Beyene Hailu
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I am a PhD student co-supervised by Ayco Tack (my main supervisor is Kristoffer Hylander). I received a Master’s degree in Nematology (European Masters of Science in Nematology, an Erasmus Mundus Program) from Ghent University in 2014. Since then I … Read More

Adam Ekholm
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I study how insect communities build up in space and time. In my research, I am particularly interested in the role of plant phenology (bud burst and leaf senescence) in structuring insect communities. As my study system, I use the … Read More

Maria Faticov
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In August 2015, I received my Master’s Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Helsinki University. In 2016, I started my PhD, where I investigate the distribution, drivers and role of microbes within a diverse food web on the pedunculate … Read More

Ahmed Abdelfattah
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My research mainly focuses on microbial communities associated to plants. I am interested to understand their community structure, function, and interaction with their host and the environment. Previously, I studied the fungal communities of several agricultural crops, including olive, citrus, … Read More

Pil Rasmussen
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My work focuses on plant-associated soil communities. Specifically, I look into spatial patterns of plant-associated soil microbes; their dispersal abilities; how abiotic (e.g. climate, soil pH and nutrients) and biotic factors (e.g. plant genotype and root-associated fungi) can affect them; and what consequences … Read More

Ayco Tack
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I am broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of species interactions. For this, I have worked extensively on the spatial dynamics of the insect and pathogen community on the oak tree Quercus robur and the below- and aboveground food web … Read More

Highlights from summer 2018
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(top-left) MSc student Ryan McClory, Laura van Dijk and (soon) visiting PhD student Jessie Mutz study the impact of spring and autumn phenology on oak seedlings and their attackers. (top-right) Pil Rasmussen is finalizing her PhD this autumn, and only … Read More

Highlights from spring 2018
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(top) This year we had our annual lab meeting in Tartu, Estonia, where we were invited for a symposium on Biotic interactions and biodiversity patterns across scales organized by Maarja Öpik. (bottom-left) The oak leaf miner Acrocercops brongniardella had a … Read More

Highlights from summer and autumn 2017
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(Photo) Our first group selfie, taken during our annual group meeting, which was this time at Askö marine biological station. Other major & minor events: Niklas Wickander successfully defended his master thesis on the impact of soil temperature on the … Read More

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