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Ph.D, Academy Research Fellow
Department of Environmental Science
University of Eastern Finland, P.O. Box 1627,
FIN-70211 Kuopio, FINLAND
My research is inspired by a fascination in the interactions occurring between species across multiple trophic levels. I am particularly interested in the role of plant-derived volatile chemicals as cues promoting behavioural responses in arthropods and defence responses in other plants. I conducted my PhD studies at Rothamsted Research, UK, where I researched the behaviour of the aphid parasitoid, Diaeretiella rapae, in response to aphids with differing levels of adaptation on their host plant. During this project I developed a passion for studying insect behaviour and the chemistry that structures so much of the ecology surrounding plants. Upon completion of my PhD I moved to the University of Kuopio, now the University of Eastern Finland, where I worked as a postdoctoral researcher on numerous projects. My recent research has focussed on exploring questions related to chemical ecology in a broader environmental context. I am particularly interested in the effects that tropospheric ozone has on volatile-mediated interactions, especially on host location by predators and parasitoids and on plant-plant communication.