We study various aspects of insect ecology - from large scale biogeographical patterns to microbial interactions. Research is concentrating mostly to social insects (ants, bumblebees & yellowjacket wasps), but also other model systems, such as aquatic insects and protozoans, are under study.

Our aim is to produce new knowledge in the role of ecosystem engineer species in biosphere-atmosphere interactions as well as their chemical and microbial interaction ecology.  


The research topics can be divided under themes:


Atmospheric and climatic interactions

  • Ant nest mound physical conditions and properties
  • Ant nest mound gas fluxes
  • Climatic effects on abundance and distribution of social insects and their associates
  • Climatic effects on life-history traits
  • Urban climate effect on phenotype and distribution of social insects

 

Biogeography and species diversity

  • Distribution of ants, bumblebees and social wasps in Finland
  • Ant nest mound microbial and arthropod communities
  • Geographical and landscape driven pheno- and chemotypic plasticity
  • Citizen Science projects

 

Environmental entomology and ecotoxicology

  • Environmental change driven pheno- and chemotypic plasticity
  • Environmental contamination effects on and aquatic insects and microbes
  • Environmental contamination effects on social insects
  • Urban landscape effects on social insect communities and diversity
  • Human induced spread of social insects and/or their pathogens
  • Restoration of wild bee communities