Suvi Ruuskanen
PhD, adjunct professor

Vesilinnantie 5


Office: 042

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Areas of expertise
Evolutionary ecology; physiological ecology; ecotoxicology and environmental ecology; behavioral ecology;epigenetics; avian ecology


2015-2020    Academy of Finland research fellow, Univ Turku

2012-2015    Academy of Finland postdoc researcher, Netherlands Institute of ecology/University of Groningen, NL

2010-2012    Post-doctoral researcher, Univ Turku

2007-2010     PhD, Univ Turku


My research fields are at the intersection of evolutionary ecology, ecophysiology and behavioral and environmental ecology. I am broadly interested in the proximate physiological mechanisms underlying variation in phenotypic, behavioral and fitness traits and their plasticity. I want to understand how physiologically-regulated traits enable organismal adaptation to changing environmental conditions and play a part in species interactions, potentially even affecting population processes. I am also interested in how interactions with microbes (gut microbiome) relate to phenotypic variation in wild populations.  I further want to understand more broadly how various early-life environmental conditions affects offspring development and fitness with a specific interest in non-genetic inheritance, such as maternal effects and epigenetics

Current group members:

Post-docs: Bin-Yan Hsu (UTU), Antoine Stier (UTU)

PhD students: Tom Sarraude (UTU/University of Gronigen), Nina Cossin-Sevrin (UTU)

MSc students: Lotta Holmen (UTU), Mark Verschuuren (NIOO, NL), Lyydia Leino (UTU)

BSc students: Mikaela Hukkanen (UTU)

Visiting:  Coline Marciau 


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Ecology, evolutionary biology, physiology:


Vertebrate ecology research (BIOL2204)

Seminars in Biology (BIOL5200)

Ecotoxicology (FYGE2060)

Presenting and Publishing Data (BIOL5201)

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