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Doctoral Student, Department of Biology


Vesilinnantie 5

Areas of expertise

Tropical entomology


2014-> PhD student (Biodiversity Unit)

2013  MSc ecology & evolutionary biography (University of Helsinki)

2010  BSc (hons) botany & zoology (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

2010  BSc theoretical physics (University of Helsinki)


I'm studying the ichneumonid species of the Ugandan rainforest, and how they compare to the Amazonian species. This involves processing a vast insect material I collected in Uganda 2014 - 2015, describing the innumerable new species, describing their ecology.. and eventually comparing to earlier work done in Amazonia.

My long term interest is to not only describe, but also explain, how species are distributed on our planet. Given that half the species in my Ugandan samples have never been seen before, this may take some time.


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Higher predation risk for insect prey at low latitudes and elevations (2017)

Roslin T, Hardwick B, Novotny V, Petry WK, Andrew NR, Asmus A, Barrio IC, Basset Y, Boesing AL, Bonebrake TC, Cameron EK, Dattilo W, Donoso DA, Drozd P, Gray CL, Hik DS, Hill SJ, Hopkins T, Huang S, Koane B, Laird-Hopkins B, Laukkanen L, Lewis OT, Milne S, Mwesige I, Nakamura A, Nell CS, Nichols E, Prokurat A, Sam K, Schmidt NM, Slade A, Slade V, Suchankova A, Teder T, van Nouhuys S, Vandvik V, Weissflog A, Zhukovich V, Slade EM
(A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä)