Dec 2019, In : Ibis. 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Bacterial microbiota composition of Ixodes ricinus ticks: the role of environmental variation, tick characteristics and microbial interactions

Aivelo, T., Norberg, A. & Tschirren, B., 19 Dec 2019, In : PeerJ. 7

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Mitä kertoa tutkimushankkeesta, joka on vasta alussa?

Aivelo, T., 6 Nov 2019

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access

Projects

Prizes

Blue Tit of the Year 2019

Tuomas Aivelo (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prizes and awards

J.V. Snellman Prize

Tuomas Aivelo (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prizes and awards

Laurin Jäntin säätiön palkinnon kunniamaininta

Tuomas Aivelo (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prizes and awards

Tieto-Finlandia -ehdokkuus

Tuomas Aivelo (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities

Kasvinsuojeluseura (External organisation)

Tuomas Aivelo (Board member)
2020 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in public Finnish or international organization

Tiedekulma - Helsinki health week

Tuomas Aivelo (Attendee)
27 Jan 2020

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Väitöskirjan ohjaus

Tuomas Aivelo (Supervisor)
Mar 2020 → …

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Science Communication workshop

Tuomas Aivelo (Attendee)
7 Feb 2019

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

Within-host parasite communities from Malagasy rainforests to dark backalleys of Helsinki

Tuomas Aivelo (Speaker)
Jun 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Press / Media

Rottahankkeen näkyvyys

Tuomas Aivelo

13/09/201920/02/2020

9 items of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

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Haastattelu

Tuomas Aivelo

03/02/2020

1 Media contribution

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Tiede Luonto -kolumnit

Tuomas Aivelo

25/05/201913/01/2020

4 Media contributions

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Haastattelu

Tuomas Aivelo

05/12/2019

1 item of Media coverage

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Haastattelu

Tuomas Aivelo

17/08/2019

1 Media contribution

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