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Description of research and teaching

I am interested in animal behaviour, especially in social animals. Currently I am doing my PhD, studying recognition in (Formica) ants. During my PhD I will investigate brood recognition in ants from different points of view. I am using a variety of behavioural assays to study both, adults recognizing brood, as well as brood recognizing other brood. As recognition in ants is based on chemical signatures, I will furthermore conduct chemical work on surface chemistry of brood items, which will give new insights in the type and quality of information available for the receivers. I will also investigate chemical receptor expression in larvae, which will shed light on the still completely unknown chemosensory biology of ant larvae. Besides doing research I am passionate about public outreach, which I think is a very important (and fun!) part of our work as scientists.

To read more about our research see: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/researchgroups/evolution-sociality-behaviour

Fields of Science

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology

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

Publications 2016 2019

The possible role of ant larvae in the defence against social parasites

Pulliainen, O. U. I., Helanterä, H. O., Sundström, L. B. & Schultner, E. K., 6 Mar 2019, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Biological Sciences. 286, 1898, 9 p., 20182867.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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De novo transcriptome assembly and its annotation for the black ant Formica fusca at the larval stage

Morandin, C. M., Pulliainen, O. U. I. & Schultner, E. K., 18 Dec 2018, In : Scientific data . 5, 180282.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Starvation resistance and tissue-specific gene expression of stress-related genes in a naturally inbred ant population

Bos, N., Pulliainen, U., Sundström, L. & Freitak, D., Apr 2016, In : Royal Society Open Science. 3, 4, 9 p., 160062.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects 2012 2017

The Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions (BIOINT)

Sundström, L., Kokko, H., Bos, N., Freitak, D., Salmela, H., Helanterä, H., Johansson, H., Laakso, J., Seppä, P., Lindström, S., Morandin, C., Paviala, J., Pekkonen, M., Pulliainen, U., Ozan, M., Schultner, E., Stucki, D., Wolf, J., Galarza, J., Kulmuni, J., Hakala, S. M. & Dhaygude, K.

01/01/201231/12/2017

Project: Research project

Activities 2013 2018

Best Talk Award at EMPSEB 24

Unni Pulliainen (Participant)
14 Sep 2018

Activity: Other activity typesPrizes and awards - Prizes and awards

Behavioral Ecology (Journal)

Unni Pulliainen (Reviewer)
20 Jun 2018

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

Animal Behaviour (Journal)

Unni Pulliainen (Reviewer)
29 Mar 2018

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

Defence against social parasites and discrimination abilities in ant larvae

Unni Pulliainen (Speaker)
19 Feb 201822 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Brood discrimination in Formica ants

Unni Pulliainen (Speaker)
9 Sep 201815 Sep 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Radio Interview: Muurahaiskeon äärellä-Minna Pyykön maailma (YLE)

Unni Pulliainen

21/10/2018

1 media contribution

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Muurahaisvalmentaja Kääpäkävelyssä, YLE Metsäkamppanja

Unni Pulliainen

30/09/201808/10/2018

3 media contributions

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Radio Interview: YLE Radio Suomi

Unni Pulliainen

21/08/2018

1 media contribution

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Newspaper interview: TIEDE -lehti/magazine

Unni Pulliainen

06/07/2016

1 Media contribution

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Newspaper interview: Maaseudun Tulevaisuus -Kantri

Unni Pulliainen

15/06/2016

1 Media contribution

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